The Wines of 2001 (Cooking with Linux)

I’m trying to live up to my promise to create a list of all the wines recommended in my “Cooking with Linux” column these eight plus years. I managed to put together the 2000 list a few days ago. Now, it’s time to visit 2001. 2001 marked the second year of Cooking with Linux. After a year running the restaurant, I decided it was finally time to upgrade the wine list with some actual suggestions. What follows is the list for this second year. Notice that specific vintages and vintners are now suggested. Mostly gone are the generic recommendations. Enjoy! …

Notebooks. With Linux. Pre-installed.

Tomorrow morning, I’m giving a talk/tutorial at the IT360 Conference in Toronto. The subject is getting a Linux notebook (or laptop, if you prefer) to do it all. I should point out that I did not choose this topic. Evan Leibovitch, a great FOSS guy, asked me if I would tackle this one. The reason I find it difficult is that I don’t think it’s that big a deal to get Linux running on a notebook. Any notebook. Of course, the real reason, the ONLY reason Windows might be easier to install is that most people NEVER install it. It …

Moving to Windows

Yes, this was an April Fools’ story. I am not switching to Windows. After years of trying to convince others, and myself I might add, I’ve decided that Windows is in fact the superior operating system. Yes, that’s right. I’m moving from Linux to Windows. Some of you may wonder what prompted this seismic shift and you deserve an explanation. Last night I had a dream and in it, a Windows butterfly just kept fluttering around this little pudgy penguin’s head. Try as he might, the penguin couldn’t swat the butterfly away. Finally, exhausted, the little black and white penguin …

Microsoft Victorious. OpenXML ISO Approved.

It seems that being sneaky, slimy, underhanded, and not above a little friendly skullduggery has never hurt Microsoft. Hear ye! Hear ye! OpenXML is, apparently, now an ISO standard, according to the following from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Reports: OpenXML ISO approved Microsoft’s OpenXML is on its way to becoming an ISO standard. The three sites that have been following the vote are all reporting that, barring some unforeseen circumstances, OpenXML will become an ISO standard. [LXer.com News] Earlier, Groklaw spoke of voting irregularities, suggesting that investigations were under way. Meanwhile, an interesting, non-Groklaw, perspective can be found over at the …