Gratuitous Mac-Kitten Blogging

Dec 31st, 2008 Posted in Tux for Fun | No Comments »

Gratuitous kitten blogging with a Mac theme. Brought to you by that fabulous  time wasting I Can Has Cheezburger

Kitten Dreams of being Leopard, Mac Leopard

Kitten Dreams of being Leopard, Mac Leopard

Browser market, shares more evenly

Dec 20th, 2008 Posted in F/LOSS News | 1 Comment »

One of the blogs I read regularly is from Matt Cutts, one of the Google Webspam people (some fluff, some stuff, and occasionally some really good tips on SEO).  A recent post delineated the browser stats for his blog visitors, and I was astonished at the almost 60% Firefox share.

Went to check the stats on a non-techy (restaurant) site and, while not in the 60% range, the growth of Firefox as a browser has been very strong and shows a jump from 5% to 27% usage. Are you seeing a similar trend on sites that you webmaster?

2004
MS Internet Explorer – 83.6 %
Safari – 5.5 %
Firefox – 4.6 %

2006
MS Internet Explorer – 66.9 %
Firefox – 17.6 %
Safari – 11.4 %

2008
MS Internet Explorer – 51.3 %
Firefox – 27.2 %
Safari – 18.4 %

I’m also seeing a 10% jump in Macintosh visitors (from 16% to 25%) with a corresponding drop in Windows (from 81% to 71%) in the same time period.

It really isn’t a Windows/IE only world out there anymore.

Now where’d that packet get to? 3 Underwater cables cut in Mediterranean.

Dec 19th, 2008 Posted in F/LOSS News | No Comments »

Email much into Asia? Expect some delays. There is news of a cable cut, actually 3 cables cut, in the Mediterranean as reported by, among others, PC Magazine and Bloomberg. I puzzled a bit that Bloomberg would cover tech news, but then remembered how much business is conducted over the internet.

This afternoon the Internet Traffic Report noted a 100% packet loss into Japan. Wow.

Asian Internet Traffice Report 2008-12-19

Asian Internet Traffic Report 2008-12-19

sysvconfig, or how I learned to love run levels

Dec 15th, 2008 Posted in Sharing What Have I Learned, System Administration | 2 Comments »

Well, maybe love isn’t quite the right word. More like deal, as learning to deal with run levels.

When I moved over from Redhat to Debian I really missed chkconfig, a wonderful helper script that obviated the need to manually mess around with the symbolic links in the /etc/rc.* family tree.   Ah, but sysvconfig to the rescue.

As an example, while I have Apache installed on my laptop I prefer to run this service selectively on an as needed basis. I mean, I don’t necessary want to make a web server available on my laptop when sipping coffee at my local wifi spot.  While there are other options, like update-rc.d, sysvconfig is, IMHO, the easiest and most intuitive method to enable/disable local services.

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Welcome

Dec 14th, 2008 Posted in What Chix Think | No Comments »

Welcome to LinuxChix Los Angeles. LinuxChix is an international group which has been active for over nine years and is a community focused on supporting women in computing, specifically in open source/free software/software libre computing. LinuxChix encourages participation by allowing quieter voices a place to speak by holding fast to two core tenets within the LinuxChix community: “be polite” and “be helpful.” The Los Angeles chapter of LinuxChix was established in 2002.

It is no secret that a deep chasm based on gender currently exists in the computing fields. A recent article in the NYTimes entitled What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science? noted a trend up in all technical fields, with the notable exception of computer science, which is trending down. And this is fairly recent. According to the article:

“At least we know one thing: it’s possible to have about the same number of men and women in computer science classes. That just about describes classrooms of 25 years ago.”

The visibility of women in open source communities is even more dismal. According to the 2006 Free/Libre/Open Source Software: Policy Support (FLOSS-POLS) report, a mere 2% of women are active in open source projects as compared to a 25% participation rate in proprietary software development. (The FLOSS-POLS report will be discussed in more depth with later posts.)

Why? There is no easy answer, but there can be no answers at all, easy or otherwise, if the question isn’t asked. And in asking the question, the hope is to increase both the visibility and participation of women in all aspects of  open source development while at the same time exploring the strength, the knowledge, the commitment, and the diversity that women can bring to the community.

Let’s ask, let’s explore.