July 2000 Archives
Do I expect to get paid for the work I do? The answer, sadly, is no. That's because I choose to be creative and honest, and writing software is even less appreciated an art than being a musician. I could take a job as the CEO or CTO of a slimy dot-com startup and promote non-existent software and bribe reporters for good press coverage. I've had a few offers, but I turn them down with such gusto, the offers have stopped, which is OK with me. I choose to have integrity in the work I do. I also choose to write software. So money has to take a back seat. (She didn't ask if I'd like to get paid, the answer is an enthusiastic yes!)
... two things about Linux: it's small (the entire kernel fits on the back of a poster-sized sheet, albeit in small type) and it's a gripping read. In an effort to trace the philosophy of Linux back to its source, the following is a brief and admiring look at what some would call The Writings of Linus Torvalds: The Hacker Way of Power.
Tapster: It's nice to know that no matter what happens, the torch will be carried on.
Supporting Artists: Napster Asks That You Support These Artists
Last Monday, nobody knew that anything unusual was about to happen. On Tuesday, the Perl 6 project started. On Wednesday, Larry announced it at his "State of the Onion" address at the Perl conference.The influence of Napster has influnced the Perl community as well as the music industry.
Yes, it all really did happen that fast.
...according to Larry, "Jon Orwant ... pointed out that it was going to be useless to invent a new constitution if everyone was just going to say, 'Ho, hum.'" Jon suggested that Perl try to go in a new direction, and do something new and big; he used Napster as an example of a new, big idea.
Against FreeNet, is FreeNet good or bad for society in the long run on Advogato. Like anything new that challenges the established rules new rules will have to be created, rules of society not just government. In the long run FreeNet, and other of kind, will help to improve the world society not hurt. There may just be some growing pains. Remember all the function of a network is to transmit data.
cURL - Client to fetch URLs
is the tool for getting files with URL syntax, supporting FTP://, HTTP://, HTTPS://, GOPHER://, TELNET://, DICT://, FILE:// and LDAP://. Curl supports HTTPS certificates, HTTP POST, HTTP PUT, FTP uploading, HTTP form based upload, proxies, cookies, user password authentication and a busload of other useful tricks.
Winner of the best slashdot comment of the day:
Dual 500MHZ G4 - $3,499 MAC OS X - $500 Apple Cinema Display - $3,999.00 Being able to Kill -9 that fscking crashed quark session - priceless
Beg, Borrow, and Steal: Why Open Source is the only choice
I don't remember who said it first, "good programers write code, great programers steal code".
McCain Authors Web Data Bill would require sites to disclose what will happen to all that personal date collected.
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.
The issue is them being a gatekeeper, a warden, a centralized force coming between me and the artist. A middleman. The net doesn't need middlemen. It doesn't need the overhead, whether financially or logistically. It doesn't need the inefficiency, whether financially or logistically. There's nothing to be gained by allowing entities, whether personal, corporate, or governmental, to "intermediate" our transactions online unless they are performing some service that is useful to both parties, e.g. escrow or brokerage.
This new notion is that we may NOT have to do without. Why should we have to do without having a copy of the Magna Carta in our house? We can have it. Easy. Or the compleat works of Shakespeare? Or Milton? Or Hemingway? Or King? Whoops... we crossed a line there. Why? Because King and his publishing house aren't dead?
Yeah the Kids Are All Right, it's the old farts that have the rotten values and do the irresponsible things.
Microsoft would especially like Netscape to come out without XUL. It is XUL that changes Netscape from a simple browser, into a hardware-independent platform for Internet applications. XUL delivers some of what .Net only promises, and furthermore, it's Open Source XUL may be the biggest threat of all to Microsoft's plans for Internet dominance.
The point ESR and others have made, however, is that the software industry should look at itself as a service industry, not a product industry. The only substantial exception to this is games.
Microsoft Goes Bonkers with .NET
It almost seems as if Microsoft .NET doesn't fill a single customer need, it only fills Microsoft's need to find something for 10,000 programmers to do for the next 10 years. We all know it's been a long time since they've thought of a new word processing feature that anybody needs, so what are all those programmers going to do?
The Phone Call by LadyJane
"I tossed my purse in the far corner and dropped into the swivel seat next to my desk. Running my hands through my loose hair, I pulled it back into a ponytail. I yanked open the side drawer and dug out a rubber band. With my hair tied back, I scooted closer to my desk." Read More...
A list of her storis is up in LadyJane Stories.
i want to be my fabulous self and one day be surprised when someone walks into my life who astonishes me. my own miracle, packaged in flesh and blood, who looks in my eyes and understands with warm equinamity that we are mutually miraculous and together we will take over the world.
"So he started disassembling the program to see how it was protected. But as he was disassembling it, he noticed that the floating point routines were suboptimally coded. So, in true Woz fashion, he wrote a program he called VisiCrook, which patched VisiCalc to eliminate the copy protection, but also to make the math run three times faster."
