Joju has a nice blog on C puzzles; find it at
Bill Joy reviews the book `What the Dormouse said...' by John Markoff. The book deals with the early history of `modern day' computing, concentrating on the work of the pioneering Doug Engelbart.
Read the review. Very interesting!
The top Linux event in India, Linux Bangalore, has got a facelift - it's foss.in this year; and the change is not just in the name - there is a lot of work going in making the event a fitting tribute to the vibrant FOSS culture. I have been listening to the discussions on the event mailing list for the past few days - the current hot topic is why are there no women in Free Software?.
It's true; there are so few women free software developers. Not just that, there are few women hackers. Strange; at least in India, there seem to be as many women involved in commercial software development as there are men - why doesn't this ratio carry over to the hacker/foss domain?
- Women don't have what it takes to write *real* code, so they do ^C^V in TCS/Infy/Satyam whatever - I am sure many men would like this to be true - but sorry guys, it isn't. In terms of raw skills and talent, I have never felt that males are in any way superior; I speak from my experience as a teacher.
- Women are generally not excited by technology - True. After explaining something interesting in class, I often observe a `glow' on the face of a few male students (I stress *a few*) whereas the ladies simply give you a `so what?' look. Why is this? I don't know - maybe, `social conditioning'.
- There are no female role models for future female hackers - True; but there is nothing wrong in female hackers considering male hackers as their `Guru's' and role models. If sufficient female hackers do that, then the next generation wouldn't have to complain!
I can't really think of any good reason other than (2) above. And if that really is the reason, how do we bring about a change?