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Revolution OS – The Linux Story

Revolution OS is a 2001 documentary which traces the history of GNU, Linux, and the open source and free software movements. It features several interviews with prominent hackers and entrepreneurs (and hackers-cum-entrepreneurs), including Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, Frank Hecker and Brian Behlendorf. The film begins in medias res with an IPO, and then sets the historical stage by showing the beginnings of software development back in the day when software was shared on paper tape for the price of the paper itself. It then segues to Bill Gates’s Open Letter to Hobbyists in which he asks Computer Hobbyists to not share, but to buy software. (This letter was written by Gates when Microsoft was still based in Arizona and spelled “Micro-Soft”.) Richard Stallman then explains how and why he left the MIT Lab for Artificial Intelligence in order to devote his life to the development of free software, as well as how he started with the GNU project. Linus Torvalds is interviewed on his development of the Linux kernel as well as on the GNU/Linux naming controversy and Linux’s further evolution, including its commercialization. Richard Stallman remarks on some of the ideological aspects of open source vis-á-vis Communism and capitalism and well as on several aspects of the development of GNU/Linux. Michael Tiemann (interviewed in a desert) tells how he met Stallman and got an early version of Stallman’s GCC and founded Cygnus Solutions. Larry Augustin tells how he combined the resulting GNU software and a normal PC to create a UNIX-like Workstation which cost one third the price of a workstation by Sun Microsystems even though it was three times as powerful. His narrative includes his early dealings with venture capitalists, the eventual capitalization and commodification of Linux for his own company, VA Linux, and ends with its IPO. Frank Hecker of Netscape tells how Netscape executives released the source code for Netscape’s browser, one of the signal events which made Open Source a force to be reckoned with by business executives, the mainstream media, and the public at large. (this text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License)

This is the full length feature, so block off some time or bookmark it if you want to watch the whole thing. Enjoy!

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Get Your Official Indiana Jones Fedora

Official Indiana Jones Fedora“You know the hat. It’s become an iconic symbol which is, thankfully, finally returning to the big screen. Indiana Jones’ hat is the hat we’ve always wanted to wear. But the hat really wasn’t just one hat. There were at least three different types of hats (of various costs and specialties) used in the films. Out of all of the three, the fur felt hat was the “hero” hat. What that means is, the other hats get used and abused during the action sequences – but when it’s time for a close up, on goes the fur felt fedora. There are other licensed hats out there, but they are only wool felt. This one is 100% fur felt – just like the real “hero” hat – because you deserve to be the hero.”

Don’t be caught at the premier of Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull without your Official Indiana Jones Fedora! Get it now at ThinkGeek.com.

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Friday Song Of The Day – Iron Man

Of course with the highly anticipated Iron Man Movie coming up I had to post this song as a FSOTD. This is Iron Man by Black Sabbath as it appears on their Paranoid (1970) album.

I am Iron Man

Has he lost his mind
Can he see or is he blind
Can he walk at all
Or if he moves will he fall

Is he alive or dead
Has he thoughts within his head
We’ll just pass him there
Why should we even care

He was turned to steel
In the great magnetic field
When he traveled time
For the future of mankind

Nobody wants him
He just stares at the world
Planning his vengeance
That he will soon unfold

Now the time is here
For Iron Man to spread fear
Vengeance from the grave
Kills the people he once saved

Nobody wants him
They just turn their heads
Nobody helps him
Now he has his revenge

Heavy boots of lead
Fills his victims full of dread
Running as fast as they can
Iron Man lives again!

Quoted from LyricWiki.org

Finally, instead of the usual music video for the song I’m going to do something different. Here instead, is the movie trailer for the upcoming Iron Man Movie.

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Friday Song Of The Day – A Hard Days Night

The song for this Friday goes way back to one of the greatest bands of all time (in my humble opinion). This is A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles. It was the feature song on their album of the same name, A Hard Day’s Night (1964).

It’s been a hard day’s night
And I’ve been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night
I should be sleeping like a log

But when I get home to you
I find the things that you do
Will make me feel all right

You know I work all day
To get you money to buy you things
And it’s worth it just to hear you say
“You’re gonna give me everything?”

So why on earth should I moan?
‘Cause when I get you alone
You know I feel okay

When I’m home
Everything seems to be right
When I’m home
Feeling you holding me tight, tight, yeah

It’s been a hard day’s night
And I’ve been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night
I should be sleeping like a log

But when I get home to you
I find the things that you do
Will make me feel all right, oh!

So why on earth should I moan?
‘Cause when I get you alone
You know I feel okay

When I’m home
Everything seems to be right
When I’m home
Feeling you holding me tight, tight, yeah

It’s been a hard day’s night
And I’ve been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night
I should be sleeping like a log

But when I get home to you
I find the things that you do
Will make me feel all right
You know I feel all right
You know I feel all right

Quoted from LyricWiki.org

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Pumpkin Carving Video Madness

It’s that pumpkin time of year again and you should already see the carved pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns scattering the country. I just came across this Squid Lens, Pumpkin Carving Video Showcase. There are videos of some amazing carved pumpkins such as this one (click through to the site if you cannot see the video):

There are also some instructional videos that can give you a few pointers on pumpkin carving technique.