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Python’s simpleparse module

I’m working on a project that required a bit more from the JSON parser than the stock JSON parser with Python allowed for. After doing some hunting around, I came to the unfortunate conclusion that I’d probably need to write my own. Thankfully, Python’s simpleparse module lived up to its billing (thanks in large part [...]

Syndicated 2010-02-18 01:09:11 from Roblag » Tech

Moving on

I’ve decided to leave my current job at Linden Lab. Those of you interested in the ins-and-outs of Second Life may want to look at my post to “sldev” (our open source development mailing list). It was a tough decision to leave, and even tougher to make without having my next move totally [...]

Syndicated 2009-11-09 06:07:11 from Roblag » Tech

Brutal honesty in open source development

There’s a bit of a flamewar going on right now between the main PulseAudio developer, and another Linux desktop developer who grew frustrated by some very real problems caused directly and indirectly by it. PulseAudio is the latest of many savior technologies that promise to make audio on Linux not suck. I’m actually [...]

Syndicated 2008-07-19 09:10:09 from Roblag » Tech

Software as hiring decision

This article in CIO Magazine touches on things that you should look for in choosing open source software: Project stability: Can you trust the project to be there when you need it? Project support: Can you get support when you need it? Internal software management: Does your company know what open-source programs it’s using? How it’s developing and [...]

Syndicated 2008-07-17 07:08:29 from Roblag » Tech

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

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