I followed a link on Twitter this afternoon from Dave Sifry, founder of Linuxcare and Technorati, to this post by Glyn Moody. Sifry has started a new service, hoosgot, that allows you to post a request to the web at large for anything: information, stuff, a job, whatever. You can also see the stream of requests from others and respond to it, if you have what they need. A pretty cool and simple idea, resurrecting lazyweb for 2008.

This has been the idea behind GNU/Linux and open source from the outset: create an ever-growing shared library of freely usable, modifiable standards-based tools. Then use those, with a little code glue, to quickly create new applications. Great stuff! Thanks to Dave Sifry for demonstrating this so competently, and to Glyn Moody for bringing attention to it.

This will be my prediction for 2008: Free and Open Source software will be recognized as secure, reliable tools for achieving business¬† goals. It’s about time.

Linuxtracker.org is pleased to announce the availability of Ubuntu PCB Edition v2.0 on the linuxtracker bittorrent network. For faster downloads, more accurate statistics and to see all of the available torrents, please visit http://linuxtracker.org.

This is an example of the power of Open Source! Ubuntu, itself derived from the Debian source code, is one of the leading Linux distros today. This is because the developers have made it much friendlier and added the option to include non-free software, such as the nVidia drivers. These are sometimes desirable because of the greater control over the hardware and access to additional features.

Now another developer has taken Ubuntu and tweaked it further, adding the programs, drivers and codecs necessary for a pleasing out-of-the-box experience. For those of you who want to install an OS and have it “just work”, try Ubuntu PCB Edition.

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For a variety of reasons, I’m not into the holidays this year (again). So, I started wondering if I should try something different. Something that means more to me than the canned pop culture xmas thing I knew growing up. This year, I’m celebrating the winter solstice.

The solstice is the time of the death of the old sun and the birth of the dark-half of the year. It was called “Alban Arthuan by the ancient Druids. It is the end of month of the Elder Tree and the start of the month of the Birch. The three days before Yule is a magical time. This is the time of the Serpent Days or transformation…The Elder and Birch stand at the entrance to Annwn or Celtic underworld where all life was formed. Like several other myths they guard the entrance to the underworld. This is the time the Sun God journey’s thru the underworld to learn the secrets of death and life. And bring out those souls to be reincarnated.1

In 2007 ce, the solstice, “Mean Geimredh”, in Irish, occurs December 22nd at 6:09 am GMT. I know it’s hip to use UT now, but others in the universe might think it provincial and a touch arrogant – solar-centric, even. Maybe I’ll get up and watch the souls coming out of the underworld. Since it’s a Saturday, they shouldn’t hit much traffic on the Garden State Parkway… ;->

1. Celli Laughing Coyote, “Yule – Winter Solstice: The longest night of the year

Now that I’ve become a blogger (still waiting for my certificate to arrive in the mail), I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time reading other people’s blogs (OPBs). I’m not sure if I’m researching or procrastinating, but I’ve found a number of things I’ll post here. Now, if I can figure out how pings and trackbacks work… I feel so old.

From ddsos.org, Technology is the root of all evil:

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog.

The man will be there to feed the dog, and the dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipments.

Yes, I’m a technogeek of a sort, and I love automating things, but I love this image.You’ll please excuse me now, I have to read all these cool blogs I’ve found before I can sleep tonight.

I’ve been hacking on personal computers since 1982 and on electronic toys since I built my first AM radio as a boy (196?). That means two things: I’m old, and I know a thing or two about technology. But I must admit, I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the crop of youngsters who are growing up with a cell phone, iPod, and [insert latest hip social networking site] as their standard communication tools. I still can’t figure out how to use that damnable auto text mode on my phone. I am just now learning about sites like Twitter and Utterz, that use SMS technology to link the Web, Instant Messaging, and cell phones. Continue reading