Microsoft and Redhat Execs Meet

A Microsoft-Red Hat warming trend? | CNET
The chief executives of Microsoft and Red Hat held a private meeting in New York, CNET has learned, an indication that relations between the rivals might be warming.

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and Red Hat’s Matthew Szulik met for more than an hour at a McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant in New York in late March, sources familiar with the situation said. Microsoft initiated the meeting, one source indicated.

OSS Projects Offer Bounties: Code for Rewards

Slashdot | OSS Projects Offer Bounties For Features
The market for open source developers seems to be heating up. Asterisk, Gnome, Horde, and Mozilla all have bounties for desired features. Recently, Lime Wire updated its wish list to include bounties on open source development work! Similarly, i2p also released a bounty list. Is it time to consider quitting my day job to do open source development full time?

CALI tried this to get some community particiaption on web services development, but the effort was less than a success with 1, 2, takers and not a lot of general enthusiasm. I was surprised that no .NET, ASP, ColdFusion, or Java folks stepped up and at least tried this out. Probably says more about the teknoids community than the notion of bounties.

New Mobile Windows Unleashed

Slashdot | Gates Releases Details on New Mobile OS
Microsoft’s Bill Gates released details about the company’s new mobile operating system, code-named Magneto, at the Mobile & Embedded Developers Conference in Las Vegas today. There has been a lot of recent speculation about the new OS. People have been describing it as a possible ‘Blackberry killer.’ Windows Mobile 2005 will be released to hardware manufacturers immediately. The OS will integrate Smartphone, Pocket PC, and Pocket PC Phone Edition operating systems into one platform. It will also include updates to the mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

greasemonkey: Take Back the Web, Really! – greasemonkey: index
Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension which lets you to add bits of DHTML (“user scripts”) to any web page to change its behavior. In much the same way that user CSS lets you take control of a web page’s style, user scripts let you easily control any aspect of a web page’s design or interaction.

So, here it is, a little javascript here, a little DHTML there and, ta-da, you get control over those annoying webpages made useless by clueless webmonkeys:) That’s right, strip out the ads, point ot print versions, suppress navigation areas, all the power goes back to you.

WordPress 1.5.1 Released Project details for WordPress
There have been over 170 bugfixes and enhancements since version 1.5. These include security fixes, login fixes for IIS, improved i18n, better IDN support, extended ping support, improvements to the administration interface, improved caching, database query reductions, plugin API bugfixes, improved conditional GET support for all content/feeds, and support for pingback on systems with “allow_url_fopen=Off”. Plugins can now override certain core functions (allowing external authentication, for example).