Paw Prints: Writings of the maddog

Some nice things happened on the way through life.....

Oct 29, 2009 GMT

Recently a couple of very nice things happened to me.I needed a favor, and a friend of mine reached out to help me.They were person who I have known for about ten years, and although they have always been nice to me, this last "help" was just when it was needed most.As I thanked him, he reminded me that I was instrumental in getting him into Free Software, and that this had made a huge, positive difference in his life.He reminded me that I had invited him to join me at dinner with the CEO of a company where he soon found employment.He reminded me that I had taken him to visit my two goddaughters, and as we sat on the floor playing with them, their father, Linus Torvalds, came...
I never won a Nobel Peace Prize.

Oct 11, 2009 GMT

I woke up on the morning of October 9th to find that President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize.There was a lot of discussion about whether President Obama had "earned" the honor or not, and a lot of discussion about how the Nobel Peace Prize is not always for what you have done, but encouraging you to keep going in what you are doing.As I read his acceptance speech, I thought about Free and Open Source Software, and applied parts of his speech to my favorite subject."Let me be clear, I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments"A lot of people have said to me, "Thank you for what you do for Free Software". I tell them that I was someone who...
This takes the cake (and make mine chocolate!)

Oct 04, 2009 GMT

I heard recently, and could not really believe it until I saw it, that Microsoft was encouraging people to throw "Tupperware(R) parties" at their homes in order to launch the new version of Microsoft's products.That is right...plain old down-to-earth "homies" extolling the virtues of quickly going to 7.I knew that Microsoft had perfected the "we should not have to pay for marketing" line years ago when they orchestrated the launch of Windows 95 by getting stores to open up at midnight just so people could rush in and buy the first copy of Windows 95. Microsoft only had to pay for a couple of bottles of cheap champaign for each...
What Have We Learned?

Sep 20, 2009 GMT

The Ohio Linux Fest is September 25th to 27th, and one of their major themes is the 40th "birthday" of Unix. Two of their major speakers will be addressing this topic, Dr. Peter Salus and Dr. M. Douglas McIlroy. Why is forty years of Unix important?During a chat session one night, one of the chat members said that they did not think the topic of the 40th year of Unix was relevant to anyone. I want to take this time to respectfully disagree.We tend to take for granted various things around us. Things that surround us at birth we think of as "natural". We tend not to question running water, sewer systems, electric companies, railroad tracks or other things that have...
Don't let the Swine Win!: Enecomp 2009, Curitiba, Brazil - September 4-8, 2009

Aug 20, 2009 GMT

I love going to student events. Particularly well-conceived events organized by students and run by students. Of course events run for business people and governments are important too, and I like it when they are all mutually compatible.Therefore it distresses me that the current hysteria around H1N1, also known as "Swine Flu" is jeopardizing the hard work done by students in Curitiba, Brazil for a conference that otherwise would be considered "world class".Nine hour hands-on "mini-courses" on topics like Python, PHP, shell scripting, Mono/C# taught in classrooms of 20 computers each, with six-hour mini-courses on PostgreSQL, Drupal, Debian, GIMP and Ruby.In...
Bring a Luddite To Sanity Day(TM): Ohio Linux Fest, September 25-27th, 2009, Columbus Ohio

Aug 19, 2009 GMT

This is the first year in a long time that I will be missing the Ohio Linux Fest (September 25th to 27th in Columbus, Ohio). I had a previous commitment, and I try to honor my commitments. But for the rest of you, it is time to register and (equally important) get a Microsoft Windows user to register and attend.I have been involved with OLF for several years. I became involved through a frantic call by one of the organizers a few weeks before that year's event telling me that they had everything they needed except for a place to hold it. It seems one of the organizers "thought" they had a university as a sponsor, and that was not exactly true....To make a long story short,...
New Videos on YouTube

Aug 16, 2009 GMT

I have some more new videos on YouTube.First of all, as promised, is the video of Brazil's President Lula at FISL 10 in Brazil. I was sitting in the first row, and with my trusty video camera was able to capture most of it. About 15 minutes into the speech I ran out of recording room and had to switch to a new media, so I missed about thirty seconds. There have been quite a few videos of President Lula's speech on the web, but most of them have been very short segments. This is (almost) all of it.YouTube only allows ten minute segments, so the (close to) thirty minute speech is on three 10 minute segments, Part 1, Part 2 and Part3. The speech did not seem that long, but that is how long...

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