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Journal Journal: Flagstaff Presentation: Embedded Systems Using Linux

Join the Linux Users of Northern Arizona (http://flaglug.org) at the USGS Shoemaker Center for Astrogeology, Building 6:00pm, September 11. Spread the word!

Maps to our campus (on the #2 bus route): http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/About/Visitors/

Bus routes (head for Buffalo Park): http://www.naipta.az.gov/MountainLine/index.htm

Overview of Embedded Systems Using Linux: In this presentation, Dr. Salazar will give an overview of what is embedded Linux, tools, bootloaders, filesystem, as well as the steps needed to configure and create a small root filesystem from scratch for an embedded device using Linux. All of this in 90 minutes. Q and A follows presentations.

About the presenter, Dr. Raul Salazar: Raul A. Salazar, Ph.D. President and CTO JHL Technologies, Inc. Technical training, Mentoring, Multimedia, embedded and Software Development

Dr. Salazar is President and Chief Technology Officer of JHL Technologies, a global provider of advanced technical training; software, embedded, and multimedia development. Prior to joining JHL he was an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University where he was instrumental in securing over $800,000 in donated computers and software from Gould, AT&T, Harris Corporation, and Digital Corporation. At Nova, he was instrumental in establishing a successful relationship with industry. While dedicated to academia, industry was demanding more of his time and expertise. In 1993, Raul became a joint owner of JHL. Even so, Raul maintains his roots in academia and continues to teach computer science and computer information systems courses as an adjunct professor.

For over ten years, Raul has designed and developed embedded Linux systems for the cellular and small screen industry. He also designs total home and condominium automation systems based on embedded Linux. This includes design and development of DIY Home and Environmental Monitoring, Control and Automation using Traditional Interfaces and protocols (Panel computers, sbcs, USB ports, Serial ports, X10, Insteon, UPB, etc).

Today, Dr. Salazar has over 27 years industry experience, 22 years university teaching experience, and 24 years technical training and development experience to Fortune 500 companies. He has taught and designed over 150 technical courses, which also include software development, mentoring, and consulting services in these areas. He manages a diverse team of developers and contractors. Given his broad technical and management expertise, coupled with his commitment to excellent customer relations, has garnered him the respect of his colleagues in industry, academia, and from corporations for whom he has provided his services.

This event sponsored by the Linux Users of Northern Arizona: http://flaglug.org

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Journal Journal: Hmmm... what is advertising?

I've noticed in the "related links" for any given article that the first links are "comparison shopping" links (and I'm finally getting grumpy enough about it to whine in my journal). Now, I've got a subscription set to "never show me any ads ever," yet here are these advertising links cluttering up what should be a nice, focused list of links to the sites mentioned in the article and topics the article is posted in. Am I wrong? Is it okay for SlashDot to be putting links off to OSTG Price Grabber as the most prominent Related Links? I don't care what the company relationship to SlashDot is or how handyPrice Grabber might be, the point is to sell stuff and make money. Next time my subscription runs out, maybe I should reconsider subscribing (after all, AdBlock will take care of the really annoying ads for me). Maybe I'll get annoyed enough to file a complaint.
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Journal Journal: Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk - You Can Help!

Please support fellow geek Tracie as she takes an amazing journey in the fight against breast cancer! The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days, October 21-23, 2005. Net proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment.

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Journal Journal: Work E-mail: You don't need my stinkin' e-mail

I don't feel bad about not getting any wierd e-mail at work to share with you recently, since my co-workers are keeping you entertained ... again.... and again.. Thank heavens one or two people RTFA.

Freedom of speech is great, but the freedoms the press takes with taking one tiny statement out of context, wrapping their own context around it, then blowing it completely fscking out of proportion has me gagging on my Wheaties.

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Journal Journal: Printer finger printing...

