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Review of Where Wizards Stay Up Late

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet by Katie Hafner My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a classic book that sat on my shelf for a while and I just decided to pick it up and read. It was very rewarding. It tells the story of how the Internet came …

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What’s Wrong With Free, Anyway?

So I am at my LUG meeting the other night listening to a spirited discussion, which is pretty normal for us. We have a lot of very opinionated people there, and there is never a lack of discussion. The trick is getting a word in edgewise, and normally three people are all talking at once …

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Review of The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin

<a href=”” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin” border=”0″ src=”” /></a><a href=””>The Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin</a> by <a href=””>Peter H. Salus</a><br/> My rating: <a href=”″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br /> I give this a high rating because it does what it sets out to do very well.Peter Salus …

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Data-Driven Objectivity

I recently had an exchange online with someone I tend to like, and it was about self-driving cars. My correspondent said that he would never, under any circumstances, get into a self-driven car. In fact, he seemed to think that self-driven cars would lead to carnage on the roads. My own opinion is that human …

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Stop Buying from Dell Computer

At a recent company meeting in Denmark, something very disturbing happened. An “entertainer” was brought on stage right after Michael Dell and proceeded to complement the crowd on not having many women. He then said IT should remain a bastion of male privilege, and the the way to address women as “Shut up, bitches.” You …

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Why I Am An Optimist

This is going to be a little bit different from what I usually post here, but it’s my blog. If you don’t like it, just click away. It is easy to list many things going wrong these days, and I think most of us tend to look at the negative side. Regardless of political or …

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The openSUSE adventure: Installing Packages

Well, I learned some more today in trying to install the software I use all of the time. As a long-time Kubuntu user I was used to how they set up their repositories, I know all of the command-line tricks for using apt, and none of that is any use to me now.:) But I …

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It’s Just Semantics

Yesterday I began my morning with a meeting involving members of various departments who are dealing with a major change to our IT systems. We are replacing a system from Vendor A with another from Vendor B, and just about everything changes. As a result, we have a lot of meetings. But I didn’t bring this …

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Trent Reznor on Social

This courtesy of the current issue of Wired magazine: “I don’t care what my friends are listening to. Because I’m cooler than they are.” So, can I claim that is why I’m not interested in social recommendations for music?

The Perfect Apple Analogy

This comes from Jason Perlow, a tech columnist. He says that Apple is the North Korea of technology companies. It seems to be run by a relatively unhinged leader, everything is shrouded in darkness, and very little useful information leaks past its borders. See the full blog post here.