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Welcome! One way or another, open source software has influenced just about every major information technology development of the past forty years from multitasking operating systems to personal computing to the Internet itself - and it's already taking on the business information software industry. Whether you agree with me or not, I'm looking forward to sharing news and views here about open source software and how it is shaping the business of business intelligence.



I love you egg. If you're at work, turn your speakers down (unless you want your co-workers to think you're insane). And if you want the Korean version, try I love you egg, in Korean (click the first balloon under the blue cloud in the upper right corner to start the animation).

The animation for the two versions is similar but different.

Are you still with me? Good.

Because that's not a production of the Korean Egg Council--it's iloveegg! There's licensed characters and a comic book; both based (apparently) on a clay-animation cartoon produced in Korea.

So, the whole thing is designed to appeal to young minds (or immature minds, like mine) and get them to pester their parents to spend money. Presumably, there are licensed character toys, just like Pokemon and all the rest of those "collectible" series. I'm surprised it never made it to the US (or if it, I'm even more surprised I missed it).

Has anyone else seen these things?

Posted August 8, 2008 8:00 AM
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I try to keep posted on important incidents of data loss (see More data blunders for example), but it's a big job.

That's why it's great news to hear about this: Open Security Foundation To Maintain Attrition.org's Data Loss Database - Open Source. Here's a link to the DataLossDB site, where you can track the latest database disasters. You can even download the database to do your own research or produce your own reports.

This is a big deal. There needs to be an authoritative place you can go to keep track of data loss incidents, and so far this looks good. Do you know of any others? Let me know--I want to hear about them!

Posted July 28, 2008 7:00 AM
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Again, more bad news for Microsoft. With Apple's market share continuing to explode (Mac OS X approaches 8 percent market share in June), and Linux notching some respectable increases (er, sort of: Linux - Still chasing that elusive 1% market share) , the people at Redmond have to be worried, despite all the "success" they're having with Vista.

Here's the latest round of pain and humiliation:

  • Network World's Stiennon on Security offers Top Ten Worst Uses for Windows, and Ten More Stupid Uses for Windows. Some are silly, like the first, "To display a static green arrow over the open TSA security lanes at Detroit Metro.", except when displaying BSODs. But more are frightening, like using Windows for things like running trains, air traffic control systems, medical systems and other seriously mission-critical applications.

  • Is Vista really all that? Apparently, there's still plenty of demand for XP: Windows XP a hot item on Amazon.

  • Leave it to Wikipedia to publish these lists: Features new to Windows Vista and Features removed from Windows Vista. Number one on the "removed" list? Active Desktop, which back about ten years ago was a really cool feature (kind of like desktop widgets, where you can map live web content onto your desktop). There's lots more, which is scary: what happens in ten years if Microsoft decides to remove support for your mission-critical application from the latest version of Windows?

  • This guy is a real hero: How I got a Windows Vista refund from HP. After many hours on the phone with HP support, and lots more time spent documenting the process over months, he tells the story of how he got a refund after deciding the Windows Vista license was too abusive to agree to. I felt the same way when I bought my current PC, but didn't have the patience or perseverance to pursue it (and my recollection was that my license explicitly stated that there would be no refunds from the manufacturer).

  • Finally, here's indication that Linux can get some real traction out of the appliance computing market: Linux for housewives. XP for geeks. ZD Net blogger Robin Harris points out that Linux has advantages for the appliance market: it lowers the software cost, but it gives manufacturers more freedom over what software capabilities to build into their products.

What does the future hold? Stay tuned...

Posted July 25, 2008 8:00 AM
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Here's a link to a real article in a real newspaper, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Man gets Windows Vista to work with printer

It's a follow-up to a story, Vista at one year: Progress and pain, that ran back in January and started off telling the story of Charles Walling, a man who just wanted his printer to work with Vista--after all, it worked with Windows XP.

Six months later, and Mr. Walling is a happier man, after:

Tom White, test manager for documents and printing in Microsoft's Windows Experience group, visited the Walling household on multiple occasions, figured out what was wrong, and ultimately got the printer to work.

Turns out, if you're configuring the printer for Vista but using the original printer driver CD provided by the vendor for Windows XP, you could have problems because Vista has problems keeping it all straight. Somehow. Sort of.

Read the whole article for excuses and spin from Microsoftniks.

Posted July 18, 2008 6:00 AM
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I love lists, and I kind of enjoy making my own lists. This one is a sort of paradox: how do you make a list of things with not so much in common (aside from the fact that I think they're all interesting or amusing or just plain worth looking at)? Once you do, they share the attribute of being members of the list. Oh well, enjoy--it's Friday!

Posted July 11, 2008 7:00 AM
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