4th Annual 2010 Lillian Trinkaus Pie Baking Contest Winners!

Yep, you are reading it correctly. Kim and I won the 4th Annual 2010 Lillian Trinkaus Pie Baking Contest with our traditional Banana Cream Pie. After coming in second for the best filling we were not sure if we could win the overall best pie but as the votes were read it was clear we were going to win. Kim and I were shocked but I can say our test pie and feedback from our kids really paid off. The final pie was excellent and it looks like the voters thought so also.

Lillian Trinkaus was my Grandmother and Godmother, I know she would be proud. She taught her daughters, including my mother how to bake, and my mom taught me everything I know about interior food preparation. Thanks Mom! And I can not thank Kim enough, thanks Baby!

Maybe I will post a picture of us and the trophy soon…stay tuned…

Prediction: Chrome will be #1 by end of 2011

As Neil predicted last year about Chrome, I will make one myself – the Chrome web browser will be the number one browser in the world by the end of 2011.  That is probably a crazy prediction considering its only at about 15% of market share today.

My blog is by far not a complete census but it clearly shows Chrome way ahead of every other browser besides FireFox.  Interestingly, I still use FireFox most of the time but I do find myself going over to Chrome every now and then.  Chrome was about 15% of browsers hitting my site just a month ago and IE 8.0 was close behind, the gap is getting larger.

Here is a chart of the browsers that hit my site in a single day:

Is open source sustainable?

There is an interesting post over on Alex Kings site – he is a plugin developer for WordPress.  The conversation makes me wonder about other open source initiatives like OpenNTF.  I know many people across the community contribute amazing material to OpenNTF and I have often wondered if it was maintainable.  I know that every thing I contribute either in an article, blog post, or on OpenNTF will have some level of “support” in the future.  It may be days, weeks, months or even years but an email, a question, or a enhancement is inevitable.   I would have to say if you are not an open source enthusiast and simply do it because you love it or you in fact do “get paid” enough through donations then your interest over time supporting free enhancements and upgrades will diminish.  I do think many people, especially in the Eclipse and Lotus communities contribute to open source for many other reasons – building a community, promoting a technology, or just polishing skill sets.  Many, like myself, have a vested interest in seeing the community or technology grow so it creates more opportunities in the future – that to me is the essence of open source.

Google contributes GUI designer tool to Eclipse!

Wow, perfect timing for our Lotusphere presentation. You can download the tool right from Google or you can read about the functionality it brings.

Tools being donated include the WindowBuilder Java UI design tool as well as CodePro Profiler, a runtime Java analysis gauging factors like memory leaks. Both tools became Google property when the company bought Instantiations in August; they will now become open source projects at Eclipse. WindowBuilder has been used for development related to Standard Widget Toolkit, GWT (Google Web Toolkit), and Swing.

Check out the full article on InfoWorld.