Monthly Archives: October 2011

Don’t pile on Stallman

So Richard Stallman (RMS, father of the free software movement) publishes some guidelines about booking him as a speaker.  The “rider” is excessive in it’s detail and that is pushing several people to poke fun at it.  Before you jump on that bandwagon, try writing down your requirements in the same level of detail and see if it reads the same.  Write every preference, situation and detail you can think of, colored through the lens of your staunch beliefs.

That said, does it sound so odd anymore?

Frontier Lives (again!)

So I have a long history with UserLand Frontier, a scripting and database environment that runs on the Mac and Windows.  I spent some time in 2004 as a product manager for UserLand, trying to shepherd the Radio UserLand blogging tool in the fledgling community.  I wrote my fair share of UserTalk scripts for UserLand and myself and shipped some nice code–at least for my skill level.  I worked with some great people with big ideas and even met some big people with great ideas.

One of those people was Adam Curry, long time Radio UserLand blogger, podcaster and former MTV V-jay.  Adam still uses the software and it’s cousins (OPML Editor by Dave Winer) to produce a website and RSS feed for his regular podcasts.  That’s an oversimplification, but for the few readers of the weblog, it will have to do.

Adam’s looking for some help with Frontier–the core of what has become many similar products–to make it run on a new platform and a new environment.  He’d like it to run under Linux for a few simple reasons, mainly to prevent vendor lock-in and give him control of his future PC environments.  I get that.  He’s reached out to the community that’s left looking for someone to take on the Herculean task of creating another “cousin”–Frontier on Linux.

While I know the source code structure and have a basic understanding of how it works, I’m not fluent in the kernel programming environment.  But, since I’m an architect for technology and some of that knowledge will carry over, I’ve decided to approach this problem from that direction.  I’ll jump in the pool again with both feet, trying to architect a direction forward.

Sometimes it’s easier for people to point out a mistake in someone else’s plan than to come up with one on their own.  Maybe my plan will get some people thinking and sharing and finding a way forward.

PS–I’m doing this for fun.  Let’s all have fun together! 🙂

Stripes = movie quote gold

Harold Ramis (Recruit): “What happens if I don’t get on the bus?”

Sean Young (MP): “Aww, you look like a sensitive, intelligent guy.  Don’t make me have to shoot you.”

John Candy: “I hope this is the mess hall–How ya’ doin’ Eisenhower?”


Fun with Siri

Tammy is having some fun with Siri, the built-in assistant in the iPhone 4s. Today’s discovery was that she could ask it to ‘call my husband’ and Siri asked her to confirm it was me. It even offered to remember that in the future! Tonight I’ll show her how to post to her blog using Siri and email…

Seth Dillingham on Steve Jobs

Truer Words: “But mostly, since I learned in a text message from Corinne that “Steve Jobs died”, I’ve been thinking about friends we never meet. People we interact with every day but in a very one-sided way, and how they can be important to us without them ever knowing it.  And how it hurts to lose them, even if they were never really there.”