Microsoft is like a very expensive, but sleek and featureful car. It is static and monolithic and richly serves a tyrant called Economy… and yet requires a lot of upkeep, somehow. Linux is like a custom built hotrod. It’s literally free and respects liberty – volunteers have band together to forge the parts themselves. It […]
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I wonder what huge mega-corp proprietary software vendors think about when they see volunteers making software in their “free time” as their biggest threat?
It’s about time that CC, F/OSS and Social Impact meet up for a beer and discuss a joint venture. I’d say we’re long, long overdue for a major ‘shift’. Money will quickly become obsolete when we all sync up with the tools we currently have and forge an understanding of each other and a motivation […]
I don’t watch a bunch of television but recently ran through Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley”. I really enjoyed the series; it’s refreshing to find such high quality production consistently get technology and business right. John Stafford (the Datacenter manager, pictured) is hilarious. I’m just happy to see areas like this get some attention I guess!
I’m really enjoying i3 (tiling window manager). I’m no expert but after using it for about 2 months I’m pretty comfortable with it. I used to be intimidated as tiling WMs were so foreign to me. For many years I was a fluxbox faithful but I found myself constantly arranging my windows in ways that […]
I remember when I went to tech college, a classmate/friend of mine said he always wanted to form a band with 2 bassists – one for the low end and one playing as lead. I always thought that was a fucking cool idea. He also once said about our networking teacher: “He’s got a T-1 […]
“You have an opinion, that’s great. But here’s data.” – L0pht (Defcon speaker, unknown date)
Am I the only one who finds it distracting that music (read: audio) related resources online have such a rich visual element? Here I am with my bluetooth beanie on, connected to my phone, but at my PC doing research. I come across a music blog related to promoting independent artists. I want to stop […]
I have a domain, let’s call it “networking.tld” (not really). It was obtained for my first business venture. I first purchased it when I was 22 years old, starting a technical consulting and support company with a really good friend of mine, Chris. Another good friend, Steve, was our ‘acting’ business manager. I remember us […]
It’s raining, time to get nostalgic about BBSes :)
In bind, using YYYYMMDD## format for the zone file serial number increments is smart. It’s something I learned a long time ago, *nix knowledge passed to me from another guru (Garrett @ API) as I took over administrating a distributed DNS server setup for his global satellite data communications network… that was pretty sweet.
I have faith in the world music community because I’ve learned what makes one thrive. People that care about each other – a fellowship of sorts, with a strong passion for the music – the art, the movement, the microcosms that form within the whole. Virgin sounds are created and repeated for consumption by people, […]
Can we get a muthafuckin’ moment of silence…. for this small chronic break? Yeah…smartphones be leavin’ out these words, like they don’t exist. I treat these dictionaries that don’t accept these words like I do 7-up; I never have, and I never will! Let me express myself without direct and deliberate influence on the words […]
With so much drama in the IRC, it’s kinda hard managing a community. But I, somehow, someway, keep logging into irssi like every single day May I kick a little channels for the Lees, And make a few ends as I apologeeze through, Two in the hashtags and the channel’s not jumpin’, cause they left […]
I’ve felt for a while now that scanning my spam/junk mail folder for legitimate mail has an inherent negative affect on my mood. I use SpamAssassin on my mailserver which takes care of the bulk of my junk mail. Even with this protection, as most know, a good amount still comes through – and introduce […]
Reddit seems to be a ‘multiplexer’ of topic-based message boards. Back in the day it would be BBSes (of course, right? You’re on my site after all). After that came multi-BBS echoes, then the rise of the Internet with newsgroups, then www-based messaging forum software, then implementation of group forums with social networks such as […]
If you want to know which apps are truly secure, just look at who is blocking them outright.
For many years I’ve used the =) as my “emoticon” (though I hate that term – it’s a smilie, damn it). Before that I generally used :> as a snarky, 14-year-old would to show how unique and cool I was compared to the lamers who always used the standard :-) of the time (~1994). In […]
Mahatma Gandhi said: “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
“Today’s fiction becomes tomorrow’s reality.” –Me
Take a look at someone who had a couple of drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds.
“….exposure to Windows causes brain damage and that its use in the corporate workplace should be considered an OSHA violation.”
“Michael I. Shamos, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University who is a proponent of electronic voting and the examiner of electronic voting systems for Pennsylvania, stated “It’s the most severe security flaw ever discovered in a voting system.” Douglas W. Jones, a professor of computer science at the University of Iowa, stated […]
My thought process as I age is sort of like a never ending labyrinth of nested if statements.
“Because ‘the cloud‘ is just someone else’s computer, and you never know where your data will end up or when they will alter or terminate their services.“
Last night when I was off-site furiously doing a major upgrade on a client’s server I checked my email. I quickly glanced at the RKHUNTER logs sent to me by a script I crafted up a long time ago. They were for my primary Linux system at home. My heart skipped a couple of beats […]
I’m impressed with reCaptcha v3. I haven’t gotten any spam through my contact forms on various sites I manage since I installed it. The best part is that I don’t have to subject any innocent people to clicking on endless pictures of storefronts, cars and traffic signals. I fucking hate that shit. I hate it […]