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#include '../template.wml'

<subject "My Cool Links List" />

<h2>Studies Related</h2>

<div class="indent">
<h3><a href="http://www.technion.ac.il/">The Technion Home Page</a></h3>

<p>
The university where I studied in.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.ee.technion.ac.il/">Department of Electrical Engineering</a></h3>

<p>
My Department.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://comnet.technion.ac.il/">The Computer Networks Laboratory</a></h3>

<p>
A very cool laboratory where I did my projects and liked to hang out.
</p>

</div>

<h2>Past Workplaces</h2>

<div class="indent">

<h3><a href="http://www.smlink.com/">Smart Link</a></h3>

<p>
The most recent comapny I worked for an extended period. 
Smart Link developed software-based modems for Windows (and maybe Linux too
by now).
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.elpas.co.il/">Elpas Electro-optic Systems Ltd.</a></h3>
<h3><a href="http://www.cortext.co.il/">Cortext Web Design</a></h3>

<p>
These are my previous workplaces. Check them out, if you'd like.
</p>

</div>

<h2>Philosophy and Politics</h2>

<div class="indent">
<h3><a href="http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/Philosophy/Objectivism/">Yahoo's Objectivism Branch</a></h3>

<p>
I became very interested in Objectivism in the past few years, so I recommend
you take a look. Objectivism is a school of philosphy that deals with politics,
ethics, law, and art. It has a human and freedom centered philosophy,
yet is very strong and uncompromising.
</p>

<p>
The Yahoo branch is a good place to start looking for Objectivist resources
on the web, and there is a lot of introductury material there.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.neo-tech.com/">The Neo-Tech Homepage</a></h3>

<p>
"Neo-Tech" is an extension of Objectivism that I also became familiar with. It has
some substancial additions over Objectivism. For example, it integrates
psychology and business advisory into the philosphy.
</p>

<p>
Neo-Tech is commercial, but the material on the web-site is quite good
to get a thorough understanding. If you are more serious about it, 
you are recommended to order "The Neo-Tech Discovery", the main book of 
Neo-Tech by (snail) mail.
</p>

</div>

<h2>Linux and Free Software</h2>

<div class="indent">
<h3><a href="http://www.linux.org/">The Linux' Homepage</a></h3>
<h3><a href="http://www.iglu.org.il/">The Israeli Group of Linux Users</a></h3>

<p>
I'm very interested in computers. For a long time I knew DOS and Windows were
bad, but could not tell why. When I started working on UNIX, I realized what a
good computing system should be like, and have seen the light.
</p>

<p>
I am still keeping and experiencing with Linux on my home computer. Linux is
a free UNIX-compatible operating system available for PCs and other 
architectures. I recommend it to anyone who wants to experiment with UNIX 
on his computer.
</p>

<p>
The Linux' homepage contains most of the information you'll need to know about
the Linux operating system. I'm also a member of the Israely Group of Linux 
User's Group, which is the local Linux mailing list, community server and 
users' "guild".
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.haifux.org/">The Haifa Linux Club</a></h3>

<p>
The Haifa Linux Club (or Haifux for short) gives lectures on Linux-related 
topics every two weeks, and organizes other events, such as 
"Welcome-to-Linux" sessions, and Installation Parties. I gave a few 
lectures on a myriad of topics there, and enjoy going to listen to the 
other people lecturing.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/telux/">Tel Aviv Linux Club</a></h3>

<p>
The Tel Aviv Linux Club (or Telux for short) is a club in a similar format
to Haifux. Right now, due to the fact that I'm living in Tel Aviv, I tend
to attend its lectures and be more active there, instead of in Haifux. 
</p>

<h3><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hackers-il/">Hackers-IL</a></h3>

<p>
Hackers-IL is a mailing list focused on discussing philosophical computing 
issues and discussing other areas of science.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.advogato.org/">Advogato - Open-Source Advocacy</a></h3>

<p>
A web-site dedicated to open-source advocacy.
</p>

</div>

<h2>Software "Gurus"</h2>
<div class="indent">
<h3><a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a></h3>

<p>
Eric Raymond is the number one Open-Source Guru. On his homepage one can
find the seminal <a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/">The Cathedral and the Bazaar</a> series (which I think any software 
engineer should read), and other truly enlightening articles.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.joelonsoftware.com/">Joel on Software</a></h3>

<p>
Joel Spolsky is an experienced information technology worker who maintains
a site in which he expresses his bold opinions regarding software
management and its distribution. I don't agree with everything he says
there, but some of his articles are very enlightening. He also has a very
funny and amusing style of writing and look on life.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.paulgraham.com/">Paul Graham</a></h3>

