hackaday monday sipping and contest

monday sipping

OH my! What a busy and great weekend! As you may or may not know, I was with Jason, Brian, and Karina over at Live8 behind the scenes blogging about Live8 with them. It was a wonderful time and experience. Then I had the balls to go and see War of the Worlds after such a long day, and I reccomend you rush out and see it. Twice. It’s wonderful.

But back to hacks. We’ve made a final decision. Hackaday meetups will officially be once a month and on a thursday. The last thursday of every month to be exact. If you’re in Philadelphia, the meetings here will be insanely awesome. We’ll be renting out hotel conference rooms or something like that, having contests, giveaways, prizes, and discussions. Almost like a mini-defcon each month!

The shirts will also be ordered this week which rocks, so be on the lookout on how to score those aside from Defcon.

Oh! Podcast 03 will be out this week as well! We’re getting our RSS feed up and running soon but if it’s not ready by Friday, we’ll still post the podcast on here and iTunes.

MIT’s infamous disco LED-ridden floor is available for purchase now. Wicked.

And it looks like Brazil is finally getting around to building those $100 laptops. My question to YOU guys is

57 thoughts on “hackaday monday sipping and contest

  1. Well, the Vi/Pico/Nano/[insert program here] debate is an ugly one. Some facts:

    Vi is meant as a text editor, it was designed by people with some pretty specific purposes in mind such as programming and wasn’t really designed for writing your thesis with.

    Pico or PiCo as it should more appropriately be written stands for Pine Composer. It was meant to be an e-mail composer that could easily be used by someone with little or no prior knowledge of computers. It is designed to have a much easier learning curve than the likes of Vi but lacks a number of features that Vi includes.

    Nano is an extension of PiCo, it is designed to push PiCo closer toward the realm of full word processors. It includes a number of extra features, but still doesn’t attempt to supplant Vi.

    My opinion on the situation is to use whatever tool is most appropriate for the job. It would be stupid to use a hammer to drive a screw just because you like hammers. I’ve noticed some people tend to like Vi because it gives them something of a Linux street cred, and that’s cool but I don’t hold it against anyone who doesn’t like Vi and prefers something else. Personally, I’ve used Vi, PiCo, Nano, and a lot of other various editors, hell I’ve even written text files using nothing more than echo and redirection symbols. Pain in the ass, but it is necessary sometimes. I say just use what works for you or satisfys your needs.

  2. heh. i once wrote “bico”, the ultimate in word processor hostility. all it had were two commands. “set bit” and “advance bit”. heaven help you if you made a mistake.

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