The first killer app was VisiCalc. This early spreadsheet turned the Apple II from a hobbyist toy to a business computer. VisiCalc came with room for improvement, though. In addition, a new architecture and operating system, the Intel-based IBM PC and MS-DOS, also needed a spreadsheet to be taken seriously. That spreadsheet, released in early 1983, would be Lotus 1-2-3, and it would change the world. It became the PC’s killer app, and the world would never be the same.
On May 14, IBM quietly announced the end of the road for 1-2-3, along with Lotus Organizer and the Lotus SmartSuite office suite. Lotus 1-2-3′s day is done.
Goodbye, Lotus 1-2-3. More >
Tags: Applications · Business · IBM · Intel · Microsoft · Office Software
If you were to list all the reasons why Obama beat Romney in the 2012 presidential race, chances are DevOps, the cloud, and open-source software (OSS) wouldn’t be on your list. They should be. As Harper Reed, the CTO of Obama for America explained in his recent Palmetto Open Source Conference (POSSCON) speech, all these technologies played a major role in the campaign. Or, as the New York Times explained after the election: “Technology doesn’t win political campaigns, but it certainly is a weapon — a force multiplier, in military terms.”
Whatever your own politics, and regardless of who you think ought to have won the 2012 presidential election, there’s no question that technology played a huge part in Obama’s success. Reed explained that the campaign, which amounting to “creating a billion-dollar enterprise from zero in 18 months,” couldn’t have happened without these open-source, Internet-centric technologie
Open Source Software Helped Obama Win the 2012 Election Campaign. More >
Tags: Development · Open Source
Tragically, Aaron Swartz, hounded by an apparently over-zealous prosecutor, committed suicide in early 2013. His just-unveiled major open-source privacy project, DeadDrop, lives on in a citizen and press protection program, The New Yorker’s Strongbox.
Strongbox is the first use of DeadDrop technology. The New Yorker magazine will use it so that its readers can “communicate with our writers and editors with greater anonymity and security than afforded by conventional email”. With the Department of Justice’s questionable seizure of over two months of Associated Press phone records, the First Amendment’s free speech right and its corollary, freedom of the press, is under attack. DeadDrop couldn’t have been released at a better time.
Strongbox: Aaron Swartz’s last gift to internet privacy. More >
Tags: Business · Development · Internet · Legal · Network · Open Source · Privacy
Mea culpa. When the news first broke that Adobe was no longer going to be selling its Adobe Creative software line– Photoshop, InDesign, DreamWeaver, etc., etc. — as Adobe Creative CloudI thought Adobe had moved their creative professional product line to the cloud. I was wrong.
My only consolation is that everyone else also seems fooled by Adobe’s improper use of the word “cloud.” The cloud is indeed “real,”but, there’s almost nothing of true cloud technologyin what Adobe is doing.
There’s next to no cloud in the Adobe Creative Cloud. More >
Tags: Adobe · Applications · Business · Cloud Computing · Infrastructure · Multimedia · Photography
Earlier in May, Jimmy Kaplowitz, Google Site Reliability Engineer and Debian developer, announced that Google would not just be adding Debian 6 and 7 images to the Google’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Google Compute Engine (GCE) it was making Debian Linux it’s default server image.
Debian Linux now Google Compute Engine’s default OS. More >
Tags: Business · Cloud Computing · Google · Infrastructure · Linux · Operating System