Tinkering with Perl is a hobby.
I can't believe that I didn't learn this language in school.
Go to this site, get the software and learn it! Perl is the
"Swiss Army Chainsaw" of scripting languages.
I enjoy just about anything related to Electrical engineering or
computer science. That's why VHDL
and Verilog are such cool things.
I'm currently writing software at work which utilizes the latest
dialect of Verilog, Verilog-2000. I just wish there
was a good (free) VHDL/Verilog simulators that would compile under
Automating stuff is cool--whether it be software at home or at work,
automation is always fun (will be broken until Edwin get the pages back on
I've got some X10 devices to control outlets, etc. but just haven't had
the time yet to tinker with it. Story of my life.
Anything having to do with FreeBSD
keeps me entertained on a daily basis (just ask my wife :). I was an
early zealot of OS/2, but alas after
4 years of IBM's less-than-successful management of OS/2 (a product
technically better than all MS products ever introduced) I fell from the
ranks of the supporters. FreeBSD and
Linux share quite a bit in common.
They're both absolutely free, they both do a great job, and they
both give you UNIX on your desktop. I don't particularly care for
Linux because of the hype it receives. I also cut my teeth on SunOS
boxes at school so FreeBSD just feels more "natural" to me. I also had
to deal with Minix--the predecessor to Linux--so I think that left
Building electronic gadgets is a form of strange meditation. Though I've
done much less of this since graduating from the
EE dept. of
In school I had a hand in the following gEEky sort of projects.
In addition to programming in Perl, I enjoy programming in just about
any language. I'm even finding Emacs Lisp understandable which is a
spectacle in itself!
I was a double major in EE and CS at NMT and while roughing my way through this overly complex degree, I got to write quite a few pieces of interesting software. This is a small list of the things I had my hands in.
johnjen at reynoldsnet.org
Last modified: Sun Dec 7th, 2003