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N. Alex Rupp

N. Alex Rupp studies theoretical geometry and classical literature, and writes for a number of tech rags of wide and varied (dis)repute. He is conducting ongoing research in declarative programming. More information on him may be found at


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Author Praises the Die-Hard Spirit of Silicon Valley Culture in Radio Broadcast

Posted by n_alex on October 25, 2003 at 1:49 PM PDT

(the following is an excerpt of Greider's radio broadcast)

The Death of a Titan

Posted by n_alex on October 25, 2003 at 12:17 PM PDT

On January 6th, 2001 I woke up and went to work as normal. It was a cold Friday and I was looking forward to working on a streaming MP3 jukebox server I'd been building with Flash and Java. I had no idea what was going to happen that day.

On Branding and Copyright--Open Source For Entrepreneurs

Posted by n_alex on October 21, 2003 at 6:46 PM PDT

There are two subtle but unique resources in open source which, if acquired and carefully leveraged, can give your business a leg up over some of the big players in the market. One of these resources is control over the copyright of the software. The other is control over the brand.

Apache Geronimo is releasing a "State of the Project" announcement tomorrow.

Posted by n_alex on September 4, 2003 at 8:12 PM PDT

So far, so good.

First of all, traffic on the Geronimo-dev list has been incredible. Literally hundreds of developers have launched themselves into the Geronimo-dev mailing lists. Each week there are nearly five hundred posts to the dev list.

File under "Stupid Idea": A Non-Military Open Source License

Posted by n_alex on August 21, 2003 at 11:59 AM PDT

I'm surprised MadJack got so bent out of shape about my idea for a Non-Military Open Source License . . . and totally missed the point of my entry yesterday. Of course non-military Open Source is a completely stupid and inane idea--which is why I abandoned it long ago. But the thought that it could be done? It was worth looking into at the time.

Total Government Awareness, Software and Ethics

Posted by n_alex on August 20, 2003 at 11:02 AM PDT

Several years ago I was working on a system for modelling and simulating social pressure. The idea was that actions have repercussions and that I could build dynamic ecosystems staffed with characters of differing social power.

Computer Science is Philosophy

Posted by n_alex on August 9, 2003 at 9:51 AM PDT

Logic is the foundation of philosophy. It's also the foundation of Computer Science. I think it's interesting how some in the IT industry try to brand IT as a purely pragmatic field, in that charming American "we don't trust academics" sort of way.