Archives for March 18, 2008

Learning the bash shell, continued

I started this discussion a while back, and not it is time to continue it. The Bourne Again Shell, bash, is the default command-line shell in Ubuntu and many *nix (Unix, Linux, etc.) systems. You can think of the shell as the most direct way to get into your operating system, and you can think…

Blogospherics – Recommended reads

The internet if full of great stuff to read today. Grrl Scientist (did I put enough “r”‘s in there?) has discovered a new bird species. Well, she didn’t actually discover it, but she is reporting on it. Sharp-eyed scientists have discovered a new species of bird on a remote Indonesian archipelago in the Southern Pacific…

The Shape of Life 1

Stay tuned, more coming. This episode 8 of the PBS series in six bite sized parts

Arthur Clarke is Dead

Arthur Clarke, author of a number of important science fiction books, member of the British Interplanetary Society, co-inventor of marvelous technologies, and accomplished scuba diver, has died at the age of 90, in his long time home of Sri Lanka. My favorite book of his was Childhood’s End, which I read when I was about…

Gene Genie Carnival

The Gene Genie Blog Carnival is up and running at DNADirect Talk. Please go check it out. The next Gene Genie Carnival will be hosted here, at this blog (the one you are reading right now, this one). Please send me your entries! You can use the blog submission form or email them directly to…

Robot Update

First we have the latest on the space robot: Space Robot Flexes Arms for First Time from PhysOrg.com (AP) — Astronauts flexed the giant arms of the international space station’s new robot for the first time, testing the brakes and maneuvering the appendages into position for a Monday night spacewalk. […] Then, we have this:

Plant Evolution and Biology Carnival

… known as Berry Go Round …. will happen here on or abouts the 25th of March. Please get me your posts on plant evolution and biology stuff! You can email me here.

Gnome 2.22

Gnome 2.22 was just released (a few days ago). This is not the big-bang major overhaul type of release we have just seen with KDE, but it is worth nothing.

The REAL reason we use Linux

We tell people we use Linux because it’s secure. Or because it’s free, because it’s customizable, because it’s free (the other meaning), because it has excellent community support… But all of that is just marketing bullshit. We tell that to non-Linuxers because they wouldn’t understand the real reason. And when we say those false reasons…