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Archive for May 2005

Garrison Keillor to start newspaper column

I just read this in my hometown paper, which is also his, since we’re both from Minnesota.

Those of you who have heard of him should be quite excited. Those who haven’t should look into it once the weekly columns start running in July.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 18, 2005 at 11:58 am

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[Gentoo] One blogging app, please?

I was thinking about how I have three different programs open right now related to blogging. I’ve got blam to aggregate stuff for reading; then I have to open all these blogs in Firefox to either see the rest of the post (because the RSS doesn’t have the whole thing) or to respond in its comments area; finally, I often write responses in my own blog using LogJam.

Does it seem odd to anyone else that all this functionality hasn’t been integrated into one all-encompassing blogging app? It would be like the e-mail client of the blogging world.

Or perhaps this has already been done. If so, please let me know.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 17, 2005 at 12:55 am

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[Gentoo] Legends: a cool, free (beer) Linux FPS

Legends is also good while drinking beer. It’s got a nice community [see its IRC channel (irc.dynamix.com #legends) or forums], and a new release just came out a few days ago, after a fairly long break.

I’m always interested in community dynamics, and in interacting with the community accompanying whatever software I’m using. This is one of the reasons I use Gentoo — it has a community.

Gentoo’s games devs did a great job of getting the new Legends into the tree within two days of its release.

I’m very excited to start playing it again.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 17, 2005 at 12:44 am

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Evolution: What controversy?

Great New York Times piece on the non-controversy of evolution, as it relates to recent attempts to force teaching of “intelligent design.”

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 16, 2005 at 10:58 pm

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[Gentoo] Save yourself time: document what you do

I was reading an article on the Bacula development philosophy, which is interesting for a number of reasons, and I saw this:

Kern: Thanks for the compliments. I am responsible for the documentation, and generally spend at least 20 percent of my time on documentation.

Nathan: What advice would you give to other open source software projects about how to generate and maintain good documentation?

Kern: If you want people to use your software, and if you don’t want to spend all your time on repeating the same support responses, you need to write lots of clear, detailed documentation. When I respond to a support request or a problem, I often put the response into the manual, or I update the manual to include the problem. Documentation is not a task to be left to the end of the project or just before the release. It is an ongoing “project” in itself–at least that is my view of it.

Nathan: This is an interesting take on the role of documentation. In addition to being helpful to the user, it also helps the developer spend more time developing and less time dealing with usage questions.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 16, 2005 at 6:44 pm

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[Gentoo] IBM’s blog policy

As a followup to my post on Sun’s policy, here’s IBM’s. The collaborative creation of this policy is worth noting. It also links to the policies of Sun, Microsoft and Groove. Here’s a few sections worth stealing. =)

The core principles — written by IBM bloggers over a period of ten days using an internal wiki — are designed to guide IBMers as they figure out what they’re going to blog about so they don’t end up like certain notable ex-employees of certain notable other companies.

If your blog is hosted on an IBM owned property, avoid these topics and focus on subjects that are business-related …. Further, blogs hosted outside of IBM’s protected Intranet environment must never be used for internal communications among fellow employees. It is fine for IBMers to disagree, but please don’t use your external blog to air your differences in an inappropriate manner.

Though not directly business-related, background information you choose to share about yourself, such as information about your family or personal interests, may be useful in helping establish a relationship between you and your readers, but it is entirely your choice whether to share this information.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 16, 2005 at 12:12 pm

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[Gentoo] People live on a planet

I was reading Sun’s blog policy, and I found an interesting paragraph that’s quite relevant to Gentoo’s rather more restrictive policy.

Another way to be interesting is to expose your personality; almost all of the successful bloggers write about themselves, about families or movies or books or games; or they post pictures. People like to know what kind of a person is writing what they’re reading. Once again, balance is called for; a blog is a public place and you should try to avoid embarrassing your readers or the company.

In other words, people as multi-dimensional objects are more interesting.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 16, 2005 at 12:20 am

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How stupid are you?


The Stupid Quiz said I am "Totally Smart!" How stupid are you? Click here to find out!

Found this on Peter Lees‘ blog at Sun.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 15, 2005 at 11:19 pm

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[Gentoo] Bounties and Bugzilla votes

The Gentoo Foundation has pondered feature bounties. Thus, this post should be required reading for everyone involved in the decision process on them.

It’s also got some ideas on feature voting.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 15, 2005 at 10:30 pm

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I’m an “Official Python Programmer”

According to Learning Python, I am now an Official Python Programmer. Even though I can’t do anything useful in the language yet. =)

BTW, page 453.

Fortune:
“Success is determined by how and what you think about.”

This fortune really makes me think about Linux’s success, and how it relates to the community’s ability to focus on specific goals.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 14, 2005 at 12:16 am

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