Monthly Archives: February 2007

Ten Leading Open Source Innovators

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/article.php/31771_3660831_1

In the past, any open-source discussion centered on Linux, but now that Linux is a mature, stable operating system, the real innovation is happening elsewhere. As Illuminata analyst Gordon Haff notes, what’s most interesting is what happens when the open-source push collides with other technology trends – when it enters the data center, when it drives the virtualization movement, when it changes how software is delivered and monetized, or when it spurs application ecosystems.

Gartner analyst George Weiss opines that just 12-18 months ago, there were still questions about whether open-source business models were sustainable. Now, no such questions remain. Open source is becoming so pervasive that big proprietary vendors are not just embracing open source but now must be careful not to be seen as impeding the progress, fearing both developer and customer backlashes.

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Commons Fileupload 1.2

I am curious as to whether the new streaming API will allow Sakai to handle large file transfers more efficiently… Anyone know for sure? The support for progress listeners also sounds very cool.

From: “Jochen Wiedmann”
Date: February 21, 2007 2:39:49 PM EST
Subject: Announce: Commons Fileupload 1.2

Hi,

the Jakarta Commons team is glad to announce the availability of commons-fileupload 1.2. Commons Fileupload is a framework for handling HTTP file upload requests in servlets, portlets, and similar server side Java applications.

Compared to the previous version 1.1.1, the following notable changes have been made:

- A streaming API has been added. The streaming API allows to handle arbitrarily large files without intermediary files while still keeping an extremely low memory profile.
- The presence of a content-length header is no longer required.
- Added support for progress listeners.
- Added support for header continuation lines.
- Added support for limiting the actual file size, as opposed to the request size.

Commons Fileupload 1.2 is available from

http://jakarta.apache.org/site/downloads/downloads_commons-fileupload.cgi

Jochen Wiedmann

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Outlook 2007 Rant

Update: It looks like Microsoft may have found the problem and provided a solution. The KB933493 article provides a link to an Outlook 2007 patch that claims to fix performance issues that occur when you work with items in a large .pst file or .ost file. Be sure to leave comments with your results. I am trying it now…

I have been a long time user of Outlook and Exchange before that (remember Schedule+ anyone?). Outlook has made steady progression over the years with more/better features and better offline access up through Outlook 2003. However, with Outlook 2007 I am completely and utterly frustrated! I have been running Windows XP SP2 and Outlook 2003 for a while under Parallels on my dual core Macbook Pro with good results. I have since upgraded Outlook 2003 to 2007 and have entered a situation where it literally can take minutes for an action to complete and control returned to me.

This is completely unacceptable. Let me preface the following comments with the fact that Outlook 2007 has very little new functionality and is probably the least overhauled of any of the Office applications in the suite. Now you may be wondering why I do not switch back to 2003 if it performed well and 2007 does not have a bunch of new features… Well there is at least one new feature I am hooked on and it allows me to publish my calendar to an external server for consumption by people outside of the IU organization. This feature alone caused me to try to make Outlook 2007 work for me.

First I thought maybe Office 2007 needed Windows Vista to perform well. So I went down that path and installed Vista in a Parallels hosted VM. No luck – Outlook 2007 is still a serious dog. I have always been a pretty big Microsoft fan and have not bought into the Microsoft produces bloat-ware mantra, but in this case I think it might be true. With that said, I think that overall Office 2007 with the new ribbon interface is a step in the right direction and makes the feature rich applications more accessible to casual or new users. But how could they take an application that used to perform very well, add very little new functionality, and then make it perform like crap?

Others may be wondering why I even care about Outlook if I am running a Mac as my primary operating system. Well to make another long story short, Entourage is also crap and has corrupted my calendar more than once. If you live and die by your electronic calendar, this only needs to happen once before you head for the hills. Will the upcoming Office for Mac fix Entourage; I seriously doubt it. Argh… Rock < Me > Hardplace

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How To Tell The Open Source Winners From The Losers

This looks to be an interesting article about open source from Information Week:

http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197002953

“There are 139,834 open source projects under way on SourceForge, the popular open source hosting site. Five years from now, only a handful of those projects will be remembered for making lasting contributions–most will remain in niches, unnoticed by the rest of the world. For every Linux, Apache, or MySQL, dozens of other open source efforts fizzle out.

That’s a dilemma for the many companies that are expanding their use of open source. Corporate developers and other IT professionals must get better at divining the winners and ignoring the losers. The wrong picks can lead companies down a rat hole of support problems and obsolete software.”

How is Sakai doing?

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LOL: Get a Mac Vista Security

I have to admit I have not been a huge fan of Apple’s “Get a Mac” ad campaign. I understand how it even is having a negative impact as people are siding with the “PC”. However, I must say that when I watched the latest ad, I literally laughed out loud. For those of you that have used Vista, I think you will have the same reaction I did: :)

http://movies.apple.com/movies/us/apple/getamac/apple-getamac-security_480x376.mov

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Superbowl Halftime ‘Show’

First let me congratulate the Colts on a game very well played. This win is great for the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Heck, the kids even got to come into school two hours late on Monday due to the “cold weather”. :)

Now, who was in charge of choosing the halftime entertainment and how did they choose Prince? I mean this would have been a great show if it were… hmmm… 1985! Don’t get me wrong, I liked Prince… in 1985! My whole family was sitting around during halftime scratching our heads. Now don’t get me wrong, I am by no means promoting another scandalous clothing “failure”. :) What about the year No Doubt played with Sting? Now that was a cool show!

PS – Did you happen to catch Kevin Rose in the GoDaddy commercial?

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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver 1.1

It looks like Microsoft has updated their JDBC Type 4 driver for Java:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6d483869-816a-44cb-9787-a866235efc7c&DisplayLang=en

I have not found any release notes, but it must be better! :)

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