Whole Web is the OS of the future

This is according to Tim O’Reilly. I agree. In the future, everything will revolve around the browser and the whole web. The browser will essentially become the main interface to the operating system. From cnet news.

Open-source developers and businesses are focused on the wrong opportunity, according to industry luminary Tim O’Reilly. The future isn’t programming for Linux or MySQL. The future is programming for the “whole Web.”

And it threatens to be controlled by open-source savvy, data-rich companies like Google.

On Wednesday in San Francisco, O’Reilly closed the first day of the Open Source Business Conference by shaking up some comfortable assumptions of the open-source commercial ecosystem, which has tended to focus on commoditizing established markets with low-cost, high-value distribution, all driven by open-source licensing.

Linux Appliances

You’ll be surprised what appliances are running Linux. Try a microwave, washing machine, and a coffee maker. There is no doubt this list will expand. What’s next? Refrigerators, ovens, home theaters, garage openers, heating and air conditioning, etc. Anything is possible. Also featured is the world’s smallest Linux PC measuring at a mere 2 x 2 x 2.2 inches.

Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps

Things are heating up between Google and Microsoft. Google just announced that they are building a platform to migrate Microsoft Exchange users to Google Apps. Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange will copy e-mail, calendar and contact data from an Exchange installation to Google’s Gmail service, a part of Google Apps, preserving folder structures in the process.

From Information Week:

Last summer, Google introduced Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook which allows Outlook users to connect to Google Apps for e-mail, contacts, and calendar data. The company has also released Google Apps Migration for Lotus Notes and Connect for Blackberry Enterprise Server.

Vander Mey said that two large companies have just embarked on the journey to become Google Apps customers, Konica Minolta (7,000 users coming from a mixed IT environment that included Exchange) and National Geographic (2,000 users, migrating from Lotus Notes). Motorola and Jaguar Land Rover, each with 15,000 users, were among the companies last year that left Exchange for Google Apps.

All told, Google claims to have about 25 million individuals and 2 million businesses using Google Apps.

BPOS costs $10 per user per month, or $120 per user per year, more than twice the $50 annual cost for Google Apps. But really, the two services aren’t directly comparable in terms of features. BPOS, for example, doesn’t include Microsoft Office.

IE9 Beta

Microsoft IE9 “Platform Preview” is now available for download. It doesn’t have the all the features revealed at the moment, but we hope it will support web standards CSS3 and HTML5. From the looks of it, IE9 will not run on Windows XP. It requires at least a Vista SP2 OS. Microsoft engineers think the browser is going to be “crazy” fast. I don’t know what that means, but we will just have to wait and see.

Donate Your Old Hardware

System76 is partnering with non-profit Kids on Computers, to help bring computers, as well as, free and open source software to disadvantaged kids. From system76 website:

What is Needed?

Kids on Computers is looking for both laptops and desktops that are less than four years old and with at least 512 MB of memory. They also need peripheral eqipment such as: extension cables, ethernet cables, monitors, printers, memory, etc.

How to Donate

There are two options to donate:

  1. If you purchase a new computer from System76, you can elect, during checkout, to purchase a discounted shipping label for the computer you plan to donate.
  2. Or, you can send an email to: donations@kidsoncomputers.org or visit KidsOnComputers.org for details on where to send your donated equipment.

In either case, you will receive a ‘Donation Acknowledgment Letter’ from Kids on Computers. The letter will not contain a value for the donated equipment. It is up to the donor to determine the value of donated equipment.

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions about Kids on Computers or any questions about specific equipment needs, please email: donations@kidsoncomputers.org.

Fedora 13 Pre-Release

The Fedora 13 “Goddard” Alpha release is now available! You can participate by testing the Alpha release and reporting all bugs to the Fedora QA team. Here’s a message from Jesse Keating:

The Alpha release contains all the features of Fedora 13 in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is code-complete, and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of Fedora 13 is due in May.

We need your help to make Fedora 13 the best release yet, so please take a moment of your time to download and try out the Alpha and make sure the things that are important to you are working. If you find a bug, please report it — every bug you uncover is a chance to improve the experience for millions of Fedora users worldwide. Together, we can make Fedora a rock-solid distribution. (Read down to the end of the announcement for more information on how to help.)

If you want to be involved with Fedora, this is a great way to make a contribution.

Lenovo Q110

Back in early December 2009, I bought a Lenovo Q100 nettop. Lenovo recently released the IdeaCentre Q110. So, what’s the difference between the Q100 and Q110? It’s essentially the same as its predecessor except for two things: The nettop comes with 2GB instead of 1GB RAM. It’s also equipped with a HDMI output. Everything else is the same: 160GB hard drive. 6 USB ports, 1 mic and stereo output.

One thing I still haven’t tried is running Ubuntu Remix on it.

Search Popular Science Archives

Search all 137 years of the Popular Science Archives. From popsci.com:

We’ve partnered with Google to offer our entire 137-year archive for free browsing. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. And today we’re excited to announce you can browse the full archive right here on PopSci.com.

As you will soon see, it’s an amazing resource. Aside from bringing back memories for longtime readers, as a whole the archive beautifully encapsulates over a century of PopSci’s fascination with the future, and science and technology’s incredible potential to improve our lives. Tracing our dreams and visions of the future back through time, you’ll see that not a lot has changed. Some things we projected with startling accuracy, and others remain today what they were then–dreams. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

In the future, we’ll be adding more advanced features for searching and browsing, so stay tuned.

By the way, Popular Science is powered by WordPress.

Turning Off Comments Older Than 14 Days

I have decided to turn off all comments older than 14 days due to inordinate amount of spam comments I have been receiving. Hopefully, this will cut down on spam considerably, maybe by a hundredfold. At least, spam bots can no longer target one specific post since older posts are automatically closed after 14 days.

By the way, I’m using a plugin called ‘Close Old Posts‘ by Matt Mullenweg. Works great.

Update: The ‘Close Old Posts’ that I’ve used above technically does not really close old posts from the database point of view. If just disables the comments from being used and viewed. If you really want to close all comments older than 14 days, the better option is to go to your Dashboard -> Settings -> Discussion and close it from there.

Give Your Blog A Facelift

Why not give your blog a facelift? Have you noticed my new handy-dandy fancy headers? This is courtesy of a WordPress plugin called Facelift Image Replacement. Just download the plugin and install. If you like to add your own personal fonts, just place them in the fonts folder of the plugin.

There are thousands of free fonts available online. 1001 Free Fonts is just one of many. I am using a font called Will and Grace, after the font used in the popular sitcom of the same name. Here is one example showing h2 headers.

My Blog Needs A Facelift. Botox, Plastic Surgery?

It’s a pretty cool WordPress plugin. It’s SEO friendly as well. Give it a try. Give your blog a facelift.