Archive for December, 2009

Happy holidays

December 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Happy holidays from the team. We’re all calling it quits for the week, and it’s time to relax and celebrate. Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday season.

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iPhone users base passes Windows Mobile

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Business Insider reports that the number of iPhone users now surpasses the number of Windows Mobile users. I wish someone would have bet Steve Ballmer something huge when he dissed the iPhone back in 2007.

So Steve, a super-expensive “premium” phone now has more users than all Windows Mobile devices? Ouch!

U.S. military drones are hacked

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

The U.S. military does not use encryption on the last leg of video communications with the drones that fly over Iraq and Afghanistan, and apparently their communications have been hacked. The hackers apparently used a $25.95 Windows application to track the aircraft, and see which areas the U.S. is flying over.

Oh, and apparently the military has known about the problem since the 1990s. Argh.

Lots of Perl tutorials for Xmas

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Eventually I plan on writing much more on Ruby here, but at least for today, I’m going to mention that Al and I have been knocking out a lot of Perl tutorials lately. Here’s a link to the general Perl tutorials we’ve written, and here’s a second link to a collection of Perl hash tutorials we’ve written.

I think most people slow down over the holidays, but we’ve been busier than ever, and hope to have several cool website updates available in the first quarter of 2010.

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Cool data visualizations, 2009

December 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Just saw this link from Tim O’Reilly on Twitter about best data visualizations of 2009 (from flowingdata). I would have made Protovis #1, but either way, it’s a nice collection.

22M Bush-era emails found

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Wow, 22 million Bush-era emails have been found. Here’s a blurb from the NPR news story:

“It appears that 22 million e-mail messages from the Bush administration have been restored, as part of an extensive recovery effort associated with several lawsuits. The Bush White House had blamed a faulty electronic-archiving system for the lost e-mails.”

I think this is a good thing, because I don’t think a government can just say, “Oops, we lost that information.” That sounds a lot like those Richard Nixon tapes accidentally getting erased.

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Sun releases OpenSSO Express 9

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

If you like OpenSSO, you’ll be glad to know Sun just released OpenSSO Express 9 (along with OpenDS 2.2).

I’ve been a fan of OpenSSO for a while now, and I just hope Oracle will keep this project alive once they (presumably) finish buying Sun.┬áIt’s weird to say this (because I’m not a big IBM fan), but I wish IBM had bought Sun. I think they have a better open source history than Oracle.

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