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The Grateful Dead and Creative Commons

Could the Grateful Dead have been using Creative Commons principles decades ahead of time? This Matthew Helmke article from opensource.com makes the connection. Although many bands at the time allowed fans to record shows, the Grateful Dead took the idea … Continue reading

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Wikipedia – The Free Online Encyclopedia

I have cited Wikipedia in many of my posts, and I’ve done it with no shame. Not everyone has shared my enthusiasm, though. Many people have used Wikipedia as an example of what is wrong with getting your information from … Continue reading

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Books Now in MOBI

After a very patient education by my friends on MobileRead, I have decided to make the books available in the mobi format. Contrary to my expectations, given its association with the Amazon Kindle, the mobi format has been freed, along … Continue reading

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Audiobooks Now in MP3

When I started recording readings of these books, I chose to offer them in OGG Vorbis format because it’s a free and open standard. That meant there would be no encumberances on the audio files due to patents or any … Continue reading

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Volkswagen Not the Only One Cheating

I think I’ve settled down enough from the hectic exercise of publishing The Francesians to lift my head up and post about something else. How about nefarious cheats? Cory Doctorow opens his article, Demon-Haunted World, with “Cheating is a given.” … Continue reading

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Green Comet Has Gone SSL

We’re joining the big leagues. No longer will the big guys look down their noses at our unsecured website. Now you’ll see that reassuring lock up there by the location bar along with that fully modern “https.” Don’t you feel … Continue reading

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Windows Ten is an Advertising Platform

I don’t use Windows, so I don’t know if this is true. Has Microsoft actually inserted ads into its operating system? Although I’ve used some of their OSes occasionally, I’ve never had Windows as the working OS on my computer, … Continue reading

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I ♥ Free Software – Valentine’s Day 2017

Source: I ♥ Free Software – Valentine’s Day 2017 – FSFE I Love Free Software Day has rolled around again. It’s easy to remember since it falls on Valentine’s Day every year. Free Software drives a huge number of devices … Continue reading

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Electronic Election Fraud

In 2004 I published this article in my local newspaper. At that time, not very many people were thinking about the problems that would come with electronic voting. Now the stories are popping up all over the place. Some people … Continue reading

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Farmers Demand Right to Fix Their Own Dang Tractors

Last Fall I published an article about iFixit, the activist group trying to make it safe, even possible for people to fix their own stuff. That article referred to a Wired article about the John Deere company trying to make … Continue reading

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