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I just wish I got mistaken for @patricklindner instead. Volksmusik is better than Neoliberal Politics!

 

Everything I know about German Politics comes from mistaken rage mentions for @c_lindner

Sadly it appears that the centrists once again prefer fascists to leftists. Also see "The Iron Law of Institutions"

https://www.dw.com/en/far-right-afd-kingmakers-in-german-state-election/a-52268385

 

@TheCurrent @twinkiejiggles Would love to hear Mr. Blue Sky by ELO. The perfect sunshiney song. It's from Paul in Oakland remembering Julie tonight.

She originally requested it July 26, 2014 from @thewombatt

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrzxz5-dv4abR0FVHQEY92y7EcYuWwCDh

 

Thank you @BillDeVille for the heartfelt dedication of my request this morning on United States of on @TheCurrent

And thank you to Frank Randall of the Sycamores for this song and his kindness.

http://www.sycamores.com/lyrics/red-wing-boots/

 

Ya my flight just landed. What's up in MN?

https://twitter.com/pyry/status/816458480399880192

 

Will be attending the DWeb SF Meetup tonight at @internetarchive Quite the lineup including @ara4n and @bluesky

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dweb-sf-meet-up-january-tickets-88949818301

 

about Nightcore via @RadioK

I think it's the only way I'll want to hear 80s music from now on.

 

Converted my withknown instance from docker to podman. Replaced docker-compose with a pod. Upped Known version. Fedora 31 here I come...

 

Julie

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My wife Julie passed away from breast cancer last month. Today I published her obituary in the Star Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, the Rochester Post Bulletin and at https://julieslife.com/

We knew right away that we completed each other and fell deeper in love for 27 years. She meant everything to me.

Thank you for bearing witness to Julie’s life, for the condolences and for honoring Julie's memory.

 

 

Algedonic Meters? Real time citizen feedback? For Chilean people? Looks like Cyberfolk 2019!

https://twitter.com/cesifoti/status/1188143056878538753

 

Did you know your hard disk is descended from a streetcar? Learn how in "Solid State: Minnesota's High Tech History". Also includes Cray, the Oregon Trail and yes, Internet Gopher.

https://www.tpt.org/solid-state/video/solid-state-minnesotas-high-tech-history-35848/

via @tpt

 

Apple: Introducing Dark Mode for iOS 13
Android: Try our new Dark Theme in Android Q
PG&E

 

Expect outages of my @withknown host 1500wordmtu.com due to @PGE4Me power cuts.

My low-power home server, solar panels, and batteries are pretty solid. ISPs? Not so sure....

https://gilligan.fandom.com/wiki/Electric_Generator

 

10 Years ago today: Sundar Pichai tells you why SideWiki is cool.

https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/help-and-learn-from-others-as-you.html

@sundarpichai

 

Ruha Benjamin presented this 1957 robot future by SuperGirl creator Otto Binder today. Prescient and horrifying at the same time and brings to mind Graeber's take on flying cars.

@ruha9 @davidgraeber

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/youll-own-slaves-by-1965/

 

Small world. Bumped into @micropixie today in the Mission. A reminder to support your local artists and musicians. Also do check out "Dark Sight of the Moon" which is vg

https://micropixie.bandcamp.com/

 

Game Services and Digital Preservation

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I think it's time for a Legal Deposit scheme for Games.

- Game publishers would put their games in Escrow when they publish.  
- Game Services could publish a spec on how to interpret the game contents.
- 'Orphan' games would actually be preserved.- Users that purchased the Game would then be entitled to a copy of the escrowed item, plus the design on how to run them.

This, combined with an export of user-generated data would allow for usability after Stadia or the Game Publisher sunsets the service/game.

And to be honest I'd love to see this extended to all Online "Stores" that don't let you export usable contents.

Barring that Game Services could enter a Ulysses Pact with users if they are serious about the long-haul.. 

 For each purchase a user makes put 10x in a locked escrow fund.  When the service cancels that money can be used to migrate the games to a new provider or payout back the user.

- If a Game Service gets few users it's not a lot of money to exit and actually would increase satisfaction.
- If a Game Service does get popular then there's an explicit feedback loop that reinforces the durability of the system and alignment of interests.

Evernote announced something like this, but never really followed through.   A small company called Forever actually does have a preservation fund that is purpose driven.

 

TODO(lindner): attend tech debt conference

https://2019.techdebtconf.org/

 
 

Arrived Sydney, Australia.

Smells like wild fires.

 

Press '+' to Pay Respects

Goodbye Google+, thanks for trailblazing tech, good times and connections made.

