Last week I came across Godwin's Law.
Many of you may already be familiar with it.
For those of you who aren't, Godwin's Law, according to wikipedia, states:
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.
From Twitter to Last.fm, we've all got our sites we just can't live without. While we've all been glued to our screens this year, getting our daily fix of the sites that matter most, Time has been collecting the fifty best. more>>
I've spent the better part of the past 2 weeks banging away on 2 LTSP servers for our school district. I find myself lamenting to those around me, and being an otherwise cranky guy as well. This morning it dawned on me that people probably think I'm having such a hard time because I'm using Linux instead of the "norm" -- but that's just not the case. more>>
The Novell chiefs are making big noise about the reasons they consider their interoperability deal with Microsoft a big success, but some believe their SEC filings reveal a lot more about their enthusiasm. more>>
This year a combination of travel and snow storms influenced me to stay at home on New Year's Eve. I had returned to my home from a night out in Boston the evening before, and after battling a snow storm while returning home I did not feel like going out again. A fire in the fireplace and my favorite beverage in my hands was all I wanted on the last night of 2007. more>>
The beginning of the year is traditionally a time to look back, and, for the brave of heart, to make a few predictions looking forward. Lacking the requisite bravery, I'll just quote something that the Economist wrote recently:
Rejoice: the embrace of “openness” by firms that have grown fat on closed, proprietary technology is something we’ll see more of in 2008.
Now, had this "fearless prediction" been made a year ago, I would have been impressed, because 2007 has turned out to be the year when everyone, it seems, wants to be open. more>>
The time has come to gulp down the pumpkin pie and before you load up on Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef or a nice Vegetarian cuisine, to consider your goals and objectives for the year. Notice I didn't say resolutions. Of course, if you start off the resolution sentence with "I resolve to..." then that will work just fine along with your goals and objectives. more>>
With the impending dawn of 2008, it’s time I set down my look at what the future might hold for the Ruby world. In general, Ruby looks poised for another big year. But reading about generalities is not fun (and neither is writing about them for that matter), so I've tried to provide a little more detail below. more>>
In this article I've selected what I consider to be some of the past year's outstanding achievements in the world of Linux music and sound software. It's not really a "Best Of 2007", it's just my personal choices for what I found most interesting and significant in the past year.
I've known Bruce Steinberg since we met online, so long ago I don't remember. I'm guessing it might have been back when SCO was still a leading Unix company and Bruce was its VP of Marketing Communications. Or it might have been through Usenet, or some other pre-Web online service. more>>
The SCO Group, the infamous — and now bankrupt — source of anti-Linux litigation against IBM and Novell lost their slot on the NASDAQ last week after a three month fight to prevent the delisting. more>>
Joel Barker wrote an interesting book entitled, "Paradigms:The Business of Discovering the Future". Originally written several years ago, I find it relevant today. In his book Barker has more of an interest in how we think about the future than making predictions. more>>
A little more than two weeks ago, we brought you the news that Microsoft's FolderShare — an application intended to sync files on multiple systems — was deleting user's files instead of syncing them. Now, Big Evil is again in the news, with the announcement that using Windows Home Server is corrupting user's files. more>>
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