New and improved

Wednesday, 25 August 2004, 19:27 | Category : Geek Stuff
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So this is how I’ve resolved my problems – moving Kudzu Files to it’s own domain. Something I probably should have done a long time ago. Scott, the return of KF really had nothing to do with the Dr. Peppers, but if you want to believe that, it’s OK with me. I think I’ve moved everyhting OK, but if you find something that still points to hboswell.felisonca.com, please let me know.

Not long ago, someone called me a liberal moonbat on another blog; I guess I need to live up to the name.

Books for geeks (or geeky wannabes)

Monday, 23 August 2004, 19:53 | Category : Geek Stuff
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No, these are not the hardcore geeky things. These are more properly classified “Geek Culture”. But they’re good reads:

Life With Unix: A Guide For Everyone, by Don Libes and Sandy Ressler: a little dated, written in 1989, but still an enjoyable journey into the world that gave us Unix.

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays On Software Engineering, by Frederick Brooks. This one is really dated (some would say obsolete). It was written in 1975. But there are universal truths buried inside.

The Cuckoo’s Egg, by Cliff Stoll. An early story on tracking a hacker.

The Soul Of A New Machine, by Tracy Kidder. The story of Data General’s attempt to build a 32-bit minicomputer during the late 1970s.

And a fiction work:

The Adolescence Of P1, by Thomas Ryan. The first computer fiction I ever read, if you don’t count “2001”, and still the best. I suspect this might be hard to find, but worth it if you do.