I’ve been associated with two different Linux kernel drivers over the years.
The driver for the 3Com 3c505 ethernet card was started by me in 1996, and was completed by Andrew Tridgell (fellow Australian of Samba fame). This code last appeared in kernel version 2.4.37.
I was also part of the team that worked on the IxJ driver for the QuickNet telephony card in 1999. That code also disappeared after kernel version 2.4.37.
Nenscript is a clone of the proprietary enscript program from Adobe Systems. For those who have never used enscript, it is a pretty printer and paginator that accepts raw text and outputs PostScript complete with headers, footers, and other useful ornaments.
nenscript was written by me over a period of several months in 1992 whilst I was working at Computer Sciences of Australia as a contractor. The development team I was with was making heavy use of enscript, but that product did not make the jump from the old Sun 3 to new Sun 4 boxes that were being phased in.
After writing it, I saw that several people had a similar problem. So I convinced my manager that this would be a Good Thing to release this as open source.
I have two 3D printers.
One is a generic Prusa I3 clone similar to this:
The other is a clone of the Wan-Hao Duplicator sold in Australia by the Aldi supermarket chain as the CocoonCreate:
One of the first Open Source projects I ever created is called nenscript. After it was released into the wild in late 1992, the email address I used for the README file disappeared, and I forgot all about it.
Thus, I was very surprised to find that it still lives on!
This appears to be the canonical page for the code, there is a Gnu-Win32 package, and it is still available as part of the BSD FreshPorts repo. There is also a GitHub repo
I think I will let them know I am still around
After a long absence, I’ve decided to restart my blog.
Mostly, it will have interesting posts or references to projects I am working on. From time to time, it may contain some non-technical content.
Let’s see where it goes.