Please donate to @internetarchive to support the upkeep of the (finally real) Google+ Ghost Town.

https://web.archive.org/web/20190313142515/https://plus.google.com/+PaulLindner


 

""What we found was that the majority of news outlets had not given any thought to even basic strategies for preserving their digital content, and not one was properly saving a holistic record of what it produces.""

https://www.cjr.org/tow_center_reports/the-dire-state-of-news-archiving-in-the-digital-age.php

 

Moved my G+ following graph to Twitter more or less..

Wrote a hacky script to grab twitter URLs using the Google People API. Fed that into a web page with follow widgets

Hope to find more folks in the Fediverse https://bridge.joinmastodon.org/

 

Happy to see Uranium Club show up on @resonatecoop this morning.

https://resonate.is/profile/9203/

Always nice to see good stuff come out of Minneapolis.

 

In June 1995 I presented "Using Gopher with the World-Wide-Web" at GopherCon 95.

""Together the strengths of Gopher and WWW create a better, more integrated information system.""

http://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmNSeLizSGrHjpMZKQg21Sw15NQNTmMjA43mDtw66fNDSz/Webbedgopher.txt

 

Thinking about holding a Wake for Consumer G+

"This ceremony allows one last interaction with the corpse, providing a time for the living to express their emotions and beliefs about death with the deceased."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake_(ceremony)

 

I ❤️ Standards

A long, long time ago I had an ISO bumper sticker with two cars colliding at equal heights. Can't seem to find any evidence of it existing anywhere, offline or online...

 

I'd recommend: Four Futures - Life After Capitalism.

https://www.versobooks.com/books/1847-four-futures

 

Sounds like the long awaited Real Genius reboot... Who will play the Val Kilmer role is an open question...

 

Hmm, maybe mimic Ethereum?

https://github.com/ethereum/wiki/wiki/Licensing

- Reusable libraries/components MIT or Apache?
- Resonate-specific frontends/backends, AGPL? (like Mastodon?)

Note: AGPL would restrict participation by corp contributors (like myself)

@mattl wdyt?

 

Is Utopia a Hospital?

Fred Turner --

A hospital is a place where people get together, work very hard over very long periods of time in defined roles, checking and rechecking each other’s work, and they work toward a benevolent goal of saving lives.

https://032c.com/fred-turner-silicon-valley-thinks-politics-doesnt-exist

 

One solution; treat open source like a VC.

Companies take a "FOSS/FLOSS" round -- in exchange for using community property firms would put ~7% of equity in escrow, that would be used exclusively to fund these efforts.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/43zak3/the-internet-was-built-on-the-free-labor-of-open-s...

 

Authors: would you recommend Medium membership for someone that wants to support good writing? Any alternatives? As always concerned that Medium took $132m in venture funding that will have to be paid...

https://medium.com/membership

 

The book is out, and very very good. A must read. If you have more time than money I have some paid-for Play Books gifts I can give. DM me.

https://rushkoff.com/books/team-human-book/

 

Buy your copy of Ted Nelson's "Computer Lib/Dream Machines" while you can.

https://computerlibbook.com/

 

Only 1 week left to enjoy Youtube Annotated videos...

https://waxy.org/2018/11/a-tribute-to-youtube-annotations/

 

"Without the efforts of the workers the company would not have value so the idea that the workers and owners ought to be the same cohort has a great deal of attraction."

https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2019/1/233510-a-people-centered-economy/fulltext

 

Finally! a way to re-platform your Google+ data before the April 2019 shutdown.

https://gplus-exporter.friendsplus.me/ exports to Wordpress, Blogger and other places. Hoping that this allows for communities to transition to new hosting or for individuals to go

 

I started selfhosting my Known instance at https://1500wordmtu.com

The folks at withknown.com are nice, but their focus isn't on end-users these days and I need to get this on SSL, plus would like to use more plugins. [And if all goes well this posts to my social.coop mastodon account!]

 

The @worldbrain Memex system is working well for me. Full text index of all the pages I visit. Injects search results in Google/DuckDuckGo. Recommended.

 

Before there was Commons Clause or Affero the University of Minnesota Gopher team tried to license the server code with carve-outs for non-commercial use.

http://www.nic.funet.fi/pub/vms/networking/gopher/gopher-software-licensing-policy.ancient

 

ACEs

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Sit back a spell and let me tell you a story about the Association of Concerned Employees (ACEs).

