Universal wireless

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Monday, February 27. 2006

With lots of ISPs and Telcos talking about the availability of "universally available wireless" I have to admit that I have a hard time not having that now, thanks to the spread of broadband to the masses, cheap wireless basestations, and clueless consumers. 2 example to prove my point: Whilst on vacation last year, I fully expected to suffer the slings and arrows of dialup, due to being at a beach resort, and the lack of high-speed at the rental property. Imagine my "surprise" when I booted up my iBook and it immediately found and utilized someone else's connectivity from a few house away. They hadn't even changed the SSID or the admin password. And just this weekend I was again at a remote location (a retreat center) and knew that I wouldn't have much time to do any online work at all, so I didn't even bother bringing a laptop. But some of the people I went with did, and, sure enough, the center had a wireless setup, completely open. Thanks again! It's all so incredibly commonplace. We live in a sea of free wireless right now, thanks to providers who don't even realize that they are giving it away.

Berkeley - SleepyCat - Oracle

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Wednesday, February 15. 2006 in Junk Drawer

The first in what is rumored to be an Oracle buying spree.

Increased diversity

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Monday, February 13. 2006 in Open Source

The January 2006 issue of Linux Format had a nice article regarding the topic of Women in Open Source. In addition to others, I was interviewed for the article and they used a few of my quotes in there, which was nice. Of course, this got me thinking about diverity in Open Source even more so than usual, and although I agree that the female population is not adequately represented, there appears, at least to me, an even more obvious under-represented minority: African Americans. Although it's true that, at least in the US, African Americans as a whole are a smaller minority than women, when I look at the various Open Source projects, and especially when attending conferences, there is a much smaller percentage of African Americans than one would expect. Why is that? Not to take anything at all away from the valid desire to increase diversity in gender, I wonder what can be done to increase the diversity in race...


Posted by Jim Jagielski on Monday, February 6. 2006 in Open Source

I'm having fun working around with Telaen, which is a simple yet powerful webmail client built using PHP. The nice thing about it is that it requires a very barebones PHP build: no MySQL, IMAP, etc, yet it fully supports POP3 and IMAP, and has support for folders, HTML email, etc... It's an offshoot of Uebimiau, which I liked and did some patches/development on, but that project seems to have stagnated, so a few of us started Telaen. Just this weekend I released our 2nd release candidate. A number of Uebimiau users seem pretty happy that we've kick-started development and support again. It's a nice little project.

Goodbye to Joe

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Friday, February 3. 2006 in Personal

I admit it: for the longest time, I simply hated coffee. I would always drink tea, and I found coffee way to bitter and strong for my tastes. This continued for quite awhile until about mid-way in my career when everyplace I went, whether a client or contractor site, they always had coffee, but never tea. Or else they had tea (the bags), but no hot water... So, I "forced" myself to drink coffee. And I grew to like it. Really like it. Until the coffee in most places was way too weak. Yeah, I become almost a coffee snob. But then I really wanted to lose some weight, and one of the recommendations would always be drop coffee and switch (back) to tea. And then about 2 weeks ago I had my first (and hopefully *last*) kidney stone, and again the recommendation was "cut back on the coffee." So that was it. I'll have maybe 1/2 cup a day and that's it. For the most part, I'm back to tea: regular old orange pekoe, green, English Breakfast, the occasional chai... and I almost forgot how much I enjoyed it. Tea is subtle but still with a nice kick to it. Plus, I use less sugar (and milk/cream), so I'm feeling healthier as well. Still, I still get those looks and double-takes from the waiter when, if I eat out, I order tea instead of coffee... But it's getting better.

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