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Again, it has been awhile.

Today, I had an interview with a company that needed a technical writer who knew Unix. While I could go into the differences between UNIX and GNU/Linux, I would rather focus on what is happening within our community.

We used to be a community. We worked together on projects and we lifted each other up. What happened today was a complete shock to my system.

I have never been a system administrator. It would be a lie to say I had not thought about it. Instead, I spent my time advocating for freedom and coding. Why? I love it. Why else would you do anything? Oh... yeah. For $$

Well, since I had been using Debian all these years, I had a chance today to look back on some of my work. I have created installers and programs, I have ported applications that were only ported for Red Hat to Debian and got these to work. Upon contacting the companies, they told me... we don't care if it works on Debian, only Red Hat.

Before it was commonplace, I was making isos and using cdrecord to burn CDs, showing anyone who would listen how. In fact, I was instrumental in the first installfest in Phoenix. Yes, I have been a part of the community both online and in real life.

Yet today, I felt like a luser, a newb and why?

Because I am not a sys admin and I was applying for a job where I would work with server babysitters.

I believe my expertise is in the mid to high level. However, I was asked questions about things I never use, like /op. (Don't use it because really... it's all about me.)

I have tinkered with SaaS, worked on embedded applications and hardware and the list goes on and on... boring, I know.

The point is that I *thought* we were a community. I *thought* it didn't matter whether one was a programmer or a sys admin or even a n00b.

Haven't these people read Emmett's Welcome Wagon?

Now, I see that there are many opportunists just using Linux for profit.

I have actually de-constructed several programs that use ffmpeg but do not include the GPL. A lot of companies are using our work and not including the GPL. One company that makes a good profit using FFMPEG and does not include the GPL is Articulate. Another is Adaptive.

There are companies that offer a "free" compiler. They do offer the code, but it is so obfuscated, it would be challenging compiling this mess. The product manager laughed as he told me this.

There are so many positives that have come from our community. Unfortunately, I am seeing a lot of negatives. Not anything we have done, but the unintended consequences of our pure vision.

Today is a sad day for me.

Perhaps tomorrow will bring more hope for community. At least I can say that we did have good intentions and made some positive changes. Unfortunately, the businesses and opportunists are dividing our efforts and our community with their labels as:
Power user
Super user

Any insinuation that a programmer is less valuable than a system administrator hurts our community.

Working together is what we did. It's how we succeeded and to see that change, even on a small level is devastating!

Let's get together and work together. That's how we are going to make things happen.

Well, it's been awhile!

I left Microchip a couple of years ago for many reasons, the least not being that my supervisor didn't know what an infinite loop was.

The fact is that the weeks prior to my leaving, I was set to teach a course at the yearly Masters conference on embedded and Linux. This course was cancelled. The reason, I was told that there just wasn't any interest.

At that time I was also working on a distro project aimed at embedded users. This project was scrapped at about the same time the class was cancelled.

Feeling stagnant and feeling that things were not going to change, I left to pursue other options. I don't regret that decision, as much as I did love working in an engineering environment.

I was looking for a job for my sister, who is in finance, so I looked at Microchip and found this post for a Linux Fellow. Ironically, I meet the qualifications. These big companies have no idea what they have. While Microchip was not at all the evil empire that other corporate entities are, they still failed to recognize the talent and skills of their current staff pool...

Microchip is seeking a dynamic open-source leader, speaker and developer to be our Linux Technical Fellow, internally and for the embedded Linux community at large. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for executing the following objectives:

1) Shape the strategy for Microchip to become a respected player in the embedded Linux community.

2) Working with architects, ensure that Microchip devices and software present a world-class solution.

3) Guide the realization of the strategy developed above, staffing and leading a team to do so.

4) Represent Microchip’s growing dominance in the community.

5) Improve and maintain Microchip’s relationship with key Linux influencers.

Key Responsibilities:

•Develop a viable, culturally-appropriate business strategy to make Microchip a vital force in embedded Linux.
•Ensure that Microchip’s silicon devices represent a viable vehicle for embedded Linux.
•Ensure that Microchip’s software offerings appropriately support the Linux eco-system.
•Ensure that Microchip’s Linux offering meets or exceeds the demands of our customer base.
•Represent Microchip to the community when necessary.
•Represent Microchip’s Linux offering to key customers as required.
•Coordinate the embedded Linux message with marketing professionals.
•Attract and build a first-rate development team and lead the realization of the agreed-upon strategy.
•Step in and provide hands-on guidance, including coding, when necessary.