<p>
Paul Graham is an experienced programmer in LISP and other languages.
His articles are insightful, interesting and thought-provoking.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.dwheeler.com/">David A. Wheeler</a></h3>

<p>
An open source engineer and consultant. His lines-of-code counter program 
(SLOCCount) is always good for a nice amusement, and his analysis based on it
is much more awe-striking. Has other good articles.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://linas.org/">Linas Vepstas</a></h3>

<p>
His web-site contains pages with a lot of information about RAID in Linux,
CORBA, clusters, bug tracking. Also has some software he wrote, papers on 
software freedom and other oddities.
</p>

<h3><a href="http://www.linuxmafia.com/~rick/">Rick Moen</a></h3>

<p>
Net-geek for hire and Linux Guru extra-ordinaire. Contains more philosophical
than technical information about Linux, but still useful stuff. Includes: why
forking does not happen a lot and is not a threat, and a guide to establishing
a successful Linux User Group.
</p>


</div>

<h2>My Friends' Home Pages</h2>

<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.ida.net/users/housley/">Ken Housley</a> - talked
with him about <a href="$(ROOT)/MathVentures/toggle_squares.html">his 
Toggle-Squares puzzle</a> and later on on BeOS.</li>
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<li><a href="http://alexsh.hectic.net/">Alex Shnitman</a></li>
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<li><a href="http://members.tripod.com/professor_tom/">Tom Holroyd</a> - 
contacted me about my Freecell solver, due to the fact he also wrote one.</li>
<li><a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~fomalhaut/">Michael Keller</a> - 
Games enthusiast and maintainer of 
<a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~fomalhaut/fcfaq.html">the Freecell 
FAQ</a>. He contacted me about my Freecell solver.</li>
<li><a href="http://texasdex.com:1234/adexter/">Andrew (Drew) Dexter</a>
- met him through <a href="http://slashdot.org/">Slashdot</a>. A 
not-too-technical guy who's using Linux because it works better.</li>
<li><a href="http://loxosceles.org/about_me.shtml">Beth Skwarecki</a> - 
"beth" on irc.freenode.org.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.xslf.com/">Shoshannah Forbes</a> - an Israeli 
Open Source/Linux activist. Has plenty of experience in software 
debugging.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.goldshmidt.org/">Oleg Goldshmidt</a> - active in
the Israeli Linux online community.</li>
</ul>



<h3>Haifa Linux Clubbers</h3>

<ul>
<li><a href="http://users.actcom.co.il/~choo/">Guy Keren</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.mulix.org/">Muli Ben-Yehuda</a></li>
<li><a href="http://vipe.technion.ac.il/~orrd/me/">Orr Dunkelman</a></li>
<li><a href="http://nadav.harel.org.il/">Nadav Har'El</a></li>
<li><a href="http://vipe.technion.ac.il/~ladypine/">Orna Agmon</a></li>
</ul>

<h3>Israeli Perl Mongers</h3>

<ul>
<li><a href="http://cs.haifa.ac.il/~shlomo/">Shlomo Yona</a></li>
<li><a href="http://okaye.esmartweb.com/">Offer Kaye</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.szabgab.com/index.html">Gabor Szabo</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.semuel.co.il/">Semuel Vomberg</a></li>
</ul>

<h3>Weblogs I like to read</h3>

<p>
Weblogs are the latest (as of late 2003) craze in the Internet and everybody
and his mother have to have one (me included). I used to be quite a sporadic
in my weblog and news-site reading, until I installed an RSS aggregator,
which fetches RSS feeds for the new entries and allows me to view them. 
This has changed my life and now I can read much more news blog entries, etc. 
without visiting dozens of sites. Here's my 
<a href="./me/rss-feeds.opml">OPML file</a> which contains all the blogs
I monitor. What there is here is a smaller list, which would probably go 
unmaintained eventually.
</p>

<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/~mulix/">Muli Ben-Yehuda's 
LiveJournal</a> - Random bits and pieces, Linux Kernel hacktivity, and 
personal life events.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.advogato.org/person/kilmo/">Orr Dunkelman's Diary
at Advogato</a> - Mostly academic, Haifa Linux Club or Vipe sys admin
stuff.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/~ladypine/">Orna Agmon's LiveJournal</a> - 
mostly personal stuff, literary impressions, etc.</li>
<li><a href="http://use.perl.org/~gabor/journal/">Gabor Szabo's Journal 
at use.perl.org</a> - kept strictly related to his Perl activities. As a result,
it has a high signal-to-noise ratio, but it's not updated often.</li>
</ul>

