Apple’s new PR boilerplate signals change in direction

I just noticed this today, but it happened a couple of months ago. There’s no more “Apple ignited the personal computer revolution,” which had been there since at least 1998. Here’s the new boilerplate, which first appeared on June 28, 2010 in iPhone 4 Sales Top 1.7 Million: Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers […]

HOWTO install the rjb gem on Ubuntu and Mac OS X

Here’s how to install the Ruby Java Bridge (rjb) gem on Ubuntu Linux and Mac OS X: Ubuntu Linux (10.10) # aptitude install openjdk-6-jre-headless openjdk-6-jdk # JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk gem install rjb Mac OS X 10.6.4 # JAVA_HOME=/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Home gem install rjb Note: rjb 1.3.2 requires the Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 Developer Package. If […]

Pac-Man ate my RAID

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Excel is not a database

The New Organizing Institute Education Fund, in conjunction with the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation released the 2nd Annual Survey of Civic Engagement Technology. The report is full of interesting information on how nonprofits (mis)(ab)use technology to manage their organizations. APIs Page 9 of the report discusses data integration: Data Integration Many of the data […]