I’ve seen many images of solar eclipse. But I think this one is special. Very very beautiful work by Matt D Marshall.
Discovered via Flickr blog post.
Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day.
This short time lapse film was shot during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011.
Via The Laomedon.
I came across this handy tip over at Lifehacker website. I think that’s pretty useful for outdoor photography, when camera people want to some of the best sky colors.
All you need to do is extend the hand full and count the number of finger width distances between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is approximately 15 minutes, which means each hand is about an hour. This is of course just an approximation, but it’s always better to have an approximation than nothing at all. Enjoy.
Apparently, it was a partial solar eclipse yesterday that got me wondering why it is so dark. I thought it was just due to the rainy weather. I’m glad Big Picture has it covered. Awesome photographs, as always.
With the recent news of Sun Microsystems buying MySQL AB for one billion dollars (insert Dr.Evil’s evil laugh here), I hear plenty calling Sun the largest contributor to open source. I beg to differ.
Sun is doing a lot for open source, there is no argument about it, and whatever they do is much appreciated. But calling them the largest contributor to open source, is a little bit too far fetched, I think. First of all, let’s see what we are talking about. Here is the list of open source stuff from Sun (according to their open source initiative page):
That’s something, but doesn’t qualify for the number one contributor. First of all, these are mostly Sun’s own offerings. Secondly, some of these (Java and OpenSolaris) have been opened to be saved. They were open when it was pretty much obvious to everyone that if they are not, they aren’t going to last very long. Or, at least, they won’t prosper as they should. Thirdly, the effort that was put in some of these (StarOffice / OpenOffice.org) by Sun isn’t all that impressive. I mean, yeah, they bought and opened StarOffice. People jumped on it and started to improve it. And it improved a lot. But it’s still huge, bloated, and clunky, after all these years…
As I said, it’s still appreciated. There is plenty of good in Sun’s open source initiative. But I think there are companies that have done more good to open source than Sun did. I think that IBM did a great deal more. And it did it before anyone else, when open source needed help the most. Then, I think Google has done plenty and is still doing a lot. And, I think it’s not fair at all to forget Red Hat. These guys made a lot of money on open source software, but they were more than willing to share and invest those money back into the community.