Interview with Michael Pobega

Who are you? What do you? I'm a 19 year old Perl hacker slash college student. I'm a Computer Science major at SUNYIT in Utica. To be truthful, I'm not a very good student; I spent my study hours teaching myself Perl and UNIX. As for my personal life, I live one boat ride away from Manhattan, so when I do have time home it's pretty hectic. Being upstate for college is so .…

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Industry, Community, Open Source

In "Radicalism in Free Software, Open Source" I contemplated the discourse of and around radicalism in and about Free Software and Open Source software. I think this post is a loose sequel to that post, and I want to use it to think about the role. I suppose the ongoing merger of Sun Microsystems and Oracle, particularly with regards to the MySQL database engine weights heavy on many of our minds.…

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Current Projects

It's been a while since I've written about what I'm working on, so I wanted to write up a little post on the subject. Just to keep myself honest. Last time I did this, I tried to promise myself that I'd get a draft the novel I'm working on done by the beginning of November in time for me to not do the NaNoWriMo project--as is my custom. That isn't going to happen.…

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Interview with Angie Marshall

Today's interview is with Angie Marshall. I think introductions here are pretty much uncalled for, so here we go: Who are you? What do you? Angie Marshall, Legal Assistant is my paying job, but I am a Farm wife, mother of 3, a knitter, a former quilter and a half-assed gardener. I have multiple knitting projects OTN currently, but most consistently, I knit socks. Merino or Blue Faced Leicester?…

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Radicalism in Free Software, Open Source

The background: zonker on Selling vs. Shaming bkuhn on Denouncing vs. Advocating: In Defense of the Occasional Denouncement Various other conversations on identi.ca over the past few weeks. In light of this debate I've been thinking about the role and manifestations of radicalism in the free software and open source world. I think a lot of people (unfairly, I think in many cases) equate dedication to the "Cause of Free Software," as the refusal to use anything but free software, and the admonishment of those who do use "unpure" software.…

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Package Mangement and Why Your Platform Needs an App Store

When I want to install an application on a computer that I use, I open a terminal and type something to the effect of: apt-get install rxvt-unicode Which is a great little terminal emulator. I recommend it. Assuming I have a live interned connection, and the application I'm installing isn't too large, a minute later or less I have whatever it is I asked for installed and ready to use (in most cases.…

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Links on Technology, Blogging, and Emacs

A mostly technology-centric collection of links: Emacs starter configuration scripts. I can't, for the life of me, recall why I went looking for this, but last week I ended up with a whole host of basic configuration files that people have published. I've thought about doing this for my own files, but I've not had it properly cleaned up and working in a non-embarrassing way in a while. Most of these are on github, which is a phenomena that could tolerate some investigation, but no matter.…

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