nine times out of ten the following screnario plays out when my wife and i go to a friend's party:
This lady travels in her pijamas: If You Can Shoot an Elephant in Your PJ’s, You Can Fly in Them - New York Times. I think that's a great idea! On long flights I try to be as comfortable as possible so I usually end up wearing a sweatsuit. The closest I came to wearing pijamas was on a trip home from Europe. I sprinted, literally sprinted, across the London airport and then again across the Chicago airport. In both cases I arrived at the gate just in the nick of time (I was the last person on in both cases) and sweating (if you've ever been in those airports, you know that a run could be a couple of miles, plus I was towing my rollaboard and lugging my briefcase.) Since I didn't want to sit in sweaty clothes, in both cases I changed into clean, dry clothes. On the last flight I was down to my workout clothes - I was sitting in running shorts and a tank top in the middle of a bunch of guys wearing suits in business class!
A while back I posted about the open source calendar I created. Well, today I found another cool and useful site. Confabb will let you search a huge database of conferences by keyword. It includes details about the conferences and links to their websites. I searched on "open source" and found a whole list: Welcome to Confabb: The Conference Community. In the future I could imagine them enhancing this with RSS feeds - I could just subscribe to "open source" and get emailed about any new open source conferences. And how about adding dates for paper submissions with a reminder feature?
Do yourself a favor if you are developing JSF applications. Have a look at FacesTrace. I certainly wish that I looked at it earlier.
Cheesy movies are so quotable. The "landmark" news that Microsoft and Novell are going to be collaborating reminds me of a scene from Ghostbusters.
To continue my "Good or bad for open source?" post I'd like to talk about Oracle's news, Oracle Announces The Same Enterprise Class Support For Linux. Oracle announced that they are supporting RedHat Linux, minus the logos, plus additional bugfixes and bugs ported back to previous versions. From my experience, I bet it's that last feature that attracts customers. One of the problems customers have with open source is that to get their bugs fixed, they have to be willing to move to the latest version. Moving to the latest version in the middle of their development life cycle is often more difficult for them than living with the bug. That's why OpenLogic supports "older" versions of the 180+ open source software packages we support - including fixing bugs in the older versions.
Dana Blankenhorn just posted about Rice University's Connexxions project, an open source publishing platform. I've been following it for a while but I missed the latest news - they are going to be publishing the text of community college textbooks online for free and offering print versions for $30. That should help defray costs immensely for students, and along with the creative commons license that allows for reuse, help create quick, up-to-date and cheap textbooks.
I finally found a humanist organization I want to participate in. Too many humanist organizations I have seen are radicals; they spend all their time complaining about the current politics and religions and not enough time promoting humanism.
I am amazed by spam. Initially, I was irritated by it. But, the more I get, the more amazed I am. If people, somewhere did not respond to it, then it would not work... so, the amazing thing is that someone out there really believes that stuff...
It's been quite the week in the news of open source, Novell and Microsoft announced a partnership and Oracle announced they are shipping and supporting RedHat - minus all the logos. So is this a good week or a bad week for open source?
Travel tip: If you find yourself checking into a hotel at 1 am (after being up for 23 hours) and the clerk offers you a lesser room because the one you booked is near an elevator, take the other room. Near an elevator doesn't mean there may be people walking outside your room. It really means that they located the elevator motor in your room and it will run intermittently all night long.
I think our society is reaching the point where we have to make a very important decision. Is it illegal to publish or share knowledge on how to commit illegal acts? And if it is illegal to publish the knowledge, does that make it illegal to know? Where do you draw the line?
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