Archive for the ‘Idealism’ Category

Open up for OpenID

March 24, 2008

One up for Michael Arrington:

It’s time for these companies to do what’s right for the users and fully adopt OpenID as relying parties. That doesn’t fit in with their strategy of owning the identity of as many Internet users as possible, but it certainly fits in with the Internet’s very serious need for an open, distributed and secure single log in system (OpenID is all three).

With “these companies” referring to AOL, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!. I couldn’t agree more.

Via Twitter


Larry Lessigs brilliant case for new media

November 22, 2007

I was touched by this plea for common sense in legislation for distribution of digital products and user generated content.

Read more from Mr. Lessig on his weblog

Pushing OOXML

September 15, 2007

Would you expect a technical specification to be human readable? Would you expect it to be even more human readable when it’s an “open” specification?

Now take a look at the picture below, would you consider this pile of paper — being the 6000 pages OOXML spec — human readable?

6000 pages

Someone is in a hurry trying to get a specification ISO certified, without having a correct, accessible specification.

Living a satisfied life

March 11, 2007

Living in the Place you Belong,
with the People you Love,
doing the Right Work,
on Purpose

— Leider and Shapiro in Repacking your bags

Marriage equality

January 21, 2007

Let me take a stand.

If two people love each other, unconditionally. If they want to express that love in promising each other, the world and maybe their God, to stay together and care for each other until death do them part.

Then let them.

Inspired by I drew and Jamie Whyte’s “Crimes against logic”

OLPC: Python for transparency

January 6, 2007

At the end of One Laptop per Childs Human Interface Guidelines / Design Fundamentals:


OLPC also hopes to encourage the children […] to explore the technology under the surface. […] a view source key has been added to the laptop keyboards, providing them with […] the code that enables the activities that they use from day to day.

[…] OLPC has written much of what can be in Python, a scripting language, to enable children to view the source code.

Their SVG page reads this notable development guideline:

Authors of OLPC content should try to use SVG wherever possible. Only use bitmaps such as JPEG or PNG where it is not possible to use SVG.

As a sidenote, their Python page pointed me to Movable Python. This product enables you to run Python programs from your USB memory stick, without installing software on the PC you’re using. Sounds like something I will be using.

Vista content protection costs

January 3, 2007

Peter Gutmann wrote a very long article concerning the impact of the Windows Vista “content protection” specifications. I spent the previous hour reading this article and comprehending its implications. Somehow I had hoped that MSFT had changed. Become more open. But little of that hope is left.

A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection – Peter Gutmann

If Vista turns out to be as limiting – “costly” – for the PC user as stated, then maybe this pain will lead to more users switching to alternative OS’s. It might also drive users to alternative methods of acquiring entertainment, when their legal “premium content” doesn’t show properly or requires expensive hardware.

First found via Reddit, decided it was too long. Refound tonight via Karel Donk.

The Porn Myth

November 28, 2006

Today, real naked women are just bad porn.

the effect [of porn] is not making men into raving beasts. On the contrary: The onslaught of porn is responsible for deadening male libido in relation to real women

From The Porn Myth, an article by Naomi Wolf.

Found on Reddit.

Save the internet: net neutrality

June 13, 2006

save the net
There are corporate voices asking for the right to influence data transmission on the internet. This would mean that providers, or network operators, could interfere with services you use online.

The internet wouldn’t be the internet if there wasn’t a sound response: Save the internet! On this site, all sorts of organisations and individuals unite to fight for network neutrality. Since that’s what it’s all about.

Richard Stallman

May 23, 2006

Richard Stallman in an interview on LinuxInsider

The idea of the free software movement is that software users are morally entitled to four essential freedoms, essential for living as part of a free society where people can cooperate when they wish:

  1. Freedom to run the program, as you wish.
  2. Freedom to study the source code, and change it to do what you wish.
  3. Freedom to make copies and distribute them to others, when you wish.
  4. Freedom to distribute modified versions, when you wish.

Instead of giving priority to freedom and community, the open source philosophy agrees with Microsoft that what matters is making software powerful, reliable and convenient.

People who hold those views have a right to their opinion. I disagree with their opinion, so I vociferously object when people label me or GNU/Linux with the slogan open source.

Anyone committing aggression with software patents deserves bad things to happen