Archive for September, 2007

STOP RIGHT THERE! WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

When a response to such a pointed question is, “Nobody, really.” it tends to irritate the one who is asking the question.  I have looked at this blog from time to time and even commented there.  This is an individual who would rather not have FOSS advertised as he apparently views it as selling out.  The problem though is simple: the GPL does allow a person to sell the software itself.  Contrary to popular belief, one can put software on a CD, sell it for $19.95 (or whatever price suits the seller), and allow users to have it as long as they are allowed to run the software on as many computers as they want, make as many copies as they want (on distribution media such as CD’s), and examine/alter the source code of the software.  If the CD doesn’t come with the source code, then the business in question must provide a method of obtaining said source, even by offering to give them a CD for the cost of shipping and production.

For those who do not know, Penguin Pete is a…. “controversial” figure (let’s just leave it at that for now).  In his latest post, one of the paragraphs that caught my eye reads as follows:

Honestly, every time I read somebody ranting about “Linux needs to do this, Linux needs to do that…” I always think, “Who asked you to draw up an agenda?” Linux may not make a pile of money… but it touches hearts.

And who are you to decide who can and can not make an agenda of any sorts concerning this POSIX compliant kernel?  I have news for you, Peter: You are not the boss of anyone.  If you want something to remain geekish, that’s fine.  It’s your right, and in fact, you can set things up for geekiness all you want.  What you have caters to power users such as yourself.  However, other people want a system that just plain works.  As someone who does the common tasks of typing documents, surfing the net, reading e-mail, and listening to and watching multimedia, I can understand things from an everyday user’s point of view.

What’s wrong with advertising the fact that there are alternatives to Microsoft’s platform and group of “solutions?”  The beauty about the whole thing is that Linux is not the brand!  Check out Nimblex for example: They allow people to create customized distros for their own organization/group/business/whatever.

So whenever anyone shows ambition towards the promotion of FOSS, you’ll have a problem with that?  Allow me to pause just a second and relate a story to everyone else.

When she went to college, my sister got a PowerBook G4.  Since I was mainly running things that weren’t PowerPC-based, she had something to herself.  Whenever I tried to use her PowerBook, she’d get upset with me.  I was interfering with the only thing at the time that she could claim as hers and hers alone.  When she got into computer programming in high school, I decided to give it a shot.  When she took a desktop publishing class, guess what I also did later in high school myself?  I took the same class (with newer computers that ran Windows 98 along with MS Publisher).  This was all before I found myself ready to run the alternatives to Windows.  I had Mandrake 8.2, but….. I just wasn’t ready for it.

The whole point of it all was that everything my sister did I was trying to imitate.  So the question is this: Is it possible that there are those out there who want their geeky OS to remain such?  Could it be that they see their system and applications as theirs and theirs alone and that anyone who has the gall to set things up to where anybody could give it a try threatens said ownership and elicits snide remarks and very questionable accusations?   Is it elitism?  A need to feel superior to other people?

Remember folks.  The GPL itself does not forbid the selling of anything.  It prevents people from turning licensed software into proprietary software.  So for example, gnucash can be sold on a CD, but people must be allowed to share it with other people as well as look at the source code and alter it to their liking.  If one is truly willing to share, then they must follow the Hacker Ethic and do so.  Many true hackers have no problem with sharing information, especially the type that can better a person’s life.

So are individuals such as Peter simply selfish and are not willing to share the functionality *nixed systems have?  The main response to the quoted question here is this: Who died and made you god?

Microsoft’s Religion

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Yes thats right Microsoft has a religion. A belief that if everyone believed in Microsoft and standardized the world to their standards of DRM and business principles the world would be a better place for us all. It all starts here with Bill Gates himself. Following Bill Gates statement we find several references to a Microsoft Religion.

