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Nice web design, but poor logic: Why OccupyGPL is wrong.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Update 2015-02-12, ~12 p.m. CT: Eric Schultz just told me that the OccupyGPL site has suddenly started redirecting to, within the last few hours! So my post here is already obsolete — the problem has solved itself. If anyone knows more about this, please leave a comment here. In the meantime, I’ve put a copy of the […]

Noel Taylor: A Scholar and a Gentleman.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

I gave my friend Noel Taylor (yes, the noted William Howard Taft scholar) a book as a New Year’s gift. This was his response. When you first presented me with “President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath” by Mac Barnett, I delighted over what I assumed would be a scholarly and well researched work that […]

New York State Senate bill offers tax credit for open source development expenses.

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

An interesting bill was just introduced in the New York State Senate: AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to providing a tax credit to individuals for up to two hundred dollars of expenses related to the development and posting of an open source or free license program … It’s good that […]

How hard is open source winning? This hard…

Friday, December 5th, 2014

How hard is open source winning? So hard that apparently it can be taken for granted now in contexts where formerly it would have gotten explicit mention. A moment ago I happened to read this article at TechCrunch: CoreOS Calls Docker “Fundamentally Flawed,” Launches Its Own Container Runtime. Now, I don’t know anything about the […]

Fix for WordPress 4.1 front page “Not Found” error (from Stealth Publish plugin).

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

This is a public service announcement for anyone else who runs WordPress straight from SVN trunk and found their site broken after upgrading recently (probably after svn update took their site across the WordPress 4.1 boundary), such that instead of showing recent posts on the front page, you would see only this message: Not Found. Sorry, […]

Disabling the GNOME Workspace Switcher Popup (in GNOME 3.14 on Debian GNU/Linux).

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

This post is a public service announcement for all those using GNOME 3.14 or higher (in my case on Debian GNU/Linux, although that detail probably doesn’t matter here). I wanted to get rid of the workspace switcher popup. That’s the thing that looks like this and displays briefly whenever you switch workspaces: I do not […]

Debian Installation: Getting Past the Grub Error.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

This post is for people who install Debian GNU/Linux and run into this error at the GRUB installation step: Executing ‘grub-install /dev/sda’ failed. This is a fatal error … Solution: remove the USB stick from which you are installing Debian. Right now it’s /dev/sda and the target hard drive you’re trying to install to is […]

Read Andy Oram’s Article “Does Network Neutrality Really Matter?” Please.

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

I don’t usually write a blog post just to say “go read this other person’s blog post”, but some cases are worth an exception. Andy Oram’s recent post at O’Reilly Radar Does net neutrality really matter? is a must-read if you think you know where you stand on network neutrality. The million comments received by […]

Quick update on the Craig Shirley affair: NYT Public Editor agrees Rick Perlstein was smeared.

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

A quick update for those who’ve seen my previous post (and followup) about the false charges of plagiarism levied by Craig Shirley against historian Rick Perlstein: The New York Times Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, agrees that Rick Perlstein was unfairly swift-boated here, and that the NYT contributed to the problem. See her post today: “Was […]

The Craig Shirley / CIA / Wikipedia Mystery.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Last week I wrote about how historian Rick Perlstein had been falsely accused of plagiarism by author Craig Shirley. In the course of writing that post, I looked at Craig Shirley’s Wikipedia page, and found something really surprising. At that time, the page contained this — completely unsourced —  assertion about Craig Shirley: He was a decorated contract […]