Bits of Freedom
Bits of Freedom

Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.

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Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.


IRC cloaks on Freenode available

If you're a Freenode user, and an FSFE fellow or volunteer, perhaps regularly a part of our #fsfe channel, you now have the option of getting an FSFE-affiliated cloak. For those of you who don't know, an IRC cloak is a replacement for your IP number or domain name when people query your name on IRC, so instead of showing up as "jonas at 1…

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Re-evaluating nuclear power

Some time ago I participated in a campaign workshop with the FSFE. One of the people holding the workshop admitted to previously having been arrested for demonstrating against nuclear power by climbing a nuclear power plant. It's interesting that regardless of your political affiliation: communist, socialism, capitalist, libertarian, you…

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St. Olaf's GNU

Over the past close to 20 years, I've spoken to, and interviewed, many hackers from the free software movements' early days. One of my pet projects, which I'm gathering more data for at the moment, is writing a book tentatively called "Untold stories & unsung heroes". Here's a draft excerpt of one of those stories. Do you want to read…

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The woes of WebVTT

Now this is a story all about how My life got flipped-turned upside down And I'd like to take a minute Just sit right there I'll tell you how I came to know the woes of Web-VTT. It started with the FSFE's 15th birthday, for which we produced an awesome video. The FSFE has a truly amazing translators team (which you can and sh…

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Where will the FSFE be next?

On the 19th of July, the FSFE had its first ever Event Coordination Meeting. As a volunteer organisation, the FSFE participate at more conferences than even I know about. Just last year, we were at FOSDEM (Belgium), T-Dose (Netherlands), FiFFkon (Germany), RMLL/LSM (France), Veganmania (Austria), Euskal Encounter (Spain), 32C3 (Germany),…

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It was the summer of 2016

Today was the first day back at work after a longer summer vacation, most of which I spent mixing concrete, or so it feels. In practice, it was just about two cubic meters (70 cubic feet) of concrete spread over a two day build and most of the remainder of the work came from the immediate results thereof. I thought I'd share some photos,…

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FSFE's Event Coordination Meeting

on the 19th of July, I welcome your participation in an upcoming Event Coordination Meeting, intended for those of us who're either supporting the FSFE's event participation or representing the FSFE at various events. If you're a Fellow or volunteer of the FSFE interested in participating at an event to represent the organisation, or just…

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Working with volunteers

Executive Director's log, star date -655811 Recent discussions led me to research and think a bit about the topic of working with volunteers, an area I also touched upon recently while talking to fellows of the Shuttleworth Foundation. For the FSFE, the concern I have is our ability to give our volunteers the environment they need in whic…

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