Operating system

Could a Bug be Deliberately Coded into an Open Source Project for Financial Gain?

For some bizarre reason, the thought at the top of my head last night at bedtime was… “I wonder if sometimes… open sourcedevelopers deliberately code bugs or withhold fixes for financial gain?” If you don’t follow what I mean, here’s where I was: often times, large corporationsor benefactors will offer a code fix bounty or developmental funding for an open source project they have come to rely upon. What if an open source developer were to deliberately code a bug into an open source project or withhold a fix so they might extract some financial support with this method?

Backing up Snow Leopard Server with mlbackups

Apple‘s Snow Leopard Server product is one lovely implementation of UNIX. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using it for the power and simplicity that it offers. I’ve loved using Apple’s operating systemsthanks to the combination of UNIX power and elegant design. Snow Leopard server is no exception to this rule. The barrier to entry with Snow Leopard server was lowered when Apple reduced the price of the product to $499 USD and offered an unlimited client version only.

Industy buzzword that needs to die: the “experience”

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image by <a href="http://www.daylife.com/source/Getty_Images">Getty Images</a> via <a href="http://www.daylife.com">Daylife</a> </dd> </dl> One of the industry buzzwords that needs to go to the grave is the user “experience.” Don’t quote me here, but I recall this buzzwordbeing developed by Microsoftas part of the marketing campaignbehind Windows XP. XP was supposed to be “experience” or “expert” or “XtrastuPid marketing,” I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an XP hater.

Quick Safari/Snow Leopard Tip

If you’re having stupid amounts of trouble with your plugins loading in Safari4 on Snow Leopard, go to your Finderand open /Applications. Right-click on the Safari app and choose “Get Info.” On that screen, you’ll see a checkboxto run the app in 32-bit mode. Check that. Restart Safari if it’s open. Now you’ll find that your plugins magically work. I guess this whole 64-bit thing has caught developers with their pants down.

Wallpaper Outrage

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image via <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com">CrunchBase</a> </dd> </dl> Paul Thurrottposted a nice attaboy to the MSNfolks today for releasing a wallpaper product that will check Microsoftfor updates to your operating system. Get ready folks, I’m about to show my ass again. Are you KIDDING ME? Paul Thurrott has obviously never had to manage a network beyond his own house. Microsoft commonly releases updates through Windows Updateand if you’re a Windowsadmin worth your salt, you’ll know that it’s wise to wait on many of these updates until you’re sure they’re not going to fry your systems.