TextDrive vs. Textpattern

Once upon a time, TextDrive was started with a certain idea in mind.
bq.TextDrive was founded in 2004 by Dean Allen, and was originally conceived as a managed hosting service for users of his Textpattern content-management system. In an unusual move, Allen offered lifetime hosting accounts, at a one-time price of USD$199, to the first two hundred customers in lieu of seeking venture capital; this initial group was dubbed the “VC 200”. The scope of the company quickly moved beyond Textpattern hosting, however, and TextDrive has been a general-purpose hosting service for most of its history… Since early in its history, TextDrive has provided support to open source software projects; the company donates a portion of proceeds from each customer’s hosting services to an open source project of the customer’s choice, and has offered hosting services specifically tailored for developers of open source projects. – “Wikipedia(TextDrive)”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TextDrive Four years later, things have changed.
bq.As a pragmatic result of our long-lasting struggle to tame the touchy Subversion host we finally gave in and moved our code repository. – “Robert Wetzlmayr(Textpattern repository moved to Google Code)”:http://textpattern.com/weblog/315/textpattern-repository-moved-to-google-code I still have my second round VC lifetime account so this won’t affect me directly but I still think this sort of marks the end of an era. And not in a good way.

Safari for Windows

I certainly wasn’t expecting this.
bq.Apple doubled its presence on the Windows platform Monday when it released a Windows-compatible version of its Safari Web browser. Released as a public beta, the final version of Safari 3 will run on both Windows and Mac OS X 10.5. – “Philip Michaels(Apple brings Safari to Windows)”:http://www.macworld.com/news/2007/06/11/safariwin/index.php I have always loved how Safari renders pages when I am on my MacBook. I just thought we would have to wait for “Swift(Swift: The First KHTML Browser for Windows)”:http://try.swift.ws/ to mature. But how is this going to effect Microsoft’s plans for Internet Explorer?
bq.Although Microsoft may continue to provide security and performance updates, no major new releases are planned, Microsoft Product Manager Jessica Sommer told CNET News.com. Sommer said that, with the emergence of Apple’s Safari browser, Microsoft felt that customers were better served by using Apple’s browser, noting that Microsoft does not have the access to the Macintosh operating system that it would need to compete. – “Ian Fried(Microsoft: No new versions of IE for Mac)”:http://news.com.com/Microsoft+No+new+versions+of+IE+for+Mac/2100-1045_3-1017126.html?tag=st.bp.story Well, actually, that was IE for the Mac. But still…

Teen Tech Week

I just found about something new to mark on your calendar: “March 4-10”:http://www.alastore.ala.org/SiteSolution.taf?_sn=catalog&_pn=product_detail&_op=2188
bq.The new Teen Tech Week ™ campaign focuses on attracting teens to the library to use the technology resources. Thankfully, there are no terribly cheesy posters, but more hip-looking, colorful posters that focus on creating, playing, and surfing at the library, along with branded CD case and Cordman, and your standard other fair (pens, pamphlets, etc.). Currently, the Teen Tech Week poster is number 2 in the top 5 online bestsellers for the ALA online store. Kudos to YALSA on such an excellent job with the new program. – “Andrea Mercado(I *heart* ALA’s new tech marketing stuff)”:http://www.librarytechtonics.info/archives/2006/11/i_heart_alas_ne.html Is it just me, or have libraries really become technology oriented lately? I think this makes for a great companion to Teen Read Week.

Gaming at the Library Update

Remember my post about my grant application?
bq.I just completed an application for a Community Library in Caring Grant. – “Me(Gaming at the Library)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2006/08/31/gaming I knew unofficially it was approved a couple of weeks ago, but we received the official confirmation today. Our first event will be held November 17th, so if I don’t write much about it between now and then, you can be assured to hear more at that point.

Windows Genuine Disadvantage

While I was preparing to write this, I found an old post I wrote almost exactly 5 years ago.
bq.I have been thinking a lot about Windows XP lately and my own thoughts on Product Activation. I was reading an article in the latest PC Gamer about how quick and easy it was, and I decided they just missed the point. Years from now, I can put together a new computer and load 95 or 98 or Linux or whatever I choose on it. But what happens when Microsoft decides to stop giving out the matching code numbers for XP. You are totally at their mercy and they can stop whenever they choose. And that is why XP is not for me. – “Me(Activating Windows XP)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2001/10/26/xp Of course, like a lot of people, I eventually gave in. I have a couple of notebooks and several desktops running XP at home these days. Dealing with product activation has always been a tremendous hassle, though. I had been leaning toward buying enough full retail copies of Windows Vista in January to cover all my needs. I am no longer considerating that now, though.
bq.The computer enthusiasts who are most apt to run into problems with the Vista EULA are the people who funnel the most money into the PC industry — the ones who buy expensive gaming PCs and regularly upgrade their systems. These enthusiasts are most likely to gravitate toward the most expensive Vista version, Vista Ultimate. In short, one might argue that Microsoft’s new EULA will harm these people quite a bit, especially if their reactivation attempts are thwarted because of licensing problems. Koroush Ghazi, the owner of TweakGuides.com, argues that if even 5 percent of PC users are affected by this change, we’re talking about 50 to 65 million consumers. And again, these are the people spending money on the most expensive PCs and accessories they can get their hands on. – “Paul Thurrott(Vista Licensing Changes Alienate Tech Enthusiasts)”:http://www.windowsitpro.com/windowspaulthurrott/Article/ArticleID/93896/windowspaulthurrott_93896.html And it very well could get worse.
bq.The difference is that Microsoft wants to put yet another layer into the mix, and this layer-Windows Genuine Advantage-could become a problem if the layer itself is ever targeted by a virus or Trojan horse. In other words, what happens if Windows Genuine Advantage is itself corrupted? Windows Genuine Advantage is the layer we really do not need. There is no reason, as far as I can tell, to add a watchdog program to Windows to make sure users are not running bootleg versions of the OS. There has to be a better way. – “John Dvorak(Onerous Vista Activation-A Time Bomb?)”:http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2031647,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03079TX1K0000584 And there is another way.
bq.I’m a nanometer away from switching my family over to OS X when Apple releases Leopard in Q1 of 2007. It looks clean and elegant. It comes with all the software and services the average user could ever want. It runs on the same hardware. A system will be able to dual-boot between OS X and Windows, and pricing is no longer astronomical. But most importantly? With its UI inconsistencies, Vista feels completely schizophrenic, and that’s enough of a reason for anybody to leave Windows in the dust-just like they left MSN Search and IE. – “Chris Pirillo(Vista Will Double Apple’s Market Share)”:http://www.computerpoweruser.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles/archive/c0611/44c11/44c11.asp&guid=8CF5E5CB35CB42E1857F6F42970E2A2C I think all of three of them are exactly right. My expectation is that if Vista ships with this feature in place, a decade from now people will point to January of 2007 (assuming Vista actually ships on time) as the beginning of the end for Microsoft.