“To me, the most critical thing in the hobby market right now is the lack of good software courses, books and software itself. Without good software and an owner who understands programming, a hobby computer is wasted. Will quality software be written for the hobby market? … The fact is, no one besides us has invested a lot of money in hobby software. We have written 6800 BASIC, and are writing 8080 APL and 6800 APL…” (translation because we invest more money than anyone else into software it has to be better and any other software is a waste.)

“To them there is only one true religion — Microsoft and NT. They’ve been drinking the poison punch — which is their problem. But then they hypocritically run around and call everyone else zealots.

Zealot: A fanatically committed person. A person marked or motivated by an extreme, unreasoning enthusiasm for a cause. Blind faith in a point of view, and an unwillingness to consider or concede to alternatives.

So who is more the zealot? The person that is fighting for more choice, or the person who is fighting to eliminate it?”

found at http://www.mackido.com/Thought/Zealot.html

“I’ve been reading Scoble since I arrived at the blogsphere, mostly as a news source: A human filter who filters the news so that it might not alter my faith in Microsoft Religion, add some opinions of his own, and boldly debunk some of the facts that could make the heretics lure out the faithful.” found at http://blog.yuvisense.net/2006/12/30/statbot-analysis-of-scobleizercom-%E2%80%93-part-0-general-statistics/

Ross noted that people have placed their faith in Microsoft Windows.” found at http://www.welchco.com/sd/08/00101/02/95/09/15/123020.HTM

Here is a good one http://blogs.geekdojo.net/richard/archive/2005/05/31/8434.aspx

“Microsoft Zealots would support you, but…

Microsoft Zealots would support you, but they are too busy rebooting, reloading, and reformatting.

Atleast I seem to be. I deleted a couple icons from my start menu and now I have lost rights to most of my control panel options. OS X doesn’t seem to do this. Not saying that Apple has a superior OS, just that their OS doesn’t appear to have this problem.” from ZDNET http://talkback.zdnet.com/5208-11408-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=34846&messageID=640933&start=0 

 “Re: “the Microsoft zealots”

IMO, based on 15+ in the I.T. world, most corporate “Microsoft zealots” are not people that truly love Microsoft. They are people who know very little about anything else. Their evangelism of Microsoft is more a case of personal survival than a belief that a MS product is the best choice for a particular project. On the other hand, there are few Mac/Linux fans that aren’t already very familiar with MS.

There’s nothing wrong with being a fan of a particular type of software as long as you give priority to the needs of your customers (even if they are the users in your company).

If you do, then you will find yourself using Linux, Macs, and/or Windows, if you select best in class for your projects.”

From ZDnet http://talkback.zdnet.com/5208-9590-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=9500&messageID=189199&start=-9577 

This reminds me of a fictional race of people known as the borg. They had faith that resistance to their ways was futile and that they would rule the universe. They were incapable of thinking otherwise. They continued to spread like locusts and forced their will on others. Their blind faith in their accomplishments was in vein. This is similar to the Titanic and other forces at work. Even when Microsoft has their doubts they paint on a smiley face on the outside.

Perhaps Microsoft’s religion is similar to that of the Germans in World War I and II who believed that if any of them who doubted or found fault with the new German ideals would be terminated? In any case a belief that any organization dominating the world will bring peace is a false belief as has been proved threw ought history. Now Microsoft is pushing a global internet company idea.

So there you go chew on that and get back to me.

A Chance to Start the Redemption.

Friday, September 21st, 2007

If you look at the blog, there is one missing post, and for a good reason. What I did lacked professionalism, and I was rightfully slammed for it. Take note to whoever reads this blog: Until further notice, I will no longer submit my own content to LXer.  To any other authors of this blog, present and future, I don’t care if you submit content of your own to them.  It’s your words, not mine.  You should feel free to do whatever you wish with what you write.  I just ask that you not submit any of my content to LXer.  Why? Instead of promoting myself, I need to earn the privilege of being promoted by others. The only way that is going to happen is to start working harder on what I am doing and to stop procrastinating. So, since I did so much damage, why not try to do some good to start making up for it?

