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An Easy Place to Start: Systems Programming

As a follow-up to recent posts on how to contribute, what better looks like, and Elango Cheran's secure shell episode, here's a specific request: we would li...
February 24, 2011

What Better Looks Like

Paradise is exactly like where you are right now... only much, much better. — Laurie Anderson It's hard to make things better if you don't know what "b...
February 22, 2011


I’ve only owned one store-bought sweater in my life; all the rest have been made for me, mostly by my mum. Her arthritis won’t let her knit any more, but I t...
February 20, 2011

Giving Ourselves Permission

There’s a line from Alan Furst’s 1930s-era spy novel Dark Star that has stuck with me: “We need people who can do good, and not get caught.” It came to mind ...
February 18, 2011

Scientific Computing Podcast

inSCIght is a podcast that focuses on scientific computing in all of its various forms. Every week we have four panelists engage head-to-head on poignant and...
February 18, 2011