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Marten Mickos departure expected IMHO

on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 16:59

Looks like Marten Mickos, one-time CEO of MySQL is leaving Sun.  Matt Asay talked to Mickos, and had a sense that they key motivating factor was "(Mickos') frustration at Sun's bureaucracy."

I have no doubt this was a strong contributing factor.  I've had my own experiences with Sun over the years, and while I love the technology they produce (which apparently enough other people like to keep them a big company), the <em>business side</em> of Sun can be maddening.  Getting something done with Sun is typically a big exercise in patience.

But in contrast to Matt, I don't think the bureaucracy

Daily airplane flight activity simulation video

on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 22:10

This is just so cool that I have to put it here simply so I can remember to come look at it again in the future....

Pay attention to the sunlight curves, and watch the patterns of where the planes stream over the course of the rhythm of a day.

Thanks to the Zurich School of Applied Sciences.

Open source WCM vs. Interwoven

on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 21:15

Ahhhh.... In the cycling world, when you catch up to a group riding ahead of you, and pass them with ease, you feel sooooo happy about the the fact that you're strong enough to pass them. (Am I competitive? Nah... ;-)

The same thing happens in tech, too. The latest example? When closed source vendors start to get defensive about open source alternatives, you know the open source is starting to affect their business, and the open source project is pulling up to - and passing - the closed-source products.

Witness the blog post by Annie Weinberger from Interwoven, where she tries to

Drupal has passionate coders. We need more passionate users.

on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 22:20

I just took 30+ minutes to watch Kathy Sierra speaking at a WordCamp SF event. It's worth listening to.

The Drupal community could certainly stand to take some of these principles to heart. Particularly what she says from 7:50 - 8:30. To date, most Drupal technology has not enabled end users to get above the "Suck threshhold" - much less the Passionate User level. We've done a great job getting programmers there - even novice programmers; but that's not enough.

The redesign looks like it's beginning to take the step to helping end-users get there.

Sign ... I need to take some time

on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 03:50

The thoughts of the aged.... The video below makes me wish I were 28, could live on a few spare bucks, and go live the cycling racer life for at least a couple of years. Spending my days training. Living for the next race, the camraderie of my racing buddies, the wins, and the losses.

I'll have to settle for hoping my body doesn't rebel so much on me that I can't at least go here (Tenerefe) and do the rides.

Kashmir Kalifornia Videoclip Competition! Cycling in Tenerife: