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aross's blog

04 Jan

Build your business on open source

One thing I find particularly exciting about open source software is the fact it reduces the barrier to entry to start-ups. Today, it is viable to get great software with no initial license cost. This includes software providing office automation, customer relations management, enterprise resource planning, database, content management, business intelligence, operating system, and other functionality. Contested discussions of long term TCO aside, saving licensing costs up front is a big deal to cash starved start ups.

02 Jan

Google recommends Firefox or Chrome for gmail

According to a posting on Google's gmail website, Firefox or Google's Chrome browser run gmail an average of twice as fast as Microsoft's Internet Explorer. As a result, Google is advocating using them instead of IE.

The following is old news to those whom have followed open source but worth noting for newcomers.

01 Jan

Adobe Air 1.5 for Linux released

Recently, I posted on the osbootcamp discussion list about a flash programming job. Denver, one of our community members rightly called me on it wondering what a job posting for a non-standard technology was doing on an open source mailing list. For the sake of those not on the mailing list, I'll post some of the discussion here in response to private email feedback saying it was interesting and worthwile:

31 Dec

Zune screen of death

Though I haven't seen one with my own eyes, I've been reading about an unfortunate story reporting Zune 30GB units having problems.

A quote from Microsoft's Zune website:
"Customers using the Zune 30 might experience problems starting their players. We’re aware of the problem and are working to correct it. The Zune Social might be slow or inaccessible. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience!"