Pearls Before Swine
Jan 09, 2011 GMT
I have written about my frustrations with service before, but I wanted to share three more items.
For those of you who have not seen today's (January 9th, 2011) “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip, it mirrors some of my frustration with service groups. This was the first item I wanted to share.
The second item was with my Internet service. For many years I had two different land-based telephone lines... more »
Jan 05, 2011 GMT
Over the New Year's weekend a news story started to unfold. It was about the Apple iPhone and how the standard clock application would not sound its alarm when set. The story became (said a radio announcer) the number two story of the day. All day long I heard about the iPhone's clock not working, and it was also reported that Apple was not going to fix it, since it was deemed as being a “temporary” problem and that things would be back to normal by January 4th “or so”....no one seemed to be sure why it occurred or exactly when things would go back to normal.
Late on the evening... more »
Peace On Earth - Good Will To All
Jan 01, 2011 GMT
The last day of the year is here. At an hour when a lot of people are out partying and “ringing in the New Year” I am sitting here with a glass of wine and taking a bit of quiet time to reflect on what happened last year and what might happen next year. If you are reading this hoping to learn something about FOSS or Free Software, and will be disappointed if you do not learn to grep or pipe from this blog entry, perhaps you should stop reading now.
Some things are certain, the sages tell us, like death and taxes. Certainly there have been a... more »
AXE and your shell receives
Dec 27, 2010 GMT
I was at a Linux Meetup a couple of months ago and I ran into another former employee of Digital Equipment Corporation (“They are everywhere, everywhere!”) named Larry Camilli. We started talking and somehow the conversation came around to a program called “AXE” (vaX Archictecture Exerciser). Larry looked at me with a strange look on his face and said “That was my program! That is what I did for Digital!” Larry went on to say that few people he met, even those who worked for Digital, knew about the AXE (or its equivalent for the MicroVAX, the “MAX”)... more »
The Gift That Keeps On Giving - Your Time
Dec 23, 2010 GMT
It is late, very late, and you are still trying to decide on a gift for your
[ mother | father | sister | brother | uncle | aunt | grand* | step* ]
You would have had enough money for a gift, but you saw those really awesome headphones that you just had to buy, and now you are very low on money. And it is late....very late....
Why not give the gift that keeps on giving? The gift that most of these people will really appreciate, and that... more »
maddog the catalyst
Dec 05, 2010 GMT
Every once in a while something happens that makes me fairly proud of what I do. Whatever I actually do I am often not quite sure at the time and usually find out about it much later.
I am proud that a few words of mine helped to start an open source development center in Soweto, Africa (one year later I found out about this), and I am proud... more »
X marks the spot
Nov 30, 2010 GMT
For the past couple of years I have been orchestrating a contest at Campus Party events in Spain, Brazil and Colombia which challenges a participant to make a video using only free software. This means that the participants have to create the video, edit the video, make the credits and produce a CD using only free software tools, and the entire presentation has to be licensed under a Creative Commons license.
The participants are given a list of possible software to use ahead of time, but they can use any software they want to use as long as it is either... more »