Hi, I’m George Hilliard. I’m a professional computer engineer with a passion for embedded systems, free software, and Linux. I’m also an amateur photographer, mechanic, and musician.

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What does your handle “thirtythreeforty” mean?

In the science fiction novel Ventus by Karl Schroeder, 3340 is the antagonist artificial intelligence. The book is a wonderful mix of hard science fiction with a medieval setting. I highly recommend it if you are a sci-fi fan.

How do you pronounce your blog’s name?

The official name is “&> /dev/null” after the Unix idiom that throws away output. I tend to say “dev null,” or just “my blog.” You can do what you like. I don’t think there’s a good way to pronounce most Unix gibberish.

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