BBS Lists – Still There

January 11, 2010

To know what BBSs were available in my area, I used to rely on a list which was published and updated frequently. It was known as Roxanne Spear’s BBS List. A work of love such as is seldom seen – but where is it now?

I actually have an old copy or two sitting in my archives. But the world has changed and almost all of those bulletin boards are gone now – almost, but not all.
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To too or to two

September 11, 2009

This is a copy of something I wrote on another blog, but since it probably applies mostly to computerists, which might end up being the focus of VOXIGO, I thought I’d put it up here too.

There are some common words which are often used in such a random manner that it can be a tedious task to read what was presumably intended to be a communication.

It looks like what many people do is use some kind of phonetic representation of how the words are spoken in their local dialect. Why is that? In a Californian dialect, pan pin and pen could easily be confused when talking, but I don’t see people using those words interchangeably when writing. You might think that is obvious because it’s not how written English works and it would be very confusing if it was. Yet why would someone use to instead of too or two when that would be substituting direction for degree or quantity? The confounding of those concepts by people who successfully write computer code is particularly puzzling. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Mod Massacre

July 24, 2009

Down the stairCASE MOD or How an ALSA server moved from the penthouse to the basement.

CCB on carpet

(Slightly drag a pictures to see all of it.)

Here is my newest computer. It’s a server, so that’s why there’s no console shown. I think it is so beautiful that it belongs in the sitting room. It runs apache, proftpd, and telnet servers. ALSA sound system utilities provide a complete sound recording and playback facility. Telnet allows me to control everything from any other computer. I played with this for a few days and thought others might be interested in how such an odd looking machine came into being. Read the rest of this entry »

Software vs People

March 20, 2009

I recently got myself involved on a new web forum because I saw it as an opportunity to advance the case for Linux and to do so by offering a different perspective than is usually found in the on line community. When it comes to advocacy I like to think outside the box. Many years of involvement with the arts has shown me that the mundane is often at a disadvantage.

Linux Dot Com has recently been acquired by The Linux Foundation who is embarking on an initial journey of reestablishing it as a new site. Whether the site is going to be anything new, or just more of the same with a fresh wrapper, is not clear. To start, they have established a site called “Idea Forge” which, to help people understand its purpose, states clearly on the front page that: “Ideaforge allows Linux.com community members to share and discuss ideas.” What kinds of ideas is left to the imagination of the reader.

The Linux Foundation’s website, however, is much more informative on the subject. Their description of the new site says that it is to be “For the community, by the community, Linux.com will be the central source for Linux information, software, documentation and answers across the server, desktop/netbook, mobile, and embedded areas.” To me it should be much more than that. Their web site itself refers to being “dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux” and they want to serve as a neutral spokesperson to advance the interests of Linux. That sounds like much more than “for the community, by the community”. I’m probably not the only person who thinks that the new web site could play a much larger role by also serving as an embassador for open source and Linux.
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Reverse Typosquatting

March 2, 2009

Type a name into Google or Yahoo and the first few results are their suggestions. What the %#@$? So, let me get this straight, if I don’t make a typo, then they’ll make one for me?
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The Desktop Parable

February 13, 2009

People that work with information know that you need to organize it. Before there were computers, this was obvious, and when computers started to develop, the concept of files and a file system came naturally. Read the rest of this entry »

The Zombie Upgrade

February 10, 2009

Why can’t we just get better at things? Instead of trying something new every time, why not improve what we started? I have to ask that when I see everything getting “upgraded”. Yes, everything. Read the rest of this entry »