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When I first got into engineering, we used to do our mathematics
by rubbing sticks together. Now the slide rule is as hard to
find as these
obsolete computers. At one time or another I have owned or
used many of these "classic" machines.
Now you can buy powerful computers at the local discount store.
Useful information about how to use the machines, is harder to
find. The bookstore is helpful, but there are a few good on-line
places to shop for information.
- Walnut Creek CD-ROM
publishes a large collection of software that emphasizes share ware,
public domain software, and GNU software.
- InfoMagic is
another CD-ROM publisher dear to the hearts of geeks.
- Educorp has a more
commercial mix in the CD-ROMS that it offers for sale.
- O'Reilly and Associates
books are inextricably bound to show up on the desks of computer geeks.
- Specialized Systems Consultants
publish a number of useful reference cards for Un*x software.
- Also, in these turbulent times, the average Geek may be shopping
for something more than software.
- The Online Career Center
is one place to start looking for job leads.
- Career Path is another
useful link to current job openings advertised in several
newspapers across the United States.
There are several other freee sources of information useful to the
average Geek. Once you check out the following, you will know what
you might want to shop for at the sites above.
- The EFF may be able to
help when you really mess up and the Secret Service shows up to
grab your computer.
- Oak Ridge National
Laboratory has an extensive numerical software archive.
- The GAMS:
Guide to Available Mathematical Software listing
is maintained by
The National Institute of Standards and Technology.
is the workhorse operating system on my home computer. There
is a wary truce between it and (Braak Phppt!)
- S.u.S.E. Linux is my
current choice for a Un*x clone on my second hard disk.
I have also been a long time user of
Caldera Open Linux.
Caldera has released products that are based on the
Red Hat Linux distribution
and the LST Linux distribution. I am currently trying out the
Debian distribution on
my secondary machine. Also,
Walnut Creek CD-ROM
is the source for the Slackware distribution of Linux.
- FreeBSD is the other
Un*x clone that I currently run on an older Cyrix 5x86
machine. One of these days, RSN, I will get network cards
installed and configured for my own home network. After all,
no Geek household is properly furnished until the LAN is
FORTRAN resources for Linux make the free Un*x clone a worthwhile
development platform for scientific work.
- SAL -- Scientific
Applications on Linux is a list of useful resources maintained by
- FORTH is a
programming environment for a virtual stack machine. It
is a good way to get the most out of a limited machine.
The 8080 assembler that I wrote for my S-100 machine was
only two pages long.
Last revised on September 14, 1998
Gregory W. Smith (WD9GAY)
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