Frequently Asked Questions

You mentioned that "pspodcasting" was meant to host a Linux podcast right? When can we expect to hear it?

Realistically? Never. But I am corruptable, so forward a million bitcoins or something, and we'll talk terms.

Your website is but ugly and unreadably small, can you fix it please?

I have no idea what your talking about, sir. I checked it myself in lynx, and it looks fine.

I think your blog is sanctimonious and offensive, can you fix it please?

I am sorry to hear that. Some of my writings are indeed snarky, but my end goal is humor, not offense. I welcome any constructive criticisms and apologize to anyone whom I may have offended. Of course, feel free to ignore my site, if you find it unhelpful.

Your blog seems extremely obscure and weird, why do you even write it?

I know right. I'll tell you a true story: I was Googling around some time ago to find information for one of these blog posts. I searched and searched for hours and could not find a single thing out there on the internet, then I suddenly stumbled over an article that talked exactly about the subject I was interested in. A lengthy article too! I couldn't believe it, gleefully I poored over the text. It took a moment or two before I realized: Wait a minute... this is my website!

For the record though, some human beings have reportedly read my blog. I know because they emailed me. True, you can never be sure about these things, but they didn't seem like robots to me. Robots would be more subtle. Whether or not it's a good thing that people read my blog, is another question entirely, and a rather soul searching question as far as I am concerned.

What kind of qualification do you have?

None. I'm just a hobbyist who can berely spell.

Do you like, hate, Windows?

Yes.

Do you like, hate, Windows users?

Sigh. Look, the fact that I think Unix is "better" then Windows, does not mean that I am a "better" person then you. First of all "better" is subjective. Windows is significantly better then Unix at being popular and having the most programs. Although pragmatic, that definition of "better" is shallow and harmful in my opinion. It would be like saying that Coca Cola is the best drink, because this vendor sells the most cans and have the highest sugar content. Although idealistic, code quality and ease of automation are more serious criterias to look for in a good operating system in my book. I am a coffee man myself, but I don't think coffee drinkers are "good guys" and Coca Cola drinkers are "bad guys", I just think that coffee is a good drink.

But I will say this: It does worry me to see so many young ones totally addicted to soft drinks. "Coffee's terrible!" they say. I wish they would try earnestly for three months to make the switch. It would be hell at first, to be sure, but afterwards many would feel liberated. I know I did. Of course there are many good alternatives to coffee, such as tea, but switching to Pepsi or Dr.Pepper will not help. The vendor may be different, but the problem is still the same. Having that said, drinking a can of Coce will not kill you, and I think all of us do so once in a while. In any event, I am not your dentist, so feel free to ignore or follow my advice as you see fit (in case it's not obvious - I'm not talking about beverages here).

Do you hate Apple?

I have never used their products.

Why don't your blog feature Amiga or OS/2?

See answer above.

What operating system do you use as a daily driver?

9front and OpenBSD. I also use Linux and FreeBSD for some things, and play with all kinds of weird OS'es besides.

What's your favorite editor and desktop?

Acme and rio. I use various other UNIX editors and desktops too, but I have no strong feelings about them.

What's your favorite browser?

My what?

What's your favorite pony?

Fluttershy.

What kind of smart phone do you use?

I use a feature phone.

Do you like, hate, modern technology?

No, I love computer technology. And despite a fascination for history, I do not think something is automatically good because it is old, just as I don't think something is automatically good because it is new. My definition of "good" boils down to this: useful yet simple. DOS is old and simple, but useless, it is bad. Plan 9 is old and simple, yet powerful, it is good. Windows, MacOS and Android are all new and arguably useful, but they are all convoluted beyond mortal understanding, they are all bad. Linux and BSD are new and useful, yet simple by comparison, they are comparatively good. Age is not a factor when determining if an OS is good. Usefulness is a factor, but only when it's constrained by simplicity.

Do you like, read hardcover books and write letters by hand?

Of course. Daily. Don't you?

Do you have any interests besides computers?

Oh yes, but this site is, largely, not about them.

Who is this James fellow?

A good friend of mine from Southern England. Unlike me, he isn't so much into weird stuff, but more into mainstream entertainment, such as poetry and conlangs (His wife is super geeky though). He has written books on these subjects, and if you're into that kind of thing, you might enjoy his website.

Who is this Magne fellow?

Another good friend of mine, from Northern Norway (he lives in Bodø like I do). Unlike me, he is a wise and reasonable guy. For instance, he doesn't spend inordinate amount of time writing obscure blogs that nobody reads, and he uses Kubuntu and Windows as his daily drivers. Btw, the podcast idea was his, but like I said, he's far too sensible to waste time on such tomfoolery.

Is UNIX the meaning of life?

No. You will find the answer to that question in Matthew 22:36-40.