|It’s clearly come a long way, but with all the download hype, is Mozilla pushing out a not-quite solid product just for a publicity stunt?
Fahmida Y. Rashid, Firefox 3 on Linux: Questions about Stability
Today is Download Day 2008 for Firefox 3. Mozilla is attempting to set a Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of software downloads within a 24-hour period. I sort of want to join in the fun – but I just can’t risk it today — too many fires already.
|“Great, just what I need. Another D in programming.”
How did Mars get shortened to “D” instead of “M”?
According to the Digital Mars FAQ page: “The original name was the Mars Programming Language. But my friends kept calling it D, and I found myself starting to call it D. The idea of D being a successor to C goes back at least as far as 1988.”
|“One friend, one person who is truly understanding, who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider our problems, can change our whole outlook on the work.”|
|I’m not so sure that all the usage won’t bog down the 3G network until it is little more than EDGE, at least for a while. Even with “regular” 3G phones, the system has encountered issues from intense usage, causing slow downs, crashes, and complete shut-downs.
teddgcm, 3G iPhone, Will the Network Crash?
|The only real limitation on your copying was the number of floppy disks you could afford!
Graham Pockett, Why I Started CFS (or “Confessions Of A Software Pirate”)
According to the Business Software Alliance’s fifth-annual study on global software piracy, softlifting is still a big problem — especially in “emerging markets.” It makes sense to me. Back in the day, a lot of us were pirates of perchance — as in “perchance we can get this program for free from a friend.”
We used to call it Warez.
Interestingly enough, can you guess what software apps the BSA says are lifted most? Symantec’s Norton Anti-Virus, Adobe Acrobat, and Symantec’s PC Anywhere.
|We have had nearly 24 hours to jump out Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field and put common sense behind the announcements made yesterday – especially the company’s iPhone 3G.
Christian Zibreg, WWDC 2008: Will the iPhone 3G kill the iPhone?
Christian Zibreg thinks the money iPhone users shell out to AT&T each month is the deal killer. It is for my family.
Just as I was posting this, Verizon called and offered my whole family free phone upgrades and extra minutes. Coincidence? LOL!
|A number of people have alerted me in the last 24 hours that a Microsoft project called Sandcastle, located on Codeplex, used the Ms-PL and called itself “open source” yet never posted the source code. This is unacceptable and represents a violation of Microsoft’s Open Source policy. I take it extremely seriously. I have directed the project to be unpublished from Codeplex immediately, including removal of the project’s use of the Ms-PL.
Sam Ramji, Sandcastle Removed from Codeplex
Isn’t it ironic that Microsoft picked Sandcastle as the name for their documentaion tool? Now, like a real sandcastle, it’s disappeared in a wave of indignation from the OSI community.
|Over time, we have added classic data warehouse features like partitioning, sampling and indexing to this environment. This in-house data warehousing layer over Hadoop is called Hive and we are looking forward to releasing an open source version of this project in the near future.
Joydeep Sen Sarma, Hadoop
|The culture that is embodied in the FOSS movement — a meritocracy that is built upon both collaboration and critique — is synergistic with some core principles of learning, so, where possible, I try to embrace that culture.
Walter Bender, as quoted in Walter Bender Discusses Sugar Labs Foundation
“Constructionism” is a theory of learning pioneered by Seymour Papert. Papert first started developing the theory as a student of Piaget in the early 1960s. Over the course of more than 40 years of research and practice, Papert and his students found that children learn best when they are in the “active role of the designer and constructor” and that this happens best in a context where the child is “consciously engaged in constructing a public entity” — something “truly meaningful” for the learner. Further, the creation process and the end product must be shared with others in order for the full effects to take root.
|Most agile coaches move around from team to team and need to fit in with different groups. Not only do they have to be approachable by different people, but they also have to ensure that what they say and how they act doesn’t work to exclude people.
Patrick Kua, The Agile Coach, from A to Z