UserFriendly.org An on-line, geek-oriented version of Dilbert, sorta. Very entertaining comic strip, if you are into computers, computer support, or anything of the like.
Jim Pallas, Electronic Artist. I'm currently working with him on some projects, talk about fun. He does interactive sculpture, art that while you are looking at it, it looks back at you, and hopefully engages you in more active ways than more stationary art might.
Jeff Burhans. Unusual Character. Very unusual character. I'm trying to figure out some other way to describe him. I'm failing miserably. Creative. Unusual. Character. I went to Michigan Tech with him. Did I say he was unusual?
Mike Burden, Another friend from Michigan Tech. Not QUITE as strange as Jeff Burhans. After I offered to put a link from my page to his page, I still hadn't done it after two months, so he wrote his own intro and e-mailed it to me, thus prompting me to actually get back to updating my web pages.
HP Calculator Museum. As many know, I collect Hewlett Packard calculators. It started out as a love of the RPN calculator, and dislike of switching from RPN to Algebraic, so I started buying up used HP calculators, so there would be no need to use an algebraic calculator. Once I had at least one for every room of the house, I realized that no, I wasn't being practical, this is a hobby (another word MIGHT be obsession). Apparently, I'm not the only person who loves a good calculator...so does this person! I *will* be setting up some kind of virtual museum myself, unless someone wants to help pay the bill so I can set up a not-so-virtual Museum of Old Technology. If for no other reason, it would justify my ownership of a 1980 vintage PDP-11/23 (with a whopping 192K of RAM and two 5M disk drives (14" platters, 85lbs each, motors that would put a vacuum cleaner to shame). But, I digress...
Old Calculators Web Museum. Another cool on-line net-museum.
The Car Talk Website. Car Talk is a National Public Radio show superficially about cars which is absolutely delightfully funny. Their web meshes very well with the show. Check it out!
National Public Radio. I spend far
more time listening to NPR than I do on the web. NPR is a self-employed
person's best friend on a slow business day! One really cool feature
I discovered only recently is that they keep the entire broadcast of their
news shows on-line using RealAudio, and they keep it for quite some time.
If you haven't listened to NPR (and even if you have), here's a particularly
remarkable piece of commentary, if you got RealAudio installed on your
system, click here
-- listen to the whole thing...it's not quite what you might expect from
the first couple minutes. A few people I know dismiss NPR as a commie-pinko
radical left-wing fringe group, but as someone who considers himself moderate-conservitive,
I would be quick to dissagree. I'll grant that many of the news people
probably DO have left-wing leanings, I'd rather take my news from someone
with an opinion who lets you know what it is than either someone who claims
to be impartial (and isn't) or makes no attempt at a ballanced report,
or someone without the intelectual faculties to generate an opinion on
anything more complicated than their hair style.
WDET. My local NPR station. FM101.9 in the Detroit area. Honk and pledge money. 8-)
phoneSpell What does your phone number spell? Cute web site, punch in your number in the box provided, and it will tell you what your phone number spells. That's it! Check your numbers, your friends, etc.
OpenBSD.org: Like many, I have been displeased with the quality of commonly available computer software for a very long time. Changing that is what OpenBSD is about. I have become a believer in this OS. It is a free Unix look/work-alike, based on the BSD4.4 code. Unlike the other free Unix packages, however, this is a Unix with a Mission: Quality and security. Whereas most of the world TALKS quality but implements features, this group does what they say: produces a quality product (and often ends up getting critizised for not having every silly feature!). Since 2001, I have been a very proud member of the small team that puts OpenBSD together -- I manage the FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions", though evolved somewhat into more of a "Getting Started" guide).
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