Back in 1991 the academic computing teams at the University of Minnesota were set to be laid off and we could "apply" for a job with the new quasi-private sector outfit the "Minnesota Supercomputer Center" (MSC).
So none of us liked that.  Over 300 of us set up an effort to stop it.  The VAX/Unix/MVS/Unix/PC/CDC units stopped fighting for crumbs and joined forces.  Letters to the editor were written, politicians where contacted, petitions were circulated.


Mailing lists, and even a BBS were put into use to coordinate.


Even, ahem, a listening device was placed in the Board of Regents office.


We were not in a union but AFSCME supported our demands and upped the pressure.


The efforts worked.  The privatization was called off.  There were job losses, but we had a voice that we used to make the best of the situation.  We had input into how we could reorganize the units and better support the students and faculty.


Oh and we finally got the audit of the corrupt MSC a few years later:
https://www.auditor.leg.state.mn.us/ped/1994/backgrd.htm

`U' backs off of plan to privatize computer services
Published: October 23, 1991
By Jim Dawson; Staff Writer 

 
Intense pressure from many of the 330 civil service employees who
operate the University of Minnesota's computer systems apparently has
forced school officials to back away from a plan to privatize computer
services and place them under the Supercomputer Center.
Ettore Infante, vice president for academic affairs, who
announced the privatization plan last week met with computer workers
Tuesday.
      He told them that because of concerns regarding his
original plan, a reorganization of computer services would occur
"without the involvement of the Minnesota Supercomputer Center or a subsidiary of it."
    Instead, Infante said, an outside consultant will be hired to
 determine the best way to  consolidate and reorganize the university's
several computer service centers.
  About half of the 330 computer specialists would have been laid off at the end of the year under Infante's privatization plan.
       There will probably be layoffs under any new plan, but how many and when hasn't been determined.

  Infante's privatization announcement caught the computer
specialists by surprise last week, but they quickly used a computerized
electronic mail network to organize their opposition.
    Their main objection focused on the involvement of the Supercomputer Center.
       The center, a quasiprivate corporation partially owned by
the university, is not subject to public accounting.  Gov. Arne Carlson
recently cut $8 million in state funding from the center's budget, and
many of the computer specialists believed that Infante's move was simply
 a way to funnel new funds into the center.
    Infante denied that charge and cited the inefficient,
outdated computer systems and networks throughout the university as his
reason for consolidation.
    His move yesterday was welcomed by most employees, but many remained skeptical of his motives.
       "I was encouraged that they seem to be backing down," said
 Cheryl Vollhaber, a specialist with academic computing services.
    The employees demanded to be involved in the planning for
consolidating the computer systems, something most agree is badly
needed.
      However, Infante was noncommittal about employee participation.
    The computer specialists said that they have been calling for
 a consolidation and reorganization of computer services for a long
time, but that the administration has ignored them.   They are
frustrated, several said, because although they are the computer
experts, they are not being consulted.
    "Our focus will be having an employee representative on the
planning board," said Stephen Collins, of the university's
micro-computer center.

 

 

I don't know much about co-ops and education. But this is an interesting development:

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/24/google-opens-its-g-suite-for-education-to-home-school-co-ops/

 

Wired UK with some good coverage of the movement including @resonatecoop

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/the-tech-cooperatives-changing-the-way-startups-do-business

 

Hi German folks! Please vote out racists like @c_lindner. I'd rather be mistaken in my mentions for singer @patricklindner_.

https://www.politico.eu/article/christian-lindner-german-liberal-fdp-angela-merkel-leaders-bakery-ta...

 

Fantastic performance tonight in San Francisco by @dessadarling@twitter.com She's a fabulous performer and member of Doomtree Collective. Here's a thoughtful interview from 2015 about Doomtree's unique path to success:

http://www.minnesotabusiness.com/dessa-ceo

 

Reading "The World of Knowbots" from "The Digital Library Project". circa 1988
http://www.cnri.reston.va.us/kahn-cerf-88.pdf

 

Thievery Corporation's Treasure from the Temple is on Resonate Coop:

Click through from https://thieverycorporation.com/treasures/

Give it some mutual aid :) If you're a member it's a good album, if you're not a member plz sign up!

xpost: https://social.coop/web/statuses/99893173661512731

 

Cleaning up my Xmarks bookmarks so I can import them into @pinboard before they disappear forever. Interesting look back at the default bookmarks that came with Safari/IE etc.

https://helpdesk.xmarks.com/bookmark-manager-basics/import-and-export/

 

Get ready for GDPR with avocado and sprouts on whole grain bread (aka California Style)

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2182