the mainframe of the future

It seems really popular these days to say, about the future of computing, that "in a few years, you'll have a supercomputer in your pocket." [1] And it's true: the computing power in contemporary handheld/embedded systems is truly astounding. The iPhone is a great example of this, it runs a variant "desktop operating system," it has applications written in Objective-C, it's a real computer (sans keyboard and a small screen). But the truth is that Andriod and Blackberries are just as technically complex.…

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Ongoing Projects

I've been talking with people recently about "what I'm working on," and I've realized two things. First, that I'm beginning to get spread thin; and second, that I haven't really used this blog as an effective tool to track these projects and facilitate ongoing work on these projects. So I'm going to write an "ongoing projects update." So there. While I don't think there's sense in making this a "weekly feature" I think taking the opportunity to check in with you all about my projects, to mention cool things that are going on with these projects.…

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useful emacs and org-mode hacks

After a long time of intentionally avoiding tweaking my emacs file, I've gotten back into tweaking and hacking on my setup a bit in emacs land. Rather than wax philosophical about emacs and plain text, I thought I'd share a few things with you all in the hopes that this will prove helpful for you. I've given some thought to publishing a git repository with my emacs files, my awesome config, and the useful parts of my bashrc files.…

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return of five things

Ways I've Injured Myself Recently The tip of my right index finger caring a server. 2. My left knee (recurrent, minor) dancing, probably jumping. Design flaw, I'm convinced. 3. I have some sort of strain/dislocation of the first knuckle of my right ring finger, and its oddly sore. My right shoulder, because I sleep on it funny. 5. My left wrist is occasionally stiff from typing and what not, but I think it's sort of interesting that these 3 of the five hand-related.…

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Revolutionary Communities

I began to get to this in my post on health care and cooperatives, and governmental reform but I think it's important to get to this point in its own post. I guess what I've been gunning at (whether or not I realized it) is, "the shape of social/political change" in the contemporary world. What does change look like? What mechanisms can we use to create change? How do the existing ways that we think of revolutionary change fail to address the world we live in?…

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Free Software Misunderstood

This post is in response to two things that I've observed recently: 1. A Misinformed Critique of the Debian Project 2. The largely unfair dismissal of free software/open source/hackers on the grounds of purported zealotry. Debian, Critiqued The above linked article, presents a number of critiques, leveled at the Debian project. While these complaints with user experience are valid, I was left with a serious, as we say on the Internet "WTF" moment.…

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health care co-operatives

This is I think part of a "phase two" of a series of articles I wrote a few months ago about political economies, about corporate structures, about "hacker centric" business models. In that vein of thought, I suppose this post was inevitable. My argument, in "phase one" was that big "corporations" were poorly constituted to develop sustainable business models, to act in the public interest, and to further the best interests of their employees and customers.…

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