An interesting example of the mob mentality that is becoming more prevalent on certain parts of the internet (and, indeed, in real life). Yesterday Digg published a story claiming that O’Reilly editor Steve Mallett had “stolen” the Digg’s CSS definitions for his own sites. The response from Digg’s readership was immediate, nasty and, ultimately, completely… Continue reading Internet Mob Mentality
Have you ever been reading something that you are enjoying when suddenly you come across something which is so stupid that you lose all confidence in the author and can no longer take anything they write seriously? It happened to me this morning as I was reading the introduction to Open Source 2.0. In the… Continue reading Unreliable Authors
A couple of interesting books on Open Source Software that I’ve read recently. Karl Fogel’s Producing Open Source Software should be essential reading for anyone involved in an Open Source project (or planning to get involved in an Open Source project). Fogel has been an important contributer to a number of major Open Source projects… Continue reading Interesting Open Source Books
Computer Weekly has an article about LAMP systems. It’s nice that they’re defining it as a “hot skill” about five years after everyone else was talking about it. Or, on the other hand, it’s easy to think that everyone knows about LAMP just because I everyone I know has been working in this area for… Continue reading Computer Weekly Covers LAMP
Not that it will come to much of a surprise to anyone who has thought about it for more than a second, but the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) has published a report saying that schools could save significant amounts of money by using Open Source software instead of commercial software.