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Linux

Happy virtual birthdays, Linux and PGP by PHL posted on AUGUST 27, 2011 It was was (pretty near) 20 years ago today Linus Torvalds taught the band to play. The young student announced to a Usenet group that he had created a new operating system kernel. From: torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds) Newsgroups: comp.os.minix Subject: What would you like to see most in minix? Summary: small poll for my new operating system Message-ID:   Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT Organization: University of Helsinki Hello everybody out there using minix –  I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and…

Google+ (Look It Up)

Google Plus or Minus by PHL posted on AUGUST 31, 2011 THE GOOG, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY Does anybody use Google+ any more? That seems to be the question floating around these days. The Google+ project made its debut two months ago and by the end of its first month had a user base of 25 million worldwide, becoming the fastest-growing social media network in the admittedly short history of social media networks, according to comScore. Almost immediately afterward, Experian Hitwise, an online consumer behavior and marketing consultancy, began reporting that Google+’s rate of growth was slowing, and that the average…

He Looks Pretty Good Now, In Comparison

Checkers v. “I am not a crook” by PHL posted on SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 I’M GOING TO TELL YOU A STORY One of the greatest, and most infamous, examples of the power of storytelling occurred on this date 59 years ago. The world would little remember the details of the speech Richard Nixon delivered on Sept. 23, 1952 –in fact, would consider the campaign finance kerfuffle to be almost charming in contrast to today’s multimillion-dollar campaign binges — were it not for Tricia Nixon’s little dog, Checkers. Yes, today is the anniversary of the Checkers Speech. It’s appropriate that we mark the…