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he who cannot is a fool;
and he who dares not is a slave.
- Sir William Drummond

It tries to counter brainwashing dominant in mainstream IT media. 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 :-).


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[Oct 10, 2013] Cloud providers as intelligence collection hubs

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    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

    History:

    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 DOSProgramming Languages History : PL/1 : Simula 67 : C : History of GCC developmentScripting 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

    Classic books:

    The Peter Principle : Parkinson Law : 1984 : The Mythical Man-MonthHow 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

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