Danny's Links Page

Links to some of my other pages
Here's a page from www.ibrium.se offering background images (including one of my maps) These maps are quite spectacular. Just to whet your appetite, here are a pair of samples:
(click on the map to get to the Landmarks page and on the Deanery of Bristol's Coat of Arms to get to the Coats of Arms page)

Desktop Background Images

Here's a collection of images intended to be used as desktop backgrounds. Click on an image below to be taken to the background images (each image takes you to a different category of background images).

Links within this page
Important Sites & Documents
Canadian Links Edmonton Links
Other places

Documents of Historical Importance to Geeks
  • RFC 1 - first Request For Comment, submitted by Steve Crocker on April 7, 1969
  • RFC 2468 - memorial for Jon Postel, the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) for nearly 30 years
  • RFC 2555 - looks back on 30 years of RFCs
  • The Open Secret - a discussion of how public key cryptography was invented by British GCHQ researchers.
  • Tom Kilburn (1921 - 2001) - one of the fathers of the computing industry (many firsts including writing the first ever digital computer program)
  • Alan Turing - Home Page. Another good Turing page is Alan Mathison Turing 1912-1954. And then there's the The Bombe Rebuild Project (some folks who are trying to build a Bombe).

History of Computing References

Sites related to some fundamental protocols and such

Bond, James Bond
  • James Bond books by Ian Fleming (1908-1964)
    • Casino Royale (1953)
    • Live And Let Die (1954)
    • Moonraker (1955)
    • Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
    • From Russia, With Love (1957)
    • Doctor No (1958)
    • Goldfinger (1959)
    • For Your Eyes Only (1960)
    • Thunderball (1961)
    • The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
    • You Only Live Twice (1964)
    • The Man With The Golden Gun (1965)
    • Octopussy & The Living Daylights (1966)

  • Actors who've played James Bond
    • Barry Nelson
      • Casino Royale (1954)
        (a one hour live television production which aired 21 October 1954 on CBS - James Bond was an American spy and Felix was a British agent!)
    • Bob Holness
      • Moonraker (1957)
        (radio play)
    • Sean Connery
      • Dr. No (1962)
      • From Russia With Love (1962)
      • Goldfinger (1964)
      • Thunderball (1965)
      • You Only Live Twice (1967)
      • Diamonds are Forever (1971)
      • Never Say Never Again (1983)
    • David Niven
      • Casino Royale (1967)
    • George Lazenby
      • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
    • Roger Moore
      • Live and Let Die (1973)
      • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
      • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
      • Moonraker (1979)
      • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
      • Octopussy (1983)
      • A View to a Kill (1985)
    • Timothy Dalton
      • The Living Daylights (1987)
      • License to Kill (1989)
    • Pierce Brosnan
      • Goldeneye (1995)
      • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
      • The World Is Not Enough (1999)
      • Die Another Day (2002)
    • Daniel Craig
      • Casino Royale (2006)
      • Quantum of Solace (2008)
      • Bond 23 (2012)
Astronomy Picture of the Day

Just interesting things

Saint Martin in the Fields
Nordic House, 26 King Street WC2, London
Platform Art by David Begbie
Salisbury Cathedral from a distance
Original stained glass in Wells Cathedral
Scientific Computing (needs a lot of work) My personal "most massively parallel" record was also a world record at the time - 1039 processors in January of 1990 on a Myrias SPS-2 at Myrias Research Corporation (they no longer exist). Unfortunately for me, the record was broken a few hours later (1047 processors) by other Myriods.

My personal speed records are 68 GFLOPS for a 5000 x 5000 matrix multiply on 24 1.3 GHz IBM POWER 4 processors and 25 GFLOPS for a 1000 x 1000 linear solve on 8 1.3GHz POWER 4 processors (these processors were part of a 32-way IBM p690). This was done using IBM's SMP-aware ESSL library routines (which means that this is a lot like claiming a world land speed record when all I did was ride in the car as a passenger).

