The World Needs an Open Source CAD Engine

Open source software has come a long way in a short time, but is in danger hitting a plateau in its corporate acceptance. Professional open source applications are either lacking or being ignored, and offices will never start embracing free software until there is an open alternative to every needed application. One of the big hurdles is the area of design software.

Windows is a Default, Apple is a Cult, Linux is a Movement

We all know that most retail desktops and laptops come with Microsoft Windows installed on them by default. Most of us are also aware that Apple's Mac sales have been steadily climbing the last few years, and are starting to take over a much larger segment of the desktop market. In addition, many of us know that desktop Linux is also growing, and that ordinary (read: non-technical) users are starting to see Linux as a viable alternative. The question is, what sort of person is attracted to each of the three major desktop operating systems?

I Have a Skeleton In My Closet . . . Literally

Last night after work, Michelle called me from school asking for a ride home. She usually walks, but she told me she didn't want to because she had to carry her "bone box". This sparked my curiosity, but when I asked, she told me she'd explain when I picked her up. There was no need to explain, as it was fairly obvious what a bone box was. Michelle is in her second year of medical school at the University of Kansas Medical Center (inaccurately abbreviated KUMC), and she recently was accepted on to something called the "dissection team".

The Foxxcon Conclusion: Vicroty!

The open source world spoke up, and Foxxcon listened. After Foxxcon was found to be crippling their BIOS while using linux, people spoke up with their outrage. I, for one, went to their site and posted this complaint:

Foxconn Replies

After the Foxconn debacle, I posted a complaint on Foxconn's site (and was a little snotty at that). Well, I got an email response today. Here's what I wrote:

6 Ways The Average Computer User Can Help Fight Monoculture

I recently wrote a reaction to the Foxconn BIOS scandal, and I concluded that the main problem is with the monoculture that we have developed in the the realm of personal computing. Rather than just complain about how bad it is, I decided to compile a list of ways that an average (non-technical) computer user help fight the assumption people make that we all use nothing but Microsoft products.

Foxconn Sucks

I'm really riled up about this, so I thought I'd end my blog-leave-of-absence by venting about the recent Foxconn scandal. For those who don't follow the open source news as thoroughly as I do, here's the scoop:

Why I don't have kids

My First 5K

My First 5K

I just got back from running my first 5K. I know that isn't a whole lot (only about 3.2 miles), but since I haven't run regularly since I was trying to get to know the cute girl from my Russian class, I consider this a triumph. I ran the whole way, but I felt a bit woozy at the finish line. I didn't stick around to see what my actual time was, but I know it was about 29 minutes. Also, I got a free tee-shirt and won a coffee mug in a raffle, so I think I can call this a success.

Hiding in the Basement

From the bunker underneath our new house, Michelle, Murphy and I cowardly waited for a tornado that never came. Well, actually we are still supposed to get hit with more later tonight, but I'm just going to assume that I have survived. While cowering in fear and watching the tiny TV I hooked up sitting on the dryer, I posted some pictures of the storm. Enjoy.

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