Archive for September, 2007

Linux: The first 100 days

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

I haven’t written much about Linux since early June when I made the switch over from Microsoft Windows, which I had been using since the early 1990s. But I thought that after 100 days, I’d write up a summary about how it feels and what I’ve learned.


This Great Movement of Ours: The blog

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

“Tigmoo” is one of those expressions that newcomers to the British labour movement will be unfamiliar with. It’s an acronym for “this great movement of ours” which was one of the most common cliches used by union orators in the past. The term has been revived in all its glorious irony as the name of a new website which unites British union blogs and bloggers.


The autobiography of Joseph Stalin: A novel – by Richard Lourie

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

In his bestselling book “Archangel”, Robert Harris creates an entire modern political thriller around Stalin’s great secret — which is revealed only in the second half of the book. And that incredible secret turns out to be … Stalin had a son!
Um, sorry Robert, but for the those of us who know anything at all about the Soviet dictator, this “revelation” had something of the effect of Dr. Evil’s demand that he be paid one million dollars not to destroy the world. In real life, Stalin had two sons, and a daughter.
Perhaps because of this disappointment, I waited a few years before trying another novel which revolved around Stalin’s great secret.