Imperial War Museum North
Maligne Canyon
closeup of an early business machine
diagram from an early Canadian patent
Space Dates
1957/10/04 - the Soviet Union launches Sputnik (and the space age)

1958/01/31 - Explorer 1 is the first successful space launch by the United States

1961/04/12 - Yuri Gugarin of the Soviet Union orbits the earth and becomes the first human in space

1961/05/05 - Alan Shephard becomes the first American in space on a sub-orbital flight aboard the first Mercury spacecraft (called Freedom 7)

1962/02/20 - John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth on Friendship 7 (he completes three orbits)

1962/09/29 - Alouette I launched

1963/06/16 - Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space

1964/10/12 - Vladimir Komarov, Konstantin Feoktistov and Boris Yegorov lift of in Voskhod 1 for the world's first multi-human space flight

1967/01/27 - American astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger B. Chaffee die in a fire during a launch pad test of what is later designated the Apollo 1 mission

1967/04/24 - Soyuz 1 ends in disaster as Vladimir Komarov becomes the first human to die during a space mission when his spacecraft crashes after his parachute fails to deploy properly

1968/12/21 - Apollo 8 is launched on a mission which takes Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders to the moon's orbit (first human's to leave near-earth space)

1969/07/20 - Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong (closely followed by Buzz Aldrin) becomes first human to walk on the moon

1970/04/11 - an explosion on board Apollo 13 shortly after leaving earth orbit for the moon results in what is later called a "successful failure" in the sense that the astronauts return safely to earth six days later

1971/04/19 - the world's first space station, Salyut 1, is launched into orbit; an attempt to man the space station fails on 1971/04/22 when the crew of Soyuz 10 is unable to open the hatch connecting them to the station

1971/06/30 - Soyuz 11, the first mission to Salyut 1, begins with a 24 day visit to the space station but ends in disaster as Georgi Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev die during re-entry when their capsule depressurizes

1971/10/11 - Salyut 1 is deorbited and burns up during re-entry

1972/11/09 - Anik-1 launched

1972/12/14 - American astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt lift off from the moon on their way back to earth (end of manned exploration of the moon)

1975/07/17 - an American Apollo spacecraft docks with a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft (first international space mission)

1977/08/20 - Voyager 2 launched

1977/09/05 - Voyager 1 launched

1978/01/24 - Cosmos 954 crashes in the North West Territories

1981/04/12 - American astronauts John W. Young and Robert L. Crippen, fly the first Space Shuttle mission (STS-1) aboard Space Shuttle Columbia

1983/06/18 - almost exactly twenty years after Valentina Tereshkova's flight (see above), Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space aboard shuttle mission STS-7

1984/10/05 - Marc Garneau becomes first Canadian in space on shuttle mission STS-41G

1986/01/28 - STS-51L ends in disaster when the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes on liftoff, killing all aboard (Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik, Gregory B. Jarvis and Sharon Christa McAuliffe)

1986/02/19 - the first component of the Mir Space Station is lifted into orbit

1990/04/24 - Space Shuttle Discovery launches into space on mission STS-31 carrying the Hubble Space Telescope; a defect in the main mirror severely impacts the quality of images obtained by the telescope

1993/12/02 - Space Shuttle Endeavour launches mission STS-61 which carries out a very successful service and repair visit to the Hubble Space Telescope

1998/11/20 - a Russian Proton rocket launches the first component of the International Space Station

1992/01/22 - Roberta Bondar becomes first Canadian woman in space on shuttle mission STS-42

2000/11/02 - William Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev dock their Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station to begin the permanent residency of the station

2001/03/22 - after fifteen years and one month in orbit, the Mir Space Station burns up as it re-enters the earth's atmosphere

2003/02/01 - STS-107 ends in disaster as the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during re-entry, killing all aboard (Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon)

IBM links

Apple Links

Quick clicks
free counters
Tea Sites See below for a note on MarketSpice Tea
Just plain useful sites
Terror Alert Level   www.google.com www.google.ca

More interesting places and topics

Investment sites

A note on MarketSpice Tea

My then fiance and I first ran across MarketSpice tea back in the late 80's in a tea shop in West Edmonton Mall (Has Beans And Teas if memory serves). MarketSpice tea is a truly enchanting blend of black tea, cinnamon, cloves, orange peals and who knows what else. The tea shop in WEM eventually closed and we found ourselves unable to buy what was definitely our favourite flavour of tea.

We have run into a number of different teas over the year that bear the MarketSpice name although, unfortunately and without exception, none of them were particularly good imitations of the real thing.

I recently (mid 2009) decided to see what I could find online so armed with a vague recollection of having heard that real MarketSpice tea came from Seattle, I did the usual Google thing. Imagine my surprise to discover that there still was a company called MarketSpice in Seattle which sold a variety of teas including one that definitely sounded like the 'real deal'. Discovering that they sold their teas on amazon.com, I quickly ordered a pound of their "signature" tea and a pound of a decaf variant of their "signature" tea. The tea arrived a few days ago and it really is the tea that we used to buy!

So . . . if you are a MarketSpice tea fan or are looking to try something a bit different, check them out (note that the link a few words back is, on 2009/05/28, a link to a very small page that says that they sell their teas on Amazon.com and links to their Amazon.com 'store'; If you do a bit of Googling then you should have no problem finding more info about their Seattle location).

