The idea behind open source

Karl Fogel has it pretty much clear in Chapter 1 of his book: "Open Source Development with CVS - 2ND EDITION": Imagine a science-fiction device that allows any sort of food or physical object to be infinitely duplicated. If somebody then tried to… more »

Introducing i18n and l10n

When you develop a piece of software or a website up to a certain point, there comes a time when you try to reach an international audience. No doubt your first move will be to provide an English version of your software or website. However, you… more »

When the browser wars began...

Eric Sink has this very interesting piece about how he witnessed the beggining of the browser wars, working at Spyglass (the company that licensed the original IE rendering engine to Miscrosoft). About Spyglass: "We considered ourselves to be the arms… more »

IT independant innovation... dead?

Two quotes from PHPeverywhere: "Perhaps the problem is that the computer industry is maturing, so all the cool corners where you could do your own thing in peace are disappearing slowly..." -John Lim: "Gamma Radiation from Microsoft turns open source… more »

Firebird, bleh [en]

[Version française] Almost everyday, I read someone saying "why would someone still use [a suposedly abandoned] IE when he could indeed use a [supposedly better] Firebird ?". Hold on guys... you know brainwashing may not be the best way to evangelize,… more »