Why Linux?

The .NET Guy: “But if a group of people have decided that they really would prefer free software, why would they turn to Solaris in the time of Linux crisis? Wouldn’t it make more sense to use a BSD derivative?”

Poorly Connected in LA

This is such a fabulous rant. For some reason it makes me think of a scene in Airplane 2. Captain: “I’m afraid that we’re 10,000 miles off course and we might not make it through the asteroid belt”. Passengers: no reaction. Captain: “Oh, and we’re out of coffee.” Passengers: panic.

ScrappleFace

New favorite weblog title: ScrappleFace. Excerpt from a scrapple recipe: “After the hams and bacon have been put down in cure and the sausage is all ground and the lard rendered and the feets pickled and the snouts soused, you take what’s left (the scraps) and make scrapple.” Sure to be a hit with your vegan friends! I discovered this delectably titled weblog over at Breaking News.

Microsoft Architect Don Box talks about living without emacs. I find myself in the same situation. What I really miss is M-/. Inquiring minds want to know: does a VS.NET equivalent exist?

Sweet sixteen

Dave writes about outliners in his weblog today. While reading I found this page where I downloaded software that was released in 1987.

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Holy cow, it works on Windows XP!

The software runs fine and helps anyone scratching their heads to get an idea about what outliners are at their bare bones. Caveat: it did cause my copy of trillian to crash, and now neither trillian nor putty will run. All the same I’m in shock that this sixteen year-old software can simply be unzipped an launched.

E-commerce

I contributed $100 to WBUR today. WBUR is on constantly in our house. There is a prominent “Support WBUR” link at the top of the homepage, marked by a button in a contrasting color. The transaction went off quickly and easily, and I received email confirmation of my pledge shortly afterward.

I tried to contribute to WGBH today. Our toddler watches a fair amount of Sesame Street and Teletubbies. I had to scan around the page a while before finding the “Pledge & Renew” link down in the fifth row of the left-hand navigation bar. I filled out the form and hit the “Submit” button. Then the server dropped my connection.