Monday, August 27, 2007

Holy flying penguins microsoft-man....

Via wins big Singapore Air Linux deal..

According to Network World, the system consists of a central Linux server that connects to a network of PCs installed under every seat on the aircraft.

Each economy-class seat will be fitted with a 10.6-inch LCD screen that offers resolution of 1,280 pixels by 768 pixels. Of course the screen is much larger in business, 15.4-inch, and first class which will have a 23-inch screen.

Passengers can choose to watch a movie or listen to a CD, which is streamed from the central server to the seat's computer.

Each seat has 40G bytes of hard-drive and will use a Via processor.

It means that each passenger will have access to 100 movies, 150 television shows, 700 music CDs, 22 radio stations, and 65 games on a flight.

It will also run Star Office and passengers can connect to the PC using a USB to take the novel they write on those long flights to New Zealand with them.

By Nick Farrell

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Going door-to-door for Goolge

So, you want to work for Google but you don't have a graduate degree in computer science from an Ivy League school. How about being a Google local search ads sales rep contractor? As such you can earn up to $10 for each business listing that is approved by Google and verified by the business.

According to the FAQ on Google's Web site:

Google logo

Google offers to pay $10 per listing for contractors who sign up business to advertise on Google Maps

(Credit: Google)

"As a Google Business Referral Representative, you'll visit local businesses to collect information (such as hours of operation, types of payment accepted, etc.) for Google Maps, and tell them about Google Maps and Google AdWords. You'll also take a few digital photos of the business that will appear on the Google Maps listing along with the business information.

Asked for more information on the program and whether it is supplementing or replacing a traditional ad sales force, a Google spokeswoman offered a statement that included this comment:

"This program will help people find local information using Google and Google Maps and help businesses take advantage of the Internet even if they don't have a website or online store. This is currently a pilot program intended to help local businesses in the U.S."

Back on the Google Web site the motivational speak is poured on thick:

"All you need to be a successful Business Referral Representative is a passion for helping local businesses succeed, a love for the Internet (some knowledge of Google is great, too), and access to a computer and a digital camera." Oh, and some good walking shoes, possibly a car and plenty of free time.

But don't expect to get any of the benefits or perks that Google employees get, like free food, paid vacation and health insurance.

Now, get out there and sell some ads!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Microsoft Meets the GPLv3

Now that Microsoft has declared itself untouched by any GPLv3 terms, everyone is trying to figure out if they have a leg to stand on. There is a whole lot of analysis going on, with some wondering if Microsoft is a distributor of software under GPLv3 by means of the voucher distribution and others wondering just what those vouchers included.

First, "distribution" isn't the issue with GPLv3. That is a GPLv2 question, as I'll show you. GPLv3 talks about "propagating" and "conveying", not just distribution. Propagation includes anything, including distribution but not limited to it, that would make you directly *or secondarily* liable for infringement if you lack permission. Convey means "any kind of propagation" that enables another party to make or receive copies of a work. Like selling them the vouchers, perchance? It's a much broader category of activities than just distribution, and I'll explain the terms that I think would have made Microsoft fit neatly into the "convey" category, had they not backed out. I think you'll be able to see how much more protection GPLv3 provides to your code than GPLv2.

And somehow I missed this earlier, but I now discover that if you read the marketing agreement between Novell and Microsoft more carefully than I did before, it turns out we can know what one got with the vouchers, and what they offered included software, upgrades, and support. No wonder Microsoft decided to pull the plug before any GPLv3 software began to be made available. I just don't know if that is enough to save them, since the vouchers they already sold have no expiration date.

by Groklaw