The sad fact is that there are very few artists for whom any record company will spend millions of dollars. They only do that if they think they have a sure thing, and a sure thing in their eyes is the one that sells the most CDs, not the one who'll do the best at live shows, or the one who will stay popular for the longest. They're in it for the quick buck, not the long haul, and once you're not in vogue anymore, they just drop your contract.
Some of the same issues that face musicians also face OpenSource hackers, now to feed the family.
A profound moment, indeed. Indeed, it is an assault on everything that has stifled the cultural expression of our society. It's an assault on the system that stole every dime The Chambers Brothers ever made while grotesquely enriching Brittany Spears.
Once again Barlow is d'man.
"Its Prohibition, and Napster is a bathub full of gin."
seen on the decentralization list
A new definition:
Stealing is when someone gaining something "owned" by you directly affects your loss of the same thing.
A person does not own something if they are not affected by its "loss".
Is Copyright Dead? Part 1: Let's Think About It
Some costs obviously are unchanged, but others are radically reduced. The key issue is how these changes relate to underlying assumptions behind copyright. Think about it, and check back next time to see what difference the net has made -- in my opinion.
Outlines the history of copyright and the reasons for it's existance.
My current choice: Larswm. Why? because, while it sits right on top of X, it doesn't have all the crap that GUIs normally have. There are two separate problems with the current linux desktop GUIs: 1) performance 2) ease of use
1) X sucks at performance. Someone should make a GL-based X replacement. Don't worry about legacy cards. Anyone using one will still use X for a while, but the future is GL. This would be small, fast as hell becuase of no legacy, and able to do anything apple can do, maybe better.
2) the window manager is not dependent on X for usability except for anti-aliased fonts and nice effects. hey, guess what? larswm is SIMPLE, it is EASY TO LEARN (given some rough edges are gone), and it WORKS. Sure, I would love anti-aliased fonts while browsing or coding, but we don't need widgets and wadgets to do work: simple is better!
(an ironic note: larswm is closer to 'modal' interface of set-top devices than other window mangers, if ya think about it :-)
Developing Gnome Application with Python (Part 1)
So you want to design GUIs engel?
But X cannot live on its own: it needs a Window Manager and a widget toolkit to do anything. More millions of lines of code, layered on top of an already overweight system. GNOME, KDE, even Motif exact a huge performance hit and add further complexity. Worse yet, no one in the Unix community seems to be able to agree on any kind of GUI standard, so you have an explosion of window managers, desktops, file managers, and widget toolkits which are mostly inoperable with each other.
Dealing with the which Window Manger, how to configure, and which widget set to write to is the biggest pain in the butt of Linux/UNIX. So much duplication of effort to achieve the same end result.
Providing Reliable NT Desktop Services by Avoiding NT Server, a good no b.s. what is the best choice.
Web Developer's Journal: Web Site Trends
Black text, whtie backgrounds, defult link colors and apache are the winers.
This Congressional candidate is a breath of fresh air.
Michael Moore strikes again. This has to be one of the best coups he has ever launched. Ficus gets my vote for sure.
They talk inclusion, but on their terms. So the programmers will find ways to include both of them.
Facing a veritable who's who of the music-copyright wars, Chairman Hatch threatened -- in surprisingly direct terms -- to force the music labels and publishers, by legislation, to make their content digitally available for a standard fee if the record business continued to ensnarl e-music with lawsuits. As a capper, Hatch suggested that Congress might even go so far as to offer its own comprehensive definition of ''fair use'' to hasten the arrival of paid digital music -- an action that would have implications far beyond music.
'Legislation is going to have to straighten this out,'' Ulrich told Hatch. ''You're dreaming if you think we can work this out between us. We can't work this out without your involvement.''
''Fair and reasonable licensing needs to take place,'' Hatch flatly told the industry as he closed the hearing. ''We'll be watching closely.''
Tuition-free MIT, how about tuition-free undergraduate university for all?
"There has grown up in the mind of certain groups in this country that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of protecting such a profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have the right to come into court to ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back." Robert Hienlien - Life-Line, 1939.
It is still true now. I do believe that OpenSource is the way to do software, and dropping all Intelectual Property. If that belief means that I no longer have a job writing software so be it. I can get non-programing job.
Strangely, Network Computing is seen as a failed technology which never happened. Well I would argue that it did but we call them PDAs and WAP Cell Phones, and Information Appliances.
In order to design effective small wireless devices, you have to understand people. The devices are by their very nature Modal devices. So you are stuck with a modal design. In order to solve the puzzle you have to figure out which modes will best suit your Users. Screen size has nothing to do with it.
The point here is that a heterogenous set of modal devices used appropriately and designed for how people live will always be better than a single general purpose device.
Found on sabren.com
They say that if you place a frog in a boiling pot of water, it'll jump right out. But if you put the frog in lukewarm water, and only bring it to a boil slowly, the frog will not notice the slow increase in temperature, and will happily let itself be cooked. Why anyone would like to eat a frog is beyond me. However, the metaphor fits.
