There's a free and open source software project I'm very keen to see continue: Libravatar.org - see this: https://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/looking-back-on-starting-libravatar/ Which up-and-coming #FOSS contributor would like to work with a few of us to keep this impressive (surprisingly deep and thorough) project thriving?! I can probably find sponsored #FOSS hosting and technical resources, but I don't have time to take it on myself. Do you?
If you're not one of the 0.001% of the population who truly get Git (I'm not), you should watch this if you want your mind gently bent in (not always) pleasant ways: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ffBJ4sVUb4 If nothing else, this offers an amazing metaphor for how the universe can achieve such amazing complexity, beauty, and depravity from a few simple, remarkably elegant rules (and nothing else) :)
Oops - should be OStatus, not OSocial - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OStatus And other references: fediverse - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fediverse, ActivityPub - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ActivityPub, and Matrix - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrix_(communication_protocol), and, of course Mastodon (on which I'm publishing this post, regardless of where you see it): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software) - if you're curious, join this Mastodon instance: https://mastodon.nzoss.nz - I maintain it here in NZ & https://catalystcloud.nz generously provides sponsored #FOSS cloud hosting.
Did you know #openstreetmaps allows you to download volunteer GPS activity anywhere in the world? This means architects, urban planners, and you can analyse urban behaviour to make better decisions for the built environment! Read more in my latest article here:
Tempted to issue an NZOSS press release recommending that the Gov't adopt a "commission open source software development" approach for all gov't agency software procurement henceforth. Given the string of utter failures (latest is a $100 million project for the DHBs written off - http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/360927/counties-manukau-dhb-with-rotting-buildings-prioritised-millions-for-it-overhaul), it couldn't possibly be worse than the status quo.
The litmus test for gov't putting taxpayer funds into business incentives or subsidies should include "does this only benefit NZers if we assume Trickle Down Economics is valid?" If the answer is yes, kill it immediately.
Just published this new Docker-based Limesurvey howto: https://tech.oeru.org/installing-limesurvey-docker-ubuntu-1604-nginx-and-mariadb
Limesurvey is a superb #FOSS replacement for SurveyMonkey and Google Forms). If you want a mature full-featured solution, to manage your own data/questions & protect both your survey designers' and respondents' privacy, I highly recommend it.
If you're familiar with #Drupal and have never heard of #Grav, then this is what you need to read: https://www.mikecr.it/ramblings/grav-cms-for-drupal-developers/ This old Drupal nerd is both impressed and intrigued... my first Grav projects are already underway.
Google tries to patent something (a) they don’t own (well, that’s not new for Google) and (b) which the creator already released into the public domain. #evilasfuck http://techrights.org/2018/06/10/stop-swpats-google/
Hat tip to @schestowitz.
I /really/ need to add http://n-gate.com to my rss reader because it’s *so good*. This is the best description I’ve ever seen of the Microsoft acquisition of Github.
I'm referring to things like the "Linux subsystem" for Windows - making a closed platform more palatable by adding some open to it, but in the process just entrenching the grip of closed on people. The better approach is to adopt Linux and then, if you absolutely must run nasty old Windows-only software (ask yourself why it's "Windows-only" and whether that's the *real* problem) do it with an emulation layer (WINE) or a VM (use virtualbox).
No matter which social network you're on, following a diverse group of people helps you taking a peek at the other side of your personal filter bubble.
You don't have to agree with everything and everyone, but please, at least try to listen to people and their opinions.
It will help you appreciate your own life, and may just make you a little wiser.
Open just tastes better. We need to be open by default. We should NOT be trying to make close more palatable by sprinkling a little open sauce on it. We should focus on principle: open first, and then, if necessary, spike it sparingly and temporarily with a bit of closed, but keep the preponderance open to make sure you don't capitulate to the dark side (because, apparently, it's easier to do so).
Heh, actually, that's almost like Watching the Detectives, one of my fave Elvis Costello songs to perform...
Watching The Detectorists over dinner. My wife and boys are having sausages... cooked myself a venison Gulasch with Kartoffelknödel... yum. Not pretty, but yum.
Turns out open source is developing serious sex appeal here in New Zealand... https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/104100927/a-view-to-a-kill-making-nz-predator-free-with-an-autonomous-killbot And how can you resist getting involved in a project that's building something called a "cacophonator"?
Microsoft are an open source company just like Donald Trump is a man with a tan.
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