Ean Schuessler

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Ean Schuessler is co-founder of Dallas-based digital media consultancy, Brainfood. He is a long-time participant in the Debian project and collaborated in the creation of the Debian Social Contract which inspired the Open Source Definition[1]. He also served as President of Software in the Public Interest, an umbrella organization that holds property and provides other services for Debian and other Free Software organizations.

Ean has been a critical participant in the Free Java movement from the very beginning. Brainfood released its first commercial Java-based website on Acme.Serve in 1997, before Sun's Jeeves server hit the market. Ean was also an early maintainer of the Debian Kaffe package and currently is active in the Apache OFBiz effort to create a Free Software ERP system.

Ean recently volunteered with Open Source for America, serving as the Chairman of the technical committee. With the help of other committee members they built a sophisticated web based community.

In 2001 and 2002, Ean teamed up with Brainfood alumni Jerry Pommer and Eric Molitor to compete in Battlebots, achieving a ranking of 35 in the middle class weight group.


ean iptables will apparently let you define connection rules on a user id basis. never knew. so cool!
Fri, 2 Sep 2011 11:09:07 -0500
ean http://ping.fm/5OFaj
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:22:01 -0500
ean Whoops! http://ping.fm/03qbq driving-car-crash
Tue, 9 Aug 2011 10:24:12 -0500
ean http://ping.fm/pty6G
Mon, 8 Aug 2011 12:13:14 -0500
ean Stumbled upon... http://ping.fm/f5QMR
Tue, 2 Aug 2011 11:29:56 -0500
ean Varnish is such a great piece of software. Its a pleasure to watch it do its thing.
Wed, 13 Jul 2011 07:25:04 -0500
ean Laundry folding robot at UC Berkeley... http://ping.fm/DVzXu
Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:55:14 -0500
ean as of June 30th Brainfood has been in business for 20 years!
Thu, 7 Jul 2011 05:05:15 -0500
ean on a panel at the texas state bar conference.
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 09:09:31 -0500
ean Very cool. http://ping.fm/cUjku
Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:35:08 -0500
ean Very cool. http://ping.fm/A70xC
Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:35:01 -0500
ean building odt files? handy guide... http://ping.fm/9sjOl
Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:14:04 -0500
ean My friend Salah Boukadoum talking
Mon, 6 Jun 2011 09:56:03 -0500
ean today's portuguese lesson "nao caga nem sai da moita"
Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:38:30 -0500
ean First Debian mirror in Tunisia. http://ping.fm/fYZgd
Wed, 1 Jun 2011 07:56:57 -0500
ean Exquisite Corpse on steroids! http://tzigla.com
Tue, 24 May 2011 01:24:46 -0500
ean .NET for Android? Wacky. http://ping.fm/ZCz8a
Sun, 22 May 2011 01:16:28 -0500
ean Only a matter of time... http://ping.fm/FMcmt
Sun, 22 May 2011 01:15:50 -0500
ean Gad! I mean... really. http://ping.fm/NSvId
Wed, 18 May 2011 12:17:25 -0500
ean Fabrice Bellard is a GOD. http://ping.fm/zpMYf
Wed, 18 May 2011 12:12:09 -0500
ean Hard to believe its this bad with IE. http://ping.fm/ETQjx
Wed, 11 May 2011 11:45:32 -0500
ean Interesting story about Russian stray dogs. http://ping.fm/Dw3ir
Sun, 1 May 2011 10:55:10 -0500
ean Wow, is this irritating. http://ping.fm/YUPG6
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 11:30:47 -0500
ean I thought IBM had bought SuSE... it was Attachmate
Tue, 5 Apr 2011 11:03:04 -0500
ean ironically http://ping.fm/DxOvd
Tue, 5 Apr 2011 10:37:10 -0500
ean Awesome apartment http://ping.fm/Up3z4
Tue, 5 Apr 2011 09:50:31 -0500
ean http://ping.fm/kCTfq
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:06:55 -0600
ean http://ping.fm/SXrrg
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:06:32 -0600
