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Is it just me . . .?

November 3, 2007 Leave a comment

A lot of times we see or hear things and wonder whether we’re the only ones who get the peculiarity or irony in what has revealed itself.

Like:

Is it just me, or has Ubuntu 7.10 made a significant number of people hit a proverbial “speed bump” in this latest upgrade? The reason I ask — my “upgrade” resulted in getting only a shell that I had never seen before, and as a result I had to revert to reinstalling the prior version of Xubuntu running on this machine — is because others who had done the upgrade had significant problems with their machines shortly afterward (many of whom, of course, righted their machines after a significant amount of adjustments, but is that how upgrades are supposed to work?). Don’t get me wrong: I like all the flavors of Ubuntu, even Kubuntu, but rather than drinking the Kool-Aid, you have to bring this stuff up when it happens for the good of the distro.

Is it just me, or do the these two people deserve more credit than they’re often given: Pamela Jones of Groklaw, and Ken Starks of HeliOS Solutions (also the blogger known as “helios“)? The former has earned my unwavering respect for doing what those in the both the legal and journalistic professions, by and large, have stopped doing; i.e., stopped doing the right thing in their professions. The latter — who as I’ve blogged in the past I have joined in a business venture — is tireless fighter for FOSS in the face of health issues that would floor the strongest of us.

Is it me, or is blogging, as I perceive it, harder than it looks?

[FSF Associate Member](Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source and Free Software Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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The blog you have reached . . .

October 28, 2007 Leave a comment

. . . is still in service.

A contemporary whom I admire and who will go unnamed (but he knows who he is) admonished me the other day for not updating my blog in a timely manner. Mea maxima culpa.

The thing is: I don’t blog unless I have something to say, however profound or trivial. So there may be days when I don’t post something, as many of you outside my family reading this blog might have noticed. But apparently, that’s not how things work in the blogosphere.

In the blogosphere, apparently, it’s not what you write, it’s how much you write. Of course, that’s why ICANHAZCHEEZBURGER.com is kicking blog butt.

So taking my contemporary’s advice, I am going to blog more often; once a week, twice or three times maybe. Heck, maybe I’ll just write every day. Rather than make profound observations, I’ll just list a grouping of ramblings tied together by the common thread of FOSS.

Like:

Burn Free . . . as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass . . . ahem, er, sorry. I get carried away sometimes. But one of several things that make me burst into song is the availability of FOSS from a free vending machine, a concept being implemented in South Africa and funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation (yeah, that Shttleworth). The Freedom Toaster is a machine that is a “conveniently located, self-contained, computer-based, ‘Bring ‘n Burn’ facility.” The Web page introduction continues: “Like vending machines, preloaded to dispense confectionery (Note: That’s “candy” to North Americans south of Canada and north of Mexico), Freedom Toasters are preloaded to dispense free digital products, including software, photography, music and literature.” Instructions on how to make a Freedom Toaster are also included. Great stuff. Now, who do I know with power tools I can borrow . . . ?

Hail to the Treasurer: After a process that made herding cats seem like an effortless cattle drive, Cabrillo College Linux Users Group (Cabrillo LUG) has finally been established. An organizational meeting was held on Oct. 24, and yours truly was elected treasurer by consensus. Cabrillo College is located in Aptos, Calif., in Santa Cruz County.

Open for business: I mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. HeliOS Solutions West, a division of HeliOS Solutions in Austin, Texas, is up and running in the town of Felton just northeast of Santa Cruz, Calif. It’s located at the Felton Trading Post at 6396 Highway 9, Felton CA 95018. Phone: 831.335.7303.

[FSF Associate Member](Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source and Free Software Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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