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Besides music, computers play a important rôle in my life. Currently, I'm a reseacher on computer science seurity. Besides, it's much fun too.
At least for Geeks this is humorous...
- Dilbert - Interesting cartoon. Every CS engineer should read this.
- User Friendly - Another interesting computer comic, quite anti-Microsoft but not just that.
- Geek Code - A very concise manner to tell lots about yourself only useful tho for other geeks. It uses a kind of C like syntax to describe all kinds of properties. See below for my geek code.
- BOFH - Bastard Operator From Hell pages. Funny stories about the worst sysadmin or something... or something.
- Computer stupidities - A large collection of stories and anecdotes about clueless computer lusers.
- Automatic Complaint-letter generator - If you ever want to complain about some one, get a neat complaint letter generated here.
- IOCCC - The international obfuscated C code contest.
- RFC Humour - All the joke RFCs together on a single page.
- Tim Kuik - A hero of the copyright resistance.
I am a long time Linux user and try to install it on every computer I can get my fingers on ;-). The only
bad thing of Linux is that hardware support isn't really top of the bill. This isn't really a fault of Linux but is caused by the Industry, that is lacking in support with Linux drivers. Well here
are some interesting links on Linux.
- Ubuntu - Linux for Human Beings. Gnome-based, easy-to-install Linux distrubtions derived from Debian.
- RedHat Linux - Fedora Project - Easy to install Linux distribution, but not as stable as used to be.
- Dutch Linux Homepage- start page for Dutch Linux users (in Dutch)
- Linux Documentation Project - All guides, Howtos, FAQs and such for Linux
- Linux Questions - A forum where you can post all kinds of linux-related questions.
- Kernel Trap - This site contains many interesting posts on the various open source kernels out there and especially focuses on the Linux Kernel
- The Linux Kernel - Get your latest vanilla kernel here.
- CygWIN - Ports of many Linux tools and an entire Linux-like API on top of the Win32 API. If you're kinda happy with Windows but want to try out Linux. Try this one. Or if you're stuck with Windows and want to use all your favourite Linux tools, like grep, lynx, wget, ls and soon, get this one. Also this is the only source of a secure shell (SSH) daemon I found for Windows.
- In the Beginning was the Command Line - An entire book written by Neal Stephenson (writer of Cryptonomicon and Snowcrash amongst others) about the history of operating systems.
Here it is, some interesting links about other operating systems especially various unices.
- OS News - An news site dedicated to operating systems.
- FreeBSD - So you don't want Linux, but still would like a Unix variant; try FreeBSD then.
- openBSD - So you want a secure OS and a Unix variant: try OpenBSD then.
- Multics - A research project that became a huge influence to modern operating systems and especially Unix.
- Windows Annoyances - Overview of annoyances gathered by actual users
- Capability-Based Computer Systems - A book written by Henry M. Levy about a different approach to OS design with a strong focus on security.
Websites that can be of use when doing some programming.
- GNU - GNU's not Unix. Lots of free software, mostly for unices.
- Dr. Dobb's - Interesting magazine, with tons of source codes.
- Coronado - Programming tutorials for C, C++, Pascal, Ada and Java.
- Cetus - Links on Objects and components.
- C FAQ - Frequently asked questions about C, from the newsgroup comp.lang.c
- PaintLib - A free graphics library.
- STL Guide - Programmer's guide for the C++ Standard Template Library
- Boost - Extension of the C++ STL library with many useful classes
- PHP - A C like programming language frequently used for building dynamic website. I even co-wrote an entire programme in it: URD
- The Art of Unix Programming - An online book about programming in the Unix Environment by Eric S. Raymond
Compilers & Tools
Helpful tools, compilers and interpreters for various languages and platforms.
Good resources for knowing more about the Internet and it protocols.
- The Internet Engineering Task Force - The people behind Internet standards, like IP, TCP, UDP, SMTP. If you want to obtain the standards or submit some of your own you'd go here. Every one can participate in the standardisation process and there are three general IETF meeting a year.
- RFCs - 'Homepage' of the Requests For Comments. The specifications for most internet related protocols. This is a direct link to the RFC from the IETD
- Connected: An Internet Encyclopedia - A comprehensive source of technical information concerning the Internet. Including descriptive and instructive texts of the various Internet related protocols.
- WWW Consortium - Everything about the world wide web. These guys wrote the HTML and XHTML standards. They also have a pretty good validator for HTML pages. I use it for most of my pages to ensure they conform the standard. Also they provide a text-based reference browser.
- TCP/IP Introduction - Good informational page about the TCP/IP protocol suite.
- HTML Reference - An overview of HTML 4.0
- CSS reference - An overview of Cascading Style Sheets
- NIST Net - A Linux based network emulaltion tool. It turns a PC into a router that can emulate a wide variety of network conditions. This includes delay, and packet loss.
The new generation of the Internet protocol. One day we all must switch; why not start now.
- IPv6.org - A page providing information about IPv6.
- IPv6 Google - Google over IPv6.
- SixXS - A web site that provides access to IPv4 only sites over IPv6 and vice versa.
- Sixy - A web site that keeps a list of IPv6 enabled sites.
- IP Next Generation - Collection of resources for the Next Generation of the Internet protocol now also known as IPv6.
Interesting sites for those interested in computer security and cryptography.
Highly influential people when it comes to computer science; listed here as
a tribute. They are roughly ordered in chronological order of establishing Divinity.
Freedom of speech and other digital rights movements
Some general information about computer science and related information can be
- Jargon File Resources - A comprehensive list of hackers' jargon.
- FOLDOC - Free on-line dictionary of computing. Contains explanations of many computer terms.
- Webopedia - The on-line dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology
- Hein Pragt - Tons of links and some interesting articles (some English, some Dutch).
- Simtel.Net - A large collection of shareware, freeware and public domain software.
- Firefox - Currently I'm running Mozilla Firefox, which is based on Mozilla. The reason largely is that it has this nice extension called ad-block which removes ads from web pages. Most sites now look much better.
- SlashDot - News for Nerds.
- Tweakers - Dutch Nerdy news site.
- Wotsit's Format - Contains descriptions of all kinds of file formats.
- The Register - computer related news site
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