<h2>Favourite Pages for Searching and Locating Resources on the Web</h2>

<div class="indent">
<p>
Here's a list of my favourite sites on the web that can direct
you to other sites of interest:
</p>

<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.google.com/">Google</a> - a fast and accurate search engine.</li>
<li><a href="http://directory.google.com/">Google Directory</a> - a directory of 
resources. The original is <a href="http://dmoz.org/">DMoz</a>.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.altavista.com/">Altavista</a> - a text-based search
engine in case Google fails.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.alltheweb.com/">AllTheWeb</a> - search for FTP files and
other stuff.</li>
<li><a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~jlutgen/ciroball.html">Index to Free Computers Book Online</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/manual/manual.html">GNU documentation</a> - an excellent online reference for many UNIX (or UNIX-originated) commands and utilities.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.gamelan.com/">Gamelan</a> - A big Java directory</li>
<li><a href="http://freshmeat.net/">Freshmeat</a> - a comprehensive directory of
software for Linux</li>
</ul>
</div>

<h2>Interesting Reference Sites</h2>

<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/">The Internet Movie Database</a> - an on-line
database with a lot of film-related information.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.singtoit.com/">SingToIt</a> - the largest Internet
archive I know of for songs' lyrics.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.m-w.com/dictionary.htm">WWWebster</a> - a useful 
on-line version of Webster's dictionary of the English language.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.linuxdoc.org/">The Linux Documentation Project</a> - 
documentation on all aspects of the Linux operating system.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/">The Jargon File</a> - a dictionary
of computer geeks jargon.</li>
<li><a href="http://slashdot.org/">Slashdot</a> - a really cool computer-related news page.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.wikipedia.org/">The Wikipedia</a> - a world-viewable, 
world-editable encyclopedia that is very comprehensive and getting better
and better all the time. (feel free to contribute something of your own!).
</li>
</ul>

<h2>Software</h2>

<h3><a href="$(ROOT)/open-source/favourite/">Open Source Software</a></h3>

<p>
Refer to this link, for a page about my favourite open source.
</p>

<h3>Non-open-source software</h3>

<p>
Who says all commercial software is bad? Here's some of the 
non-free-as-in-speech software I got to like
</p>

<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/FX010858001033.aspx">Microsoft
Excel</a> - the best Spreadsheet program I've worked with. Excel 95 was nice;
Excel 97 and especially 2000 were buggy as hell and in general hideous. Excel
XP was finally a new decent version. I haven't encountered an open-source
product that's quite up to it, but I'm hopeful something up-to-par with it
will be developed in the future.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=Corel2/Products/Home&amp;pid=1047022690654">Corel-Draw</a> - 
an excellent vector graphics program for Windows (with a lesser Linux 
availability), which is very easy to use and yet very powerful. The only 
limitation I found in it was that it does not (or at least did not) support 
Alpha translucency well. (for a program with this capability, my favourite
is the open-source <a href="http://www.inkscape.org/">Inkscape</a>.)
</li>
</ul>

<define-tag removed_software_1>
<div class="indent">

<p>
Here's a short list of free software which I found to be very useful:
</p>

<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.delorie.com/djgpp">The DJGPP Collection</a> - A collection of many
GNU utilities for DOS, that support Win95's long filenames. Anything from grep,
sed and the Bourne shell to a 32 bit C/C++ compiler.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.perl.com/">Perl</a> - The world's best agile language
(also referred to as "a scripting langauge"), IMO. And my favourite language 
all in all.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.apache.org/">The Apache HTTP server</a> - a portable, secure
and versatile web-server. The most commonly used on the Internet.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.vim.org/">Vim</a> - a good editor.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.gimp.org/">The GIMP</a> - a great image manipulation
program. Mainly for UNIXes but has a not-very-native Windows port 
<a href="http://user.sgic.fi/~tml/gimp/win32/">here</a>.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.kde.org/">KDE - The K Desktop Environment</a> - A nice
graphical desktop for UNIXes. Very usable and professional and can emulate
other popular systems.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.icewm.org/">IceWM</a> - a lightweight window manager and
working environment for UNIX' X environment.</li>
<li><a href="http://developer.kde.org/~sewardj/">Valgrind</a> - a powerful and
open-source memory debugger for Linux x86.</li>
</ul>

