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Greg Black

gjb at gbch dot net
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If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

FQE30 at Qld Raceway 25 May 2003


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Worthy organisations

Amnesty International Australia — global defenders of human rights

global defenders of human rights

Médecins Sans Frontières — help us save lives around the world

Médecins Sans Frontières - help us save lives around the world

Electronic Frontiers Australia — protecting and promoting on-line civil liberties in Australia

Electronic Frontiers Australia


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Software resources

GNU Emacs


The FreeBSD Project

Wed, 30 Jun 2004

How to get from FreeBSD to Microsoft in one step

I was just at Amazon looking at the advance notice for the latest in the long-running series on the design and implementation of BSD, The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System by Kirk McKusick and George Neville-Neil. On the lower part of the screen, there’s a standard Amazon heading: Customers interested in this title may also be interested in … and the very first item under that is:

  • Operating System
    Weighing up Microsoft and Linux? Learn more: Get the Facts

Of course, on the Amazon page, there’s actually a link to the Microsoft site in the Operating System header, but I see no reason to make it one here.

I always have problems actually sending money to Amazon—I have problems with their spamming me. But this comes close to an argument to stay away altogether. If I’m looking at books on a particular topic, I really don’t want to be targeted by bloody Microsoft’s bullshit propaganda.