The internet is abound with wonderful things, like ridiculous pictures of galaxy cats, search engines that find super secret mixes and b-sides from your favorite music artists, social networking sites that violate all the principles of privacy and websites filled with free software. Yes, that's right, free software, and especially open source software. Open source is wonderful because it gives developers a hobby, and the users some hope that their favorite free software will only get better with age--sort of like a fine wine.
This week, we're covering open source software like WordPress, Miro and WikiHow.
The Wave is not over--er, the Google Wave that is. Sure, Google announced a while ago that development on Google Wave is no longer, but that was just for the standalone product. Actually, Google is thinking it will expand up to 200,000 lines of code they've already open sourced on the Wave and offer it up in "Wave in a Box." Yep.
With all of the news flying back and forth about Apple’s various iDevices, it’s refreshing to discover that utilities for Mac OS X haven’t gotten lost in the shuffle. One such disk maintenance utility, the open-source AppleJack, has finally been updated to work with Snow Leopard.
If you're like us, you've probably been waiting for a Mozilla-based Firefox browser to come to the App Store for quite some time. Unfortunately, that dream won't become a reality anytime soon, though there is a Firefox Home app en route to the iPhone that will enable Firefox users to sync their bookmarks, history and tabs to their mobile devices.
While both Google and Apple might play down the obvious tensions between them, that didn’t stop the search giant’s vice-president of engineering from reading Apple the riot act during his Google I/O keynote on Thursday.
E-mailing a question to Steve Jobs is becoming a bit like shaking a magic eight-ball -- you’ll frequently get an answer, but it’s bound to be short & sweet. On the subject of Google’s WebM announcement this week, Jobs simply pointed one inquiring mind to a URL that did the talking for him.