Updates and Recent Events

It's been a while since I've written a status update, but I think I've been up to a few things which haven't managed to work their way onto the site, so I think I'll collect them all here, in a sort of "state of the tycho" report. I've gotten more into the shape note singing. I went to the New York State Sacred Harp Convention in Cambridge New York and had a blast.…

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Interview with Judy Stein

Here's another interview for the interview series file. Enjoy! Who are you? What do you? I've had lots of jobs, but at the moment I only have three: running a folk club, host= ing a radio show, and teaching ballad-singing at the Folk School. Two of these are volunteer jobs. I am also a 40/50-hour per week babysitter for my 2-year-old grandson and adult in charge at my house. I have recently acquired a sewing machine and a few art supplies, and got my concertina back from a friend who borrowed it; the projects, they will come.…

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The End of Reusable Software

I wrote a post for the Cyborg Institute several weeks ago about the idea of "Reusable Software", and I've thought for a while that it deserved a bit more attention. The first time around, I concentrated a lot about the idea of reusable software in the context of the kinds of computing that people like you and me do on a day to day basis. I was trying to think about the way we interact with computers and how this has changed in the last 30 years (or so) and how we might expect for this to change soon.…

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The Tiling Window Manager Story

As I said in "The Odd Cyborg Out," I'm thinking of giving StumpWM a run. So I did some musing about tiling window managers, because I am who I am. Here goes, So, like I said, I've been tinkering a very little with StumpWM, and I thought some background might be useful. For those of you who aren't familiar, StumpWM is another tiling window manager, like my old standard Awesome, except Stump is written in Common Lisp, and is descended from different origins from Awesome.…

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Desktop Virtualization and Operating Systems

So what's the answer to all this operating system and hardware driver angst? I'm going to make the argument that the answer, insofar as there is one is probably virtualization. But wait, tycho, this virtualization stuff all about servers. Right? Heretofore, virtualization technology--the stuff that lets us take a single very powerful piece of hardware, and run multiple instances of an operating system that, in most ways "think of themselves" as being an actual physical computer--has been used in the server way, as a way of "consolidating" and utilizing the potential of given hardware.…

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podcamp philly

So I went to this "Podcamp" in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. I'm a huge fan of getting together with geeks outside of the Internet (in real life!) to talk about the technology, communities, and practices (let alone skills and ticks). Indeed meeting people in the real world, is often a great way to advance and promote whatever it is you're doing on the Internet, but beyond I often find the experience of having "really geeky" conversations with people in real life to be rather refreshing.…

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Operating Systems and the Driver Issue

I made a quip the other day about the UNIX Epoch problem (unix time stamps, are measured in seconds since Jan 1, 1970, and displayed in a 10 digit number. Sometime in 2038, there will need to be 11 digits, and there's no really good way to fix that.) Someone responded "whatever, we won't be using UNIX in thirty years!" Famous last words. People were saying this about UNIX itself years ago.…

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