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Number 24,157.

Why would any parent buy this for their child? What does it say to the kid?

"Happy birthday! We don't have much faith in you, so this'll prepare you for a life of burger-flipping."

I mean, really.

First MikeOS source release!

Yes folks, the moment you've all been waiting for is here. The future has become the past: experience tomorrow yesterday with MikeOS 0.20. Can your PC handle the raw power? Well, if you've got an x86 with half a meg of RAM and a floppy drive, you should have more than enough.

Open Java ME

Well, we blogged about it previously, and now it's happening: Java is going open source. And not just J2SE – J2ME is on the cards too. There's no word yet as to what licence will be used, which in itself is interesting because they haven't yet ruled out GPL3 or the MPL.

LinuxWorldExpo day one

Hurrah! Linuxworld is finally open. Well, part of it anyway - the expo doesn't start until tomorrow, but there was a pretty full conference schedul today, with tutorials and seminars on a range of topics. Even so, I missed some I wanted to see, but I did catch Nat Friedman demoing Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED, unless you live in the Netherlands, where that is rude, I am infomed). He is pretty good onstage, and managed to keep people's attention with some graphical trickery woven around exploring the joys of pivot table functionality added to

Travel Jinx

At LXF Towers we are sticklers for tradition. The old ways and customsr must be preserved, even as we embrace progress. And so it was not entirley unexpected that any travel that involves me should have some element of drama. In the last year various mishaps have befallen me in the line of duty - from the mundacity of train delays (and the odd fire) to the exciting and new experience of riots outside my hotel ("The dark side of Libre Graphics" will make a full chapter in my autobiography).

LinuxWorld Expo San Francisco

I'm just packing my bags to head off to the above event in San Francisco. I'm not particularly looking forward to the trip, as I'll be spending 11 hours in the air with nothing to read except my passport. There are some nice pictures in there, but the plot is a bit thin.

Linux love-in lovin’

In an effort to convince Future Publishing - the company that produces LXF - that Linux isn't scary, we're going to hold an "I Love Linux" day. We've snagged various laptops and workstations, installed a mix of Linux distros onto them, and on August 31st will setting them up in a meeting room and inviting anyone interested to come along and try it out. The question is, what would they like to see? Games? Web browsing and email stuffage? Office productivity? Or something that they don't already have on Windows? Send in your ideas...

Is this open source Java?

Straight from Sun's PR agency:

On Tuesday 15 August 2006 Sun Microsystems invites you to an open source briefing. We welcome you to join Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer to hear the announcement firsthand.

Of course, they wouldn't say in the email or over the phone just what the announcement was, but I was told "you can put two and two together and make four".

MikeOS 0.11e

I've been in London this weekend, so not much time for coding, although I did a teensy bit of work on MikeOS. It's been a while since I blogged about the status of my "streamlined e-business Web 3.0 platform" (ahem) project -- so here's an update. I think, with this entry, I might be able to convince Graham that writing an OS in x86 assembler is worthwhile! :-)

The NES lives!

In my quest to think up more mini games for Brain Party, I've been looking at the old 8-bit consoles -- a top source of ideas for simple but still entertaining gamelets. Meandering around in Argos last weekend, I came across the N-Joypad, a dinky little battery powered 'TV game' device for the astonishing price of £9.99. Claiming to have 59 games on 'compact discs', the machine's box is plastered with screenshots of basic games with NES-ish graphics, and describes the 'awesome' entertainment contained inside.

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