Friday, October 21, 2005

Organizational Practices of an IT Department?

For down-to-earthness about IT.

Sun's SLA and your copyright.

dropped another comment about sun's software contributor agreement.

7-zip

Came recommended by the wikimedians who do the static dump.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

12 years found

So my friend Joseph has this band, in LA.
From church, imagine that.

Monday, October 17, 2005

The Missing Outlaw Josey Wales.

In my earlier post I ranted about a bug...

They emailed me within 3 hours, explained, and I went to the site to fix it. It's okay now. Whew!

Software as Art.

Jim Driscoll, comment #48: "...Because at the end of the day, what we're talking about is software that helps people run their businesses."

No fair, that's Microsoft's line. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. We geeks want software to be beautiful for the sake of the software itself. The software is not "just a tool".

It's like writing English. There's an English that's "Good Enough" to run the business. Then there's an English that's downright stunning in its beauty. I'm a geek. I love good English prose and poetry. I love elegant, clean, and artistically pleasing software.

Peerflix Problems

I had "The Outlaw Josey Wales" mailed to me last week. I was waiting for it. It had the: "confirm receipt" next to it on my list of DVDs arriving. Then, this morning, inexplicably, it appeared in my "movies available" and dropped off the "movies mailed to you" list. I say inexplicably because I did not "confirm receipt."

So I send them a friendly-gram and we'll see where this is going.

But, guys, don't go out of beta until your software is really out of beta.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Jim Grisanzio's Lessons Learned

I gave Jim a little comment about his entry about the Open Solaris community.

Often sites: Paul Graham

How could I forget?

Often Links

My often links:
yahoo.com (email)
slashdot.com
blogs.sun.com
gmail (email)
paypal
news.google.com
joel on software
wikipedia
Peerflix

These are the sites I go to on a regular basis.

The Demise of Super Support Girl

It's over, ladies and gentlemen. Her reign has ended.

However, her life continues...

Good fortune to you.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

http://www.fluxbox.org/

Going to install that someday on my home box...

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Django

I'm really wanting to use this on one of my sites...

On tainting and Apache.

Interestinger and interestinger...

I had a little exchange with Jim Driscoll on his blog about CDDL and Glassfish, and he mentioned in this July 19, 2005 post that according to Geir Magnussen, aka Geir Magnusson Jr. , I quote:

"Gier, what's Apache's tainting policy? We'll just copy that." Geir looked at me, somewhat bemused, and said: "We don't have one."


Then Jim went on about how tainting is not an issue and so on.

Yet, I dig throught this little post from Sept 20 2005: "Subject: Code into SVN, not the WIKI (Re: [arch] VMCore / Component Model)", and Geir Magnusson Jr. now says that code contributors must fill out, sign, and fax to him this document:
"Apache Harmony Project Authorized Contributor Questionnaire"
in which, in section 3, this paragraph sits:

begin quote

"If you have answered yes to any question above, and that implementation is
not available under a recognized Open Source license, you may not be an
contributor to the related component of Apache Harmony unless the
copyright owner of that implementation either:"

end quote


I spare you the gory details (and you should really read that document), but suffice to say that I wonder how this relates to the idea of taint.

Any takers?