We need to handle our environmental problems, limit the centralization of power, ensure transparency of government and privacy of citizens. The rest will take care of itself.
Brendan pointed me to Overleaf – an excellent tool to create high quality documents using LaTeX. It boasts automatic rendering of the output, collaborative editing and lots and lots of templates to start from. I’m crazy happy I found this. And I decided to remake my CV/résumé with one of the templates I found there. And here it is: Geir Isene’s CV.
Check out Overleaf. It’s a real treat.
And, if you have any suggestions for improving my CV, please leave a comment.
Here’s a HyperList of my current computer setup – for reference in case someone is looking for inspiration:
PC = Samsung NP900X4C
OS = Ubuntu Linux (16.04) (http://www.ubuntu.com/)
Shell = zsh (http://www.zsh.org/)
Terminal = urxvt (http://software.schmorp.de/pkg/rxvt-unicode.html)
Text editor = VIM (http://www.vim.org/)
- autonumbering-in-vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/autonumbering-in-vim)
- HowMuch (https://github.com/vim-scripts/HowMuch)
- HyperList (https://isene.me/hyperlist/)
- largefile (https://github.com/markwu/largefile)
- speeddating.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/speeddating.vim)
- synmark.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/synmark.vim)
- Tabbi (https://github.com/EinfachToll/Tabbi)
- VisIncr (https://github.com/serialdoom/VisIncr)
- vim-diction (https://github.com/ntnn/vim-diction)
- vim-follow-my-lead (https://github.com/ktonga/vim-follow-my-lead)
- vim-genutils (https://github.com/clones/vim-genutils)
- vim-latex (https://github.com/vim-latex/vim-latex)
- vim-multiselect (https://github.com/lawrencejones/vim-multiselect)
- vim-opener (https://github.com/jmcantrell/vim-opener)
- vim-startify (https://github.com/mhinz/vim-startify)
- vim-statline (https://github.com/millermedeiros/vim-statline)
- vizardry (https://github.com/dbeniamine/vizardry)
- Syntax highlighting:
- eruby.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/eruby.vim)
- icalendar.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/icalendar.vim)
- julia-vim (https://github.com/JuliaLang/julia-vim)
- mail.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/mail.vim)
- mediawiki.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/mediawiki.vim)
- muttrc.vim (https://github.com/vim-scripts/muttrc.vim)
Document production = LaTeX (https://www.latex-project.org/)
Mail User Agent = mutt (http://www.mutt.org/)
- Mail filtering = mail_fetch (from GMail accounts)
SMTP client = msmtp (http://msmtp.sourceforge.net/)
Instant communication = Weechat (https://weechat.org/)
- Interface hub = Bitlbee (https://www.bitlbee.org/main.php/news.r.html)
- Slack interface (https://robots.thoughtbot.com/weechat-for-slacks-irc-gateway)
- Twitter (https://wiki.bitlbee.org/HowtoTwitter)
- Facebook chat (https://wiki.bitlbee.org/HowtoFacebookMQTT)
- My setup: https://isene.me/2015/10/25/weechat/
HP-41 link = pc41 (https://github.com/isene/pc41)
Newsreader (RSS) = Newsbeuter (http://newsbeuter.org/)
Window Manager = i3 (http://www.i3wm.org/)
Information display = Conky (https://github.com/brndnmtthws/conky)
Browser = Qutebrowser (https://github.com/The-Compiler/qutebrowser)
Office suite = LibreOffice (https://www.libreoffice.org/)
Presentation viewer = Impressive (http://impressive.sourceforge.net/)
Been doing lots of tech stuff lately. Here’s a sharing of some highlights.
Through the years I’ve been programming in more than a dozen different languages. Since many years I have more or less settled on Ruby besides my HP-41 projects programmed in FOCAL and MCODE. Now and then I get this urge to learn a new programming language, and after an extensive search for something neat, I finally landed on Julia. I’m trying her out while reading the book, “Getting started with Julia Programming Language“.
The book is good. The programming language seems excellent. It boasts a complete GitHub-based package system to extend the language with various modules. Although it’s a general purpose language, its strength lies in maths and natural sciences. It’s very fast and with a pretty clean and natural syntax. You can even do straight forward math like this:
f(x) = 2sin(3x)^2
And by then executing the function “f” with x as 0.8, you get the answer straight:
There is a chance I could be falling in love here🙂
I’ve also been doing lots of work on my Conky setup resulting in this as my “bare” desktop:
If you have any questions about scripts or conky setups, just ask by leaving a comment here.
Then there is VIM – perhaps my the tool I use the most. I’ve been using VIM for writing everything from HyperLists and notes to e-mails, short stories and books since around 2001. It’s a fantstic text editor. But it lacks a good package manager for add-ons
But then I found Vizardry. Using Pathogen as a base to install extensions, Vizardry will let you search for add-ons, install it with a breeze and remove it just as easily. If you’re a VIM user, this is a must. Go get it! You will thank me🙂
Here’s a rare opportunity for software developers, innovators, sysadmins, geeks: Join in the creation of a true “innovation garage”. I have taken on the task of creating a subsidiary for a client of mine. The “Dualog Innovation Garage” will spearhead the company’s innovations thrust in the maritime industry. Here’s a short intro:
Dualog (dualog.com) is a Norwegian based company with offices in the UK, Denmark and Singapore. Dualog delivers software to optimize onboard Internet under narrow bandwidth conditions in addition to other functionality for crew, management and ship owners. The company is financially very solid and is gearing up for new innovations in accordance with their tag line “Innovations at sea delivered with passion.” The task at hand is to build an “innovation garage” with 4 world class developers willing to move above the Arctic circle (Tromsø), go crazy with innovation and shock the maritime world. Anything goes in terms of new ideas, new technology and new ways of working – as long as it helps the company make waves and expand by amazing their customers.
It would be a dream job for any die hard or playful geek. It would mean doing what you really love. Not dragging your feet to work every day but instead feeling that inner urge and excitement when you get up in the morning. You would be living your passion. A bit like my earlier blog post, titled “Xtreme“.
You can be old or young, a rookie or a seasoned veteran, shy or outgoing. But you have passion and something unique to offer. You make stuff happen.
Interested? Send an e-mail to Geir Isene (email@example.com)
This needs wider recognition:
“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.”
From Gall’s Law on Wikipedia.
Thanks to Geir & Jonas @ Telemark Fylkeskommune for bringing this law to my attention.
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) won its battle for mainstream acceptance many years ago. Now it’s everywhere. It’s running the Internet and providing the foundation for software giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple. People are using FOSS like never before with Wikipedia being the biggest knowledge base in human history, Linux enjoying 83% market share on smartphones and 98.8% of the World’s supercomputers, Ubuntu users counting one billion, large corporations opting for FOSS, etc.
The next surge will come from security. There will be a backlash from politicians’ craving for a more controlled society. There is a continual push for invading the privacy of ordinary citizens by hollowing the security of software. The UK, China and the US are leading the assault on privacy by trying to make it mandatory for vendors to build backdoors into their encrypted software. This would mean that anyone using Unfree and Closed Source Software will be running software that is insecure by design. Enough awareness about this security threat will push companies in the direction of FOSS. And the ordinary citizen will follow.
Because – with FOSS, there is no vendor to strong-arm and bully into submission, and any backdoor will be open for all to see.