Tuesday Jul 28, 2009

Malaysia's success with OSS adoption

I came across an interesting article in ZD Net Asia that looks at the high adoption rate of OSS in Malaysia.

The Malaysian government was certainly an early adopter of OSS, launching its Public Sector OSS Master Plan in 2004.  Just a few weeks ago, the government reported that a whopping 71.1% of the country's government offices have deployed OSS! The numbers are a mix of backend deployments and desktop applications, and are broken down in the article.

To date, the public sector has implemented 1,674 OSS projects with a total savings of more than $14 million (U.S.), which is an amazing savings over the course of 5 years.  The OSCC Mampu newsletter reported that 295 agencies in Malaysia have deployed OpenOffice.org, which has saved the Malaysian government $5.4 million in licensing fees! Imagine what type of savings that would bring in the U.S. public sector?!

Thursday Jul 23, 2009

Catch up on this week's announcements at Sun!

Another week gone!  Where has the time gone?  Summer is certainly flying on by, which I don't mind because I am not a hot-weather fan, but it has been so nice here in Tennessee that I've been wasting my weekends having fun outside instead of doing homework! 

In any case, if you need to catch up on the announcements made at Sun this week, listen to the short podcast below, brought to you by myself and Chhandomay.


Friday Jul 17, 2009

Sun News -- The Week in Review

Listen to the short segment below as Chhandomay and I talk about the winning applications of the JavaFX Coding Challenge.

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

Developers create amazing applications with JavaFX!

Check out the amazing applications that were awarded top prizes in the JavaFX Coding Challenge!

First place and $25,000 dollars was awarded to Sten Anderson, a Software Engineer from Chicago, who created Music Explorer FX. Music Explorer FX is a visual tool for discovering new music. The user starts by choosing their favorite artist and embarks on a musical journey, based on recommendations from the application. Up to six recommendations are given for each artist, so no two journeys will be the same. The application gives the user access to music, images, and links to videos, Twitter feeds, reviews, news, and blogs.

Second place and $10,000 dollars was awarded to Naoaki Suganuma, an Engineer from Japan, who created Lifescope. Lifescope is an interactive RIA that allows one to view information the user has recorded and input into the application. Lifescope supports data such as photos, events, and maps. Lifescope can be explored in a variety of ways to include via the main life map view, a winding road that allows the user to easily sort through years; as a detailed event view which describes individual recorded events, displays photos, maps, and the names of friends involved in various events; as a map of how all the user's friends are interconnected; and as a slide show of all the photos throughout the program.

Third place and $5,000 cash was awarded to Evgeni Sergeev, a student at the University of Western Australia, and the developer of ShiningEtherFX. ShiningEtherFX is a tool for quickly designing attractive backgrounds for slides, web page headers, and brochures. The application paints on multiple layers, each of which has a path curve and a profile. The layer is rendered by moving the profile along the path, and multiple layers are superimposed to create the final image. The complete rendered image can then be copied onto the user's clipboard.

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to all of the developers who submitted their JavaFX applications.

To get the details on the student winners of the JavaFX Coding Challenge go to Student Views and Reviews.

Friday Jul 10, 2009

Multitask -- listen to highlights of Sun news while you work!

Need to catch up on Sun news this week?  No problem -- just listen to the short weekly segment Chhandomay and I recorded below.

Tuesday Jul 07, 2009

Marketing gone wild!

While sorting through one of my many Google Alerts for VirtualBox I came across this article in my feed.

Although it has nothing to do with VirtualBox whatsoever, it does discuss a really cool virtual show marketing tactic Doritos cooked up with Blink-182. 

Basically, Blink-182 fans can get into a virtual show just by purchasing a bag of Doritos.  Inside the bag is a special marker that has to be placed in front of the computer's Web cam to see the show which features the band performing with 3D enhancements. 

But that's not all!  According to Wired.com, moving and shaking the bag during the show will trigger other interactive features such as zooming and will determine the amount of time between the show's end and the first encore song. 