</div>
</define-tag>

<h3></h3>
<h3>MOD Files</h3>

<div class="indent">

<p>
MOD Files are music files that are based on recorded instruments, played at
various frequenecies to generate the various notes. MOD files can be played on
every machine that has a digital audio channel, and generate music with up
to 32 simultaenous channels.
</p>

<p>
Here are some links with software and information about MOD files:
</p>

<ul>
<li><a href="http://wuarchive.wustl.edu/aminet/mods/">The Aminet MOD archive</a>
 - (almost) all the MOD files you'll ever want.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.modarchive.com/">MOD Archive</a> - and more.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.lib.ox.ac.uk/internet/news/faq/archive/sound-file-format.mod-faq.part1.html">
The alt.sounds.mods FAQ</a> - a very comprehensive FAQ that answers common
questions about MOD files, and includes links to MOD software and
archives.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.tcp-ip.or.jp/~ebiten/mod/mod-files-links.html">MOD
Resources Index</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.hornet.org/">The Hornet Archive</a> - contains
many MOD players, composers and utilites for the PC.</li>
<li><a href="http://mikmod.raphnet.net/">MikMod</a> - a portable MOD-playing 
library.</li>
</ul>
</div>

<h2>Humour</h2>

<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://friends-cafe.hypermart.net/">The Friends' Cafe</a> - a nice
site about the T.V show.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/3142/friends.htm">Complete "Friends" Page</a> - 
and another one.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://prime-mover.cc.waikato.ac.nz/Bastard.html">The Bastard Operator from Hell</a> -
A really funny story, for those who know about UNIX.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://humorix.org/">Humorix</a> - Linux-related humour items.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.divisiontwo.com/">Divisiontwo Magazine</a> - a great
collection of parodies of the Internet Life. Includes 
<a href="http://www.divisiontwo.com/articles/mcse2.htm">"Windows vs. Linux on
the Server and on the Desktop" by Jorge Lopez, MCSE</a> and 
<a href="http://www.divisiontwo.com/articles/kellysworld.htm">a parody of
bad web pages</a>.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.thingsmygirlfriendandihavearguedabout.com/">Things my
Girlfriend and I have Argued about</a> - a page with some very funny stories.
</li>
</ul>

<h3>Comic Strips</h3>

<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://www.garfield.com/">Garfield</a> - a fat Cat with an
attitude. (and a stupid owner and some friends) Lots of slapstick and
cheap humour.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/luann/">Luann</a> - a comic
strip about adolescence. Very funny.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.ozyandmillie.org/">Ozy and Millie</a> - a comic strip
about two young foxes, along with their fellow company. Very funny
humour, with a nice plot, and lot of Zen-like discussions.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.userfriendly.org/">User Friendly</a> - a very funny comic 
strip about an unusual Internet service provider.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.shanecollinge.com/?section=linux">HelpDex</a> - a funny
strip about Linux.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.angryflower.com/">Bob the Angry Flower</a> - Jokes
about Science, Philosophy, Fiction, etc. I don't always understand
the punchline.
</li>
</ul>

<h2 id="pictures">Wallpapers and Other Pictures</h2>

<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://cerberus.cc/wallpapers/">cerberus.cc's Wallpapers</a> - contains
galeries of Anime, art, cartoons, cities, nature, sports and miscellaneous 
wallpapers.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://digitalart.org/">digital.org - Digital Art</a> - a hub 
for computer graphics with some wonderful pictures.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.owensvalleyhistory.com/pinups3/page42e.html">Cowboys' 
Cowgirl Pinups</a>.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://skins.be/">Skins.be - Female Celebrity and Model 
Wallpapers</a>.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.desktopgirls.com/">Desktop Girls</a> - contains pictures
of beautiful women, often edited with interesting effects.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.sexydesktop.co.uk/">SexyDesktop.co.uk Wallpapers</a> - 
pictures of female celebrities, male celebrities, cars and pictures from 
space.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.wallpaperbase.com/">WallpaperBase.com - Your source for 
free wallpapers</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://user.tninet.se/~wcw454p/drak.html">Pictures of Dragons</a>.
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.geocities.com/sitkatim3/PA1.htm">Photos from Port
Alexander</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://polykarbon.com/gallery/index.htm">Polykarbon's Gallery</a> - 
interesting Manga graphics and sketches.
</li>
</ul>

<h2>Various Sites of Interest</h2>

<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.presentationhelper.co.uk/">Presentation Helper</a> - 
a great site dedicated to the various issues of giving and preparing
a presentation.</li>
</ul>
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