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No More
This blog is closed. I'm leaving it up for historical purposes only....
18:21:44 January 16, 2006, Monday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
New OSAF Blog
We've opened a new blog for all things OSAF. Many OSAF staff will be posting there. It's intended to be a good place to keep up with project developments without having to make a huge investment of time and effort. I'll be posting there from now on....
15:55:23 June 15, 2005, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Chandler at the D Conference
I gave a demo of Chandler at the Wall St. Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference last Monday. It was billed as the first public demonstration of the program, which is a bit ironic for an open source project which can be downloaded off the website at any time....
15:03:40 May 29, 2005, Sunday (PDT) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Design Patterns for the Open Source Era
Tim O'Reilly has given a couple of good talks lately about design patterns for innovation. Here is a summary of his Etech talk, and here (5 MB PDF) are the slides from his presentation at the Eclipse conference....
09:39:45 April 15, 2005, Friday (PDT) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Chandler 0.5 Released
We've released Chandler 0.5. It focuses on building out some of the core calendaring functionality for supporting basic individual and collaborative calendaring tasks. Feel free to play with it, but PEASE NOTE IT'S NOT READY FOR REGULAR USE YET. NOT READY YET. NOT. (Am I afraid of this point...
08:52:51 March 31, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
A Chandler User Diary
I've been playing with the pre-release builds of Chandler 0.5, due out next week. As an end-user, you definitely don't want to try to use this version yourself (thank you for your continuing patience), but if you want to see how a real product emerges step-by-step, you might find...
12:59:08 March 23, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
EDUCAUSE REVIEW
EDUCAUSE Review has published an article by me: "How is Open Source Special". Thanks to Pieter Hartsook for all the help....
08:50:03 March 22, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Snippets from Emerging Technologies - Tuesday A.M.
Networks of amateurs (in astronomy, publishing) are displacing the professionals -- Leabeater, quoted by Rael Dornfest Too much important knowledge is locked up on paper where it's not searchable and hard to get to. -- Jeff Bezos, also by Rael. Pay attention to design patterns for innovation -- Tim...
15:08:09 March 15, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Heading to O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
I'm at the airport on my way to San Diego. Should be a good chance to catch up face-to-face with lots of folks. Report to follow....
17:16:11 March 14, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Should Groove Have Gone Open Source?
Andrew from Blogging on the Free Web asks whether I discussed taking Groove open source with Ray Ozzie prior to the Microsoft acquisition. Unfortunately, one of the constraints of working in the proprietary world is the loss of liberty to be open about the details of business transactions (at...
15:13:51 March 11, 2005, Friday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Microsoft Acquires Groove
Microsoft acquired Groove Networks yesterday and Ray Ozzie was named CTO. The press is focusing on this as about Ray joining Microsoft, which underplays the potential importance of Groove's technology. Microsoft has been a substantial investor in Groove for years and Bill Gates' huge respect for Ray is well...
06:55:21 March 11, 2005, Friday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
How to track a PC anywhere
ZDNET Australia This is frightening. By tracking micro-variations in computer clock speed it's possible to uniquely identify a PC connected to the net, regardless of firewalls, anonymizers, etc. So far, a Ph.D. thesis, but practical implementation can't be far off. Has the NSA had this for a long time?...
13:01:26 March 4, 2005, Friday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Ted Leung: Chandler Sprint and BOF at PyCon
Ted Leung has posted an announcement about OSAF's upcoming activities at PyCon. OSAF will be running a Chandler sprint at PyCon in about three weeks. The focus of the sprint is going to be writing parcels for Chandler. Chandler's end user functionality is built using parcels, so the parcels...
16:27:47 March 3, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Market share for Firefox equals or tops IE on Boing Boing
If it hasn't been done already, somebody should create a page of links showing Firefox share for key web sites. It would show it catching up to and passing IE across a variety of sites popular with the "digitally aware". Will it cross the chasm to the mass market?...
08:09:57 February 18, 2005, Friday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Novell's Open Source Collaboration Server
Novell is contributing its NetMail server code base to create a new open source collaboration server, Hula. Hula will support CalDAV, and is currently tested to be robust and scalable for up to 200,000 accounts with 50,000 concurrent connections on a single Linux server. Having this kind of server...
07:29:24 February 16, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Comment and Trackback Spam
Comment spam has increased to the point where I've reluctantly had to disable allowing unregistered readers to post comments for submission. I'm spending too much time cleaning it up as well as trackback spam. I am also disabling trackbacks. This is a shame as it undermines the connectivity that...