P.S. I ordered the tea from Canada using Amazon's standard shipping and it arrived in about ten days via regular parcel post so they seem to know that one does not use the dreaded UPS Ground service when shipping from the US to Canada (this policy may, of course, change so non-American residents may want to contact them first to see how they ship packages internationally.


Here are some of my E2 writeups. Those marked with an * are probably the best of the bunch. Those marked with a + are likely to be of more interest than their title might suggest. These are each direct links to my writeups. Many of these writeups have other writeups associated with them. Just click on the "(all of node name, ...)" link at the top of each page to get to the full set of writeups.

Click here to get a list of all of my writeups (actually, you'll get the most recent 50 writeups but getting the rest from there shouldn't prove to be too difficult).

Everything2 node trackers

  • Open Directory Project - an open-source-like Internet directory
  • U.S. Library of Congress's online catalog
  • Transmeta - any company that Linus Torvalds works for must be worth linking to :-)>
    On a serious note, they're producing some interesting processors (which is the real reason why I'm linking to them)
  • sourceXchange and CoSource.com are two sites that propose to bring open source developers and sponsors together
  • Daily Wrap and Flow - annotated DOJ v Microsoft trial transcripts (home page of the law office of Lewis A. Mettler). Mettler has quite an axe to grind and spends a fair bit of time grinding it. The result is that reading the site gets dull pretty fast. On the other hand, he seems to provide more detailed coverage of actual trial events than any other site I've come across.
  • Altavista - text style (this is a link to Altavista's text-style page - it is much faster to load than their pathetically slow graphics version)
  • US DOJ Antitrust Division
  • Linux at IBM
  • osOpinions
  • open source IT
  • segfault.org (another geek news site with a rather twisted perspective on things)
  • Themes.org
  • first monday (a peer reviewed online journal)
  • The PC Technology Guide - a PC Acronym Dictionary site
  • OS News

  • SANE homepage
  • Search the SANE-developers list

  • Here's a site that harnesses the power of literally tens of thousands of computers around the world to tackle crypto-challenges. Here are my stats.
  • Here's a site along the same lines as the crypto-cracking site although this one uses the cycles to search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Linux Sites
Hardware Sites

Hardware Review Sites

Some Travel Links

Some Interesting Things

%%% Wew! That's enough screwing around with tables for now.
%%% Let's give this a bit of time to see if it works.
%%% i.e. the rest of this page doesn't have the same look and feel as the above parts do.

Other things

Open Source Works

Here's an interesting discussion of how the Linux and Apache communities got together to respond to a benchmark which indicated that Windows NT was quite a bit faster than Linux/Apache. The benchmark itself was flawed from a technical and procedural perspective but it did demonstrate that there were performance problems that needed to be addressed. The timeline worked something like this: All in all, an interesting look at how the Open Source community works.

The Microsoft Anti-trust cases

There is so much smoke, hype and deliberate misdirection flowing out of Redmond on this issue that I feel compelled to link to the actual U.S. DOJ complaint and to the complaint filed by twenty-two American States (these links points into CNN's WWW site). Once you've taken the time to read the actual complaints being made against Microsoft, you'll understand why Microsoft seems to be so desperate to win this case in the court of public opinion before it gets to anything resembling a court of law.

For what it is worth, here's a paragraph from the Federal complaint:

16. First, Microsoft invested hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, test, and promote Internet Explorer, a product which it distributes without separate charge. As Paul Maritz, Microsoft's Group Vice President in charge of the Platforms Group, was quoted in the New York Times as telling industry executives: "We are going to cut off their air supply. Everything they're selling, we're going to give away for free." As reported in the Financial Times, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates likewise warned Netscape (and other potential Microsoft challengers) in June 1996: "Our business model works even if all Internet software is free. . . . We are still selling operating systems. What does Netscape's business model look like? Not very good."
Here are links to Microsoft's responses and such. They make interesting reading although one has to wonder whether or not Microsoft's lawyers live on the same planet that we live on . . . In fact, Microsoft recently released this little gem. Does Microsoft actually believe this statement in their press release:
witness the advance of Linux, a new version of UNIX developed by a single individual
Surely not even Microsoft is naive enough to think that Linux was developed by a single individual???

Here's an interesting news article from the ABC News site. My favourite quote from the article is "Where there is a claim that Microsoft does not want to deal with, it simply ignores it." - Justice Department, in response to a Microsoft motion. I'm also bemused by the sentence Apparently, Microsoft doesn't make browsers. Never did. This in spite of the following quote from Chairman Bill taken from his June 13 article in The Economist "The fact that our browser was integrated into Windows 95 from the outset did not in any way prevent consumers from choosing another browser."


