Some Ancient Passages from my "Hot List"
Well, NCSA Mosaic called it a hot list (not "bookmarks"), and
I've stuck with the term. Mosaic predated Mozilla by some
considerable time. Most of these are a little on the "old" side.
The links, dufus, not the people! Actually, I've started
to add a few new people, starting at the top so the older links will
eventually percolate down.
- How many of you remember Brendan Kehoe? He's
the author of the original guide to the 'net,
Zen and the Art of the Internet, and as he says some nice things
about me on his page, I really should have returned the favour
long ago! His Mom has an
online presence too.
- K.A. Corlett is a really
cool and amazing author. I mean, how can you not like a
novel that combines the best of the "are you being served"
essence with a fascinating tale of vampires and French/Canadian
culture? As my significant other
will attest, while I was reading Ever your Servant, I was
constantly giggling and just couldn't contain myself. It is really,
absolutely, irresistible, so dammit people, go buy a copy from
K.A. herself and support a wonderful author!
- Don Wells
maintains an amazing amount of information on FITS, the
Flexible Image Transport System used by most of the
Astronomical Community. Don is one of the prime movers behind
the famous and extremely useful
AstroWeb resource. Use it if you are interested in
- Robert Lentz's "old" page
has some interesting if dated Astro/Space/Mac/SF stuff, including a
hilarious summary of Star Trek episodes. He even knows one end
of AIPS from the other!
- Karen Strom has a domain, which is at least as interesting as
her Hanksville page.
- Jeff Uphoff's NRAO page
was quite interesting at first (having been created in 1993 or earlier
uppieland when it and he were at Virginia Tech in
Blacksburg) but underwent a full frontal lobotomy in 1995. Jeff (who
escaped this fate himself — I think) is a Linux Guru and is, in
his own words, the madman responsible for the AIPS port to
Linux (also in 1993; on a 386/25! The large ddt
test took over a day to run...) He's also one of the two people who
did most to get NRAO to pay serious attention to Linux (The other one
was Rob Millner). If you ever run into Jeff, buy him a brownie (don't
ask, just do it!). After a few years of sysadmin/BOFH work at NRAO/CV
(who do you think started the usenet bofh.* hierarchy?), which
included the initial work on the Linux NFS lock daemon, co-running
some big (more like huge) mailing lists about Linux security (his PGP
key made it into the January 1996 Linux Journal), and flying around
the skies of central Virginia, terrorizing the carrier pigeons and
causing all those
dropped network packets... He now works for a software appliance company, though
he's doing much of the same sort of work.
- Ruth Milner was
the NRAO's Chief Sysadmin at the AOC in Socorro, and has a
somewhat minimalist home page (-:) For a while she was Computer
Security Manager at NRAO, a role which she somehow managed to pass on
to me. Gee, thanks Ruth! :-}
- Anton Zensus created a
quite useful page while he was at NRAO; at least it's useful if you're
an Astronomer. Alas, the site he once pointed me at (which caused me
nightmares for a week; it was a "singalong with James T. Kirk" site
that had Shatner's rendition of "Mr. Tangerine Man"; 'nuff said) seems
to be lost. Anyway, Anton moved back to MPIfR, Germany in 1997 (to a
new leadership position) though he still shows up at NRAO every year
- Matt Mead is an advocate for
FreeBSD, which is (like Linux) a freely available Unix system for the
Intel architecture. Originally hailing from Blacksburg, where the
concept of builtin ethernet connections in apartments first came to
light (in the 1990's, way WAY before broadband).
- The Moylans
(Tom, Liv, and family) should have been mentioned here ages ago. I
knew them both in college way back in the '70s (ack! It
doesn't seem like... er, um, well, never mind how many years!). Liv
in particular has done a great job of keeping track of a bunch of us;
she found me on the web a few years ago when first setting up their
pages (read them; people should be aware of
Williams Syndrome). And she's been behind the Halley Tontine
reunions we've been enjoying for many years now.
Commins is a former classmate of mine from UCD Physics,
who is now in the Irish "Met" Office (National Weather
Service) and is active in the
Irish Meteorological Society.
- Alan Bridle has
a really nice and informative image gallery of his recent
work. Highly recommended. He once had some (scary) info on Y2K but
that's sort of old news anymore.
- And finally, you haven't experienced the web until you've seen
Barney O'Borg, er, I mean Tony Perreault's web
page. You just have to agree with the sub-heading on his Musings of a Yankee
site (Hint: keep your stick on the ice). I can't think of a better
way to end this list! Tapadh leat, a chara.