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the42.net is currently just a website to provide a home for code that I've written.

Generally the code will be Open Source, released under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), but some under the Perl Artistic license.

There isn't really going to be a cohesive theme to the "stuff" available on this site except that I wrote it. If I need something done and write code to accomplish that "thing" and am able to release the code, I will (some of the code I write is for my employer).

Future projects that I hope to be able to release include:

  • doppelganger - A photo album application (though I may end up finding one that I like).
  • rrdtool scripts - scripts used for creating graphs from rrd databases.
  • CRUX ports (CRUX is a lightweight Linux distribution).
  • a random password generator (the code is written and I use it, but it hasn't been organized into a version that even meets my low standards for coding).
  • I'm sure others will happen as well.

Whoami?

I'm just a guy.

I've been working and playing with computers since I was in grade school. My first introduction to the wonders of the Internet was in 1996 when I started working for what was to become the "largest privately held tier I ISP in the nation." (I have since moved on, and so have they).

It was there that I first learned about the open source movement, but it's taken till now for me to actually have something that I could give back to the community.

The stuff I write is generally to accomplish something that I need done... or (more often the case) something I'm trying to get out of doing by providing an interface for others (so they don't have to bug me).

  • brigit is an example of something I "needed", an interface to be able to stream all of my mp3 files.
  • network jack is a combination of the two (something I use, and wanted to provide to others so they could look themselves). Being able to run lookups of different things via clicks is very handy (or so I believe).

It's questionable if I can actually code. It depends on your definition of being able to code. The stuff I write will eventually work, but it tends not to be written "well", nor does it tend to be documented. Rarely is it easily readable, and sometimes, even I have trouble figuring out what I was thinking when I go back and look at things later.

In that sense I'm irresponsible. I'll write stuff to do something, but won't take the time to document it / make it easy to read. (It's really quite deplorable of me, but that's just part of who I am.)

Updated 11/30/02

 November 30, 2002
Initial "about" text added.

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