Mobile Linux characters have been acting out lately like they were in a bad adventure movie.
Maemo lopes slowly and reluctantly toward its fatal date with the sunset. MeeGo blinks in the same sun and finds its full commitment gone. And like a battle-tested Phoenix, Tizen emerges from the ashes of twice-burned, thrice-shy skepticism.
Such is life in the largely undeveloped desert ecosystems outside the expanding stockade walls of Appleworld, Microsoftia and the remaining fading few. Continue reading
Posted in Getting Qt, Great Governance, HTML Heaven, Into Outreach, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Pushing AppUp, The Cat Corral, The Process and Product Frontier, Tizen Rising
Tagged HTML5, Intel, LinkedIn, Linux, Maemo, MeeGo, Tizen
Some of us like to think that systems and data and processes are the bones, brains and blood of any venture. And for the most part that’s true. But what body can thrive without a heart?
This isn’t just rhetorical. The question came up for me a few days ago when I received the devastating news that a very good friend had passed away. Continue reading
Posted in The Write Stuff, Mentioning Maemo, Great Governance, Mentioning MeeGo
Tagged LinkedIn, Maemo, Nokia, community, MeeGo, forumnokia, lcuk, Gary Birkett, liqflow, liqbase
When I last wrote about “smart power”, I was taking US business and especially political leaders to task for failing to craft comprehensive, forward-looking energy policy. They seem to be more concerned with drilling for today’s dwindling oil than planning for tomorrow’s growing needs. Meanwhile, citizens feel powerless to do much about it.
Part of the problem is one of scale. Our energy dilemma is big and not easily solved. There’s a great deal of economic inertia keeping us stuck in hydrocarbons. As I said before, I believe it’s largely the role of government to help “unstick” us– to provide incentives, tax or whatever, in facilitating a transition from a polluting power paradigm to one more responsible and sustainable.
But that doesn’t mean the citizenry should sit back and wait for their tax dollars to be put to proper use. There are moves we can make at local levels to get change underway… and set the stage for more expansive solutions. Continue reading
Posted in Econometrics and Analytics, Great Governance, Greening Up!, Inviting Change, Out There, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged Aidan Dwyer, energy, Germany, green, power, smart, solar, Texas, Wildpoldsried
A friend of mine in the MeeGo community brought my attention to an interesting concept he calls MeeGoVerse, which translates common gaming elements to real-life work as a sort of “massive multiplayer” endeavor. One important aspect is the use of achievements to reward people for attacking necessary community evils, like bug reporting. I can envision Meegon badges for each achievement. People love to contribute, and especially be recognized for it.
Badges can be found in unusual places and contexts. While updating my LinkedIn profile recently I took stock of a couple of icons I had not really thought much about before.
Right there beside the YOU indicator you’ll note an in and, next to it, a circular array graphic. The first indicates a Premium account, meaning for one that you get to harass potential connections with InMails. Very valuable when I was searching for a new job two years ago. The circle of circles shows profile viewers that I’m a member of an OpenLink network and thus open to said harassment. Fair, after all, is fair. Continue reading
Posted in The Write Stuff, Ways of Rocking, Econometrics and Analytics, Mentioning Maemo, Views and Reviews, Great Governance, Mentioning MeeGo, Into Outreach
Tagged achievements, community, forumnokia, gaming, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Open Badges, recognition
Friend and Maemo/MeeGo bugjar master Stephen Gadsby alerted twitterites yesterday to a Fedora bugzilla flamefest, and at first blush it made for interesting comic relief. Who doesn’t enjoy a good Internet argument?
But a second read sobered me up quickly. The bug turned out to be an issue introduced into the crucial (and occasionally controversial) glibc code library that doesn’t appear to have been sufficiently regression-tested. The code change reason is described as an execution speed improvement, but it appears to have come at the expense of pre-emptive error-checking.
Most people aren’t going to care about the technical reasons underlying the discovered bug. Most will, instead, be concerned with its impact. And that gets us to the reason behind me writing today. Continue reading
Posted in Delivering Quality, Great Governance, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Smooth Codings, The Cat Corral, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged Fedora, forumnokia, glibc, LinkedIn, Linus Torvalds, Linux, QA, Quality, Red Hat