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