Muli Ben-Yehuda's journal

January 30, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 5:02 PM

Just got back from a team lunch at a nice restaurant in Zichron. We have a pretty diverse team, and it was interesting to hear different views on a variety of (geeky) subjects. Now back to studying…

(In other news, Neil Gershenfeld‘s The Physics of Information Technology has arrived and will be picked up from the post office tomorrow. If you hear that amazon’s profits are way up this quarter, you now know who to blame.)

January 29, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 9:14 PM

Saying ‘no’ is hard to do. You can’t help but wonder how things would’ve turned out otherwise.

January 26, 2005

*invoice* Emacs buffer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 9:50 PM

I wonder if all invoices from the Free Software Foundation carry the heading “*invoice* Emacs buffer”, or just mine…

the Talk, the Conference, the Future

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 5:28 PM

The talk went well. I enjoyed giving it, and I hope people enjoyed listening to it – those that stayed awake, anyway. I got some good questions, which is always an encouraging sign. Updated slides and code are available. klife-0.06 fixes a long standing bug of such magnitude that it was practically a feature! (for the curious, running with and without mmap would cause the game of life patterns to evolve in different directions, even though the starting grid and rules were completely the same).

I just registered to OLS 2005. I am looking forward to my third OLS, and you should too.

I will be traveling to the IBM Watson Research Lab next month, to meet the incredible team that I’ve started working with recently. The code will be GPL’d soon (!!!!) – watch this space for announcements 🙂

I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me, with a paper whose deadline is looming near and an exam next week in Computability. To work!

January 25, 2005

On Linux Device Drivers and Giving Talks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 2:06 PM

I will be giving the Introduction to Linux Device Drivers talk tomorrow to the Operating Systems class in the Technion’s CS faculty. To be honest, I am entirely not looking forward to it (that’s the main reason I haven’t posted it here until now). This has happened before; however, whenever I stepped on stage and started talking I immediately began enjoying it. I hope the same thing will happen tomorrow…

Regardless of how I feel about this talk, I’d like to thank Prof. Assaf Schuster for inviting me to give the talk and the constructive criticism on the slides, to Orna for her excellent xfig-fu and editing prowess addressing said criticism, and to the anonymous poster on linmagazine.co.il for the honest feedback.

Usenix ’05

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 1:53 PM

The program for Usenix ’05 has been published.

January 24, 2005

“NUMB3RS = PI + CSI” (wmf)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 8:06 PM

The new TV show NUMB3RS looks pretty good. I wonder if it will ever show up in .il.

January 23, 2005

XML

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 11:26 AM

“So the essence of XML is this: the problem it solves is not hard, and it does not solve the problem well.”

(via Oleg G.).

January 20, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 9:40 PM

Paul Graham‘s latest essay, What You’ll Wish You’d Known.

The best protection is always to be working on hard problems. Writing novels is hard. “Gaining experience” so you can write a novel later isn’t. Hard means worry. If you’re not worrying that something you’re making will come out badly, or that you won’t be able to understand something you’re studying, then it isn’t hard enough. There has to be suspense.

Amen!

new book: Getting Things Done

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 9:08 PM

Picked up a new book from the post office today, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity, by David Allen. What can I say? I’m keeping an open mind. Also, it could’ve been worse – it could’ve been He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys!

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