☞ Sunday Positives

U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patenting Welcome and surprising intervention by the US government saying that natural things like genes should not be patentable. Expecting a huge backlash from the biotech industry who will make no attempt to argue the moral case but will scream about unfair loss of earnings (even though […]

☞ Leveraging Community

Microsoft: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted Very smart move (also covered at GigaOm) – Microsoft are trying to lead the race to the bottom with HTML 5, presumably in the hope of killing Adobe, rather than cascading money faster and faster into Silverlight in an attempt to fight the old way. They only place […]

☞ Right and Wrong

Symbian: A Lesson on the Wrong Way to Use Open Source Matt Asay correctly observes that this corporate attempt to use open source was ill conceived and doomed to failure. It was obvious to me right from the moment I heard the strategy (from a head-hunter trying to recruit me about 6 months before launch) […]

☞ Thursday Links

Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay “I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?” At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it’s time for the security theatre to end and for the spiralling abuse of ordinary people […]

☞ Open (Source) Data

LibreOffice Contributions stats It’s early days, but it seems liberating the OpenOffice.org community from the contributor agreement and excessive vetting has helped more than sixty (yes, 60) people decide to try their hand at co-development on LibreOffice. This rare experiment seems to show that an open-by-rule community really does encourage participation. The big lesson for […]

☞ Reputation and Regulation

Building an Online Reputation, One Angry Customer at a Time Really excellent advice here on how to handle customer engagement. As one of the comments says this is a typical profile – both of attitude and skill – for a community manager, and that’s a job that is undervalued by some and in hot demand […]

☞ More Change

Wind of Change Florian Effenburger steps down as OpenOffice.org marketing project lead. He has always been the model of leadership in that role, patient, tolerant and firm when necessary, and I am sure he will be missed. His replacement Peter Junge is from Red Flag 2000, a Sun/Oracle partner in China developing the Red Office […]

☞ Exits and Endings

[An expanded version of this posting can be found on ComputerWorldUK] Mike Shapiro Leaves Oracle Another of the key Solaris guys quits. A key figure in the development the ZFS storage appliance as well as of DTrace in Solaris kernel engineering, Mike was also the guy that shut down OpenSolaris for Oracle. I’m not sure […]

☞ Shake-out

Apple Deprecates Java Apple has finally lost patience with Java and tossed it from the Mac. The update that just happened is the last they’ll bring out, and OS X Lion won’t include Java support.  It’s been an off-and-on relationship for quite some time, rescued by 1:1 contacts each time the end has been threatened. […]

☞ Who Will Watch The Watchmen?

Every email and website to be stored “Every email, phone call and website visit is to be recorded and stored after the Coalition Government revived controversial Big Brother snooping plans.” Despite promises from both the Conservatives and the Lib-Dems during the election to end the surveillance state, the crazy, abusive idea of making ISPs keep […]