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A hard problem worth solving

Here’s a description of the organic open source panel at OSCON (which I’m participating in): “The OSI’s Open Source Definition attempts to set the minimum bar for a software license to be considered “open source”. However, there’s much more to a software project than just the license. Are software projects dominated by a [...]

Syndicated 2008-07-14 07:50:16 from Roblag » Tech

Open source and a free tote bag

Matt Asay wrote a blog post “Cash, code, or free-riding in open source communities?“, which was a good post on a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about myself. He used the term “free-rider” which caused a well documented uproar. I’m saddened by the sense of entitlement inherent in the uproar. What’s wrong with [...]

Syndicated 2008-05-16 06:02:41 from Roblag » Tech

Is OpenSolaris an elitist?

Dave Neary has a great blog post about Sun trying to do the right thing. It was refreshing to read this, and quite insightful. I’ve been watching the naming debate with some interest, if for no other reason than this is a conversation I’m quite interested in pushing my view in, and it [...]

Syndicated 2008-04-29 06:37:30 from Roblag » Tech

Speaking at the Seattle Social Media Club

A little bit of work talk. I’m going to be speaking tonight (January 31) at the Seattle Social Media Club about Second Life, along with my co-worker Greg Tomko-Pavia (aka Periapse Linden) Jeff Barr at Amazon, who has been doing really innovative work promoting Amazon Web Services using Second Life, and Brian White, the author [...]

Syndicated 2008-01-31 18:07:16 (Updated 2008-01-31 18:13:32) from Roblag » Tech

New Job Title: Open Source Busybody

For those of you wondering what I’ve been doing at Linden Lab, now I can tell you.

Syndicated 2007-01-09 00:40:24 from Roblag » Tech

Orkut is in Alexa’s Top 10 sites…wtf?

Google’s social networking site Orkut was the coolest thing since sliced bread back in early 2004. It was a social network that actually had interesting people on it. It had a fun user interface. And then, the reliability problems kicked in, and then the Brazilians invaded every corner of it. So [...]

Syndicated 2006-10-08 06:14:54 from Roblag » Tech


I’m off to Boston, to be among fellow nerds at Wikimania, where I’m hosting a discussion about enterprise use of MediaWiki, as well as hanging around beforehand for Hacking Days. We’ll see what sort of attendance there is for my session; there’s a lot of parallel tracks at this thing. I’m hoping to [...]

Syndicated 2006-08-01 07:57:40 from Roblag » Tech

Apple’s $150 IQ test

I’m not an Apple fanboy by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have to hand it to them with the new laptops.  Not points on quality, but on revenue maximizing genius.  Specifically, charging $150 more for a black laptop.  People will pay for the cachet, and charging $150 is just enough to make [...]

Syndicated 2006-05-20 01:26:55 (Updated 2006-05-20 01:28:32) from Roblag » Tech

Mobiguous company names

A friend recently told me about yet another mobile startup who I won’t name, but suffice to say has yet another one of those generic amalgams of “Mo” or “Mob” with some other word. It got me thinking “hey, I can automate this; maybe save everyone some time”….which I did (at least the first [...]

Syndicated 2006-05-02 07:22:39 (Updated 2006-05-02 07:26:30) from Roblag » Tech

16 Jul 2003 (updated 16 Jul 2003 at 05:44 UTC) »

Went to OSCON last week. Got sick. Not sure if the two were related. ;-)

Actually, things went really well. Based on discussions there, I'm messing around with our SMIL implementation to come up with a good export format for OpenOffice Impress.

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