Feb 14, 2009 GMTI woke up on Saturday, February 14th (St. Valentine's Day) and went to my office to start work. Since I work out of my house, it is not a very long commute. As I started to read my email, I found several emails from people wishing me a "Happy 1234567890", with pictures enclosed, and then I remembered requesting that people send me pictures of their celebrations for that part of the UNIX Epoch (Please see the blog post of February 1st "One of those Magic Times"). Our own celebration at Martha's Exchange Restaurant in Nashua, New Hampshire was fairly quiet. We had ten people show up, but only four of us were actually there for the Epoch event itself. Ben, Kenta, Clair...
Paw Prints: Writings of the maddog
Feb 12, 2009 GMTDear President Obama, Today is the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. From all the press that I have read, you are a fan of Abraham Lincoln just as I am. Recently there has been a lot of historical research into President Lincoln's life, trying to find out who he really was as a man, as opposed to the "myth" that has been created. Part of this research tells us that President Lincoln may not have thought of the Black people as equals, and that the Emancipation Proclamation was more an economic and political action to end the war than it was about racial equality. Historians are now saying that one of Lincoln's major issues around slavery was that free men could not compete...
Feb 06, 2009 GMTThe "maddog Multimedia Brazilian Challenge" is over, and we had three winners. Unfortunately we also only had three entries, so the judging was not overly taxing. I learned quite a bit from this first "Multimedia Challenge". While I had listed the rules and a list of various pieces of multimedia software ahead of time, we did not announce the prizes until quite late. Therefore we only had 16 people sign up ahead of time. I did hear from some of the registered people who did not submit their entriesthat: the time was too short the event was too noisy and they did not have any quiet place to shoot the video they did not know how to install and use the free...
Feb 01, 2009 GMT"At 11:31:30pm UTC on Feb 13, 2009, Unix time will reach 1,234,567,890.Where will you be at this momentous second?" - from Bell Labs This will be Friday, February 13th at 1831 and 30 seconds EST. If you want to find out what time it will be in your local time, try this Perl script courtesy of Matias Palomec: perl -e 'print scalar localtime(1234567890),"\n";' Now if there was any reason to fear Friday the 13th, I think this is it. That many numbers sequentially in a row representative of time? Who knows what will stop working? Will lex(1) cease to work, will yacc(1)severywhere revolt? Will the rapture be upon us? I remember asking Alan Cox about UNIX (note that I...
Jan 24, 2009 GMTIt is the last day of Campus Party, Brazil but things are still going strong. Saturday means that a lot of people that could not get here during the week are coming out to see what Campus Party is all about. If you are living here in Sao Paulo, it is still not too late to experience it. Participants are now going around taking pictures of the old friends they have seen and the new friends they have met. My friend, Wagner Pinto, who has been sitting across from me the entire week fell asleep at his keyboard earlier today, earphones stuck in his ear. I captured a picture of this and stuck it on my under my name 'maddog a.k.a "Jon" Hall' on my Orkut page Wagner was a good sport...
Jan 20, 2009 GMTHow does a young innovator get advice about how to bring their product or services to market? How do they get the attention of knowledgable people who act as a Venture Capitalist or can make those connections for them? Here at Campus Party, one segement is called "CP Labs", and so far they have over seventy projects that will be presenting over the course of the next week to a panel of experts who will help give them a neutral evaluation of their projects from a commercial standpoint. I just watched a presentation of a project called "PageStacker" which previously had won an Honorable Mention in another contest. While I did not understand everything that was said...
Jan 19, 2009 GMTIt is -10 degrees Celcius at my home in New Hampshire, but I am in Sao Paulo Brazil with a balmy temperature of +25 degrees Celcius. Hmmm...35 degrees Celcius difference....enough to cause me to shatter if I were to transport here.... But fortunately I am at the first day of Campus Party, and the participants are starting to arrive with their computers, robots, astronomy gear, etc. All I really had to bring was by USB key with Linux on it, but I admit to bringing a stuffed Tux and a few other odds and ends. A lot of the participants of this week-long event will be sleeping in tents. The tents this year were sponsored by Speedy Xtreme and Telefonica, and look like the bottoms of blue...
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