OSS History

Great overview of open source software history. Any aspiring OSS developer should read this.

Go Outside

This report doesn't exactly break new ground, but it does reinforce common sense thinking. Want adults to have respect for the environment? Get them involved in the environment from an early age. Kind of a 'Duh' conclusion but it seems worth posting and maybe someone will take it to heart and raise a kid to respect our world.

Pi has everything

Oh man, oh man. I can't believe the level of my geekiness sometimes, but I have to share this. Pi seems to have so many numerical combinations contained in its string of numbers. For example, My birthday, 07171982, was found at position 116,728,043 counting from the first digit after the decimal point. My zipcode, 63146, was found at position 135,918 counting from the first digit after the decimal point. My street address, 12394, was found at position 8,831 counting from the first digit after the decimal point. Want to search some of your numbers? Check out the site. Also, there are some interesting analyses and fun facts concerning Pi and its value. Update: As tomorrow is World Pi Day, I thought I'd add an article or two covering various parts of Pi, like its history and general background. Happy reading and happy Pi Day.

Claypool, Indiana, to house biodiesel plant

New plant to be built in the next 18 months in Claypool, Indiana, that will effectively double the United States' biodiesel production capabilities. From the article:

The project, which was announced last year, combines a soybean processing plant with a biodiesel production plant. The facility will crush nearly 50 million bushels of soybeans a year, producing more than 1 million tons of soybean meal for animal feed and 80 million gallons of biodiesel.

Hopefully biodiesel pumps will start springing up here in St. Louis, providing me with incentive to actually trade in my car for a diesel.

SysInfo, Part 1

Need more detailed information about your *nix system than you'll actually ever use? /proc contains a bevy of information that can help you diagnose problems or just learn more about your system. Where does one begin though? Part one in a series of articles on /proc on the Linux Forums begins the process of developing your *nix and /proc foo.


LAMPPP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP/Python/Perl) was recently deemed the most secure open source software package by a government-backed study.

/In the analysis, more than 17.5 million lines of code from 32 open-source projects were scanned. On average, 0.434 bugs per 1,000 lines of code were found, Coverity said. The LAMP stack, however, 'showed significantly better software quality," with an average of 0.29 defects per 1,000 lines of code, the technology company said./

Damn White Boy

This video is crazy. So much for the 'white men can't jump' theory. This guy has crazy ups.

My Second Car

The second car in my garage would have to be one like this one. Granted, this article is more about the people involved in creating the car, but still, 0-60 in 4 secs and 50 mpg and runs on biodiesel. Come on, that would be awesome!

Find Your Favorite

Who doesn't love Calvin and Hobbes? How many times have you been in a situation where you think, man, this is just like a Calvin and Hobbes strip? Okay, so I've never transmorgified my clones into worms, but hey, it's good to be prepared in case that need should arise, right? Say, however, that you had an issue and wanted to see how Calvin would approach it. Or that you remember a strip that you loved but can't find it. Well freaks,  get a life! Or search for it on the Calvin and Hobbes Strip Search (haha) Engine! That's right, a keyword-searchable database of C&H strips for your browsing pleasure. w00t!

My Next Car

Damn, I want one.