A Well-Tempered Pipeline
I am studying the use of open source software in industry.
One way to obtain empirical data is to look at the operating systems and
browsers used by the Fortune 1000 companies by examining browser logs.
I obtained a list of the Fortune 1000 domains and wrote a pipeline
to summarize results by going through this site's access logs.
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Paper-Based Publishing Meets the Web
A few hours ago somebody posted
to Brian Kernighan's
Sometimes the Old Ways Are Best
At the time of writing,
has already attracted 143 comments and 172 votes.
It contains is an (often interesting) discussion between Young Turks praising
IDEs/SlickEdit/BeyondCompare and defenders of Unix tools.
One bemused respondent commented (in a somewhat irreverent style)
on the strange fact that a column that hit the
headlines in January was mentioning summer projects.
Here is the story behind the column's timeline and some thoughts
on paper-based publishing.
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Brian Kernighan on 30 Years of Software Tools
As part of the IEEE Software 25th anniversary, Brian Kernighan
graciously agreed to write a Tools of the Trade column.
His article, titled Sometimes the Old Ways are Best, is now freely
through the Computing Now web site.
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The Changing Value of Knowledge and Skills
I feel we're witnessing a watershed in the value of knowledge and many,
once crucial, skills.
Thanks to powerful ubiquitous computers and the internet,
hard-earned knowledge and skills that used to be important are no more.
Here are some examples.
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