Selecting an Industrial Strength Solution

I just can't get over the amount of hype that's out there surrounding Windows NT and how it is going to take over the world. Personally, when I see such an intense effort being made to convince the world that something is true then I'm forced to conclude that it probably isn't . . .

Fortunately, when it comes to mission critical applications, people tend to look past the hype and look at issues like performance, robustness and such. Along these lines, here a few links which might be of interest: I just can't believe that anybody would run their mission critical applications on an operating system that functions like it is still in beta testing . . .

Speaking of industrial strength, here's an interesting Infoworld article which discusses how Microsoft's definition of the term reliable should not be confused with the commonly accepted definition of the term reliable or with the terms industrial strength or enterprise ready.

It just doesn't work . . .

Following along the lines of the previous item, this article speaks for itself: Windows is a grief-causing kludge by Paul Sorenson, PC Computing, September 25, 1998 9:13AM PT.

Well, at least we know for a fact that Microsoft is lying

The problem is that we don't know if they were lying under oath:
Testimony of Microsoft executive Paul Maritz in the DOJ vs. Microsoft trial:

Applications support for Linux is also growing rapidly. Within the past few months, leading software vendors have announced that they will create Linux versions of their flagship products. For example, the leading database vendor, Oracle, recently announced that it is developing a Linux version of its market-leading Oracle 8 database. One of Oracle's chief database rivals, Informix, quickly followed suit, and Mr Soyring testified that IBM is porting its principal database product, DB2, to Linux as well. (In fact, IBM announced on November 20, 1998, that its Linux version of DB2 will be free.)

Netscape is developing Linux versions of its enterprise server software, and most of Netscape's client software is already available for Linux. Corel offers a Linux version of its popular WordPerfect suite of business productivity applications, and it is free. Star Division of Germany offers its StarOffice, a full suite of business productivity applications. StarOffice, recently priced at about $300, is now free for individual users. Sun is porting its Java Development Kit 1.2 to Linux.

Commercial software vendors such as Red Hat and Caldera now offer compatible versions of Linux at a nominal charge. Although Linux can be and routinely is downloaded for free off the Internet, Red Hat and Caldera plan to earn revenues from related software and services such as training and support. The presence of such supported versions of Linux promises to make the operating system more appealing to corporate customers.

Today, the number of developers working on improving Linux vastly exceeds the number of Microsoft developers working on Windows NT. Linux developers are currently working on "Windows-like" user interfaces "Gnome" and "KDE" to simplify its operation.

It is unlikely in any other established industry that a single person, aided only by independent volunteers, could create a product that would emerge to challenge the industry leader. Yet this is the story of Linux, and the nature of the software business.

or if they are lying in their marketing propaganda:
Microsoft's Ed Muth in March, 1999:

The problem...is there are fewer applications available for Linux, there's no long-term development roadmap, and there's a higher technical risk in using it [...] You could cut Linux some slack if it were sharply lower in cost-per-transaction than NT, but that's not the case.

Now I'll grant that my two quotes above don't quite conflict each other directly but they sure do demonstrate the difficulties that Microsoft has been having lately keeping their story straight (somehow, I doubt that they even care since the two audiences are somewhat separate - I wonder which audience they consider to be most important?)

An interesting analysis of the topic is Opinion: Why is Microsoft worrying about Linux? which started out life on a little site called Linux World and then made it to the big leagues on CNN.

C2 Security and NT

Here's an interesting article questioning key claims by Microsoft w.r.t. their C2 rating for NT. Did you know:

Cryptography export issues

The Orange Book

The Orange Book is a document produced by the U.S. Department of Defence. The actual name of the document is Department of Defense Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria. It defines a set of criteria for determining and/or describing how secure a computer system is. The levels of security described by this document are widely used to describe how secure a system is. In fact, various organizations make a big deal about what level their products are certified for. For example, Microsoft generated an amazing amount of positive publicity when it had one of the versions of Windows NT certified at the C2 level. Microsoft was somewhat less eager to point out that the certification was void if a network card was installed on the machine.

A copy of the Orange Book is available here.

I've heard that the name Orange Book derives from the fact that the original document had an orange cover.

Thinking of selling your hard disk? Think again!

Here's a fascinating paper describing just how hard it is to completely erase a hard disk. In fact, they even describe how it is sometimes possible to extract data from computer memory chips after the power has been turned off for a few hours or even days!

Other serious topics


Favourite Poems

Daniel Boulet

http://www.bouletfermat.com/danny/links.html (1475628728M0702n2809x5282041)