The U.S. Software Industry and Software Quality: Another Detroit in the Making?
First, buy ten copies of Mark Minasi's exceptionally fine book, The Software Conspiracy: Why Software Companies Put Out Faulty Products, How They Can Hurt You, and What You Can Do About It (McGraw-Hill, 2000) and give a copy to everyone you know who's in a position to influence software purchasing decisions. Mail them a copy of this article, too. My major criticism of Mark's book is that he doesn't weave open-source software in general, and Linux in particular, into the picture. I believe Linux is exposing the need and the thirst for high-quality software, and that the high quality of Linux and other open-source programs is in large measure responsible for its rapid growth and acceptance.
Second, get the word out about UCITA. Visit http://www.badsoftware.com and the Consumer Project on Technology home page (http://www.cptech.org). If you're in a U.S. state where UCITA next comes up for ratification, organize street protests, write letters to legislators, get the word out, and fight it! There's still time to defeat this monster, but we have got to get organized NOW!
Third, join the battle to promote software engineering, high-quality software, and responsible behavior by software vendors. Read Watts Humphrey's comments on software quality at http://www.2bguide.com/docs/whsq.html and then visit the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie-Mellon University, with which Humphreys is affiliated.
Fourth, convince any organization with which you are affiliated - your school, your company, the non-profit organizations where you volunteer - that purchasing commercial vendors' products is aiding and abetting a process that is exposing the public to unwarranted risk, generating legislation that is harmful to public welfare, and retarding the progress of technology. Show them Linux, help them install it, and invite them to consider what people are slowly but surely learning: you don't have to put up with shoddy software.
Bryan Pfaffenberger is a professor in the new Media Studies program at the University of Virginia, where he will teach two courses next fall (Media Studies 317: Intellectual Property and Digital Media, and Media Studies 110: Information Technology and Digital Media). He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
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