My Cool Links List

Studies Related

The Technion Home Page

The university where I studied in.

Department of Electrical Engineering

My Department.

The Computer Networks Laboratory

A very cool laboratory where I did my projects and liked to hang out.

Past Workplaces

Smart Link

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

Elpas Electro-optic Systems Ltd.

Cortext Web Design

These are my previous workplaces. Check them out, if you'd like.

Philosophy and Politics

Yahoo's Objectivism Branch

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.

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.

The Neo-Tech Homepage

"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.

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.

Linux and Free Software

The Linux' Homepage

The Israeli Group of Linux Users

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.

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.

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".

The Haifa Linux Club

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.

Tel Aviv Linux Club

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.


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

Advogato - Open-Source Advocacy

A web-site dedicated to open-source advocacy.

Software "Gurus"

Eric S. Raymond

Eric Raymond is the number one Open-Source Guru. On his homepage one can find the seminal The Cathedral and the Bazaar series (which I think any software engineer should read), and other truly enlightening articles.

Joel on Software

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.

Paul Graham

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

David A. Wheeler

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.

Linas Vepstas

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.

Rick Moen

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.

My Friends' Home Pages

Haifa Linux Clubbers

Israeli Perl Mongers

Weblogs I like to read

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 OPML file which contains all the blogs I monitor. What there is here is a smaller list, which would probably go unmaintained eventually.

Favourite Pages for Searching and Locating Resources on the Web

Here's a list of my favourite sites on the web that can direct you to other sites of interest:

Interesting Reference Sites

  • The Internet Movie Database - an on-line database with a lot of film-related information.
  • SingToIt - the largest Internet archive I know of for songs' lyrics.
  • WWWebster - a useful on-line version of Webster's dictionary of the English language.
  • The Linux Documentation Project - documentation on all aspects of the Linux operating system.
  • The Jargon File - a dictionary of computer geeks jargon.
  • Slashdot - a really cool computer-related news page.
  • The Wikipedia - 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!).


Open Source Software

Refer to this link, for a page about my favourite open source.

Non-open-source software

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

  • Microsoft Excel - 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.
  • Corel-Draw - 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 Inkscape.)

MOD Files

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.

Here are some links with software and information about MOD files:


Comic Strips

  • Garfield - a fat Cat with an attitude. (and a stupid owner and some friends) Lots of slapstick and cheap humour.
  • Luann - a comic strip about adolescence. Very funny.
  • Ozy and Millie - 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.
  • User Friendly - a very funny comic strip about an unusual Internet service provider.
  • HelpDex - a funny strip about Linux.
  • Bob the Angry Flower - Jokes about Science, Philosophy, Fiction, etc. I don't always understand the punchline.

Wallpapers and Other Pictures

Various Sites of Interest

  • Presentation Helper - a great site dedicated to the various issues of giving and preparing a presentation.