Dear Mr. Obama - Small and Medium Business
Dec 08, 2008 GMT
Dear President-elect Obama,
As part of your campaign, you were an advocate for small and medium business (SMB). I agree with this philosophy, since such a large number of people in the United States are employed by SMBs, and since such a large portion of our economy is based on SMBs.
In the computer industry there is something known as Free Software, which is software that guarantees the availability of the source code for the software solution to the end user. This allows the end user to make a business decision about whether they wish to use the... more »
Nov 24, 2008 GMT
Last week I was at a conference in San Francisco entitled "Open Mobile Summit".
For their first attempt the organizers did what I thought was a very good job organizing this conference, getting people from many branches of the mobile telephone industry (handset manufacturers, carriers, service providers and ISPs) to come together to talk about "Open Mobility".
There were even representatives from Research In Motion (makers of the Blackberry) and much mention was made of the Apple iPhone, and even though neither were considered to be very "Open", they... more »
December 31st. 2009: NAT Free - Goodbye to an old friend
Nov 14, 2008 GMT
By now anyone who does not know we are running out of IPv4 Internet addresses must be living in a hole. The warnings and pleadings of the Internet community to move toward IPv6 have gone from "advisory" to "panic" to "IT is almost too late". But while the final issue may have to be solved by the "cupboard is bare" answer, I have found a few more reasons for me (and others) to make the move now instead of later.
Recently I have been looking at dual issues of mobile Internet and power consumption. Through... more »
Back to the Future - Past events in Ohio and future events in Ontario, Canada
Oct 20, 2008 GMT
In a lot of ways it is nice to write for a magazine family like Linux New Media that is a media sponsor of so many events. I get to see a lot of the events, and it encourages me to go to more of the talks than I would normally do. Normally I talk to people in the hallways and see one or two talks. When I represent the magazine at these events, I try to see more of the talks.
October 11th was the sixth annual Free and Open Source Conference and Expo in Columbus Ohio (also know as the "Ohio LinuxFest) and as always, it was... more »
Digital Tipping Point
Oct 06, 2008 GMT
In 2004 I was at the FISL conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil when I was introduced to a young man who wanted to create a documentary about the Free Software movement. His name is Christian Einfeldt and he is a lawyer in San Francisco, California
Christian and Paul Donahue, his cameraman, had flown to Brazil to capture some of the excitement and flavor of Free Software that occurs at FISL. At the conference I contributed some video on the early days of the Alpha port and other topics.
Later I found... more »
Microsoft admits that TCO for developing nation's schools is same for Linux and Windows.
Sep 30, 2008 GMT
This is a very long blog entry. I wondered whether it would be better to write it here, or to write an article for Linux Pro Magazine. The editors felt that because of the timeliness of the subject it would be better to have it as a blog entry. For those who do not want to read to the end, the "Executive Summary" is:
Microsoft admits that TCO for education students in developing nations is about the same with their products and Free Software. They further admit that the initial TCO costs... more »
Public Code With Public Funds
Sep 25, 2008 GMT
I was summoned to a large bank the other day. This bank administers funds for various philanthropic organizations, and often oversees grants for software development.
The bank had an interesting idea. Since the grants they handed were purportedly for the "common good", why not make a stipulation that any software developed through a grant be a free and open source license?
At first the bank thought about insisting that all of the software be GPL. That way the bank could be assured that the maximum number of people could use the code that was developed... more »