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I run Farsight Software, a software consulting firm. Good people, team approach, reasonable rates. Give us a shout on info@farsightsoftware.com.

I'm a software engineer with a particular interest in web technologies (esp. JavaScript). I also do lots of work in C#, Java, and several other languages. I've been doing this professionally for 20 some-odd years, goofing with computers for 10 years before that, but I hope I'm not this guy.

On occasion, I write up snippets of nifty tricks or techniques in my anemic little blog.


Jun
24
comment Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
@gbjbaanb: It's up to Microsoft to prove you did, not the other way around, in most countries. Not that it matters, because if Microsoft sues you, you're screwed unless you can get a big firm to take you on pro bono. :-) And if you had access to the Word source code, odds are pretty good you already signed something saying you wouldn't write anything to compete with it anyway...
Jun
24
comment Is it illegal to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
@optician: It was your saying "each line" that suggested to me it would be a derivative work. You can read through it and be inspired, but if you're taking each section and just translating it, that's probably not okay. Also beware any patents in what you're looking at. @Seventh: "I don't think the GPL was created as a covert patent system." No, it was expressly created as a viral mechanism for ensuring that derivatives of free and open works would themselves be free and open. (Not using viral as a pejorative there.)
Apr
20
comment How do you handle your Project Manager
@Vecdid: Blech sounds like an unpleasant situation, man. Kudos for controlling what you can, that's all any of us can really do.
Mar
27
comment How do you handle your Project Manager
@Vecdid: Yeah, it's a pain being in that situation. But where possible, make calm reasonable points about the impact of ramp-up time on the final deliverable (and other things you're working on).