Bob Nelson's Open Computing Resources
Those who don't understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it,
—— Henry Spencer
UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because
that would also stop you from doing clever things.
—— Doug Gwyn
If tons of graphics, pictures, animation and similar forms of
entertainment are what you prefer, you'll probably find very little of
interest here and may be rather bored. Instead, the emphasis is on
content in contrast to style. You'll note that non-standard
HTML constructs are avoided here. By the way, if the above quotes
from Henry Spencer and Doug Gwyn show &mdash rather than dashes, your
browser does not conform to even basic HTML standards. Fortunately, the
Lynx browser handles this
- This page contains a number of resources primarily
dealing with open computing from a serious, technical standpoint. In
particular you'll find a number of interesting pointers leading to
sites devoted to the Linux operating system, other Unix variants as
well as tools of interest to programmers such as Java, Perl and the C
- Worthy of note is an article published in Salon Magazine
dealing with the "dumbing down" of computing. Read about
how one programmer decided to leave the "childproof" world
of "wizards" and "dummy tools" by committing an act of
- If you wish, you may contact Bob
Nelson via e-mail about the content of this page. Subjects pertaining
to Linux, FreeBSD, Unix, programming, the
Great State of Texas,
open source software
and the radio broadcasting industry are indeed most welcome.
radio and television call letters
- In addition to computing-related resources, an HTML-ized version
of the Call Letter Origins Listing is
available. The 29 March 2002 listing is now at version 125.
It's a compilation of
over 2750 "call letters" used
stations (radio and television) and the meanings that
often lurk behind these seemingly random sequence of letters. For
example, KRLD here in the Dallas area
stands for "R)adio L)abs of D)allas".
Linux: a free
Unix operating system
- Now with well over 58,900,000 users around the world and an annual
growth rate of 212%, Linux has
long been the choice of computing professionals. Increasingly, even the casual
(yet thoughtful) computer user is also finding this robust,
crashproof operating system to be of great value
and the price is
certainly unbeatable. That's why so many people choose to upgrade from
Windows ME, Windows NT and Windows 2000 to
the Linux platform.
The mainstream media, such as
CNN, recognize the phenomenal growth of Linux.
Unix: the Internet's
- Over a quarter-century of improvements and ongoing
refinements have made Unix the unchallenged
leader among the world's operating systems. Your viewing of this page,
of course, is made possible by Unix.
- The Unix operating system begat both the C
programming language (from work done at AT&T Bell Labs in Murray
Hill) and Larry Wall's incredible Perl language.
Likewise, it was a Unix company, Sun Microsystems,
that developed the portable
Java language. Here are several
starting points to explore these computing
tools and the foundation of much of the world's software.
- The author of this site also teaches the Unix operating system
in the Dallas County Community College system.
Check out this page for the
Phred server offering
an assortment of links, including one to
- Also worthy of viewing is the web page for the rapidly growing community
of Frisco, Texas. This city of
over 50,600 (at last check
it has probably grown within the past 30 seconds)
is located on the northern rim of the booming Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.
The latest census figures show an
astounding growth rate of over 183%.
In the rapidly-expanding Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Frisco is the fastest
growing community of all of the suburban areas and the second-fastest
growing community in the entire country.
- I'm proud to call Frisco
and don't even mind (well, not too much) paying taxes in such
a forward-thinking, business-friendly city.
Frisco's fame now is international in scope with the famous and fabulous
Superdrome on the Preston Ridge
campus of the Collin County Community
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