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Internationalizing Those Bash Scripts

The first software that I was actually paid to develop was a 2-page shell script that prompted the user for a dozen or so pieces of information, before launching a set of cooperating processes. Those processes formed the core of a performance evaluation suite for the public telephone network - a rather sizable system for its day with high visibility. more>>

Bob Frankston and Nicaragua

Yesterday, I read Doc's interview with Bob Frankston in the May 2008 Linux Journal. That, in turn, got me reading other things that Bob has written. Finally, that inspired this NicaLiving post. more>>

Dealing with, um, Wastewater

MARENA, the government agency responsible for the environment in Nicaragua, has asked us to use a biofilter waste water treatment system instead of a traditional septic tank and drain field for the Geek Ranch. The reasoning is that as we are building in a nature reserve, we are being held to higher standards than is typical outside the reserve. more>>

Stumbling Into eGroupWare

Recently I have been grumbling about project management, accounting and organizational software in general. Basically, Gixia and I want to just build the Geek Ranch rather than be bogged down with overhead. The reality is, however, this is too big a project to do without some back-end organization.

As I looked for specific packages for each item I was overwhelmed with more>>

Accounting Software for the Geek Ranch

I hate accounting. The one accounting class I took in college proved that to me. The fact that I could get an A in the class by doing one homework problem and copying all the others during class was only part of the reason. But, it's related. I hate doing the same thing over and over and, to me, that is exactly what accounting is. more>>

The Project List

You have been hearing about this Geek Ranch for a couple of months. I have been talking about computer things I have done. There is so much more to do that will involve Linux that I have decided it is time to ask you some questions. That is, ask you what approaches you would take to do various things. more>>

The Auxiliary Building

As much as I know we need a project management system to build the Geek Ranch I will leave that discussion for another day. But, my current experience illustrates a case when project management software doesn't solve the problems.

The first building we are going to construct is what I will call more>>

Ideas for a Geek Ranch Web Site

In my last article I introduced the idea of the Geek Ranch. The facility will be more than just a place for geeks to write code. We are going to need a web site to promote the facility to the various audiences. All the pieces of that web site are not yet determined but we do have an initial features list.

Here it is: more>>

2008 Linux Tour in Nicaragua

While many today see Linux as a "just download it" or "just buy it" product, it hasn't always been that way. Installfests were actually the norm. Well, that's what is happening in Nicaragua. I received the following announcement in email—not from a geek mailing list but from the list of a social rights activists. more>>

What's New Down Here?

Many years ago, Carlie said to me, "You will never retire--just, someday, you will die." 100% correct. As I am neither retired nor dead, expect to start hearing from me on this site. more>>

Under-Ice Sonar Visualization

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center provides naval and environmental scientists with an integrated 3-D display of under-ice sonar information. more>>

Linux in Government: Jordan - A Surprise in the Middle East

A report from last week's open-source software seminar in Amman. more>>

EOF: An DRM Glaubst, Kann Es Dir Nicht Weh Tun

Lass dein Management von meinen Digital Rights--ist nicht nur ein Slogan für Freiheitsliebende. Es ist eine kluge IT Entscheidung. more>>

India's Upcoming Free Software, Free Society Conference

Free software advocates and IT delegates from around the world will be in Kerala, India, this week in the hopes of building free software collaborations for the future. more>>
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