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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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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