Why Blog?

Is blogging about prestige?
bq.As the blogophere has become more rigidly hierarchical, not by design but as a natural consequence of hyperlinking patterns, filtering algorithms, aggregation engines, and subscription and syndication technologies, not to mention human nature, it has turned into a grand system of patronage operated – with the best of intentions, mind you – by a tiny, self-perpetuating elite. A blog-peasant, one of the Great Unread, comes to the wall of the castle to offer a tribute to a royal, and the royal drops a couple of coins of attention into the peasant’s little purse. The peasant is happy, and the royal’s hold over his position in the castle is a little bit stronger. – “Nick Carr(The Great Unread)”:http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2006/08/the_great_unrea.php Or is it about having something to say?
bq.If you find that you are blogging just to get influence and attention, you should stop because you are going to be dissapointed. No one wants to hear about your woeful stories of bitterness, despair and rejection (except Nick of course). If you are writing because you are absolutely passionate about whatever you are writing about, and you can’t stop yourself from writing, keep doing it. You’ll be happy, even if no one is reading. – “Michael Arrington(Is Nick Carr the new Robin Hood)”:http://www.crunchnotes.com/?p=258 When I write something, I do it because I have something to say. And I usually have to want to say it very badly, because I usually have something else I should be doing instead. I hope it will be interesting for the people who subscribe to the feed or that someone who finds it later doing a search, but since I am not about to do any market research on my audience, it would be a little hard to tell. And worrying about who links to you is just silly; I have gotten a few links from very important bloggers in the past and I can assure you, it didn’t change my life very much. So “whatever your reason(Steal this Idea: Learning 2.0 at PLCMC)”:http://www.techsource.ala.org/blog/2006/08/steal-this-idea-learning-20-at-plcmc.html is to start “blogging(List of Participants)”:http://plcmcl2-people.blogspot.com/2006/08/list-of-participants.html, just make sure you are doing it for yourself.

Teenagers on the go

Sam Ruby has put his “presentation(NPUC 2006)”:http://www.intertwingly.net/blog/2006/07/25/NPUC-2006 to New Paradigms for Using Computers up on the web. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of his predictions but they do have the potential to impact libraries in all sorts of ways. Oh, and if you are curious where IM usage is right now, here are “some numbers(Instant Messaging and Trashing Google)”:http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/07/24/instant-messaging-and-trashing-google/.

Big Mac Attack

I hadn’t meant to take off quite this long from blogging. I guess it has been a combination of work (where I have been busy cataloging) and play (where I have been spending way too much time in Second Life). I have also been considering making some changes here but that will be the subject of another post. For now, I want to focus on my latest purchase: a mid-level (aka white) “MacBook(MacBook)”:http://www.apple.com/macbook/macbook.html. I don’t remember exactly the first time I ever used a Mac, but I am fairly sure it was in the University Center at the University of South Florida around 1990. The Student Government had a lab that was actually networked so that any workstation could print to the dot-matrix printers behind the counter. It seems primitive now, but it did have certain advantages over the 6-year-old Commodore 128 I was using back at my apartment. Later on, I found a basement lab that had a mix of PCs running Windows and Macs and got relatively proficient with both. In March 1994, I accepted a position running another Mac networked lab. I had 23 workstations, a server with a whopping 1 GB of storage and a massive 1.3 GB external drive, and a coaxial-cabled token ring network that made life interesting at times. After three years of that, I moved into a Media Specialist position where I had two or three Macs to use. But in all that time, I never really considered owning one. They were always too expensive, both in terms of hardware and software replacement. But for me, this all changed with recent developments. As Steve Gillmor likes to say, Office is pretty much dead to me. I use it at work for projects, but never at home anymore. I do intend to install NeoOffice when it gets to a more stable release. Other software is pretty much the same. I have been able to find free or open source versions of everything I think I need. I will still have an AMD64/NVIDIA-powered XP desktop at home for gaming and other apps. Between USB drives and web-based accounts, I feel I could easily “pull a Mark Pilgrim(Openness and the Longevity of My Bits)”:http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/006920.html someday and move to Linux. But for right now, I am quite excited at being able to say I am a Macintosh owner.