ean wow, etherpad is awesome. I had no idea. http://etherpad.org
Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:17:56 -0600
ean A questionable sort of success: http://ping.fm/c3wBt
Sat, 8 Jan 2011 12:25:28 -0600
ean http://ping.fm/HIvTP
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:46:29 -0600
ean Really cool insect pictures - http://ping.fm/mJGxi
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 11:12:47 -0600
ean Sorry, I mean -this- blew my mind a little bit: http://ping.fm/KxZpA
Sun, 17 Oct 2010 09:16:11 -0500
ean This blew my mind a little bit: http://ping.fm/aGdn0
Sun, 17 Oct 2010 09:12:55 -0500
ean yes! yes! yes! c64web.com
Sat, 25 Sep 2010 12:15:15 -0500
ean this is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time: http://ping.fm/A7FuN
Sat, 25 Sep 2010 12:06:30 -0500
ean can't believe that he's 40! (stings less than expected)
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:33:15 -0500
ean spent both Friday and Saturday night soaking up tunes at the Kessler theatre. What a great scene!
Sun, 1 Aug 2010 01:50:07 -0500
ean passing on a story from Walter on the oil industry's stealth fake cause scam http://ping.fm/0ppoG
Fri, 30 Jul 2010 06:53:56 -0500
ean likes lightning but not when it involves computers.
Tue, 27 Jul 2010 06:21:31 -0500
ean Anyone using OpenNebula for managing cloud services? It sure looks interesting.
Thu, 1 Jul 2010 05:20:40 -0500
ean Ok, do something about *this* today. http://ping.fm/bqJrv #calabocagalvao
Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:43:09 -0500
ean Do something about this today.
Wed, 16 Jun 2010 05:32:37 -0500
ean http://ping.fm/GyJv3
Fri, 14 May 2010 05:29:10 -0500
ean likes Google Chrome. Hype aside, its fast.
Sat, 8 May 2010 07:51:32 -0500
ean http://ping.fm/eXsdh
Tue, 4 May 2010 09:26:24 -0500
ean Satellite images of spreading BP oil slick. http://ping.fm/Zd5gm
Tue, 4 May 2010 09:09:16 -0500
ean has been lazy and didn't upgrade Zimbra5. Now the ClamAV database is out of date. Wah.
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 06:53:29 -0500
ean says hooray for Lady Ada Lovelace!
Wed, 24 Mar 2010 05:42:34 -0500
ean finally figures out that you set the QuickBooks debug level by setting a value with RegEdit. FEH.
Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:10:26 -0500
ean just cooked a pan fried banana blossum with mustard seed, salt and pepper. Bitter and peculiar.
Mon, 15 Mar 2010 09:58:21 -0500
ean http://ping.fm/U6mXn
Sat, 27 Feb 2010 02:39:09 -0600
ean http://ping.fm/FF1pk
Tue, 23 Feb 2010 04:05:46 -0600
ean is discharging terrible and wonderous substances from his sinus cavity. The end, perhaps, in sight?
Sun, 21 Feb 2010 08:04:52 -0600
ean wonders if this could have crashed into that building in Austin... http://ping.fm/JD0lo
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 11:24:45 -0600
ean is resting, resting, resting.
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 10:36:59 -0600
ean is praying that he won't have a cold when he wakes up tomorrow.
Sun, 14 Feb 2010 11:19:47 -0600
ean is very, very irritated with the system intrusion community.
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 10:45:14 -0600
ean whoa! snowtastic!
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 08:49:44 -0600
ean looks with interest at http://ping.fm/J4zut
Wed, 10 Feb 2010 07:43:30 -0600
ean just saw Larry Lessig's talk and have to catch a plane. So long Campus Party!
Fri, 29 Jan 2010 03:59:24 -0600
ean drank so much Guarana and Espresso that he became telepathic... or autistic... hard to tell.
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 07:49:06 -0600
ean Stimulus watch is cool http://ping.fm/QU4I0
Sat, 23 Jan 2010 04:34:17 -0600
ean I demand that you look at this awesome art http://allfinearts.com/
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 07:00:40 -0600

