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Archive for September, 2008

It’s Never Too Late To Speak Up

I’m a bit late with this message, since September 24 was World Day Against Software Patents. But the action against software patents must go on, because Software Patents stifle innovation. So go sign the petition, OK?

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Geographical Experimentation

I currently have a TomTom GPS on loan, and I’m trying to teach it some of the routes I have mapped for my bike tours. Since I’m primarily a Google Maps user, my first trial is to convert a Google Maps route to something the TomTom can understand. As far as I currently know, this means going from Google Maps to KML to “.itn”, and the first conversion seems easy enough: just add “&output=kml” to the Google Maps link, and save the result. On a Mac, you may need another browser than Safari, since Safari does not seem to understand the reply from Google. Firefox neatly saves the file, however… The next step should be taken care of by GPSBabel, or so I hope ;-) But as far as I can tell, this is not working: GPSBabel creates an empty output file. Am I not using the right parameters, or is this procedure not right for what I want to achieve? The search for the right ‘route’ continues…

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Actually, no. Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) is not “the” future of content management. But CMIS, or something like it, will be a part of the future. Probably an essential part, because no CMS will ever be sufficiently complete to cover all problem domains. I suppose the big irons in the CMS industry know that as well as I do. I also suppose that they hope their systems to be the consumers of content from others, but who knows how we will create, handle and consume content in a few decades? Anyway, time to start learning CQL, the SQL-like query language of CMIS. And time to figure out how we can build a CMIS API for our current content management systems!

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Do You Need An iPhone?

Or will the new iPod Touch 2G, announced a few hours ago by Apple Computer Inc., in combination with the new headphones-with-microphone and an IP-telephony application be sufficient for the few calls that I make on the road? OK, I’ll need Wifi access to do so, but that is getting easier and cheaper these days – cheaper than GSM rates, anyway… Does anyone know whether such a combo would work?

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InfoWorld published “Open source: What you should learn from the French“. As I see it, the main benefit is expertise in how to integrate tools and packages into solid, practical solutions for specific problems – a skill that is bound be all the more useful in a world where software continues to increase in complexity.

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