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He who will not reason is a bigot;
he who cannot is a fool;
and he who dares not is a slave.
- Sir William Drummond
The main purpose of the site is to promote "slightly skeptical" approach to IT, to stimulate critical thinking about system administration and software development as professions. To increase resistance to media brainwashing. Skepticism is generally any questioning attitude towards knowledge, facts, or opinions/beliefs stated as facts, or doubt regarding claims that are taken for granted elsewhere.
We try to eschew the conventionally favored obfuscations about IT workplace and related propaganda (for example about "cloud computing" or IT outsourcing) and expose the theater of absurd which often both academic and, especially, corporate IT represents (sometimes in the form of humor; it's often the best medicine against conformism, stress, and overload.). It is important to be aware about dangers of the IT workplace such as psychopathic bosses (aka toxic managers). The latter have several varieties with micromanagers, bullies, narcissists and authoritarians as the most common. You also need be aware of a standard under neoliberalism corporate waterboarding procedure called performance reviews ;-). After all you are just a consumable resource.
Due to resources limitation this is a very limited and incomplete effort. Layout of the site Spartan with mostly plain vanilla HTML and design tries to avoid overcomplexity trap even if at some expense of readability. Some pages are long, some very long.
Not all pages are current: the site develops as a living tree and active area migrate with time depending on the current interest of the author. Many links are broken, but using Google one can find new location for probably 80% of them. The rest is gone: electrons have some weaknesses in comparison with paper as for long term storage of information :-).
Softpanorama is a very simple in layout, Spartan site. It does not use any Web 2.0 technologies. It's primary focus is self education and in this area content is the king. So based on limited resources we have, sophisticated layout was sacrificed. The site is one of the few "compiled' web sites where target pages are not generated on request, but are precompiled when a change in content arrives.
In 2012 "open source" is really old overused and abused concept and computer science education that once was flourishing, now is a neglected area in deep crisis. Very few people understand that computer science (CS) education is one important area were open source really shines: the academic value of open source software (OSS) cannot be overestimated ( "free/open for education" is one of the most important meanings of "free software".)
This site promotes exactly this usage of open source and view open source development as a special type of academic research (with the same pitfalls and limitations involved). Open source like love is a very complex subject and we reject romantic ideas inherent in both Stallmanism and Raymondism. For example, I see nothing wrong with using open source development as a career jumpstart, the stage on which talented programmers can demonstrate to themselves and the world the level of their talent before moving on to other, possibly closed source, projects. And vice versa, after such person works in corporate environment for several years, the frustration can reach level when some level of participation in related to work experience open source project might be a good safety valve, the best way to preserve sanity :-).
www.softpanorama.org/Populism/Christian_populism/index.shtml Yes Dangerous or derogatory content Yes, that's right Pope speeches are dangerous ;-) www.softpanorama.org/Skeptics/Financial_skeptic/Casino_capitalism/index.shtml Yes Dangerous or derogatory content www.softpanorama.org/Skeptics/Political_skeptic/Neoliberalism/index.shtml Yes Dangerous or derogatory content www.softpanorama.org/Skeptics/Political_skeptic/Two_party_system_as_poliarchy/index.shtml Yes Dangerous or derogatory content
- Amorality_and_criminality_of_neoliberal_elite -> Financial Oligarchy as Neoliberal Elite
- Slang -> IT Slang Dictionary (sarcasm implied)
- Ciaramella as potencial_fake whistleblower and brennan pawn -> Was Eric Ciaramella a part of Obama/Brennan "Trump Task force" ?
