Back from school, Funambol community grows

I haven’t been writing too much here because I was spending whatever leftover energy from my real job on myMBA project work. With that put to bed, it’s time to celebrate the end of two long years studying topics that I fell in love with. I feel so good, I’d start over (just kidding). I…

Get the facts of DRM, don’t buy CRAP

Did you think Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) can be good for society? If that’s your opinion, you better start looking at facts. Ars Technica reports that Some Kindle users are angry because Amazon blocked them from their Kindle accounts, thereby blocking them from accessing their already-purchased media. Even if these stories are exaggerated, they once…

links for 2009-04-16

Join Amazon authors' "drmfree" effort | DefectiveByDesign.org DefectiveByDesign activists have been tireless in finding and labeling DRM-infected products on Amazon with tags like "defectivebydesign" and "drm". There's another new tag to watch for when you're shopping, "drmfree". The use of the tag is obvious but the story behind it is important — it's being applied…

Don’t call it Scrum

Gianugo Rabellino has given me more food for thoughts about my research on Free/Libre Open Source software development and Agile/Scrum methods. His latest post contains a sentence that summarizes my key finding so far: At the end of the day, this means that the customer is there – it just happens to coincide with the…

Mobile phone markets are designed to split our community

Apple’s iPhone biggest innovation is its mobile app store: for the first time it allowed installing software on the mobile device with the convenience of any modern GNU/Linux distribution. Like in Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, installing software is just a matter of browsing a repository and click on a button. It’s such a good idea that…

I want my health data with me

The debate on health records data is starting also in US with the new federal government plan to spend $19 billion to spur the use of computerized patient records. In Milan, where I live, the regional health system requires me to carry around a digital ID card that allows for doctors and farmacists identify me.…

Funambol engineers apply iPhone ergonomics to cars

Check this out: Funambol’s R&D department just released a prototype user interface for driving cars. According to my colleagues that drove it in Redwood City, it’s so easy to use, even a caveman can drive it. The vehicle smashes driving age limit with “snap” finger-powered steering; integrates cruise control with Google Latitude to automatically get…