Steve

Back in 2007, Joomla.org decided to stop listing any software that used license keys. They did this because they believed that license keys were incompatible with the GPL license. Fast forward to 2015 and many (most?) commercial WordPress plugins now use license keys. Some of these license keys just provide access to updates and support […]

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Over the last 5 years, I’ve not missed a single episode of From Our Own Correspondent from the BBC. The brilliance of From Our Own Correspondent is its discipline: Each episode is 30 minutes long. Each episode has 5 segments from different countries. Each segment is about 5 1/2 minutes long. Each segment only ever […]

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I keep hearing statements like this from open source developers: “This is complex software. If you don’t understand it, you shouldn’t be using it.” “Why not use the terminal to do this? If you’re building a website, it’s your responsibility to learn a few shell commands.” “There’s no way we’ll provide automatic updates. That’s the […]

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Stratechery does a good job of distinguishing between a platform (often very closed) and an ecosystem (open source software): I think there is an important distinction between platforms and ecosystems. While these words are often used interchangeably, I think of a platform as, well, a platform: something that is built upon. In the case of […]

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Next week we leave Georgia after 10 years. My first experience of Georgia was as a kid. My grandparents loved, loved, loved “Gone With the Wind”. They had it on 4 or 5 VHS tapes and watched it almost weekly. Every 40 minutes the movie would stop, they’d get up and put in the next […]