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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Proud to be here

I'm often very proud of the work we do in the FSFE but at no time do I feel as strongly about this as I do during the FOSDEM weekend. While the weekend has yet to start, the FSFE teams have taken to Brussels with a range of activities. For myself, the morning started with a meeting with our colleagues at Openforum Europe followed by what…

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Boomerang for Mutt

If you're anything like me, an overflowing inbox stresses you. When the emails in my inbox start filling more than a screen, I lose focus. This is particularly troubling as I'm also using my inbox as a reminder about issues I need to look at: travel bookings, meetings to be booked, inquiries to be made at the right time, and so on. A lot…

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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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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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