08:41:58 February 14, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Open-Source Practices for Biotechnology
Andrew Pollack, NYT, on open source practices for biotechnology: The open-source movement, which has encouraged legions of programmers around the world to improve continually upon software like the Linux operating system, may be spreading to biotechnology. Researchers from Australia will report in a scientific journal today that they have...
10:46:09 February 13, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
New connections: the progressive and the pragmatic
Thomas Friedman, NYT, on a geo-green strategy: "combining environmentalism and geopolitics is the most moral and realistic strategy the U.S. could pursue today." Bill Greider, in The Nation on new thinking about investment strategy: high returns over the long term, as needed, for instance, by large public pension funds,...
10:13:06 February 13, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Daily Kos :: The rise of open source
Kos notes that Internet Explorer market share for readers Daily Kos has dropped dramatically to about 55%. Firefox is now about 25%. Where will it stop?...
18:00:00 February 11, 2005, Friday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
CalDAV in Wikipedia
Lisa Dusseault has created a wikipedia article on CalDAV. A good place to start if you're looking for information about a new approach to calendar sharing and interoperability. Also see Jon Udell here. Does your favorite protocol have a page? If not, add one!...
12:09:16 February 8, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
"Origins of Cyberspace" Auction
Christie's will be auctioning a treasure trove of rare books and manuscripts in the history of computing on Wednesday, February 23 in New York. My favorite item is the typescript of first business plan for a computer company, Eckert and Mauchly's "Outline of plans for development of electronic computers"...
08:25:50 February 4, 2005, Friday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Too Much Information
I'm looking for basic information about getting a mobile phone for a family member. The carrier is Verizon. The most important affordance is that it be easy to use, with a readable screen, and should stand up to being carried around a lot. Not a PDA, just your basic...
14:11:36 February 3, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Open Source and Entrepreneurship
A commenter asks: Mitch, you are a big supporter of open source, but do you think you would reach the same position you are in today (in terms of money and credibility) if you were starting now in the software business embracing the open source model? I do not mean...
09:31:56 February 3, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Patents as WMD's
From Good Morning Silicon Valley: During a panel discussion at the OSDL Linux Summit, Linux founder Linus Torvalds; Brian Behlendorf, a co-founder of the Apache Web server software; and Mitch Kapor, chairman of the Mozilla Foundation and the Open Source Applications Foundation, spoke out against software patents. "Are software patents...
12:29:39 February 2, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
What is Socially Irresponsible Investing?
Microsoft is the most widely held stock by socially responsible mutual funds. Jeff Reifman blogs it here. Details in the Natural Capital Institute report (PDF) here. Note: Some pages don't render at all properly in the Mac's Preview application, but are correct with Adobe Acrobat....
13:54:43 January 31, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Role changes at OSAF
There are some changes in roles of OSAF staff that deserve mention. Chao Lam, Chandler's Product Manager, will be switching to a part-time role as an individual contributor. Mitchell Baker, who has been working on OSAF staff one day per week, will be giving that up to focus 100% on...
10:36:58 January 24, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Commons-based Peer Production
It may be a mouthful, but try to get used to saying "commons-based peer production". Open source software is an instance of it in the realm of information technology. Collaborative knowledge publications like the Wikipedia are instances in the content domain, and we are sure to see many more new...
20:37:29 January 17, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Copyright Out of Balance
Cory Doctorow on the disappearance of important documentary films because filmmakers can't come up with continuing payments for rights to archival footage. Case in point: The legendary Civil Rights Era documentary "Eyes on the Prize". Footnote: When I was the CEO of Lotus in the mid-1980's, the company provided critical...
20:29:34 January 17, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Griffin RadioSHARK
I don't usually plug new products. In fact, being generally pretty weary of new tech and used to big disappointments, my gizmo consumption has dropped to historically low levels. However, I was intrigued with the promise of one new device to order it and sufficiently impressed with the flawless initial...
20:05:55 January 17, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog
Creative Commonists?
Criticizing Creative Commons for undermining an artist's ability to be paid for work puts the ignorance of the critic on display. Creative Commons, with whom we share office space, helps solve a different problem than artist compensation, namely how to enable a voluntary, more flexible regime of sharing creative work....
13:52:54 January 8, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Mitch Kapor's Weblog