Why do I want to be able to print anonymously? Perhaps I am printing...
  • Political pamphlets
  • Financial information
  • Bisexual newsletter
  • Photos of my kids
  • Photos of my pets
  • Photos of my privates
  • Photos of your privates
  • Shopping list for the militia's annual banquet
  • Love letters to Martha Stewart
  • Photos of Martha Stewart
  • Photos of Martha Stewart's privates
  • Anonymous letter to the editor I wrote on the subject of abortion, gun control, education, animal rights, oil exploration in the Arctic...
  • The Terrorist's Handbook
  • Draft of the comedy I'm writing, 101 Ways to Kill an Annoying Neighbor
  • Diagram for my patent application for a new kind of bomb
  • My thesis on the state of airport security
  • My diary

Frankly, I don't want the government, a stalker, a criminal, or anyone else tracking my activities, behavior, movements, beliefs, personal interests, family members, friends, and so forth through

  • my printed documents
  • contents of my garbage
  • personal information collected under pressure by a minimum wage store clerk
  • lipstick left on a coffee cup
  • magazine subscriptions
  • shopping cards
  • credit cards
  • fingerprints
  • browser cookies
  • subdermal ID chip
  • RFID in canned goods
  • street corner cameras
  • stop light cameras
  • medical records
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Journal Journal: 70+ teraFLOP/s - Need I say more?

fsckheads rejected me again, so I'll share this tasty tidbit with my tiny audience:

The DOE has announced a record breaking performance of 70.72 teraFLOP/s from the BlueGene/L (BG/L) supercomputer, running at just a quarter of its final size. Not even finished, BlueGene/L is already kicking the daylights out of long-standing #1, Earth Simulator, and not just for speed: the completed BG/L will exceed Earth Simulator's performance by a factor of about nine (360 teraFLOP/s!) while requiring one-seventh as much electrical power, and one-fourteenth the floor space. Lawrence Livermore National Lab will be taking delivery of the first quarter of BG/L, developed by IBM and DOE for the nation's Stockpile Stewardship Program, this month.

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Journal Journal: Back from the dead!

No, not a Grateful Dead tour, but I wish... loooong hours at work over the summer destroyed any chance of having a decent vacation, and autumn kicked off with more weddings than I could shake a stick at. I did get to spend a week in Sioux Falls, and while I wouldn't exactly call it a tropical paradise getaway, EROS Data Center is pretty cool.

Now the long hours are over, and I've got my life back - so I once again have time to read the latest /., metamoderate your dumbass moderations (if I don't laugh out loud, I'm not gonna agree with you that it's Funny), post some perverted links, share some of my bizarre Work E-Mail, brush my teeth, and pet the dogs...


Journal Journal: Work E-Mail: Rotational Tuning Station

I'm starting a new series in my journal called "Work E-mail" where I will post interesting e-mails I receive at work as part of my job as Web Goddess. I will refrain from commenting on these e-mails and leave the reader to draw his own conclusions.

The first post in this series concerns one of several government facilities designed to adjust the Earth's rotation as needed. One reference I found to this was Retroweb's Lynchburg attractions page.

E-mail Received at Work:

Hello, I found an article online that stated the following:

"Lynchburg VA is home to an unusual scientific facility, a "rotational tuning" station, part of a global network of twenty-four such stations operated jointly by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Each station houses three powerful F-5 rocket engines which are fired in tandem with those at all stations around the globe when it becomes necessary to make minuscule corrections in the Earth's rotational speed (angular velocity). The global array was built in the early 1970's and has been used for two corrections, the most recent firing occurring on August 16, 1988 in which a synchronized burn lasted 8 minutes and 14 seconds. Another correction was scheduled for May 2003, but was cancelled after it was deemed unnecessary. Rotational Tuning Facility #9 is just south of River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg, however, the facility is within a government restricted area and visitors are not allowed."

I can not find any information online that this or any other facility exists. Do these exist, and is this possible?

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Journal Journal: The problem with being a web developer... 2

...is that publishing information on the web brings the crackpots out of the woodwork. In this case, it's some meanie who thinks I should take down some of my web pages because he doesn't like them. See the complete e-mail correspondence between me and the mean guy who wants some of my web pages removed from my site . IMHO, what he really wants is for me to stop promoting his competitor's business... but that's only my opinion and the sole theory I have at this moment.

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