Sailing, sailing over the bounding sea... Or in our case, inside a wine
glass. We've all seen the ship-in-a-bottle knick-knack. Well, I'm here to
show you how to set a sailboat afloat in a wine glass, using Fireworks MX or
MX 2004, vector AND bitmap masks. Heave ho, matey, and don't forget to buckle
Combining images is part of the fun with programs like Fireworks. Making
those images look like they belong together - to fool the eye, as they say -
is challenging and rewarding. Take this unlikely pair of images, for example:
a studio beauty shot of a wine bottle with a glass and a sailboat. Wouldn't
it be neat to make the sailboat seem as if it were floating inside the wine
If you answered "yes," continue on. If you answered "no," re-read the
previous paragraph and answer, "yes," this time.
Now that we're all in agreement, let's set sail - errr - g... (more)
If you aren’t yet ready to consider France heaven, it might be that you
haven’t sampled the right bottle of cognac. Writer Scott Rose here
gives a primer on cognac culture and guidelines for finding the crème de la
crème of cognacs.
A French expression that means ‘The Land of Plenty,” Le Pays de
Cocagne, suitably describes the Charente region of southwest France, home to
the king of brandies, cognac. Charming villages dot the vineyard-rich
countryside, churches and chateaux bear witness to history, and the rites of
cognac production are central to life.
Local legend has it that the double distillation requisite to cognac was
invented at the beginning of the 1600s by Le Chevalier de la Croix Marron, a
pious nobleman. Le Chevalier had a nightmare about the devil attempting to
boil his soul out of him. The first attempt failed, so the de... (more)
SuSE is supposed to announce the availability of its promised $129 Linux
Office Desktop on Monday, January 20. The stuff, whose arrival was heralded
back in November and positioned as a Windows rival, is bundled with
CodeWeavers WINE-based CrossOver 1.3.1 code so it can run Office 98 and 2000
and a few other Windows programs like Notes albeit imperfectly by
CodeWeavers’ own admission (CSN No 474). It’s for the SME-retail market.
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I was lucky enough to be Documentum's first employee in Europe in 1993. While
there, I worked closely with Geoffrey Moore and got "religion" about
understanding not just the so-called "chasm" but the whole marketing model
and its implications for strategy, marketing, product, and operational
behaviour. I started working with John Newton in the late '80s and we
recently discussed marketing models and their relevance to Open Source as
well as Geoffrey Moore's new thinking in Darwin and the Demon. This
conversation was the root of my thoughts on rules for Open Source marketing -
new model, new rules (and some old ones).
Many people are familiar with Moore's Technology Adoption LifeCycle (TALC)
where everyone dreams of hitting the "Tornado."
Early Market - Discontinuous innovation. Attractive to technology enthusiasts
and visionaries Chasm - A pause in market interest w... (more)
Hiking on centuries-old footpaths to remote villages, then returning to the
comforts of a classic motoryacht provides a perfect holiday mix.
In the heart of a remote national park, five tiny medieval villages, almost
untouched by time since Roman occupation, cling to the rocks overhanging the
sea. But how do you visit these alluring towns, cut off from modern bustle
and devoid of road access? The answer is simple: invest in a stout pair of
walking shoes and charter a luxury yacht!
The Cinque Terre, or five lands, are found on Italy's Mediterranean coast
just south of Genoa in the amphitheater-shaped Golfo di Spezia, more
romantically referred to as the Gulf of Poets. To this day it remains an
inspiration for the fertile mind and fleet of foot. There is a legend that a
magical sea monster pursued by hunters fled into the sea where he scratched
and clawed out the nu... (more)
Eben Moglen, the Columbia University Law professor who serves as general
counsel to both the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Samba Project, has
formed a Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) to provide pro bono legal
services to non-profit open source software products and developers worldwide
starting with FSF and Samba.
WINE and Debian will also be represented by the SFLC, Eben said.
