Thomas Holbrook | The *Nixed Report
Tag: reglue project
Some people donate to the Red Cross or volunteer at soup kitchens around the holidays. During the 2013 season, Ken “helios” Starks conducted an outreach called the “12 Geeks of Christmas.”
Twelve geeks were sent reconditioned notebook computers to give to a child whose family couldn’t afford one otherwise. On his blog, he wrote:
We send said Geek a reconditioned laptop with Linux on it and they locate a school-aged child in their community that wouldn’t normally be able to afford a computer in the household. Deliver the computer and spend some time showing the parents and the child how to use it, and support them when they need help.
Yeah, I know…that’s asking a lot. But 12 of you did it.
Richard Kapler is credited as one of those geeks who gave a computer to a child who is doing everything they can to make it into college. There are currently plans to tell the story of more of these geeks. Well done, helios. Well done.
Out with 2013, and in with 2014. No matter what this year brings, it won’t be boring. With that said, here’s some links for you to check out this week.
- Getting Involved in FOSS (opensource.com): The Red Hat sponsored website has seven ways for people to get involved in various projects that share their source code and invite collaboration from others. For those who can’t code their way out of a paper bag, there’s always writing documentation and creating digital art for the various projects, because good instructions and pretty icons can go a long way in making an application more attractive.
- Exciting Changes to 5.0 of the Phoronix Test Suite GUI (phoronix.com): Though it was initially written in GTK2, HTML 5 is being used instead. According to Michael Larabel, “This new GUI to Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 is being written as an HTML5 interface. This is being done for portability and network transparency with the Phoronix Test Suite commonly being used on embedded devices and servers where there is no connected devices — remote support for PTS 5.0 HTML5 GUI can be enabled, otherwise it’s only exposed locally.” Work on the interface is currently ongoing.
- Now It’s Our Turn (Blog of helios): Ken “helios” Starks has been through quite a bit over the years. He decided to tell the story of how he is now able to give back to those who have helped him, starting with Randy Noseworthy. It looks like the Reglue Project will be able to help bridge the digital divide more than ever.
Overlooked Pop Culture
- District Judge Rules in Favor of Warrantless Border Searches (Maximum PC): The controversy continues over warrantless border searches as a Federal Judge declared that risk of seizure was insignificant, so plaintiffs have no standing. It looks like it’s time to learn how to use encryption or data wiping techniques before traveling to other countries.
- Horrible Things Done to Male Sexual Organs (deadspin.com): In weird news, males have apparently hurt themselves in the no no parts in 2013. Some of these entries will make you laugh, others will make you cry, and the rest will make you hurt down there.
- 14 Million Doses of Potassium Iodide Ordered (infowars.com): The stuff that prevents radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid is apparently being ordered in an unprecedented quantity, according to this. It is apparently related to the problematic Fukushima reactor. U.S. Sailors have apparently come back sick after helping out in the area, and have sued the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). This tidbit may crop up again this year.