First Up, ACCRC!

What is it you ask? ACCRC stands for Alameda County Computer Resource Center. It is an organization that accepts old electronics from computers that they in turn use to make systems for those who are in need of one. That means those old Dell OptiPlex systems have a place to go. Due to recent events, they are now accepting donations via PayPal. With any growing organization, new expenses may arise, especially ones that sneak up in the most unexpected way. So, check these guys out and please, please, please….. Help them out financially by clicking the PayPal button on their site.

Next, Lobby4Linux Has a Shot at Doing Some Real Good!

I mean, even more so than ever!  Imagine walking into a store, and finding disks with distributions of Linux-based Operating Systems to purchase at a nominal fee.  helios is setting up a disk drive of sorts, but they need your help to get it off the ground.  It’s not like he can spend anymore of his money.  Why?  It’s called having a family that will murder you if you reach into their communal wallet one more time……  😉

Their target is $550.   Just go to this site here, and look for the logo shown below.  Note that in order to make sure they get exactly $1 (the idea being to get 1 a month), they added 34 cents to cover the PayPal fee.  So if you want to give more than a buck, just edit it after you hit the donate button.

Lobby4Linux BuckAMonth Logo

 And while you’re at it, check out what helios has to offer on his site.  Helios Solutions is a group that will help other people to install alternatives to Microsoft solutions onto their computers.  He has had some very rave reviews so far.  For those who are a little too scared to install said alternatives on their own, give him a jingle.  He will be able to help you out.  😀

A little news. Microsoft is loosing, FOX News is helping Linux! Tons of new stuff.

Friday, September 21st, 2007

A little news. Microsoft is loosing, FOX News is helping Linux! Tons of new stuff.

Intel open-source project to make Linux better

http://www.computerworlduk.com/green-computing/ENV/VendorWatch

/news/index.cfm?newsid=5278

FOX likes the penguin http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,297501,00.html

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=850&num=1

Microsoft Office? http://scitech.teambio.org/2007/09/19/oh-so-thats-why-

openoffice-isnt-as-good-as-ms-office/

Microsoft ordered to hand over Windows secrets after

losing appeal over record ‘monopoly’ fine

Microsoft sued over WGA spyware allegations in China

I redid my Linux site on www.mindblowingidea.com

Microsoft loses anti-trust appeal

Windows software

Microsoft will have to offer Windows without Media Player

Microsoft reaction

Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro (£343m; $690m) fine imposed by the European Commission

When Passion Screws You Over…

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Update: I went ahead and deleted the offending entry that caused headaches for another person.  I should have stayed out of it in the first place.  Oh well.  I did make a huge error and for that, I am no longer posting submissions to LXer unless it is from another source until further notice.  I took trust that I had and damaged it in a bad way.  Instead of working on this blog and the magazine in addition to the online TV show and podcast like I was supposed to, I wound up trapped in self-promotion mode: A very poor decision on my part.  I need to earn the privilege of being posted on LXer by somebody else.  To Justin Breithaupt and anybody else who may become a future author of this blog: You are free to submit what you write to LXer.  However, please refrain from submitting anything I have written.  I need to take a step back and think about what I have done.  I also need to let others know who are reading that the simple mistakes are obvious, and I beg for you to learn from what I did so you do not make the same errors in judgment.

1.) Do not assume you know what you need to know.  If you are unsure about something, take 5 minutes and take a look at what you don’t understand.

2.) You have freedom of expression.  However, that doesn’t mean turn off your brain.  Turning off the brain is why the threat against the 1st Amendment in America and freedom of expression in various other countries is growing larger.  I didn’t think.

Yes, I have a temper at times, and it does get the best of me. However, I myself have some clarifications.

1.) It was DTSC that was the problem concerning the recycling of computers in California. However, my statements concerning the EPA still stands. It has been muddled for quite some time with bureaucrats and ultimately caused a lot of people in NYC a lot of harm.

