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Publisher of goverment information on his daily tech habits

  • 2/13/2008: E1: Carl Malamud created a free online database with more than 1.8 million court rulings.

    PC: Carl Malamud, president of nonprofit Public.Resource.Org, put over 1800 volumes of federal court cases online and free to the general public.

    Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat

Carl Malamud runs Public. Resource.Org, a Sebastopol nonprofit that puts government information on the Internet. In the early 1990s, he ran Internet Talk Radio, the first radio station on the Internet, and soon after helped push the SEC into posting all public filings online. Last year, Public.Resource.Org was responsible for publishing 32.4 million pages of government documents and 588 government films on the Internet.

DailyGeek: What OS do you primarily use?

Malamud: On my desktop and laptop, I use Mac OS X. For utility servers like mail and DNS, we mostly run Ubuntu and for our big boxes we run Solaris. I also use NetBSD and FreeBSD on occasion.

DailyGeek: What search engine do you use?

Malamud: Grep, Spotlight, Google, WAIS and anything else I can find.

DailyGeek: What social network applications do you use?

Malamud: Twitter. Tried some of the other things like Facebook, didn't get it. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you like, though.

DailyGeek: What program(s) do you prefer using for Twitter?

Malamud: Well, now you're getting personal. Look, whatever works for you. I'm not very adventurous. I happen to use TwitterFox and the Web interface and TweetDeck is pretty cool, but this really isn't about Twitter, it is about your e-mail, browser, calendar, and other software on your desktop. It is worth investing some time in trying different applications and figuring out the mix that works for you.

DailyGeek: What is your favorite Open Source software program?


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