Could Free get any cheaper?

We have a sale on several Linux laptops and desktops in our new Sale section: http://zareason.com/shop/Sale/ The machines that are on sale are ones that were used for a day at a conference or otherwise in a “box opened” state. Sometimes they have a ding or a minor scratch. They are guaranteed and warranted to…

Busy

See that 2+ year long gap between last post and this post? That’s what happens when you open up a full-sized office. You get busy. In those last two years we have: * hired a full set of staff, truly competent, brilliant people * filled out the product line, included a divine tablet that is…

A present in your pocket

We signed the lease on our new little ZaReason shop on Monday. We are psyched. It is remarkably similar to having “that perfect present” in your hot little hands, hiding it behind your back until just the right moment. We still need a sign on the front of the shop and a few other minor…

GTD for Late Night People who love what they do

I love Getting Things Done. My brother told me about it several years ago. It shifted how I work. For the better. Much better. My current finding — I have a hard time cutting off work at night. I can get into the zone at night and work like a hamster on an exercise wheel…

The Linux Pick-up Line

As a follow-up to the last post, I am getting such a kick out of the Linux pick-up lines at the gym. Note that this gym is generally *not* a pick-up place (like many are). This gym is friendly, but most people are serious about their purpose and have an attitude of I’m-here-to-workout-so-don’t-bug-me. I really…

Workin’ It

Rikki Kite at Linux Pro gave me a promo T-shirt that was high-quality and had a spunky, cool design that I wanted to wear. It fit a little snug, but I needed a snug black T for classes. When your feet are in the air and you are nearly in a headstand you want a…

SCALE

I get to speak at SCALE 09. My talk synopsis is here. I am psyched. This will be an *excellent* group. It will be our 2nd year at SCALE. Last year, we decided not to go, but heard so many good things about it from friends that we decided at the last minute that we…

Stop

I live in Berkeley, otherwise known as Berzerkely, in sunny California. In this teeny little 10 1/2 square mile patch of earth, we have a large number of people who like to walk and bike (not drive). On more than a few stop signs around town, people have spray painted a little add-on request: STOP…

Precious little things

This morning we rode our bikes to the best bagel shop in the world.  It is a hidden little shop that you would not find unless someone told you (psst, it’s Berkeley Bagel at 1281 Gilman). There are more than a few semi-dangerous spots on the road to the bagel shop but we brave it…

Secret Sauce

On the way to Italy, then on to Israel, I worked a bit on my presentation. I had offered several different topic ideas to the LUG organizer and he chose the most technical one. The topic: Building Linux Hardware. As a how-to, it seemed appropriate to share my company’s favorite suppliers, the best-of-the-best OEMs and…

Fighting Is Almost Always Bad

I’m sitting on a hill overlooking the Old City in Jerusalem. The hill right next to us is blocked — we wanted to go see a few sites on it, but they aren’t letting anyone through. I have been hearing explosions and I see smoke to the west. I have been wondering what could make…

Landing at the Wrong Time

The day we landed in Israel, a war broke out. There had been a six month treaty between Israel and Palastine, but both sides broke their end of the deal. Then Israel started lobbing all sorts of firepower into Gaza. We were far too close for comfort. We made an attempt to get tickets home,…