Archive for December, 2005

Open Source Year in Review

CIO Magazine has a great list of the "Top Five Open Source Events of 2005" on their website.  The list:

Red Hat makes money from free software
Sun is making everything open source (except Java)
Motorola uses Linux in their phones
Firefox created 100MM downloads
VCs invested $400MM in open source start ups in 2005

They ask the question: What […]

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Microsoft Engineers Wanted for Architel

Are you high-speed?  Energetic?  Looking for a challenge? Ready to jump in the game?  Quit wasting your time, start getting ahead.  Join a company that is going somewhere - FAST!!!

Architel provides IT support to small businesses in the Dallas Fort Worth area.  Architel also sponsors an open source project called SimpleTicket as well as […]

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My old PowerBook for sale!

I recently purchased a new 17" PowerBook G4 and want to sell my 15" PowerBook G4.  Here are the specs:
Part Number: M8859LL/A Serial Number: QT3020GZN4M Spec From Box: 1GHz, 14.2/512/60GB/SD/56K/AIRPORT Existing Spec: 1MB L3 cache, 1GB SDRAM
I doubled the RAM to 1GB from the original 512MB.  It is running Max OSX Version 10.4.3 (Tiger).  […]

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Trivia: Who created Ruby?

Yukihiro Matsumoto (Matz) created Ruby, an object oriented programming language.  According to the TIOBE list, Ruby is only the 26th most popular language.  Rails is an application written to facilitate text processing and system administration in Ruby.
Many of you have asked, "what’s so great about Ruby?"  The truth is, Ruby does quite a few things […]

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SimpleTicket Promotion

SimpleTicket is an open source initiative originally launched by Kevin Marvin from Architel.  I am pleased to announce that SimpleTicket is now a distinct business/initiative from it’s parent.  Kevin Marvin will serve as the president of SimpleTicket, leading a small team of five developers to continue development and promotion of the ruby on rails based […]

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Anti-Hype

Have you ever been to a movie without seeing a preview?  Your expectations are likely fairly low, but if the movie is halfway decent you are happy.  What about the flipside?  You have waited a year to see the latest blockbuster, but even if is ten times better than the previous movie you might be […]

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Looking for schools…

Our son turned four this summer and we have started thinking about where he will attend first grade.  Michele and I convinced ourselves that we should find a private school after we watched a special program on public schools in North Texas on KERA.  Last month we started the process by visiting the St. Marks […]

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Feed Icon Standard (Get on board)

You will note that we are using the new ’standard’ feed icon on this blog.  Get with the program and start using the icon today!
 

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Kids: Not Big in Japan…

Evidently kids are not big in Japan as the AFP has reported that Japan’s population is declining.  Like Germany and Italy, Japanese young people find children to be a burden to their careers and lifestyle.  The government predicts that the population will be cut in half by 2100. 
 

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Wright Amendment Poll Scandle

The Dallas Business Journal conducted an online survey attempting to determine whether or not Dallas residents support repeal of the Wright Amendment.  What was interesting was the attempt by American Airlines and the DFW International Airport Board to ‘rig’ the poll.  On the second day of the poll (December 6th) more than 2,200 votes were […]

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Southwest Venture Forum

The Southwest Venture Forum is holding their Venture Capital Update 2006 on Thursday, January 19, 2022 (7-9AM) at 5954 Luther Lane, Dallas, Texas.  You can register online at their website or call 214.768.3689. 
The keynote speaker is John S. Taylor, VP of Research for the National Venture Capital Association.  SMU/COX Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship is […]

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Money in the open source world

Dallas is home to open source guru Raven Zachary (an editor for Enterprise Open Source Journal and founder of o*rev and Ofo).  Raven and I are getting together to talk about how we should release SimpleTicket (more on that tomorrow) we got together and he helped us pick the right license.  Anyway, I was reading […]

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Dallas’ Open Source Guru - Raven Zachary

Interested in getting in the open source software game?  Are you located in Dallas?  There is just one guy you need to talk to: Raven Zachary.  He is the senior technical editor for the Enterprise Open Source Journal (EOSJ) and runs an open source consulting firm called o*rev. 
Check out his blog for updates on […]

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Legal Rules for Open Source

Using open source software for your business?  Here are Dennis Kennedy’s ‘Best Legal Practices for Open Source Software‘:
1. Understand the Different Approaches That the Open Source Licenses Take. It is important not to think about the Open Source licenses in monolithic terms. I divide the Open Source licenses into […]

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What is Web 2.0

While most of the Web 2.0 world is running from the term, here in Texas I still get the question, "what is this Web 2.0 stuff I keep hearing about?"  I thought I would repost the Wikipedia definition here:
The term "Web 2.0" refers to what some people see as a second phase of development of […]

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