How happy people become miserable and don't even realise it, one little thing after another leads to a steaming pot of boiled frog.
Canadians spend more time at work doing personal websurfing than Americans, go Canada.
The FTC voted unanimously in a closed session on Friday to seek a preliminary injunction against Toysmart, majority-owned by the Burbank, Calif.-based Walt Disney, to prevent the Web retailer from selling names, addresses and buying habits on thousands of customers who used the site, the Journal said.
What's that, a federal group is trying to make a corporation follow through on it's promises. Go get'm FTC.
This is just sick A Model Employer, a story of doing buisness in China. It is pretty sad when a buisness person wants to Do The Right Thing(TM)but is told not to.
Patently Mythological, debunking some of the myths surounding patents.
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror - I Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident....
nyone expecting to see the elimination of all closed-source software from the commercial market is just as delusional as the people who think open source is a fad that will disappear quicker than a dot-com's VC funding. The two camps will coexist for a very long time, and they should accept that fact as soon as possible.
and the world is not a perfect place but one can hope for a better future.
Imagine you are putting water pumps into a village somewhere in Africa. You have a choice between two products:
A web revival. Yes it is comming. Hopefully this time, the next generation of the web, will be focused on the people.
The Blogging Revolution publishing for the people, what really makes the web so powerful.
"It's not a crime to be smarter than your parents." That's the motto of Bennett Haselton, a 21-year-old former Microsoft programmer who's fighting to keep the Net open and uncensored for everyone under the age of 18. For the past three years, Haselton has been running Peacefire, a grassroots online group that tracks and, more importantly, hacks Internet-filtering programs such as Cyber Patrol and CYBERsitter. "Whenever you have politicians or blocking-software companies promoting the point of view that four-letter words or bare breasts are dangerous to people under 18," Haselton says, "the end result will be more censorship for everybody, including adults."
'perl is my bitch' on shirt for YAPC::Europe
[via perl advocacy list}
Open Idea Project: generating ideas, protecting ideas, distributing ideas.
A Pictorial History fo the "Apple Desktop Interface" 1979 - 2000
Will we ever see a new GUI model?
There is even a SSH client for the Palm OS.
Get some of your X-Men fix over at Mutant Watch, remember Senator Kelly SUCKS!
The BSD License and the GPL: Why we need both, the best comment, BSDand slavery. By losing the freedom of owning a person we all gained the freedom of not being owned. So maybe more comparisons to the eventual economic failure of human slavery as an economic system would also apply to economic system of propierty software. It would make for an intresting analysis by someone skilled in the ways of economics.
Incrediable. Now the same XML file needs specify the app for web, handheld, client server, etc.
The Linux Kernel Book: Blueprints for World Domination
"The KernelBook Project is a collaborative effort of open source and commercial developers to create an architectural guide to the Linux 2.4 kernel. The book-in-progress is available online for peer review and will be published by Macmillan Computer Publishing under the Open Publishing License."
"It's been said that if you work on any program long enough, that program will eventually be able to send electronic mail. It doesn't matter what the original purpose of the program was (if you can still remember)--if you develop it long enough, some day that program will send its first piece of email."
Alzabo is a two-fold program. Its first function is as a data modelling tool. Through either a schema creationinterface or a custom perl program, you can create a set of schema, table, column, etc. objects that represent your data model. Alzabo is also capable of reverse engineering an existing data model.
Its second function is as a RDBMS to object mapping system. Once you have created a schema, you canuse the Alzabo::Runtime::Table and Alzabo::Runtime::Row classes to access its data. These classes offer a low level interface to common operations such as SQL SELECT, INSERT, DELETE, and UPDATEcommands.
osOpinion: Are today's open source-centric web sites just faking it?
Now it would be intresting if slashdot started publishing under the Open Content Liscense.
LinuxFund.org needs projects to fund
"A ceiling of $1,000 per grant will be imposed, but the organization is also donating tape drives, SCSI hard drives, and other equipment to suitable seekers."
An XML-Driven Multi-Form Message BoardLooks intresting.
"Now, our information won't reside under our control. It's empowerment favoring corporations, not consumers/users.
... People! Wake up! Don't you know what excessive power causes? In the first place, it causes corruption! What is stopping content/access providers from spying on your information? The law? How could you possibly enforce the law in case of a crime, if you weren't able to know in the first place if the crime was committed? You already know your privacy is being invaded with targeted ads and the like. Is it time to give up more private information to a service provider?"
Don't forget what happens when service companies go under, like boo.com selling customer information to pay off creditors.
This claims to be the web page of Neal Town Stephenson, the author of Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, and other works.
"Specifications and bureaucracies live forever."
Failed dot-coms may be selling your private information
One glowing reason why industry/self regulation doesn't work in the on-line privacy realm.