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Why learn assembler?

That's the question I've been hearing a lot recently (well, that and "Why do you suck at $GAME?", but I'll beat Paul one day). Regular blogwatchers have seen the embryonic stages of MikeOS, which is moving along well, but I'm itching to try some other (less ugly) languages than 16-bit x86 assembly. 68k is supposedly a good instruction set, but I think my next step should be ARM -- after all, it's the CPU used in my mobile phone, GBA, Nintendo DS, and no doubt a squillion other gizmos I've acquired.


I'm really, really good at this game:

Apologies for the brief post -- I'll write something more substantial later. And prod some of the other LXF folks into writing. In fact, it's been so long since Graham posted, I'm not sure if he remembers the URL...

It begins…


(Awaits lawsuit from SCO for using the 'mov' opcode)

Sexual division of labour

A while ago I was asked to write an article on why there are so few female open source hackers, and I came across the argument that women don't have the necessary level of concentration that men do. So, while men are prepared to stay up for 14 hours to fix a bug, say, or immerse themselves in writing a new KDE application on top of their full-time jobs, women lack that same level of dedication and become distracted by other things (we're better at multi-tasking, apparently - woo hoo!).

Word up

Oxford University Press has revealed that the ten most commonly used nouns are: time, person, year, way, day, thing, man, world, life and hand.

How boring are they? Not a 'gobstopper' or 'pulchritude' among them. But it is nice to read that most of the words in the top 100 have Old English roots. We are using the same words as our Anglic friends, which is nice! If only we could go back further in time. Luckily, my years of intensive archaeological and IndoEuropean study allow me to confidently predict the ten most commonly used nouns in the Palaeolithic:


GUIs? Pffft!

So anyway, some clever chap has set up a text-based 'video' stream of World Cup matches, accessible by telnetting to on port 2006. Yes, you don't even need a GUI to watch the games, and it uses negligible bandwith. Unfortunately, it has been mentioned on the major geek news sites, so you're lucky to get connected at all -- I managed to connect for a few seconds at the end of play this afternoon, before it kicked me off. Still, here's a screengrab showing some pundit offering his analysis of the match (probably):

The beautiful game

World Cup fever has infected Bath, and in the absence of the Norwegian national team to cheer on, I started thinking about a free and open source software team instead (geek? moi?).

In goal I'd play the Peter Shilton of Linux, Slackware founder Patrick Volkerding: more of a loner than a team player, but solid, dependable and has been around for years (and years, and years…).

My exciting morning in the photostudio

The Windows OneCare Scam

Windows users, now is the time to kick away the Microsoft soap rather than stooping to pick it up. MS has released its new Live OneCare system that provides anti-virus, anti-spyware, backup and a firewall. You might think this is a cause for celebration, but wait: Microsoft is charging for it. Worse, they are charging for it on a yearly subscription basis.

Windows Live OneCare is a rip-off - install Linux instead!

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