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Image by opensource.com Do you feel hamstrung by your company’s IT policies? Are the IT tools you have at home more up-to-date than ones you’re forced to use at work? Do you wish you had more control over your IT environment at work? If so, you’re not alone. A while back in the Wall Street Journal, Nick Wingfield dared to question the totalitarian policies of the average corporate IT department–and boy-oh-boy does he make some good points.
As social sites grow in popularity, so does the desire for smaller niche-based networks that cater to smaller groups of people. Just look at the rise of social networks for chess players and wine . What's more, with the latest open source software, smaller sites can be built in a matter of days or weeks. Here are 10 open source software platforms on which to carve out your niche.
freedesktop.org is open source / open discussion software projects working on interoperability and shared technology for X Window System desktops. The most famous X desktops are GNOME and KDE , but developers working on any Linux/UNIX GUI technology are welcome to participate. freedesktop.org is building a base platform for desktop software on Linux and UNIX.
On my blog post Virtualizing SQL on VMware Reference List , Oscar Zamora ( Blog | Twitter ) asked the following question in a comment: As a virtualized instance has the benefit of "failing over" to another physical box, would you consider clustering a virtualized instance? The answer to this question more than I want to write up in a comment, so I decided instead to blog my response.
When an investigative team from BBC File on 4 went to a business estate near Taunton, they saw an empty “hi-tech fortress” that looked like a NASA control room. Nobody was working there. Nearly an entire wall of the control room was fitted with 50-inch monitors – 20 of them. They were blank. That centre – and a further eight purpose-built buildings like it – remain empty because control room software has yet to be installed.
PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft has taken the unusual step of open sourcing code that it uses to collect WiFi access point data in a bid to calm privacy fears. Microsoft, like Apple and Google, collects WiFi access point data in order to provide location aware services. However both Apple and Google got into hot water after the practice became widesly known and Microsoft hopes that by providing the source code of the data collection application it uses, the public will view the practice with less suspicion. Although Microsoft hasn't released the full source code for its data collection application, the firm said, "The source code demonstrates both the type and amount of data we collect when surveying Wi-Fi access points through managed driving."