Heading to Campus Party

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 06:30:02 -0600

ean just got his visa straightened out and will be headed to Sao Paulo for Campus Party tomorrow!
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 04:36:42 -0600
ean Anybody investing in vice? http://ping.fm/Axwvc
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:42:53 -0600
ean wakes with almost no hangover into 2010... Yay!
Fri, 1 Jan 2010 12:30:19 -0600
ean New OSFA mini-pitch video looking good... http://ping.fm/g1Wpp
Thu, 24 Dec 2009 12:31:46 -0600
ean alternates between telethon and supertramp
Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:49:00 -0600
ean jams "Rockin' into the Night"
Wed, 9 Dec 2009 08:53:44 -0600
ean finds neat Dallas GIS stuff at http://ping.fm/4oSjF
Sun, 29 Nov 2009 11:53:50 -0600
ean sees what he will eat for breakfast on Friday... http://ping.fm/TMge3
Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:48:37 -0600
ean manipulates postgis tables from qgis, wheeee! (why haven't I played with GIS much before this?)
Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:17:48 -0600
ean says you are dumb if you don't go to see Captured by Robots at the Double Wide tonight.
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 10:18:03 -0600
ean wonders wtf is going on with Santa Rampage this year. Buses, tickets, details... p-leeze?
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:33:46 -0600
ean listens to os mutantes and writes proposals.
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 04:59:00 -0600
ean has had about enough excitement for one day.
Tue, 17 Nov 2009 07:37:38 -0600
ean repeatedly and sweatily presses the "launch" button while giggling madly.
Tue, 17 Nov 2009 03:38:38 -0600
ean is stuck in the burbank airport
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 02:50:12 -0600
ean is slaving like a dog in LA until tomorrow.
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 02:47:45 -0600
ean eats a big bowl of grilled salmon, rice pilaf and green beans.
Tue, 10 Nov 2009 08:03:53 -0600
ean hates, hates, hates sinus infections.
Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:12:30 -0600
ean wonders what tools @mikojava uses to manage his various content delivery streams.
Tue, 3 Nov 2009 08:05:04 -0600
ean Corn Mo interviews David Hanson about Disturbathon, great fun. http://ping.fm/3L4hf
Sun, 1 Nov 2009 11:06:18 -0600
ean learns that CHE stands for Confoederatio Helvetica
Thu, 22 Oct 2009 07:43:19 -0500
ean is glad to be back in Texas.
Fri, 9 Oct 2009 10:35:36 -0500
ean just booked two tickets to New Orleans for Halloween weekend.
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:34:32 -0500
ean is in LA all week, so you LA peeps should give me a call.
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 12:50:57 -0500
ean sees a strange mix of west coast opensource talent and suited wonks at
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 03:07:41 -0500
ean encourages you to vote for his OFBiz SXSW panel: http://ping.fm/Rn5KJ
Thu, 3 Sep 2009 10:19:58 -0500
ean grumbles while converting a .jks keystore to PEM format.
Thu, 3 Sep 2009 01:34:19 -0500
ean is in the Dulles airport and could use some coffee.
Fri, 28 Aug 2009 05:24:58 -0500
ean was just awestruck by the Lincoln Memorial... which is obviously the idea.
Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:31:52 -0500
ean listens to John Williams music from "Far and Away" in front of the Washington Monument
Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:37:43 -0500
ean is walking around the classic DC sights to work off the margarita buzz the Mirth gang laid on him.
Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:07:38 -0500
ean tries to find some lunch in the desolate American/Delta wing of Love Field.
Wed, 26 Aug 2009 03:45:41 -0500
ean is wrestling with an ugly warehouse supplier set up.
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 02:41:19 -0500
ean wonders if time passes for a photon. Is everything happening at the same time for it?
Thu, 20 Aug 2009 05:02:54 -0500
ean would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming number of fine birthday wishes.
Tue, 18 Aug 2009 03:00:12 -0500
ean has a terrible post-birthday party hangover. Thanks to everyone who came by. I had a great time.
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 11:12:02 -0500
ean only saw one meteor last night.
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:56:18 -0500
ean just finished up some poached eggs and toast is back to working on the new back yard bar.
Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:34:58 -0500
ean just resized his mail server's storage volume but forgot to rescan the iscsi LUN size... uh oh.
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 07:01:44 -0500
ean is cooking down some fig and strawberry jam while he waits for his birthday baby brother to show up.
Sun, 26 Jul 2009 07:09:47 -0500
ean had a beautiful but exhausting ride through the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve.
Sat, 18 Jul 2009 06:14:39 -0500
ean giggles at leaked Twitter docs on TechCrunch
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 07:01:51 -0500
ean listens to a great speech by Marissa Mayer at http://ping.fm/mfajn
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 06:47:59 -0500
ean loves his Android HTC Magic.
Fri, 26 Jun 2009 08:43:07 -0500
ean Is now leaving the Facebook developer camp. Might maybe go to the afterparty later.
Fri, 26 Jun 2009 02:27:57 -0500
ean is at the Dallas Facebook camp watching DropIO pimp their warez.
Fri, 26 Jun 2009 01:44:55 -0500
ean waves goodbye to king of pop, prince of freaks, Micheal Jackson.
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 05:21:45 -0500
ean Loves loves loves Nandina curry.
Fri, 19 Jun 2009 09:03:46 -0500
ean tries out some Thunderbird 3 beta 2
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 11:24:20 -0500
ean Is talking with Kim about jacking doublewide into the cybersphere.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 07:07:35 -0500
ean Shows Dariush how to use twitter so that he can help cause political instability in Iran.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:44:36 -0500
ean Is making a diterras style warm bread salad at home... But its just not the same.
Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:02:56 -0500
ean Listens to phillip walker talk about twittering while jason cohen groans in pain.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:46:23 -0500
ean admires the new www.brainfood.com with an associate on the phone.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 04:51:46 -0500
ean wonders what the special at DiTerra's is tonight.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 04:44:58 -0500

A new Brainfood.com

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 06:34:40 -0500

Brainfood gets a new website and there are lots of goodies under the hood.

ean shows his Mom how Social Networks can update the Brainfood site.
Tue, 9 Jun 2009 07:13:23 -0500
ean just got status updates working through ping.fm
Tue, 9 Jun 2009 06:59:47 -0500