☞ Changing Horses

Might Be Evil Firefox extension that allows you to keep your Google Docs private from Google if you want to. On Changing horses: Open Source Licenses, Foundations and The Software Freedom Conservancy Interesting article from James about choosing a service explicitly because it provides the freedom to leave. Microsoft’s $8bn Skype deal shocks analysts Given […]

☞ Defects, and fixing them

Skype bug gives attackers access to Mac OS X machines Serious, exploitable bug in the Mac version of Skype. Best not to run Skype until they have it fixed. Actually, best not to run it after that anyway, but that’s another matter! Why I think we won the battle against software patents Some good points […]

☞ Interference

Canada still in copyright “hall of shame” according to the US The US interference in the copyright policies of other countries – in order to create a benefit for US businesses – would be considered scandalous if it was, say, China demanding the US change. The Apache Software Foundation Subpoenaed to Produce Documents in Oracle […]

☞ Bad For You

13 reasons why the Infringing File Sharing Act is bad for you This is an excellent list of reasons why internet disconnection laws are such a bad idea. Although it’s got plenty of specifics of the (very bad) New Zealand law that was created when their government sold out to the US (presumably to avoid […]

☞ Reasons to be Open

If You’re Going To Kill It, Open Source It! Of course, that’s not the only reason! This is a fine sentiment, but having been involved in end-of-life cases for products I know that it’s often not possible. While it seems to an outsider that all that’s needed is publication of the details, it’s not that […]

☞ Holiday Tab Sweep

The Parser that Cracked the MediaWiki Code As many of us have been commenting for many years, the optimum freedom comes from neither open standards nor from open source alone but from the combination of the two. The wiki markup language used by MediaWiki is expressed only as open source code; this notable and valuable […]