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More A11y inspirations

I’m making some progress on data driven accessiblity testing using mago+ldtp2.  I’ve also built enough atspi2 to get atspi over dbus to work on Solaris.  There was no smoking gun with respect to performance except that the dbus_daemon consumed the most time within syscalls (you knew that didn’t you?)    I suppose I should see what […]

Inspired by accessibility team

So now I’m inspired to try to help accessibility by: Formalizing the standards for different types of accessibility so that they can be written as rules which are pulled into data-driven automated regression tests. Improve Accerciser, add capability to use automation tests in a plug-in. Add link from interface view to documentation, improve general documentation. […]

Aegis conference & gnome accessibilty hackfest

I just returned from the First international Aegis accessibility conference and Gnome hackfest in Seville, Spain. I began with a presentation of my automated accessibility testing prototype. I intended for this to be a round-table discussion rather than a one way presentation but things got off to a slow start and Peter gave a detailed […]

it was…

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, an age which celebrated the diversity of the human spirit, it was an age when differences were feared and outsiders were loathed. It was the epoc when we knew we could bring our dream to the world, it was the epoch when we […]

Story Spectrum prototype

Here is a story spectrum application I’ve been working on. It highlights “purple” prose as well as prose which appears in Shakespeare or Canterbury tales http://opensourcemechanic.com/stories/submit/ Here is the facebook application I’ve tied to it: http://apps.facebook.com/textrum/

Fixing a Casio SK-200 Music Keyboard

Sometime in the late 1980s or early 90s I bought a Casio SK-200 sampling music keyboard. It has been a lot of fun over the years. I’ve sampled everything from radio static to hulusi’s and harps. The sound quality isn’t brilliant, it’s only 8-bit sampling at 10 kHz, but slightly higher quality than the more […]

SourceJuicer at Beijing OpenSolaris User’s Group

While I was in China working with the desktop QA team,

An engine crosses Malahide rail viaduct testing in progress!

I was pleasantly surprised at the quick progress in plugging the breach in the weir and repairing the broken viaduct. Today marked a milestone, it was the first time since the rail problem that I saw a rail car traverse the broken section of track!

Use it or lose it patent legislation proposed in Minnesota

My friend Ron at inventorsagarage.com found this proposed Minnesota legislation which would grant an employee the right to use a patent if his/her employer sits on the patent for too long: (b) An employer who has a right to develop or utilize an invention or proposal 1.11must make a substantial investment in the invention or […]

A carpenter’s explanation of OpenSource

Imagine that you are a shop teacher intending to teach children how to build a wooden footstool:

The shop teacher and the prefab ‘lumber’yard

You go to the lumberyard and ask for some lumber and nails. The guy at the lumber store shakes his head and says, “Sorry, we don’t got that, we only carry EasyDone or NanoHouse products. How about this beautiful prefab bathroom?” You tell him you don’t need a bathroom.

“Perhaps I can interest you in a EasyDone kitchen?” he says.
“Just wood and nails,” you say. Frustration is beginning to show in your voice.
“O.K. then you must choose between an EasyDone or NanoHouse prefab livingroom.”
“I only need wood and nails! Ten penny nails, 2X4s, plywood!”
“We don’t sell that.”
“O.K. then how much is an EasyDone bedroom, I can take it apart and use the wood and nails.”
“$40,000”
“What? That is far too expensive for my budget!”
“It’s fully integrated, painted, the carpet is in place and the bed is even included, it’s ready to go!”
“But it doesn’t do what I need. I’m only going to take it apart and we are going to use the wood in shop class.”