May 29, 2012

Bruce Perens and the Origins of Open Source


 
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Silicon Minds: Open source continues to make gains despite the perception that its era has passed. Just recently, the NYSE Technologies announced it was using the open source software called Drupal to make collaboration tools and for content management, an important strategic move for the NYSE which is looking to strengthen global partnerships.

The Open Source Definition is one of the powerful ideas in the history of computing. As Bruce Perens contributed in Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution, “The Open Source Definition is a bill of rights for the computer user. It ...read more

April 23, 2012

Don Massaro and the PC Revolution


 
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Silicon Minds: The legend goes that Don Massaro, President of Shugart Associates in the 1970s, drew the 5.25 inch dimension of the minifloppy diskette on a napkin at lunch. “That’s not quite true,” says Don Massaro. “If you go look at the Wikipedia entry and look at the 5.25 inch story, I’ve tried to fix it 14 times, but you know with Wikipedia somebody can always override what you’re doing.” What is true is Massaro and Shugart engineers knew the diskette had to be slightly too big to fit in a shirt pocket. “If you creased the disk and you’d ...read more