Something is rotten in the Linux Foundation

When I agreed to talk about the management problems at the Linux Foundation to Noam Cohen, the reporter who wrote this story on Linux for the New Yorker, I expected to wait at least a year to see any significant change in the Linux community. Instead, before the story was even published, the Linux projectContinue reading “Something is rotten in the Linux Foundation”

Why I won’t be attending Systems We Love

Systems We Love is a one day event in San Francisco to talk excitedly about systems computing. When I first heard about it, I was thrilled! I love systems so much that I moved from New Mexico to the Bay Area when I was 23 years old purely so that I could talk to moreContinue reading “Why I won’t be attending Systems We Love”

Operating systems war story: How feminism helped me solve one of file systems’ oldest conundrums

Hi, my name is Valerie Aurora, and I am the inventor of a software feature that has prevented billions of unnecessary writes to hard drives, saving energy and making our computers faster. My invention is called “relative atime,” and this is the story of how my feminist approach to computing helped me invent it –Continue reading “Operating systems war story: How feminism helped me solve one of file systems’ oldest conundrums”

Here’s my favorite operating systems war story, what’s yours?

When I was working on my operating systems project in university, I stayed up all night for weeks feverishly rebooting my test machine, hoping that THIS time my interrupt handler changes worked. I survived on a diet of raisin bagels, baby carrots, and Dr Pepper, and only left the computer lab to shower and sleepContinue reading “Here’s my favorite operating systems war story, what’s yours?”

Lifetimes of cryptographic hash functions table updated

I finally got around to updating the Lifetimes of cryptographic hash functions table to be current to 2012. I also licensed it CC-BY-SA. Some time when I’m REALLY bored I’ll include all the references inline, but Wikipedia now has pretty complete coverage of each hash function, including original sources. Here’s the current version.

Ada Lovelace Day: Sandra K. Johnson

There are two ways to answer the question, “Why are there so few famous women scientists and technologists?” One is to point out the obstacles women faced (and still face). For example, Lise Meitner, co-discoverer of nuclear fission, wasn’t allowed to go to graduate school, had to work for free for many years, and wasContinue reading “Ada Lovelace Day: Sandra K. Johnson”

The Ada Initiative launches: promoting women in open technology and culture

As regular readers of this blog will know, I quit my kernel job in January in order to work on women in open source. Today, Mary Gardiner and I are excited to announce the launch of the Ada Initiative, a women in open technology and culture advocacy non-profit. From our press release: Open technology andContinue reading “The Ada Initiative launches: promoting women in open technology and culture”

DARPA contracts vs. dreams

A few years ago, I dreamed that I was walking into a giant underground bunker with a bunch of other scientists. Through crystal-clear dream logic, I immediately understood that I had joined an NSA project to re-implement modern computer hardware and software, starting with individual transistors. In my dream, the NSA was worried about aContinue reading “DARPA contracts vs. dreams”