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  1. I am the CADT; and advice on NEEDINFOing old bugs en masse

    Bugsquad barnstar, under MPL: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MW_Bug_Squad_Barnstar.svg

    [Attention conservation notice: probably not of interest to lawyers; this is about my previous life in software development.] Someone recently mentioned JWZ’s old post on the CADT (Cascade of Attention Deficit Teecnagers) development model, and that finally has pushed me to say: I am the CADT. I did the bug closure that triggered Jamie’s rant,…

  2. Information diet weekend

    "Two young children picket for the ILGWU carrying placards including 'I Need a Healthy Diet!' outside the Kolodney and Myers Employment Office" by the Kheel Center at Cornell University, used under CC-BY 2.0.

    As a slight sequel to my “feed reading is an open web problem” post, so far this weekend I have taken the following information diet steps: RSS feeds: 610→339 (and counting). Based on Google’s stats, I’d probably read about a million feed items in Reader. This is just too much. The complaints about attention span in…

  3. Licensing confusion is great! (for lawyers)

    I want to heartily unendorse Simon Phipps’ Infoworld article about Github and licensing. Simon’s article makes it sound like no one benefits from sloppy licensing practices, and that is simply not true. Specifically, lawyers benefit! I regularly get calls from clients saying “I have no idea if I’m allowed to use <project X>, because it…

  4. Showrunner and Show Bible? Or Cult?

    I don’t currently do much heavily collaborative writing, but I’m still very interested in the process of creating very collaborative works. So one of the many stimulating discussions at Monktoberfest was a presentation by two awesome O’Reilly staffers about the future (and past) of authorship. Needless to say, collaborative authoring was a major theme. What…

  5. Format(ting?) of Forever

    Archival photo stock - an old school Format of Forever.

    Mark Pilgrim had a great post1 a little while ago where he talked about Docbook as ‘The Format of Forever’, but HTML as the ‘Format of Now.’ He also argued that (since technical books were constantly outdated) generating technical books in the Format of Now instead of the Format of Forever made a lot of…

  6. Open Source Initiative Board Meeting in Chicago

    Team hard at work

    I’m celebrating the end of my portion of my trial by … spending all weekend in meetings, specifically the OSI’s annual face-to-face board meeting, which we’re holding this year in Chicago1. It’s been a very productive meeting so far, with lots of good discussion about both our vision and our plan for attacking the future.…