]> peter's blog http://www.cluecan.ca/blog/66 en 32 Years Ago... http://www.cluecan.ca/node/234 <p>It was May 15, 1974. The Merritt Conference Room on the Third Floor of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. About two dozen guys had responded to a notice from Lou Katz and Reidar Bornholdt. It was headed:</p> <p>UNIX USERS MEETING</p> <p>The "meeting" began at 10:30am and ran till about 5pm. The big feature was "Ken Thompson Speaks."</p> <p>At a time, over 30 years later, where there are well over 100 Linux<br /> User Groups in Canada, and I can't count how many UNIX (BSD or OS X), and FLOSS groups there are worldwide, this may not seem like much. But it was, indeed, the acorn from which we have all sprouted.</p> Fri, 05 May 2006 16:44:10 -0400 20 Years Ago http://www.cluecan.ca/node/66 <p>February 1986. I was in Oakland, CA, and Lou Katz, founding president of USENIX, asked me whether I was interested in becoming Executive Director of the organisation. He showed me the ad and the job description. I applied. I was interviewed by Debbie Scherrer, Steve Johnson, and Tom Ferrin. I got the job.</p> <p>The next three years were the most fun I can imagine anyone having while getting paid for it. We were running 4.2BSD and then 4.3BSD on a VAX 780. Early in 1987 we got a SUN and a 3/60 and two 3/50s.</p> <p>In 1987, I sponsored the first LISA; the first POSIX workshop; the first C++ workshop. We began the publication of <strong >Computing Systems</strong>. We sponsored the founding of UUNET by Rick Adams and Mike O'Dell.</p> CLUE blogs Mon, 13 Feb 2006 20:12:39 -0500 Linux Caffe http://www.cluecan.ca/node/64 <p>If you live in or visit Toronto, I suggest you stop at the Linux Caffe, 326 Harbord, right on the corner of Christie.</p> <p>davamundo, the proprietor/perpetrator, wrote me after the HLUG meeting, and I took the bus over the other day. It was very cold and very windy, but inside it was quite cozy and the barista served me a fine double espresso.</p> <p>I noticed a lot of books (for those who like to read and sip), there's wireless, and the menu looked OK, though I didn't sample anything.</p> <p>But I'm into supporting penguins -- even in the Northern Hemisphere.</p> <p>Check it out!</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2006 15:52:06 -0500