Participating Thoughtfully

by MJM on December 21, 2007 03:49pm When I introduce myself around here, I usually lead with the caveat: I am not technical.  It’s true, I played around with BASIC as a kid, and, in high school, I tore apart a series of Apples in the generally vain attempt to understand how they worked.  I…

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If you’re surprised, you’re not paying attention

by Sam Ramji on December 19, 2007 11:03pm First, let me say thanks to Jeremy Allison and Andrew Tridgell for their decades of hard work and their optimism. Back in March, Jeremy invited me to talk about Samba and Microsoft, and how we could work together.  It turned out that our first opportunity to meet…

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Pilot

by jcannon on December 19, 2007 08:49am I spend a significant amount of my time crisscrossing Microsoft, looking for (and advocating) interesting ways that our research and development teams are adopting open approaches in their work. It’s not terribly difficult – and, in fact, increasingly easy to find areas where sharing code, participating in community…

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How Did It Start For You?

by Bryan Kirschner on December 14, 2007 10:11am My participation in technology was transformed by the Commodore 64.  That’s why I–like others here at Port25 and over at Slashdot—still love it after 25 years.  Natales posts: "I can’t emphasize enough how "mind shaping" was learning assembly language on the 6502…" Neither can I.  I was…

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hack value

by billhilf on December 14, 2007 06:00pm It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to blog. It is usually on airplane time that I do any blogging, and since I haven’t flown in a while, I guess that will be my excuse. I’m on my way to Asia, currently over eastern Russian airspace,…

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Technical Analysis: Active Directory and Linux Identity Management

by jcannon on December 11, 2007 04:22pm Abstract: This paper is written for a somewhat technical audience and covers how the identity management expectations differ between the Windows Server platform and Linux – and how Windows Server can be used to manage both. This paper assume that the reader is familiar with general Windows administration…

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Talk or Walk

by Bryan Kirschner on December 04, 2007 08:10pm There’s been a flurry of articles and blogs about Microsoft’s open source strategy lately, spurred in part by an interview with Bill Hilf (Zachary Rodriques Connolly …and a comment from davidmeyer on my previous post). Collectively they make me think of a bunch of things to blog…

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MindTouch DekiWiki: open source, cross-platform wiki…

by jcannon on November 27, 2007 06:41pm For those who’ve been participating on Port 25 since the beginning, you may have noticed two recurring themes. One, Microsoft has a focus on generativity – or the ability for technology to be extensible to others, be they community or commercial developers. Windows, Office – the Live APIs…

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Technical Analysis: Recovering Data from Windows systems by using Linux

by jcannon on November 20, 2007 02:19pm Abstract: We have all run into cases where Windows fails to load for one reason or another. The problem may be hardware or a software failure, and the problem may seem to be irrecoverable.  Yet often Linux can be used to help recover data that otherwise might be…

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Sam chats with Bitrock on Open Source Installation and Package Management

by Sam Ramji on November 09, 2007 06:59pm Sam recently interviewed Daniel Lopez, Founder and CTO and Erica Brescia, CEO of Bitrock from their Spain headquarters. Daniel and Erica discuss their experiences and challenges developing open source applications and launching the BitNami project. BitRock makes open source software easier to use by providing a complete…

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