Who are you? What do you?
I'm a 19 year old Perl hacker slash college student. I'm a Computer Science major at SUNYIT in Utica. To be truthful, I'm not a very good student; I spent my study hours teaching myself Perl and UNIX.
As for my personal life, I live one boat ride away from Manhattan, so when I do have time home it's pretty hectic. Being upstate for college is so ... quaint, compared to living in the big city.
I'm not really working on any large projects, but I am in the midst of working on a very lightweight an elegant blog software; the goal is to have one page (index.pl), one RSS feed (feed.rss) and one template file (template.html), and combine them all into a fully-functional blog. Then hopefully after that project is done I'll have the time to run my Sysadmin blog -- I plan on publicising a lot of the random hacks I make at work. For example, I just spent the last two days working on a daemon that uses Net::DBus to automatically log a user out when a preset idle time is reached.
Smaller Computers, More Powerful Computers, or Cheaper Computers?
Smaller, generally. I like saving money, and I love netbooks. As I always say, the speed of the computer is up to the knowledge of the user installing the software on it. My EeePC 901 running Debian GNU/Linux runs as fast as most "modern" computers running Windows Vista.
Lets talk about technology: What kind of technology do you use, and what's the coolest thing that technology enables for you? What about your technology do you find frustrating?
I love the freedom of expression technology brings. Being universal, it's hard to apply country-wide laws to internet use which opens up a whole new realm of free speech for those who previously haven't had it. But PERSONALLY, I just enjoy tinkering, learning and achieving goals. Nothing feels as good as finally finishing that program you've been working on for the last week.
What I find frustrating is the amount of outdated documentation you run into. The reason I spent so long on my Net::DBus script is because the docs I was using were outdated. Thankfully buu on #perl pointed me to Net::DBus::Dumper, and I figured everything out myself.
Favorite Linux/UNIX Command (whatever, as long as it fits on one line.)?
vi, of course :]
Or if you mean a singular shell command, it's probably between perl, sed and awk. Those three programs have saved me countless hours of file editing.
The single scariest thing about the future?
Hmm ... Considering I don't browse the web too much, I'd have to go with http://latfh.com/. The laughs never stop coming.
What do you think is going to be the most important event of the next 10 years?
This one's hard to say. I think it can be one of three things;
- The development of high-functioning AI
- Using computers to replace non-functioning human senses (eyesight, smell, etc)
- Apple publicly announcing that their computers are overpriced
One thing that you wish you could learn?
French. For some reason I can't seem to wrap my brain around spoken language.
Emacs vs. Vi
vi, of course :]
I mean, don't get me wrong; Emacs is a great operating system, but it's lacking a good text editor.
Where can we find more about you/your projects?
Currently I don't have a site setup, but when I do it will be at any of these locations:
Or you can just follow me on [Identica, @pobega](http://www.identi.ca/pobega/)