Job Requirements :
•Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field, preferably an advanced degree.
•Proven, demonstrable track record bringing Linux to the embedded world.
•Minimum five (5) years contributing to the open-source, preferably Linux, community.
•Excellent verbal (including public speaking), written, teaching and presentation skills.
•Strong organization skills.
•Strong leadership skills.
•A team-oriented perspective.

Ok, so I just wanted to say something about the RTMPDUMP and Adobe thing.

Adobe claims that "The rtmpdump utility hosted on SourceForge.net (see URL below) can be used to download copyrighted works"

Yea, well guess what... the following items can be used to download copyrighted works:

MS Internet Explorer Firefox Filezilla SFTP Opera Safari


This DMCA book is almost done.

Now... there are a couple of the sections of the DMCA I really don't give a shit about. Can I say:

Yeah, I didn't give a crap about these sections, so if you need the info, screw you.


This book is a real pita.

Today marks the 8th year of my posting journal entries here. Cool.

This DMCA book is really a PITA. I can see why someone would get depressed!

Also, there are too many cases to include. Who am I to choose which cases to include here. My resources are limited and I am running out of steam.

Don Marti came up with an excellent idea. Why not put DRM- Free on products that do not use DRM. I like it.

http://zgp.org/~dmarti/freedom/petitioning-the-wrong- people/

I am twitting.

I admit it. It's a little strange to have people follow me. Everytime one leaves, I feel hurt and abandoned.


At any rate, the twit is DMCANews. I post random DMCA news factoids with links.

It's something to do.

Still trying to finish the book. Argh.

5 Jul 2009 (updated 5 Jul 2009 at 23:03 UTC) »

Not understanding.

So, there was this guy... Joe Juliker, well, that's what the VP called him. His real name is Joe Julicher. I found him to be quite arrogant with regards to GNU/Linux.

Of course, I doubt he knew who I really was, but that is not the point.

When did GNU people start to become arrogant. This guy was more arrogant than RMS or Linus. Maybe... it was a gender bias thing. There is a lot of that going on over at Microchip Technology.

who is Julicher. He's nobody. Well, oh, maybe he's someone at Microchip technology... but that's about it. Maybe he's just one of those people who would be arrogant no matter what...

It's possible.

I just find it amusing that Linus is so humble... John Gilmore - Humble, RMS - humorous... not humble but definitely approachable and honest.

So, why is this one loser arrogant. It really upset me that he purported to be someone important. He's nobody. Why does it still bother me....?

Because I am so sick of these losers... noones... who think they are something, act like jerks.

This is not high school. Even if it were, you would be tantamount to the janitor's assistant. Not that there is anything wrong working with the janitor... but you have no reason to be arrogant about it.

You are really NOT all that. PATENTER!!!!!

Leaving the Evil Empire

Could you keep speaking about a pay cut while a man was having an attack in the audience?

Hypothetically, you are an employee of a semiconductor company or "micro chip" located in in Chandler, AZ.

Ok, let's be real. It was Microchip. Sanghi got up for a communications meeting where he informed employees that there would not only be a 10% pay cut but the raise that the employees were waiting for many months, was not coming. During this announcement, a man began to have an attack. A woman in the audience ran around trying to find help for him.

Did they get security? NO. Did they call the on site nurse? NO. Did they call 911? NO.

Instead, they walked... I repeat WALKED the man out of the meeting during his attack!

This is a serious matter. Did the CEO stop talking...? NO. They were filming, right... There was no explanation, no apology, nothing.

My question is this: How can Microchip employees continue to respect this CEO - Steve Sanghi. Not only do they continue to respect him, some almost worship him. It's a little creepy.

Steve Sanghi should step down and let Steve Drehobol take over. Why Drehobol? Owens can't get pics off a thumb drive or figure out Sharepoint on his own. Ganesh has a big loser of a project that cost millions for naught. Vance is LDS... that's a plus unless you are FEMALE.

Also, I think Canadians with less experience and less education that are being promoted should be sent north.

The funny thing is that in New Product Development, not only are the managers all male, but the Manager and Director are South Africans - from Keeloq. I don't think they can code either. I had a few conversations with one who doesn't seem to understand programming.

I can tell you some sick stories about the gender bias at Microchip but that probably wouldn't surprise you.

However, what may surprise you is the fact that Microchip engineers in New Product can not code. There is maybe 1 or 2 guys from Rose Holman (burke and mike) who can code.

That's right. They CAN NOT CODE. One guy asked me if PHP was difficult. WTF.

Also, more importantly, IMHO they are violating the GPL.

Ask for a copy of the code... see if it compiles...

Microchip ... Ethics = NULL

It has certainly been quite long time since I last wrote.

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