A World Without Open Source Software

April 8, 2015 Posted by
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Several people I’ve talked with lately don’t realize the influence the Open Source Software movement has in our daily lives.  Some of those people also claim that Open Source Software is written by a bunch of “hackers” that don’t write production-quality software.  That is usually not the case.  In fact, most software that comes with source code has been reviewed and improved upon by others.

This is a partial list of commercial products and services that would not exist without Open Source Software.  This list is not limited to just technology, but products we use on a daily basis.  If you know of something I’ve left out, please comment, and I will do my best to update the list.

Here is the list of products/services that use or contain Open Source Software, along with articles/links to support their entry on the list:
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Set a Breakpoint on Unhandled Exceptions in the Xcode Debugger

August 16, 2011 Posted by

One of the most frustrating things in iOS development is when the Xcode debugger doesn’t break on unhandled exceptions.  On most other platforms I’ve developed, the debugger always stops on exceptions you didn’t specifically catch in your code.  For some reason, the Xcode debugger doesn’t.  I suspect it’s really more of a GDB problem when debugging Obcjective-C than an Xcode issue.  There is something you can do though.

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Life as an iPhone/Android Developer in Dallas

August 15, 2011 Posted by
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For several years, I have been developing all types of software, from websites to desktop applications to mobile apps, etc.  When I started writing iPhone and Android apps, I didn’t think it would be my main thing.  It was a really cool technology, but I had no real idea how much I would end up loving it.

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Ashley Got Married and Spammed Me!

October 13, 2010 Posted by

Most spam/virus emails are easy to spot because they almost all use bad grammar or spelling. I think it’s because only low-lifes and illiterates think they can fool smart people into clicking harmful links or giving them their passwords. However, this one is the best I’ve seen so far.

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In-N-Out Burger Texas Locations to Open in 2011

October 12, 2010 Posted by

I just heard that my favorite burger joint, In-N-Out Burger, is planning on opening up locations in the Dallas, Texas area.  So, I decided to search for when their opening dates were.

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Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud – People Actually Fall for These?

October 8, 2010 Posted by

It never ceases to amaze me at the types of spam I get, especially the Nigerian scam emails.  What surprises me isn’t that they’re sending it, but that it’s worth sending!   If they’re sending it, that means someone is falling for it.  Even worse, enough people are falling for it that they’re making money off of it.

Here’s the latest scam email I received this morning:

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Leaving AT&T Without the Early Termination Fee!

October 6, 2010 Posted by

Well, I finally jumped ship from AT&T, and I also got them to waive the Early Termination Fees!  How?  Pretty easily, actually, although I’m not sure if many people know how.

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