2.) The whole point of the last post was not to be creative, but to show how upset I was towards government-run environmental organizations. It does not matter to me if it is Federal or State. Due to useless rules and regulations, otherwise good causes are put in danger.

However, I did make a huge error in judgment and it’s time to admit that I was incorrect. I changed my mind, and have removed the post altogether.  Thanks to azerthoth for yanking my head out of the clouds and back down to earth.  So what’s going to happen from here? A couple of things.

  • A plea to go over to this blog here and help the founder of ACCRC out financially. These wonderful people can definitely use the assistance. Just click the shiny PayPal button. 😉
  • I need more authors for this blog and more people to point out when I am incorrect.  Please, if I get something wrong, point it out to me.  Slap me in the face if you must.  I still have a lot of work to do when I do what I do.  There’s always room for improvement, which needs constructive criticism.  Also, if you are interested in writing for this blog, please let me know.  I’ll be more than happy to make you an author.  😉

The Highly Unreliable Times 19-17-07 Issue 3

Monday, September 17th, 2007

This is the Highly Unreliable Times Issue 3. Click Here TheHighlyUnreliableTimes19-17-07

There is some new and interesting news in this issue as well as my personal blogs. Feel free to comment. Let me know if there is anything you want in the next issue.

Linux Day is Here!

Monday, September 17th, 2007

At long last, I will post about it.  Back in 1991 on this day, Linus Torvalds made the source code of his kernel that he named Linux available for the first time online.  Nearly two decades have passed since the code was simply uploaded for editing and review.  The following is the original e-mail that he sent out:

From: torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Newsgroups: comp.os.minix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Message-ID: <1991Aug25.205708.9541@klaava.Helsinki.FI>
Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT
Organization: University of Helsinki

Hello everybody out there using minix –
I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.

This POSIX compliant kernel silently became more and more popular, and was combined with GNU software and other tools and applications that were also licensed in a similar manner.  I see a lot of change in the wind……

A Request on Behalf of Lobby4Linux.com

Friday, September 14th, 2007

First, I would like to thank Zareason for providing machines for the Komputers4Kids Project. Were it not for you, several kids would have gone without computers to do their assignments with.

Now however, Lobby4Linux needs some assistance once again. You see, there is one critical component to these computers that will make them useless if they are not there. In order to be able to browse the web, send e-mail, write documents, or even play the occasional game, listen to music, or watch videos, one must be able to see what they are doing. They need monitors, for without them, a computer just sits there and does nothing.

For those who are in the general area or close to Austin, Texas, drop helios a line, and he can come personally pick them up. If you can only provide financial assistance, then go to the Lobby4Linux website, and look for the BuckAMonth graphic.  Choose the amount and just hit the donate button.

Now the Real Fun Begins.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

On September 11, 2007, a new site was built and quietly launched: *NIXEDMEDIA!  The site’s focus is simple: Free and Open Source Software and the use/promotion thereof.  So check the site out and please give any thoughts you have.  The e-mail as always is: editor@thenixedreport.com.

Today, September 11 Will Be Remembered for a New Reason!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

I’m going to make this short and sweet. Groups like WeAreChange are very interesting, and some of what they have had to go through in the past couple of days is going to be precisely what you and I and everyone else promoting Free and Open Source Software are going to be facing. From being threatened with authoritative disciplining (in their case, Alex Jones getting arrested due to the FOX News Crew being a bit upset at the signs actually showing up in the background… and it was funny how they tried covering the signs up by moving people to a different point on their little stage… it didn’t work) to having your voice silenced due to corporate influence by the likes of Microsoft (they had to deal with News Corp that day as Chiefs of FNC wanted the loudest of voices Saturday night to be gotten rid of… it still did not work).

I drew the parallel I did for a good reason: To help you understand the obstacles that need to be overcome. The time for debate is over. What needs to happen now is action. Stay tuned to this blog for more details.