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Imagine being able torelate to vendors -- productively, on mutually agreeable terms -- rather than just paying them money for whatever they're selling, and occasionally giving them"feedback" through surveys that aggregate our"input" inside some impersonal"customer relationship management" (CRM) system. That's the idea behind VRM, or Vendor Relationship Management. It's the reciprocal of CRM: a toolset for independence and engagement. That is, of independencefrom vendors and engagementwith vendors.VRM is also a development effort --ProjectVRM -- that we've started at theBerkman Center for Internet and Society. There are no VRM tools yet, so we're starting with a blank slate. We've begun filling that in with a wiki and a mailing list, both open. Find them throughProjectVRM.org.
Here's a nice howto
on using mod_rewrite under Apache and Lighttpd for temporary site outages. This tip will help you to disable a site for maintenance using mod_rewrite without redirecting url. Both Lighttpd and Apache webserver allows you to send this message to client using server side rewriting using mod_rewrite and php. This is useful if you are running popular database driven community or e-commerce website. Error 503 informs search engine that site is temporary out of service. A good idea if your websites is heavily depends upon search engine for selling products and services.
I was looking at my traffic log today and noticed Firefox showing up alot.
[Matheteuo.org (not a blog) has always had a strong Firefox and GNU/Linux showing, primarily because of the organization's involvement in the FOSS community. In fact, MSIE accounts for less than 15% of traffic in recent stats. What's happening at your blog? - dcparris]
Books are usually reviewed separately, however both of these publications are inexorably linked as study and lab texts for Cisco's Netacademy WAN Technologies course (part 4 of the CCNA Network Academy curriculum). Of course, they are meant to be used in concert with the online content but can also be independent of it and thus can be said to "stand alone". Still, there are two different authors involved and information is presented differently. What if one book is excellent but the other...well...isnt? Here's where we find out.
Mozilla, Adobe, and Novell made some major news in desktop Linux this year, and smaller developers introduced interesting innovations. But on the whole, 2006 was just about as memorable for what didn't happen on the Linux desktop as what did happen, with interoperability issues of various sorts playing big roles on both sides of that stage.
With Linux running on iPods for a few years now, it would seem that it was only a matter of time before someone got a version of the operating system up and running on Microsoft's Zune, especially given the fact that the player's Freescale iMX31L processor can already handle the OS.
I've seen spreadsheets that are basically interactive tutorials, and many more loaded with what Edward Tufte refers to as"chartjunk" -- embellishments that do nothing to make the presentation of information more effective. Yet, generally, spreadsheets are treated pragmatically. Certainly, few people worry about their layout than the layout of text documents. Still, even if you share this attitude, learning the basic formatting options for cells in OpenOffice.org Calc can be worth your time. Many of the options directly effect how you interact with spreadsheets, and even the purely visual ones can make your lists and calculations easier to read at a glance.
While I stand by my glowing review of Xubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft), I have yet to find any release of any Linux distribution which was free of bugs or quirky behavior. The latest releases of the Ubuntu family of distributions are no different.
I admit it. I've always discounted Red Hat a little bit-- like the kid down the street you have fixed in your mind as perpetually 10 years old. Until he looks you in the eye and says 'Hello' in a baritone.
Since SGI's bankruptcy and many changes for most Unix vendors, many media outfits have been playing the "Unix is dead" card pretty heavily.
The open-source movement isn't limited to computers. The "code" for a good brew is making the rounds. Marketplace strong-armed reporter Ethan Lindsey into tracking down the source.
[Boy, this really messes with the whole "it's not free as in free beer" thing. - dcparris]
A good read for Mac users as well as all Linux/UNIX users. Some good tips.
Terra Soft Solutions this week released Yellow Dog Linux 5.0, a Fedora-based distribution tailored to run on Sony PlayStation 3, for free download. It features a graphical installation program, an updated 2.6.16 kernel, and Enlightenment 17 as the default desktop.
In case any of you are not aware, the Fedora Legacy project is in the process of shutting down. The current model for supporting maintenance distributions is being re-examined. In the meantime, we are unable to extend support to older Fedora Core releases as we had planned. As of now, Fedora Core 4 and earlier distributions are no longer being maintained.
In a recent interview with IT Business Edge, open source expert Bernard Golden said Microsoft’s response to the success of Linux (or open source in general) has been to create an ecosystem around its products — presumably so it isn’t so easy to replace Windows components with open source ones.
Open-source advocates are predicting big things for open source in the coming year.
The KateOS project team, which maintains a full-featured Linux distribution derived from Slackware Linux, last week released an installation version. KateOS version 3.2 features a 2.6.18 kernel, Xfce as its default desktop, and native support for the KDE and GNOME desktop environments.
"In enterprises, you don't have to go 100 percent open source." said ADempiere founder Redhuan D. Onn, aka Red1. "Eighty percent of the IT expenditure would go to the business software such as ERP, SCM, business intelligence, reporting tools, etc. This is where open source should be targeted at -- where you can save the most."
[Hmmm... I would have said you don't have to go 100% percent proprietary. But that's just me. I'm proprietary-free in '07
Running Internet Explorer in Ubuntu Linux
Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth talks why it may finally be time for Linux to out-innovate Apple and Microsoft on the desktop.
[Gosh, I thought we had already done that. - dcparris]
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