- Dnc emails leaks -> The conversion of DNC "emails leak into Russian hack" as Crowdstrike false flag operation
- Neocon foreign policy -> Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine as the cornerstone of the neocons disastrous foreign policy
- Gangster capitalism -> Gangster Capitalism: Financial oligarchy and the Globalization of Organized Crime
- Neoliberal Rationality -> Neoliberal rationality
- Neocons -> Neoconservatism as an attack dog of neoliberalism
- Burnout -> Workaholism and Burnout
- More to follow (as of Jan 8, 2019 15 pages were affected)
See also Softpanorama unique collection of OSS humor The best medicine against conformism, stress, toxic managers (including micromanagers) and overload. It includes:
BSD logo story : Cuckoo Egg Review : Hired Magazine Interviews Good Software Group Founder : Hoax Quiz : Linux sucks collection : Twenty-five Signs of a Completely Americanized Russian Programmer : Russian programmers : Drug Dealers vs. Software Developers
Recent papers updates:
[Feb 20, 2012] Solaris vs Linux
[Feb 17, 2012] Skeptical View on Unix Security
[Feb 16, 2012] Softpanorama Laws of Computer Security
[Jul 15, 2011] Softpanorama Malware Defense Strategy (version 2.0)
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- Postfix : Postfix Troubleshooting : Postfix Connection Refused Problem
- Spam : Email Etiquette : Email Overload
General : VOIP : Working with computer sound
Lawrence Summers : Robert Rubin, the man who helped to convert the USA into banana republic
Groupthink : Two Party System as Polyarchy : Corruption of Regulators : Bureaucracies : Understanding Micromanagers and Control Freaks : Toxic Managers : Harvard Mafia : Diplomatic Communication : Surviving a Bad Performance Review : Insufficient Retirement Funds as Immanent Problem of Neoliberal Regime : PseudoScience : Who Rules America : Neoliberalism : The Iron Law of Oligarchy : Libertarian Philosophy
War and Peace : Skeptical Finance : John Kenneth Galbraith :Talleyrand : Oscar Wilde : Otto Von Bismarck : Keynes : George Carlin : Skeptics : Propaganda : SE quotes : Language Design and Programming Quotes : Random IT-related quotes : Somerset Maugham : Marcus Aurelius : Kurt Vonnegut : Eric Hoffer : Winston Churchill : Napoleon Bonaparte : Ambrose Bierce : Bernard Shaw : Mark Twain Quotes
Vol 25, No.12 (December, 2013) Rational Fools vs. Efficient Crooks The efficient markets hypothesis : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2013 : Unemployment Bulletin, 2010 : Vol 23, No.10 (October, 2011) An observation about corporate security departments : Slightly Skeptical Euromaydan Chronicles, June 2014 : Greenspan legacy bulletin, 2008 : Vol 25, No.10 (October, 2013) Cryptolocker Trojan (Win32/Crilock.A) : Vol 25, No.08 (August, 2013) Cloud providers as intelligence collection hubs : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : Inequality Bulletin, 2009 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Copyleft Problems Bulletin, 2004 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Energy Bulletin, 2010 : Malware Protection Bulletin, 2010 : Vol 26, No.1 (January, 2013) Object-Oriented Cult : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2011 : Vol 23, No.11 (November, 2011) Softpanorama classification of sysadmin horror stories : Vol 25, No.05 (May, 2013) Corporate bullshit as a communication method : Vol 25, No.06 (June, 2013) A Note on the Relationship of Brooks Law and Conway Law
Fifty glorious years (1950-2000): the triumph of the US computer engineering : Donald Knuth : TAoCP and its Influence of Computer Science : Richard Stallman : Linus Torvalds : Larry Wall : John K. Ousterhout : CTSS : Multix OS Unix History : Unix shell history : VI editor : History of pipes concept : Solaris : MS DOS : Programming Languages History : PL/1 : Simula 67 : C : History of GCC development : Scripting Languages : Perl history : OS History : Mail : DNS : SSH : CPU Instruction Sets : SPARC systems 1987-2006 : Norton Commander : Norton Utilities : Norton Ghost : Frontpage history : Malware Defense History : GNU Screen : OSS early history
The Peter Principle : Parkinson Law : 1984 : The Mythical Man-Month : How to Solve It by George Polya : The Art of Computer Programming : The Elements of Programming Style : The Unix Hater’s Handbook : The Jargon file : The True Believer : Programming Pearls : The Good Soldier Svejk : The Power Elite
Most popular humor pages:
Manifest of the Softpanorama IT Slacker Society : Ten Commandments of the IT Slackers Society : Computer Humor Collection : BSD Logo Story : The Cuckoo's Egg : IT Slang : C++ Humor : ARE YOU A BBS ADDICT? : The Perl Purity Test : Object oriented programmers of all nations : Financial Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : The Most Comprehensive Collection of Editor-related Humor : Programming Language Humor : Goldman Sachs related humor : Greenspan humor : C Humor : Scripting Humor : Real Programmers Humor : Web Humor : GPL-related Humor : OFM Humor : Politically Incorrect Humor : IDS Humor : "Linux Sucks" Humor : Russian Musical Humor : Best Russian Programmer Humor : Microsoft plans to buy Catholic Church : Richard Stallman Related Humor : Admin Humor : Perl-related Humor : Linus Torvalds Related humor : PseudoScience Related Humor : Networking Humor : Shell Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2012 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2013 : Java Humor : Software Engineering Humor : Sun Solaris Related Humor : Education Humor : IBM Humor : Assembler-related Humor : VIM Humor : Computer Viruses Humor : Bright tomorrow is rescheduled to a day after tomorrow : Classic Computer Humor
The Last but not Least Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand ~Archibald Putt. Ph.D
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