Wine 1.2 release coming in June

Wine 1.2 Planned for June 2010 Release

The next release will be 1.2-rc1, which will mark the beginning of the code freeze. This should result in a 1.2 final sometime in June.”

Published in: on May 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Diaspora: The social graph’s LimeWire

Well here’s a project that’s been getting some buzz, this week, as our favorite social network Facebook is pilloried for going rogue.  They recently opened up your personal information to anyone who can embed HTML. 

This tendency they have to make use of your personal data for their own purposes should not surprise anyone who’s been paying attention.  But that’s the deal.  They enable your acquaintances  to get back in touch with you, and in return, they eavesdrop for information that might be useful.

So here’s where Diaspora comes in.  The concept is half FriendFeed (now held hostage by Facebook) and half LimeWire.   The idea is that you aggregate and host your own personal data on your own web server (or “seed”)  then hook it up peer-to-peer style with your acquaintances.  Hopefully, since you control the site and also the copyright to your own contentall will be well.  

Where is the money coming from?  It turns out that these guys are having no problem raising the cash.

A Little More About The Project

A seed will not just be all your existing networks put together, though. Decentralizing lets us reconstruct our “social graphs” so that they belong to us. Our real social lives do not have central managers, and our virtual lives do not need them. Friend another seed and the two of you can synchronize over a direct and secure connection instead of through a superfluous hub.

Published in: on May 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sybase fetches $6 Billion from SAP

For comparison, Sun bought MySQL for $1 billion – Sybase (SY) Acquired By SAP (SAP) In $5.8 Billion Deal

SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the world’s biggest maker of business-management software, has closed a deal to acquire Sybase Inc. (NYSE: SY) for approximately $5.8 billion

Published in: on May 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dropbox , Mercurial, and other uses

Here are a couple articles that spell out some interesting and useful Dropbox tricks.  The one about Mercurial is coolest – but probably only useful to a certain subset of readers.

The Cleverest Ways to Use Dropbox That You’re Not Using – Clever Uses – Lifehacker

Free utility Dropbox is great at syncing files between computers, but it has a lot more potential than just that. Here’s a handful of clever ways you can use Dropbox that you may not have thought of.

Mercurial (hg) with Dropbox

When you go to another machine, say a Windows machine, all you need to do to get access to your repository is to install Dropbox and then clone from it:

C:\code> hg clone “C:\Users\sgraham\My Dropbox\myproj-hg” myproj

And that’s it. hg push and hg pull && hg update will already work properly.

Published in: on May 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google to integate more services with Apps

So “this fall” you will finally be able to ship that corporate blog out to the cloud, along with the rest of your in-house IT stuff.

Official Google Enterprise Blog: More Google applications coming for Google Apps customers

For example, coworkers will be able to publish their organization’s blog on Blogger, share project images with Picasa Web Albums, track industry news in Google Reader, advertise online with AdWords and much more, all without switching back and forth between multiple accounts. While these additional applications won’t initially be covered by the core suite’s support and service level agreement, this change will open up the spectrum of Google’s functionality to businesses, schools and organizations using Google Apps and we’ll evaluate future support options.

Published in: on May 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Triple Boot your Mac – reprise

Get the latest from Microsoft and Ubuntu working an playing we with Mac OS X.

How to Triple-Boot Your Mac with Windows and Linux, No Boot Camp Required – Triple Boot – Lifehacker

Apple has streamlined the process of dual booting Windows on your Mac, but when it comes to Linux, Boot Camp isn’t so friendly. Here’s how to triple-boot your Mac with OS X, Windows 7, and the shiny new Ubuntu 10.04.

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

So you want to know about memristors?

Here is the post for you.  This is about the most exhaustive coverage I’ve seen, complete with links to other sources, that doesn’t require tensor calculus to understand.

High Scalability – High Scalability – How will memristors change everything? 

I will do a lot of “not pretending” in this article. I won’t pretend I actually understand what memristors are or how they will change everything. But since the purpose of this blog is to explore scalability issues, I think it’s worth taking a sip or two of the memristor kool-aid and see where it might take us.

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

FCC says “bring it on”

Will Net Neutrality be the law of the land?   There are promising signs today that we may have learned from history.

FCC will seek to regulate Internet providers

Internet companies such as Google and Skype and public interest groups are applauding the move because it would allow the FCC to carry out policies to expand broadband access nationwide. The groups also support the commission’s efforts to create a regulation that would force broadband service providers to treat all applications equally over high-speed Internet networks, a concept known as net neutrality.

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google says “bring it on”

So here it is.  Google asking a court to rule on whether or not the link economy is only piracy disguised.   

Google sues indie record label

Google has taken the rare step of asking a California judge to declare that by linking to copyright-infringing works on Rapidshare, the search giant is not facilitating the illegal distribution of copyrighted songs.

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Apple Antitrust Complaints brought to you by …

Adobe?  I’m shocked.  Shocked to find out that there is a video streaming monopoly going on here. 
Your Flash video is ready. Hit “play” sir.
Oh, thank you.  Have the Justice Department investigate the usual suspects, Apple, Google, Microsoft.

Well its sounds plausible, and it is attributed to Bloomberg.  But I still remember the recent round of corporate back-stabbing and finger-pointing we saw when the FCC was dragged into the rejection of the Google Voice App.

Adobe behind Apple antitrust complaints, sources say | MacNN

An Adobe complaint is the main cause behind reported federal interest in antitrust charges against Apple, according to Bloomberg sources. Apple recently changed the rules for developers, forbidding the use of third-party tools in the creation of iPhone and iPad apps. In doing so, Adobe’s complaint is said to suggest, Apple has actively interfered with companies’ ability to compete.

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 6:06 pm  Leave a Comment