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Archive for March 2007

Ohloh – Open Source Code Stats Site

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Glancing through the Handbrake website I noticed an “Ohloh widget” and got curious. So I went over to to see what they did. This was their tagline:

Explore Open Source – Mapping the open source world by collecting objective information on open source projects.

I wanted to see how ohloh worked.. So I went ahead and loaded up Coupa eProcurement Express, my startup’s open source purchasing system. Ohloh scanned Coupa’s subversion repository and generated some stats. Of course, it’s only as good as the data – and since our repository has been moved and regenerated a few times the data wasn’t that great. But it was still very, very cool. I think the site is a nice way for developers to get some detail on open source projects.

You might be wondering what ohloh does with all this project-specific data – and that’s where it gets even more fun. They can look and report on cross-project trends in open source.

For exmaple, here’s a report comparing programming language popularity: C++ vs. Java vs. PHP vs. Ruby.

Cool beans…


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03/25/07 10:14 PM at 10:14 pm

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Handbrake – Open Source DVD Archiving for the iPod

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A fellow WordPress blogger commented on my recent post about DVD’s aging and becoming un-readable with a link to some software you can buy that legally rips your DVDs to MPEG-4. So I thought I’d do a quick search and see if there were any open source options out there.

Yep. One’s called Handbrake. It works great. But I found out my “Matrix” DVD was too far gone to rip, so I’m happy and sad at the same time. :)

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03/24/07 6:17 PM at 6:17 pm

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iasta’s eSourcingWiki

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iasta has launched a nice online content aggregation hub for all things sourcing-related – the eSourcingWiki. Thanks to Mr. David Bush for being kind enough to give me a spot to load some “Best Of’s” from Procurement Central, which I finally began to do yesterday.

If you’re “cool” you’ll check it out. If you’re “cooler” you’ll contribute content – after all, by sharing ideas and best practices we all get a little smarter..

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03/23/07 8:22 AM at 8:22 am

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Quick Congratulations to Oracle on a nice Q3

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Kudos to my Oracle brothers over in Redwood Shores for a nice Q3. I was talking to a reporter about Oracle’s performance yesterday and the discussion turned to organic growth. He had an interesting observation – after 30 acquisitions the whole question around organic growth becomes uninteresting – who cares anymore? So, if you’re Oracle you just throw a big Hyperion log on the fire, turn up the music, and keep the “let’s kick SAP’s tail” party in full-swing.

Written by Dave Stephens

03/21/07 10:24 PM at 10:24 pm

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DVDs Don’t Last – Buying Digital Rights Instead of Plastic

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I was reminded this evening why I’m such a fan of digital rights when I dropped our venerable copy of the Dances with Wolves DVD. Bye bye Kevin Costner. Point being, I’d much rather by the right to a movie than a piece of plastic that happens to contain a movie if it’s not abused.

Most businesses have long ago caught on to this trend, procuring rights instead of plastic for all manner of software used to run their business. And sometimes even hardware agreements can be structured, through leasing, into a model that focuses on the asset truly being procured instead of physical units.

But buying rights and then maintaining an iron-clad record of rights – understood through personnel turnover and as the years go by – can be tricky. What seems to be needed is akin to an asset management system, but a virtual one.

There are a large number of software packages that attack this problem, for software, for businesses. It’s a complex issue that I’d love to hear your best and worst practices on.

As for me, I’ve got to invest some time in ripping my DVDs to my hard drive before they’re all gone – and perhaps it’s time to buy new titles in iTunes. My only worry is quality – am I buying rights to the titles in the current, not-quite-as-good-as-DVD resolution or will I receive a free upgrade to high-res when the service improves?

Tatonka anyone?

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03/21/07 10:20 PM at 10:20 pm

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Coupa A Round Announced

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We announced our A-Round of funding today. Lots more to come on this – and be sure to check-in over at the Coupa blog for additional detail.

Written by Dave Stephens

03/13/07 8:58 PM at 8:58 pm

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Don Klaiss, The New Face of Compiere!

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I’ve known for awhile now, but wanted to wait for the Press Release to congratulate Don publicly for taking over as CEO of Compiere. Jorg Janke, Founder, has done an amazing job over the years building an ERP system with nothing but blood, sweat, and tears. Now it’s time for them to get big…

Don ran Supply Chain applications development at Oracle & provided a steady hand over the group for many years. It’s nice to have another ex-Oracle executive in the commercial open source neighborhood! Congratulations Don!

Written by Dave Stephens

03/13/07 10:00 AM at 10:00 am

Posted in Open Source, Opinion