Everybody at Sun is blogging about the “Crazy Ivan” announcement. As JohnnL put it, “This morning we announced our entire server-side software portfolio will be free of charge and open source. Not pieces, all of it.” This shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. Look at OpenOffice, NetBeans, GlassFish, and OpenSolaris: the trend is inescapable.…Read More Explaining "Crazy Ivan"
First we had the Bush administration paying US media outlets and journalists to carry propaganda as “news”, and giving press credentials to political operatives. Now they’re playing the same kind of game in Iraq. From the LA Times: U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press. Money quote: “Many of the articles are…Read More Blatant propaganda, part 2
The opening of Simon Whitaker’s piece “Nowhere to run” in today’s Guardian commands attention: There is a remarkable article in the latest issue of the American Jewish weekly, Forward. It calls for President Bush to be impeached and put on trial ‘for misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus…Read More Telling it like it is
A couple of apparently unrelated things happened earlier this month. First, I went through the annual ritual called Open Enrollment, during which I reviewed all of the optional elements of my Sun benefits (health insurance, dental coverage, health spending accounts, life insurance, and so forth) and selected the coverage that I wanted for the next…Read More Drucker and my health insurance
Tom Waits… charismatic story-teller with apenchant for freaky people and unusualsettings. You thrive on the concept of theunderdog coming out on top. Which fscked-up genius composer are you? brought to you by Quizilla [Shucks – I wanted to be Nick Cave.] (Via Slacktivist, which you should all read if only for the brilliant deconstruction of…Read More Another day, another quiz
My colleague Mani Chandrasekaran just posted a piece about the new Bangalore airport which is due to be completed in 2008. He began by saying “Most airports, in India, dont really compare to the modern airports around the world”, which reminded me that I had promised you a little rant about my experiences at Bangalore…Read More A rant deferred: Bangalore airport
Although I’m primarily a Mac user, I’ve always had a WinTel PC at home, mostly for playing games. (I prefer turn-based games like Civilization and Alpha Centauri, as well as city-building simulations like Rome. However I occasionally fire up something in the Doom/Quake genre.) My current PC is an eMachines tower with an aftermarket video…Read More My PC emulates the Norwegian Blue…..
As I mentioned, I wanted to check out ZFS now that it’s finally available in the latest Solaris build. My plan was simple: to upgrade my Ferrari to Nevada B27 and then “blow away the Ubuntu partition and create a couple of 10GB partitions” to test ZFS. Well, it wasn’t quite that simple. On Monday…Read More Bringing up ZFS on my Ferrari
Here’s Penn Jillette’s contribution to the NPR series this i believe. Forget about the subtle distinctions between positve atheism, negative atheism, agnosticism, and so forth: Penn just cuts to the chase. “I believe there is no God.” He expresses my belief exactly, but more wittily and with a bigger audience 😉 Key quote: Believing there’s…Read More Penn Jillette: this i believe
My colleague Richard just posted a piece reminding us of Siegfried Sassoon’s powerful protest against the exploitation of the honour and duty of soldiers by the ignorant and cynical. He also links to a fascinating CD by David Behrman based on correspondence between his father and Sassoon. I’ve just ordered the CD; I’ll review it…Read More Sassoon's "Statement Against The Continuation Of The War – July 1917"