Category Archives: news

updates to connexions modules

Starting this week, and continuing over the next several weeks, there will be several updates and expansions coming to my published Connexions Collection (original publishing comments), “Debugging and Supporting Software Systems“.

I would love to collect feedback and be able to incorporate any suggestions for improvement that you may have.

Please feel free to either email me via the “E-mail the collection author” link on the CNX site, or via comments hereon.

rebooting the bglug

It’s been several months, but we are planning to have another Bluegrass Linux User Group meeting next month!

It looks like there’s a good space to meet near downtown, so while the exact Saturday has not been picked yet, we are looking to reboot the LUG in a few weeks.

If anyone has suggestions for topics, speakers, etc … please leave a comment. If you’re able to give the talk – please tell us that, too 🙂

a new blog!

My wife and I have just started a new blog together, Growing in Faith and Family, to document the process of adoption which we have just started.

We have chosen Ethiopia as our source country, and have begun the 15-20 month process (including wait time) to enlarge our family via adoption.

We would be happy for anyone to leave a comment of encouragement or personal experience if you are also an adoptive family.

Thanks for joining us on this journey.

on twitter and the police

Dave Winer had an interesting take on the recent Twitter-NYPD flare-up.

Personally, the thought of any government organization demanding records without a warrant is abhorrent.

However, since the entire point of Twitter is to make your tweets public … then what is there to subpoena? They’re all out there – visible to the world… Unless the user has deleted them (and, from my understanding, they are “real” deletes (unlike facebook “deletes” which may or may not go anywhere)).

So, NYPD – why are you not just looking at the tweets that are available publicly? Why are you trying to demand data that may or may not exist, and without a warrant?

Lastly, to Mr Winer’s comment that “the government has no business investing taxpayer dollars in private companies”: there’s a couple big problems therein. First, since it was in reference to the Library of Congress, we should make sure that in addition to not “investing” in archiving tweets, they also not invest in archiving books, journals, newspapers, etc – after all, those are also coming from “private companies”. Second, if the government shouldn’t be investing taxpayer dollars in private companies, then where, exactly, do you propose the “government” get what it needs to operate? By fiat? By dictatorial claim? No – those aren’t good public relations moves. The government needs to obtain the services and goods it needs to continue its functions from private industry (or we need to abandon this whole ‘capitalism’ thing and go for a pure central economy wherein all produced goods and services are provided by the government).