User talk:Eric M Gearhart/Archive 2

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BSD Daemon

Hey, do you have any questions for McKusick, the copyright holder of the BSD Daemon? I could use some help with it. I'm sure there's more that could be said, but I'm not sure where to go from here. --Joshua David Williams 14:14, 14 April 2007 (CDT)

The image on there right now is the original, and McKusick's favorite. The BSD Daemon itself is copyrighted, not just the image. I was actually asking about the story behind it. Funny though, I didn't realize he had so much information about it on his site until just now. You have to click the pictures to see info about it :P --Joshua David Williams 14:25, 14 April 2007 (CDT)

I'm not sure if you'll find any information at all about it on Usenet since most of the work (I believe) was centered around the university. I've been having an ongoing e-mail conversation with him though that you may find interesting (could use some help with coming up with questions to ask him). --Joshua David Williams 14:40, 14 April 2007 (CDT)

That's a very good point. I'll remove the e-mails. --Joshua David Williams 15:53, 14 April 2007 (CDT)


I just installed it for the first time today. It was only in an emulator, though, but I'm glad I chose not to install it to a real partition just yet. I'd like to learn more about it before I try anything "dangerous" with it. Qemu's great, isn't it? Just copy and paste your HDD image so you'll always have a backup copy of your whole system in case you screw something up while you're learning a new system :D --Joshua David Williams 16:03, 14 April 2007 (CDT)

Yeah, that would be pretty neat. I believe it was Multics that was designed so server running multiple processors and hard drives, etc., could be divided into multiple computers without any downtime. That's what I want to see! How on earth did they deal with the power?? --Joshua David Williams 16:16, 14 April 2007 (CDT)

That's really neat. BTW, check out the BSD Daemon article again. I stole the Biology Workgroup's idea and used and used an image gallery (click the top picture). Do you think that's a good idea, or should we not do that? I also thought of doing that for Tux.. especially that one, since there're so many more images to use. I e-mailed Harshbarger and asked him permission to use the images of his Lego models. I'll let ya know when he replies. --Joshua David Williams 16:29, 14 April 2007 (CDT)

Try also to first get them to release under a free license. Barring that, go with permission. Stephen Ewen 00:04, 15 April 2007 (CDT)


Do you have any idea how we can stop Image:Bsd4_3.gif from redirecting back to the gallery after they're already looking at the gallery (without uploading another copy of the photo)? I tried to link to [1], but the it screws up the wiki. --Joshua David Williams 16:37, 14 April 2007 (CDT)

I'm hitting the sack man. I'll be back on CZ tomorrow in force because I have a day off. Later --Eric

cya --Joshua David Williams 17:22, 14 April 2007 (CDT)


Congratulations Eric, for your part in the 1st Computers Approved article. well done! Nancy Sculerati 16:17, 21 April 2007 (CDT)

JIT compiler graphic in Java

He he. That thing is a patchwork. The colored parts were drawn in Paint Shop Pro (older version 8.1), then dropped into Powerpoint (with a pretty background from somewhere) and formed into the whole (it's actually animated in Powerpoint--made it for one of my lectures). Then I took a screen shot of the Powerpoint slide and chopped on it in Paint Shop Pro, where I resized it and shrunk it with the JPG optimizer. I'd say about 50% Powerpoint and 50% Paint Shop Pro. Paint Shop Pro was free for many years, when JASC owned it, but I liked it so much I paid the voluntary $100 for it. Then JASC got bought up by Adobe or someone, and newer version costs more than I can pay. Makes me feel very kindly towards open source software. I'm using the academic version of Powerpoint that I get while teaching at Univ of Penn (so I didn't pay for that either, but if I did, it would cost ~$100). It's all Windows, my favorite desktop I'm afraid. I liked your graphic too but changed its caption to reinforce the article's message a bit more. What did you make it with? I'm not so familiar with Linux tools.Pat Palmer 07:28, 26 April 2007 (CDT)

I *think* that mono does not do GUI but let me know if I'm wrong. Also, I rather like the clean look of the current graphic; I wouldn't be in a hurry to replace the one on the page now, but of course, it's good to try things with drawing tools. I'm not great at that stuff, but I've become pretty good with those two programs (PPT and PSP). I haven't tried Paint.NET but it's supposed to be good.Pat Palmer 11:57, 26 April 2007 (CDT)


Eric, we need a real name for "npu" or this image has to go. We have no idea if really has the ability to do anything with that image and his real name is the core needful thing in the matter. Free images are not free unless legal and nothing legal nor free has transpired without a real name. Stephen Ewen 17:03, 27 April 2007 (CDT)

I just emailed him asking for his name. He may or may not choose to tell me (privacy concerns and all that)... if he does I will add it to Image_talk:Linux_distro_timeline.png. If he doesn't get back with me in 3 days I'll ask for speedydelete of the image :( Eric M Gearhart
He can release it "fresh" to Citizendium and we need not in that case include a link to his page where people will easily connect his pseudonym with his real name. Not ideal, but acceptable. Stephen Ewen 05:17, 28 April 2007 (CDT)
Also, I moved the permission where it should go at Image_talk:Linux_distro_timeline.png/Permission. Stephen Ewen 05:25, 28 April 2007 (CDT)