Font Conference

Maybe it’s because I’m a writer and perhaps writers are the only ones who are going to find this funny, but I seriously thought this was hilarious. Seriously. See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor. If you aren’t a writer and you thought this was funny too, let me know.

Font Conference

Maybe it’s because I’m a writer and perhaps writers are the only ones who are going to find this funny, but I seriously thought this was hilarious. Seriously. See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor. If you aren’t a writer and you thought this was funny too, let me know.

Scripting for Interactive Sessions: expect

At first glance, it would seem that you are out of luck if what you want to automate requires human intervention. There are things that need someone to pick from menu options, enter passwords, or make decisions based on the information presented. Interactive applications require a user’s reaction, don’t they? The answer for the cleverly lazy system administrator is “Not always” thanks to a little program called expect. While I had heard of expect sometime before, I discovered a few years ago just how useful this language is. My partner and I were developing a Web-based system that required regular …

An open letter to Adobe

Hello, oh great and powerful Adobe people. Thank you so much for releasing Flash Player 10 beta 2 for Linux. Thanks even more for (finally) building in support for video4linux2 Webcam technology. You have no idea how much we appreciate that. The only problem is that many (if not most) of us can’t use it. You see, it crashes our browsers within seconds. Reading earlier posts on this subject, it’s obvious that Adobe is aware of this problem (Flash player 10 beta 2 crashing Firefox) and that they have fixed it in-house. I think I speak for more than just …

You Look Marvelous On The Web!

Looking good is easy for our regular guests. True enough. However, looking good on the Web takes a little more work, which doesn’t mean it can’t be a lot of fun. With a little help from your Linux system, your smile will shine online! Yes, François, I think it would be great to add a gallery of our regular guests on the restaurant’s Website, but I do have a couple of concerns. First and foremost, I really don’t think you should call it a “Rogue’s Gallery”. Second, why on Earth are you coding HTML by hand. This is going to …

Christopher Hitchens gets waterboarded

Let me confess right away. I found myself panicking just watching this video. My heart rate literally shot up and stayed there for some time. Yes, I’m saying this isn’t for the faint of heart. Author Christopher Hitchens, writing for Vanity Fair, decides to find out for himself whether the controversial interrogation technique known as waterboarding is, in fact, torture. The Vanity Fair article can be found here.

The End Of The World As We Know It

After reading an article on CBC about the possible banning of Mark Steyn’s book in Canada, “America Alone”, I knew I had to read it. I will confess up front that I am also terrified by the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. But then, I am also terrified by the rise of Christian fundamentalism. I am an atheist and I make no apologies for it. In fact, I believe that for the world to survive, and by the world, I mean human beings (the planet will be here long after we are gone), religion must die. We, the rationalists of the …

Xandros Acquires Linspire. CEO, Andreas Typaldos tells all.

Well, he tells some, anyhow. By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Xandros has purchased Linspire. Moments ago, I was sent the following Q&A with Xandros CEO, Andreas Typaldos. Enjoy . . . Q: What are you announcing today? A: Xandros’ acquisition of Linspire, a pioneer in the commercial desktop Linux marketplace with its easy-to-use commercial Linspire operating system and innovative Linux software delivery service CNR. Q: How did this deal come about? A: Xandros and Linspire have had talks at the CEO level over the years about the possibility of a combination given their historically similar Debian-based roots …