Free Mercurial Hosting from BitBucket’s new owner Atlassian

At this price, who could resist switching from svn?

Atlassian Buys Mercurial Project Hosting Site BitBucket

As part of the integration, Atlassian is going to make Bitbucket completely free, offering free hosting for 5-devs, with unlimited private repositories. And as a launch promotion, Atlassian is offering a free year for a 10-user account.

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Skype hooks up with Facebook

So with Skype 5, you’ll be able to call your Facebook friends.  Or text them.  And log into Skype using your Facebook credentials.  Clearly Facebook needed something to counter Google Voice.  This is it?

Skype and Facebook to Announce Partnership [REPORT]

Facebook and Skype are working on a deal that would integrate Facebook Connect with Skype accounts, AllThingsD has learned citing sources familiar with the situation.

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Windows Live Users Moving Over

Look out.   Microsoft has decided WordPress is great!  Welcome all new bloggers.

Microsoft Replacing Windows Live Spaces with

Microsoft and Automattic, the parent company of, announced today that the Windows Live Spaces blogging service will be phased out in favor of Users of the service will have the ability to transfer their blogs via a new migration utility beginning today.

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

AOL Acquires TechCrunch

Hunh.   Go Figure.   And right on the heals of AngelGate. 


Tim Armstrong: We Got TechCrunch!


I’m very pleased to announce that we have acquired TechCrunch. Details are in the press release below, and I’m sure founder Michael Arrington will have a few words to say as well. This is a great complement to our continued investment in world class content.


Leading Authority on Tech News Will Expand AOL’s Growing Offering of World-Class, Audience-Relevant Content


Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google Voice approved for iPhone

Was there ever any doubt?  Now that Oracle has sued Google and Apple has sued HTC, the Lawyers are being compensated and so the FTC and Justice Department have averted their gaze.   Its time to get back to making money

Apple Has Already Approved The Official Google Voice App For iPhone, Expect It Soon

Google just needs to revamp the application to work with the iPhone 4 and iOS’s multitasking capabilities. If you’re a Google Voice user and you’re on an iPhone, this is great news.

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

OpenOffice breaks free


First OpenSolaris cuts out on Oracle to form the Illumos project and and OpenIndiana.  Now OpenOffice follows suit.  As the article says; get used to the name LibreOffice, because Oracle owns the OpenOffice name.


OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers • The Register


Driving home the changes, project is now The Document Foundation while the suite has been given the temporary name of LibreOffice.

Oracle, meanwhile, has been humiliatingly invited to re-join the OpenOffice community by applying to the Foundation. It’s also been asked to donate the brand that it owns to the community.

Until there’s a decision from Oracle the suite will be retain the LibreOffice name. Based on Oracle’s history of responding to community ultimatums, we suggest you get used to LibreOffice.


Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

JDK 7 release in 2011

Hurry up and wait.  But if you want Lambda, you’re now looking at 2012.


News: JDK 7 in 2011 – JTraining – Java Knowledge Community – Java Training

Plan B: JDK 7 (without Lambda, Jigsaw, and part of Coin) in 2011 & JDK 8 (with Lambda, Jigsaw, the rest of Coin, ++) in late 2012

Published in: on September 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm  Comments (1)  

Gosling Unbound

So James Gosling made a few ungaurded comments in an interview recently.  A few are great,

well worth a read.  But the one that I found most interesting is below.   I always wondered why

a Java IDE was named “Eclipse”.


Gosling Unleashes on .NET, IBM, Glen Beck, iPads, Oracle & Others –

Gosling on IBM: “They’d do anything they can to screw Sun over. I mean, they didn’t name Eclipse casually. “

Published in: on September 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Novell looks to VMWare

SUSE Linux may be on the move again, if this deal goes though.

WSJ: VMware To Buy Novell’s Linux Business

Novell has been pretty much for sale for six months, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Novell’s Linux business may be bought by VMware. Novell’s other assets, which includes Novell Netware, will then be bought by a private-equity backed software company called Attachmate Corp.

Published in: on September 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

The T3 Sparc servers are up for grabs from Oracle (that still sounds weird).   The four socket box runs 512 threads. 

Larry Ellison’s first Sparc chip and server • The Register


The Sparc T3 is a 16-core kicker to the current eight-core Sparc T2+. The initial versions of the Sparc T3 chip come with either 8 or 16 cores activated and run at one clock speed, 1.65 GHz, according to the spec sheet.

The Sparc T3 chips use a 40 nanometer process and are fabbed by Sun’s designated wafer baker for the T3 chips, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. The chip has a die size of 371mm and like its predecessor offers glueless scalability from one to either two or four sockets. The Sparc T3 chip has eight threads per core and one nine-stage floating point unit per core. The Sparc T3 core has 8 KB of L1 data cache and 16 KB of L1 instruction cache and 6 MB of L2 cache shared by the cores, carved into 16 banks of 384 KB each. The on-chip memory controller supports DDR3 main memory, and Oracle is currently supporting 1.07 GHz sticks in the Sparc T3 systems.


Published in: on September 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment