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The Codec (Non)Delima

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

I visit LXer, linux.com, and linux.org on a regular basis as well as the blog of helios.  I get some the best insight into news and updates pertaining to FOSS.  Today, I want to address the concerns of this blog post here.  They are legitimate.  After all, why should people be punished for trying to promote their product as an alternative to their competitor, especially since said competitor has been accused of using extortionist tactics?

The Boycott Novell’s own Roy Schestowitz has asked why Red Hat needs to be buying codec licenses from Microsoft.  Good question.  However, this is not a real delima, because there are already existing codecs that can be used: Vorbis and Theora.  The main issue right now is to getting these codecs and others more widely adopted.  Having Matroska as a container format wouldn’t be a bad idea either.  There are plenty of users of operating systems that utilize the Linux kernel or a BSD-based kernel.  How many of them are using iPods due to popularity?  How many would purchase a device to play OGG files or Matroska files if the device had more capacity, better connectivity options, and was cheaper?  That’s what needs to happen: Use of said codecs and multimedia containers in addition to devices that support the aforementioned.

So what if the devices in question don’t exist?  Make them of course, and no, there is nothing wrong with marketing and selling said devices, especially since said technology is available on multiple platforms anyway.  The issue isn’t the codecs: it’s how to use the ones that are already available in an effective manner.

If you use Vista or XP you should read this!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

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An Expansion of the Previous Post.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

I’d like to expand on the previous post that I made.  Justin and I had a back and forth e-mail discussion.  MySpace came up in the discussion, and I informed him that I was…. let’s just say leery of MySpace, because it is owned by NewsCorp.  Not only that, there has been censorship going on pertaining to certain… let’s just say “socially unacceptable topics.”

However, after that, he pointed out that there was going to always be things that he and I would disagree on with other people and groups.  He suggested that I not shut others out, which is understandable.  I see him getting shut out by those who do not understand the path that he has chosen to live, and I have a personal problem with people who are supposedly open minded doing the same garbage that other tyrannical religious groups in the past have done in order to force people into living their way.  A dangerous precedent is being set in my view in which any form of Christianity is seen as the plague and must be purged from this planet.  Since there was one bad experience or two or three, all Christians must therefore be bad and be destroyed.  How is that any different than the Catholic Church telling women what they can and can not do with their lives?  News Flash: It isn’t!

Now before anyone makes any assumptions about me and whatever faith I have, a misconception needs to be cleared up in advance: I’m not a Christian.  Read that again.  I am not a Christian.  It was my choice earlier in my life, and it upsets me that there are others out there who want to stomp on people who make the choices to live as a Protestant, a Lutheran, a Catholic, a Jew, a Muslim, Wiccan, or any other faith not listed here.  It’s the same reason why I don’t own any guns but I agree with the 2nd Amendment.  You see, I made that choice, so what right do I have to take that choice away from others?  I don’t.   For those who are curious, I am a Discordian (and yes, I eat a hotdog every Friday).  Look it up!

Being open and free is a two way street.  That’s how it works.  If one side is open minded, and the other side is only “open minded” (meaning that as long as it doesn’t involve one group… and it can apply to those who are not Christian per se or Jewish or Muslim for that matter).  Look, I understand that there were those who were persecuted for their faith/spirituality not matching the majority community which just happened to be Christian.  I get it.  I feel that pain, but why must you turn around and persecute the ones who had nothing to do with contributing to your suffering in the first place?  Why must you remain bitter for the rest of your life?  Why?  I’m not Christian, and I’m not bitter about it.

So for those who are promoting FOSS, there is one important lesson: Don’t shut others out, even if they do not always do things you agree with.  It will only cause your movement and ideals to fail in the end.  And fail miserably indeed.  When I grew up in the 8th Grade in Leeton, I was scorned for declaring I was not a Christian.  By my sophomore year in high school, everyone else figured out that I was no threat to their way of life and they left me alone.

Justin and I will be coming up with new methods of promotion for THE *NIXED REPORT and other things that we do.  Get prepared everyone, for things are going to get interesting….

A Confession of Sorts and Why Elitism is Never a Good Thing

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

So I am now doing this thing where I am writing about FOSS and I’m loving it.  I have changed so much over the years, and I like it.  It feels like only yesterday since I tried Mandrake 8 and found out that I just wasn’t ready to go away from Windows.  I acted like such a know-it-all though and I was often chewed out for talking down to people, especially my own sister.  This brings me to today’s topic: Elitism.

It’s quite a simple concept: acting like you’re above everyone else for whatever reason.  I’ve run into this once earlier this year, and I was irritated to no end.  The individual in question accused others of telling the entire community what to do, yet they didn’t like how some distributions of Operating Systems that utilize the Linux kernel were apparently easy for Windows migrants.  Because Ubuntu was not geeky enough for them, they had a problem with it.  One person had it right when they accused him of being an elitist in my opinion.  So why do I have such a problem with those who act elite, and openly say they are a computer god?  You see, I once had the same problem myself.

I won’t pretend that I have completely overcome that personal flaw of mine.  It resurfaces from time to time.  The problem of elitism, or acting like you are above everyone else and they must revere you as an authority no matter what, or something to that effect, is that such behavior can drive everyone else away from FOSS itself.  When talking about the terminal window or terminal itself or bash, you will begin to lose a beginner user of systems that run the Linux kernel as their eyes glaze over in confusion.

You see, a lot of people do not care about Freedoms 0-3.  They don’t.  They simply want something that works.  Period.  End of subject.  Sure, they can appreciate freedom after the fact, especially when they realize that they can copy and pass around CD’s that they have made copies of without being a software pirate.  Do you see where I’m going with this yet?

If we are going to talk about spreading the word of FOSS, we can’t continually talk down to other people, not even fellow colleagues or those who agree with  the use of FOSS.  Also, we can not dictate to one another what is and is not appropriate methods of promotion.  We all have our ways of promoting things, and if one does not suit you, there are always others.  You can create your own too.  So please, enough of the elitism already.  We’re all in this together.  Let’s help one another instead of hurt one another.

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 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

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.

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.