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27 Nov 2001 (updated 28 Nov 2001 at 09:34 UTC) »

observation: current ratings favor software development, rather than free software advocacy, with a bit of our everyone-knows-that-meme culture thrown in for extra bitterness.

I'd like to experiment with more categories/subjects; use trust metrics in conjunction with ontologies. I think I'll make a ZOPE product with pymmetry to add persistence and distributed services over http.

26 Nov 2001 (updated 27 Nov 2001 at 01:22 UTC) »

evil runs scared, but it can never escape

fortunately the real battle is not in the physical plane, but unfortunately we don't seem to be in strong enough agreement as a whole to realize that and act upon it

if society and cultures are to converge with any benefit, greater self-awareness is necessary

turns out Jabber::RPC::HTTPgate isn't for xml-rpc access to Jabber, but carrying xml-rpc data between Jabber servers, piggy-backing on the Jabber protocol

31 Oct 2001 (updated 31 Oct 2001 at 19:21 UTC) »

still trying to connect to Jabber via xml-rpc... this time I'm trying Jabber::RPC::HTTPgate instead of just the http and wcs modules from cvs

oh, yeah, and on Halloween tonight the moon is blue

wow, Webmin is great... I can't believe I hadn't seen that before

Apache Toolbox looks useful, too - but I haven't tried it yet

finally launched the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education's site... it uses ZOPE

31 Aug 2001 (updated 31 Aug 2001 at 03:27 UTC) »

DMCA protest in SF was good, felt useful... I wore my US Patent Office "selling monopoly rights to common sense for over 25 years" shirt, signed by Alan Cox (from ThinkGeek.com, but they don't appear to carry it anymore)

about 150 people or maybe near 200, but spirited – the overall level of issue-awareness seems to have improved in the last few years, but damn it I want to create a recommendation engine! (patented by Amazon) or rather, I'd like to create a lot of recommendation engines, and allow aggregation/syndication between them

resist "cyber crime" legislation in your multitude of local jurisdictions which (further) limits your rights to speak freely and read... the goal is to eliminate or streamline copyright, patent & intellectual property laws, not beef them up!

it is certainly far easier to prevent new legislation than to repeal it and work it out of systems-in-motion

30 Aug 2001 (updated 30 Aug 2001 at 00:58 UTC) »

triage, triage, triage !

simply making it to the 21st century by blind luck is meaningless... and has no bearing on successfully making it over the repeating-epic-tower-of-Babel cusp we find ourselves near; the everlasting balancing battle between convergence & divergence

I'm reading Neal Stephenson...

29 Aug 2001 (updated 29 Aug 2001 at 01:04 UTC) »
He Who Controls the Bootloader explains the MS vs. DOJ case quite well, imho

honestly I am sorry to see BeOS go to Palm for such a miniscule price, and likely cancel or stagnate desktop OS development, but it provides a good illustration of the danger of proprietary software licensing : release code in a way that everyone owns it (GPL), or risk not owning (controlling) it yourself

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