The move is an outgrowth of the $5 billion lawsuit SCO has lodged against IBM
contesting the ownership of the code IBM contributed to Linux and the threat
that Microsoft will rattle its growing patent portfolio under open source
The center is not intended as a "warrior organization" focused on litigation
or "fire fighting," Eben said.
Instead it's meant to deprive Microsoft of the opportunity to spread any
"fear, uncertainty and doubt" by ensuring that the center's clients ... (more)
The amazing thing is that anything gets done at all. Software architects and
developers, analysts and administrators, and C-level executives all share
this core belief, whether they publicly state it or not. As we approach the
summer months, one thinks of weekends in the Hamptons or the Wine Country, at
the Shore or the Cape, maybe a trip to the Dells or to Mackinac, the Gulf or
Or maybe to the office. Blessed weekends, when the phones are not ringing,
meetings are merely bad memories, and some real work can get done. One of the
great ironies of IT is that it sucks in millions of people with the
intellectual apparatus to handle the most abstract concepts and theories,
often in several languages, people who are familiar with the great Discovers
and Creators of human history, yet whose day-to-day existence is now consumed
with writing, checking, and re... (more)
Once upon a short time ago a French man named François Spoerry had a unique
and watery vision for his yacht. His wish was to create a beautiful home
where he could moor his boat in the backyard – the visionary Gallic was
an avid sailor as well as being a creative architect. And lucky for an elite
few, his wish came true.
The development he designed in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez in the south of
France has attracted investors and yacht owners from all over the world who
excellent taste in real estate and the perfect location on the Mediterranean
Sea. An added attraction is the mild micro-climate and sheltered harbour that
enjoys, which is thanks to protection from the Alps to the north. Just think
Venice but in the south of France! The exclusive complex with its playful
colours was designed to resemble the romantic Italian city with th... (more)
There are many ways to arrive in Venice but perhaps the very finest way is to
do so in your own yacht. Fortunately in recent years several companies have
set up shop offering self-drive motor yachts, which enable sailors to
undertake such an adventure. We chose to use Connoisseur a British based
company using British built boats that come with easy to read instructions
all in English. The company has bases throughout Europe and in each employ
young English speaking staff full of enthusiasm for yachting vacations.
I will never understand why the Venetians built their city on islands inside
a swamp in the first place but within minutes of our arriving there, I was
awfully glad they had. The city was, according to legend, founded in 422 by
Roman refugees fleeing from the Goths who invaded and ravaged
northern-eastern Italy and was probably built as a result of the in... (more)
NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/16/07 -- French trains, particularly the
sleek TGVs*, have been a convenient and comfortable way to travel around
France for 25 years and a must-see tourist attraction for automotive-centric
North Americans -- but in 2007, they will take a leap into the future with
the June 10 launch of the TGV Est (East). This new line will cut travel times
nearly in half between Paris and eastern regions such as Champagne-Ardenne,
Lorraine and Alsace, and the frequency of train service within those
fascinating regions and between these regions and others in France will
increase 15-20%, making it easy to see more in less time.
Late in the year (mid-November), Eurostar will operate even faster between
Paris and London -- cutting an average of 20 minutes off the already quick 2
hrs 35 min journey, thanks to the completion of the final segment of
Linux creator Linus Torvalds thinks the last GPLv3 draft is better than
earlier drafts, but he still doesn't like it much, preferring the existing
GPLv2 that the Linux kernel is currently licensed under.
He has problems with the GPL 3's ban on so-called "tivoization" - Tivo shuts
down if users mess with its DRM software - and deals like the
" All I've heard are shrill voices about 'tivoization' (which I expressly
think is OK)," he wrote Sunday on the Linux development mailing list, "and
panicked worries about Novell-MS (which seems way overblown, and quite
frankly, the argument seems to not so much be about the Novell deal, as about
an excuse to push the GPLv3)."
However, he told the mailing list that he might move to GPLv3 if Sun puts
OpenSolaris under the GPLv3 like it's been saying it wants to so it can have
a standard license.
"I have yet... (more)