Christopher B. Browne
I have a variety of profiles in such places as:
I have been published in various places.
In 2002, I was coauthor of the book Professional Open Source Web Services , writing about SOAP . I was also one of the co-authors of the book Professional Linux Programming published by Wrox ; I wrote chapters on CORBA programming.
As I have a background in finance and economics, I find it very interesting to explore linkages between politics, economics, and the propagation of free software. Notable in this regard is my essay on Linux and Decentralized Development, recently cited by Technology News from Wired News in an article on the announcement that Netscape Communications has made sources to "Mozilla" freely available. This paper has also been presented in the peer-reviewed journal, First Monday. The paper has been translated ( very nicely, I must say) into French; see Linux et le developpement decentralise. A less complete effort is an essay on a Free Software (Gift) Exchange Registry, which explores the question of how to fund the production of free software.
I've been doing Internet Stuff primarily on UNIX and similar platforms since 1985, and various other older systems since the '70s. I was around considerably before the Hype. " Those who don't understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. " -- Henry Spencer
I'm noted in the Linux community particularly for maintaining web pages with an exhaustive and increasingly huge (well over 20) list of SQL and other databases available for Linux. My web pages on spreadsheets, word processors and financial software are rather more opinionated. There is also a page on Linux VARS, a sizable list of vendors that sell systems with Linux pre-installed.
I read rather a lot, with a rather large proportion of this being science fiction, and a large proportion of the remainder being sundry computer technical literature.
Other hobby-type stuff Fountain pens, model rocketry...
Computers let you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila.
Short for "Web Log", this is an approach to "interactive diary writing" where entries are published on the web. Commonly, people write brief (or not so brief!) rants about one thing or another, and typical Blog software not only lets them publish these rants, but allows other people to comment on them, possibly from their own blog...
There is plenty of blog software out there...
I'm not overly big on Blogging, but do occasionally make comments at LinuxDatabases.info blog .
I used to blog a little on cbbrowne feed @ Advogato
While we may have despised his character on Star Trek, the actor himself actually seems reasonably clueful. He actually figured out how to set up his own web server on Linux; that can't be a bad thing!
A blog about old computers...