The following programs are programs that I find useful and/or fun.
2001/12/02: Two years ago, my wife Carol and I decided that our children's education would not be complete without some grounding in modern computers. To this end, we bought our children a brand new Compaq to learn with. The kids had a lot of fun using the handful of application programs we'd bought, such as Adobe's Photoshop and Microsoft's Word, and my wife and I were pleased that our gift was received so well. Our son Peter was most entranced by the device, and became quite a pro at surfing the net. When Peter began to spend whole days on the machine, I became concerned, but Carol advised me to calm down, and that it was only a passing phase. I was content to bow to her experience as a mother, until our youngest daughter, Cindy, charged into the living room one night to blurt out: "Peter is a computer hacker!
There are, unfortunately, many hacking manuals available in bookshops today. A few titles to be on the lookout for are: "Snow Crash" and "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson; "Neuromancer" by William Gibson; "Programming with Perl" by Timothy O'Reilly; "Geeks" by Jon Katz; "The Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling; "Microserfs" by Douglas Coupland; "Hackers" by Steven Levy; and "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" by Eric S. Raymond.
If you find any of these hacking manuals in your child's possession, confiscate them immediately. You should also petition local booksellers to remove these titles from their shelves. You may meet with some resistance at first, but even booksellers have to bow to community pressure.
Get-girls-to-code initiatives aim to fix tech's gender imbalance - but they may help reinforce it
I was inspired to write this by the recent announcements of public desire for a Debian fork, an idea that I find to be dumb and which likely will not lead to a lot of technical work.
Someone high on coke, Skittles and slinging code is not a good candidate for basic training."
A bunch of us - Sara, Ellen, Sabrina, Kat, Joanne, Angelina, Jessica, Jennifer, Divya - have been thinking about what this means for us.
Hackerspaces open up areas struck by digital exclusion. They install organic solar panels and local Internet radio stations. They can even transform abandoned water troughs into eco-jacuzzis.
When Gene Homicki co-founded the West Seattle Tool Library there were less than 20 tool libraries in existence. Running one was a low-tech affair with either "old, clunky software" or pen and paper to keep track of inventory and loans. There are now nearly 60 tool libraries around the world with an estimated 20 more in the works.
Clicca qui per scaricare una versione in pdf Tutto doveva rendere e rendeva: persino le immense pietraie e le fasce detritiche, le lingue glaciali e i pendii scoscesi, infatti da quando avevano scoperto la natura e qualsiasi imbecille poteva sentirsi un essere superiore nella solitudine dei monti, anche l'industria turistica era diventata possibile: gli ideali
The file, jargon.txt was maintained on MIT-AI for many years, before being published by Guy Steele and others as the Hacker's Dictionary. Many years after the original book went out of print, Eric Raymond picked it up, updated it and republished it as the New Hacker's Dictionary. Unfortunately, in the process, he essentially destroyed what held it together, in various ways: first, by changing its emphasis from Lisp-based to UNIX-based (blithely ignoring the distinctly anti-UNIX aspects of the LISP culture celebrated in the original); second, by watering down what was otherwise the fairly undiluted record of a single cultural group through this kind of mixing; and third, by adding in all sorts of terms which are "jargon" only in the sense that they're technical. This page, however, is pretty much the original, snarfed from MIT-AI around 1988.
For Unix Admins, By Unix Admins
1999/05/31: It was an age of heros, those days. Men of action, of vision, of legend. They swashbuckled across the technological stage, making their mark. They took naked chips and gave them soul. It seems so long ago, looking back from our perspective of comfort and complacency. We stand on their shoulders, and they deserve our credit and our thanks. They shaped our world.