Open Source

Amazon S3 as an online backup service

I’ve been thinking about subscribing to an online backup service for a little while; after all while a scheduled backup system to an external drive / NAS is all very well, if something should go seriously wrong (heaven forbid), you really need an offsite backup of your most critical data. There’s only so long you can go burning DVDs or removing hard drives and persuading friends / family to keep them at their houses before it starts to get unwieldy.

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Recommended Eclipse Plugins

I like Eclipse a lot. As many of you know, I’ve developed business software for just as long as I’ve been doing graphics software (and learned a lot from both worlds), and through that I’ve used Eclipse in various forms over a number of years - it’s really quite incredible how far it’s come in that time. If you discount the language dimension (Visual Studio is still my preferred C++ development environment) Eclipse is easily my favourite IDE to use - although in practice you have to be a Java developer to really get the best out of it.

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Gutsy revisited - Envy, Compiz & Shared Folders

Yesterday’s Ubuntu install didn’t exactly go entirely to plan, but today I spent a little time trying to resolve things. My overall approach to this is to try to use the most user-friendly tools available first before starting to hack on the command-line - as a fan of running Linux servers which don’t even have an X server running this might seem odd, but I really want to know how well Ubuntu does as a user-facing OS while I’m doing this.

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A Gutsy Fighter

I haven’t had a lot of time to play with much lately, but while I processed some OGRE patches (ie during the times I was waiting for builds) this morning I finally got around to installing the latest Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) on my new test box. It already has XP and Vista on it, so it’s getting quite cosy in there, but since the box is only for testing I can afford to burn a fair amount of space on OS overhead.

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Brightens my day

SCO on the brink of final collapse It just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside that for once in this crazy industry, bullshit did indeed walk.

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Open source adoption; countering the fear and doubt

For some reason, open source solutions aren’t that popular where I live. Historically, the UK has lagged behind the other major developed countries in North America and Europe in open source adoption, for reasons I’m not entirely clear about, but generally that attitude is changing over time, as discussed in a report issued by Atos Origin a couple of years ago (funnily enough, I worked heavily with Atos for several years in a previous job on a project that included many open source components).

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Spring eats Tomcat

Well, not quite. But if you’re a fan of open-source software for the enterprise this is pretty big news - SpringSource (who, unsurprisingly, provide services around the Spring framework) is buying Covalent, who in turn provide services around server implementations like Tomcat and Geronimo, which are of course both Apache open source projects. It will mean of course that SpringSource will become more of a ‘one stop shop’ for people wanting to deploy Spring from start to finish.

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Open Season on Sun / MySQL

The acquisition of MySQL by Sun Microsystems for an eye-watering $1bn is old news by now, but I just thought I’d recommend listening to a special edition of Open Season which talks to the executives involved (as usual, hosted by the leaders of Alfresco and MuleSource) - if you’re at all interested in the state of ‘commercial’ open source, Open Season is always a good listen, even if most of us aren’t within a million light years of the sort of enterprise business these guys are involved in.

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This is what's wrong with proprietary data formats

I heard today that, unbeknownst to people downloading it, Office 2003 SP3 drops support for loading a number of older Office formats, including Word 6.0 and Word 97. Now, it’s fair to say that these formats are as old as the hills, but here’s the thing - businesses will have lots of archived documents that they probably haven’t converted to newer formats that they don’t want to lose access to. To just drop support for opening this archived material is ridiculous and is understandably ruffling a few feathers.

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Androids dream of phones, not sheep

I’m just catching up with the news of a day or so ago, so feel free to yawn and comment on how slow I am on the uptake 😀I don’t particularly watch the phone market that closely, because I own a fairly simple phone right now, but I’ve been intrigued like most people about the fact that Google paid a lot of money to secure a segment of the newly available section of the wireless spectrum from the FCC, and had been testing all kinds of phone tech.

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