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My LinuxTag 2004 photos   25 Sep 04
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Some photos from LinuxTag 2004 in Karlsruhe. I especially liked the Xbox booting Linux screenshots. pics

A Metric Leading to Agility   25 Sep 04
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(Source: Ron Jeffries) Nearly every metric can be perverted, since up- and down-ticks in the metric can come from good or bad causes. Teams driven by metrics often game the metrics rather than deliver useful software. There is a single metric that demands that a team become both agile and productive.The result: better projects done in better ways.

"Example instead of test-first"   25 Sep 04
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Just now seen on the pragprog-list by Massimiliano Mirra: Many have a problem with ``test-first’’ because they can’t see how a test can come before the thing to be tested even exists. So I just replace the word ``test’’ with ``example’’, and tell the student that ``one great thing is that not only examples do tell you where to go with your program, but if you shape them in a certain way, they’ll also serve as tests later’.

Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.

   --Albert Einstei

Software for Slackers   25 Sep 04
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I need this program to stop my internet addiction.

Are you a slacker? So am I. Do you browse the Web, read the news, and write email all day in stead of working? So do I. Does it make you feel miserable and apathetic? Do you tell yourself to stop browsing the fucking Web and get some bloody work done? Do you have absolutely no discipline? I know your pain.

But recent technological advancements have made it possible… There is a cure for your disease!

Years of slacking at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology have resulted in a brilliant 461-line Perl script (which includes 130 lines of comments for free!) that makes it all possible! Your productivity will dramatically increase!

Today, I present Lockout: The Self-imposed, Computer-aided Work Enforcer. This program will help you get some work done by not allowing you to browse the Web. It won’t allow you to do anything but work. It’s a miracle! Your colleagues will respect you, your Ph.D. adviser will compliment you, and your boss, if you have one, will probably not notice the difference! It’s amazing! Scroll down! Read more!

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Wine-Migration   25 Sep 04
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At Linuxtag in Karlsruhe I met during lunch one of the authors of ganymede. I am the last person in the world to promote the use of the Win32-API, but it can come in handy, when you have to use some legacy software on Linux and do not want to pay license fees for the usual suspects like vmware. Having to maintain only one code-base is sexy, too.

I asked David Guembel, one of the fathers of the software to email me a short describtion:

 On an abstract level, the idea behind our ganymede system is simple: To make
 an application run under Wine (a free Win32-API layer and Windows
 executable loader), it is neccessary to know what parts of the Windows API
 are actually required by that particular piece of software. Software has a
 modular structure - in this context, a module is a Windows executable
 (.DLL, .EXE, .OCX etc.) - and every module provides (exports) certain
 functionality and requires (imports) functionality from other modules.
 Thus, ganymede internally creates a dependency graph of an application's
 binaries. This method is static and does not require anything but a fresh
 installation of the software to be analyzed.

 Before x-raying a Windows application, ganymede parses and stores an
 analysis of the soure code of one or more Wine versions. It automagically
 determines the implementation state of the APIs provided by Wine. During a
 software analysis, the functionality required by the Windows application is
 compared to what Wine provides, and missing or incomplete APIs are
 reported. By storing Wine versions and the dependency structure of the
 analyzed applications in a database, automatic or manual re-analysis with
 different Wine versions is possible. Via the API ganymede itself provides,
 the collected data is accessible in several ways. One application of that
 API is our tool named sysiphus, which uses ganymede and a GUI-based
 approach to semi-automatically determine the best possible Wine
 configuration while providing for the possibility to re-use already
 licensed Windows DLLs to fill the gaps Wine still leaves.

The Linux Incompatability List   25 Sep 04
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Saw this on /.

"The Linux Incompatibility list is a wiki project that attempts to document hardware that is incompatible with Linux rather than list what is compatible. In the wiki, it is possible to add alternitives so as to push hardware manufacturers to make good binary drivers, publish specifications, or even better, publish open drivers."

Knowledge Management from personal content management tools   25 Sep 04
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I shamelessly copy this blog-entry from here
 Below is a quote from Dave Pollard, the former Chief Knowledge Officer from
 Ernst & Young. It is a great paragraph because is is truly representive of
 why enterprise knowledge managment solutions failed. He is talking about the
 fact that knowledge managment systems have to be personal content management systems first.


 I believe personal content management tools are the place to start, because
 since the earliest days of business, the principal way of sharing information
 has been peer-to-peer, the most valued 'repositories' of business information
 have been personal filing cabinets, and the principal schema for organizing
 work has been the personal desktop. It makes sense, therefore, that tools
 that facilitate and reflect these well-established 'knowledge processes',
 information sources and networks should be much more successful than the complex,
 centralized, hierarchical knowledge management tools and repositories that have
 been foisted on users for the past decade.

 End Quote:

 It is a great quote because how is it possible that anyone could believe that
 a centralied hierarchical tool could work when it was in no way related to how
 people did and have done knowledge work since the beginning.

Samizdat - 0.5.2 is out   25 Sep 04
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Samizdat is a generic RDF-based engine for building collaboration and open publishing Web sites. It will let everyone publish, view, comment, edit, and aggregate text and multimedia resources, vote on ratings and classifications, filter resources by flexible sets of criteria, and cooperate and coordinate on all kinds of activities. It intends to promote values of freedom, openness, equality, and cooperation.

Samizdat homepage

Slides Dmitry Borodaenko presented about Samizdat ath the Euruko 2003

How Org Charts Lie   25 Sep 04
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(source: Harvard Business School) In an excerpt from Harvard Business School Press Hidden Power of Social Networks, learn how "social network analysis" reveals problems your org chart ignores. link and Bit Torrent: Google in Reverse   25 Sep 04
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why has put that interesting posting on his blog
 Inside my head, I sometimes refer to as the Google In Reverse.
 Google has amassed a solid mound of ranked and twined web sites. The
 standings shift about with caution, the behemoths are tough to dethrone.
 And if I ask for Ruby, the answers in place may hold through the end of
 the year.
 ... is perfect! The activity bred by competitive linking would
 be enhanced by the sharing of richer media.
 Better client software is needed to make this happen.


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