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ReiserFS: File System or X-Files?

Hans Reiser
A brilliant but irascible coder. A missing wife. Incriminating drops of blood. And a host of unanswered questions. How a Linux geek got accused of murder.

As a Linux user I’ve used the ReiserFS for some time on some of my installations. It’s interesting how you use certain things in your life and never stop to think if there is a story behind that piece of code, or software or technology. I read this very interesting article in Wired Magazine and was shocked at the strange lifestyle and thoughts of the creator of this file system. It’s also interesting to read about all of the circumstances that lead to this Linux geek being accused of murdering his wife.

Here is the original article if you want to go give it a read for yourself: Hans Reiser: Once a Linux Visionary, Now Accused of Murder.

Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates Video Online

A big thanks to Wired Magazine for this big link. Yeah, I know I get a lot of my tech content from them. Why do you think I have a category dedicated to them (ReWIRED)?

Anyway, this year at the D5 conference (All Things Digital) Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were together on the same stage to talk about various things about the software and computer industry. The video of the event is online for you to view and is quite entertaining. If you are at all interested in computers, software and/or the tensions between Microsoft (Public, NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple (Public, NASDAQ:AAPL) then I would highly suggest giving it a watch. As a hint of how things started the first question asked was for each of them to comment on what and how they thought the other had contributed to the computer and technology industry. Hmmm… let’s try to shake things up shall we?

Take a look at these two screenshots:

Screenshot of Get A Mac Commercial - Flashback

Screenshot of D5 All Things Digital Conference

Notice anything similar about the pictures? Oh yeah, they are exactly that! The Get A Mac ads speak volumes about the two real life company leaders. Steve Jobs is smooth, suave and cool. Bill… well he’s just as nerdy as the college pictures (bottom left) that everyone has seen. What’s perfect is that good ole Steve Jobs ended the interview by quoting some lyrics from a Beatles tune while Bill just looked on. 🙂

The Last Firefox AddOn You Will Ever Need

How would like for your computer… nay, your web browser (cough, Firefox) to know exactly when you need more information and to know exactly what type of information you need while browsing the web? Well, AdaptiveBlue believes they have done just that! Maybe not the exactly part, but pretty darn close. Just right click on a term while browsing a web page and you will be presented with a myriad of options like dictionary definitions, wikipedia entries, imdb listings, Amazon listings, ebay listings, similar tunes on last.fm, similar blog topics, and the list goes on. This is the Superman of add-ons!

I read about this nifty addon in the Compiler Blog on Wired’s Blog Network. The original article is titled BlueOrganizer Squeezes Your Personal Web Into a Single Click.

* BTW – Don’t bother looking for it. They don’t have RSS feeds over at WIRED Magazine. I’ve already submitted user feedback for that. You should do the same while you are there though, because that is just stupid not to have an RSS Feed.

How Much Of Your Life Is Online?

Do you blog? Do you have an online profile? Do you have an email address? How much of your life do you really have online? Does it make you nervous? Well it doesn’t make Hasan Elahi, a 35-year-old artist and Rutgers professor nervous. In fact it is the opposite that makes him nervous. That is because professor Elahi makes a lot of overseas trips and a random tipoff left him on the FBI watch list. Of course the tip was false and he is in the free and clear, but once you get on the list… you never get off. So to create the perfect alibi he records every minute of his life and uploads it to a public webserver for all to view. Now that is being an open book.

I read this article in the June 2007 issue of WIRED magazine. The article is titled The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online. The story is not too long so if you have a chance I’d highly suggest taking a glance. Then once you are done with that (I cannot believe they did not link to it) you can check professor Elahi’s tracking website, TrackingTransience.net. It actually shows a map with his current GPS coordinates… cool.