Being a marketing-focused MBA student I am constantly on the hunt for really unique "out of the box" marketing tactics (which coincidentally enough is the name of a seminar I am attending on Thursday).  This promotion by Doritos sounds too cool. I think I am going to have to buy a bag of Doritos just to check it out. 

So there you see, the Doritos marketing promotion is working because now I (not being a Doritos eater) am going to buy a bag just to experience the virtual show.  It just sounds too unique to pass up! Plus I can justify it as being "research."  Any recommendations on flavors?

Tuesday Jun 30, 2009

Deadline looms for JavaFX blogging contest!

Don't miss out on the chance to win $500 for blogging about JavaFX 1.2! 

The deadline for entries is this Friday, July 3.

Check out all of the details on the JavaFX 1.2 contest here

I know there has been a lot of buzz in the JavaFX community since the new release and there are a lot of developers who have been busy creating new apps and really digging into the language and I hope all of you have entered!  If not, get on it!  After all, who couldn't use an extra $500?

Good luck to all!

Friday Jun 26, 2009

This week at Sun...

Listen to the short segment below as Chhandomay and I give a recap of the news at Sun this week! 


Wednesday Jun 24, 2009

Compelling podcast from SOCIAL + YOU workshop

Below is an excellent podcast that was recorded during today's SOCIAL + YOU Blogging Workshop put on by Sumaya Kazi. 

In the podcast Sumaya talks to Michael Sippey, VP of Products at Six Apart about blogging in the age of Twitter.  A warning -- it is long -- about an hour and a half, but hey, we're all multi-taskers these days right?  And really, the entire length is full of truly compelling content.  So have a listen either here or HERE.


Tuesday Jun 23, 2009

Opinion piece on open-source technologies a good read

Bill Vass has written an interesting opinion piece for Government Technology on the cost savings that can be realized through open-source technologies.

He discusses the cost savings beginning to be realized in the UK, and the potential $3.7 billion savings estimated for federal IT.  He also examines the added security of open-source technologies and the potential opening of more communication lines between citizens and government entities.

Go here to read the article.

Friday Jun 19, 2009

Sun news podcast

Listen to the short segment below as Chhandomay and I cover some of the successes achieved during Sun's WWVW as well as two new blogging contests!

Thursday Jun 18, 2009

More cash to be earned through blogging

The JavaOne Online Blogging Contest looks to extend the learning experiences gained from JavaOne 2009, so why not catch up on what you missed and write a blog that could potentially win you $$!

Anyone can enter by either blogging about the technical sessions you attended at JavaOne, or by blogging about one of the PDF presentations hosted at JavaOne Online. All you have to do is write about what you thought of the sessions, what you learned and how it will help you, or discuss Sun technologies!

The contest has 10 $300 dollar American Express Gift Cards (or a check -- winners choose the form of the prize) up for grabs and runs through July 24.

To enter you must:

  • Watch the JavaOne 2009 technical sessions at JavaOne Online

  • Blog about the technical sessions that you saw on JavaOne Online and/or attended at JavaOne 2009

  • Submit the URL for your blog posting

For more information on the contest click here!

Tuesday Jun 16, 2009

Sun's awe-inspiring students

It seems as if nearly every day at work I am amazed at and by the bright students involved with Sun as either Campus Ambassadors, or as proponents of open-source technology in OSUM.

Denis Magda is one fine example of such a student -- check out this blog post and I think you'll be just as impressed as I am, and will likely agree he has quite a bright future ahead of him!

Not that I am (really) old, but it makes me feel good just to think that some of these students who are so young and have so much going for really do have the world at their fingertips.

If you have any doubt, listen to Lin Lee talk with three Campus Ambassadors at JavaOne.  Their enthusiasm for open-source technology is contagious!

And thanks to Sun for continuing to support the student community.

Friday Jun 12, 2009

Catch up on CommunityOne announcements

Did you miss the big announcements at CommunityOne?  No problem!  Just listen to the short segment below by Chhandomay and I to get up to speed.

Get your JavaOne 2009 recap in this podcast!

Listen to the short segment below as Chhandomay and I recap the highlights from the JavaOne 2009 conference.


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