Intel® Software Network Launches First Blogs

Is Intel opening up? The Intel® Software Network has launched blogs to share our passion and get your opinions on topics as diverse as Web 2.0, Open Source, Mobility and Multi-core. Talk to us, hear us speak, tell us your story, we want to hear from you! We are handing over the torch, to you the software developer; we want to make it easy for you to collaborate, share knowledge, code, help solve problems with other software developers in the communities around Intel platforms. So talk to us. Don't be shy! We are here to help! Read, ponder and chime in.

Who are the ISN bloggers?

Dirk Hohndel

Blogs about Open source, both inside and outside of Intel; the business side of open source; the issues of major companies inside the open source community. Intel is active in open source but doesn't talk much about it in public. While I don't speak for Intel, I believe that Intel needs to participate in the open conversation on these topics, so I figure blogging about them as an individual is a start.

I'm the Chief Linux & Open Source Technologist in the Open Source Technology Center in Intel's Software and Solutions Group. I have been actively involved in a number of project over the past 15 years, most notably I was one of the very first batch of Linux developers and later one of the leaders of XFree86. Prior to joining Intel in 2001 I was the CTO of SuSE and before that the Unix architect of Deutsche Bank.

What are your favorite blogs to read? Difficult to list here; I follow a rather broad set of topics: a bunch of personal blogs of adoptive parents, hacker blogs and journalistic blogs - picking a few that I could provide links to would always create an uneven subset of that.

Dawn Foster

I just started the Trends in Web 2.0 blog on Intel.com / ISN to focus on how the web 2.0 phenomenon is emerging. I plan to talk about the expansion and growth of web 2.0 with a focus on the trends to help explain where web 2.0 is headed over the next few months and years. I will spend some time covering consumer web 2.0 trends, but the focus will most likely be on how we can take what we learn in the consumer market and describe how enterprises can benefit from the web 2.0 ideas.

I am blogging about web 2.0 because I am passionate about it. I see this as a natural extension of my passion for open source software, which relies on a community of individuals contributing code and other content and sharing it freely with others to benefit many people. Web 2.0 is based on a similar idea where a community of users contributes content, and as the community becomes larger the content becomes better as more people add new ideas and correct mistakes. Wikipedia is the classic example of user created content. As an active blogger and active participant in several web 2.0 communities as a "hobby" on evenings and weekends, I was excited to be able to blog about web 2.0 as a part of my Intel job.

Dawn M. Foster currently works at Intel and has more than 10 years of experience in technology and software. Her primary area of expertise is open source software, and she is the author of the Open Culture Blog (opencultureblog.com). She joined Intel in 2000 and has held various positions within the Software and Solutions group focused on enabling software development tools vendors and open source software.

Prior to joining Intel, Dawn worked for a Midwestern manufacturing company where she held positions ranging from Unix system administrator to market researcher for steel mills to e-Business principal. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Kent State University and a master's degree in business administration from Ashland University.

What are your favorite blogs to read?

I read too many blogs to compile in a single list, but here are a few of my favorites:

My top 5:

Steve Fortran

I'm blogging about the Fortran language, its past, present and future. I'll talk about dark corners of the language and features that even long-time programmers might not be familiar with (even if they think they are.) If there are other things I think others might be interested in, I'll write about those too. There will be a quiz later.

Why Fortran? Why not? After all, C.A.R. Hoare once famously said, "I don't know what the programming language of the year 2000 will look like, but I know it will be called Fortran." Seriously, Fortran is the language I've been involved with the most over my career, and is my current job, so I figure it's better to talk about what I know than, say, rhyming schemes in hip-hop or what Paris Hilton is wearing today.

About me. I was born in a log cabin in.. Oh wait, wrong bio. Currently, I am a senior software support engineer in Intel's compiler support team, specializing in Fortran. I joined Intel in 2001 when the Compaq Fortran team was acquired en masse, and I've been struggling with new sets of TLAs ever since. In turn, Compaq acquired DEC in 1999, and I started working for DEC, on the VMS operating system and VAX Fortran run-time library, back in 1978. After stints working on VAX Pascal and VAX Ada, I joined the Fortran team in 1988 and never left. As of this writing, I've been working in the same office for 18 years but for three different companies. I hate to think what I'll find in the bottom of my file cabinet should we ever move out of here. Outside of work, I live with my wife and our seven cats, all adopted from the no-kill cat shelter I run the web site for, and I play trombone (badly) for the Hollis (NH) Town Band.

My favorite blogs? Um, may I have a different question? I can tell you the tech sites I read regularly: Slashdot, The Register and The Inquirer, but none of these are really blogs. I am active in many online community forums, something I've done in one form or the other since the mid-1970s (yes, before the web and before the Internet - Google "PLATO IV".)


Shawn Casey

Blogs about software development and general computer related topics to personalize Intel's software development community. He is a software engineer with background in assembly, C++ optimization and mobility API design/development.

What are your favorite blogs to read?
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