glitch and web experiments

So, my laptop (where I seem to be doing most of my writing these days) seems to have developed a wee-glitch. It seems, that (somewhat randomly) the system just freezes irrevocably whilst, get this, scrolling on twitter.com. No really. I'll be minding my own business, and suddenly firefox freezes, I can't interact with the window manager, I can't kill the window server and start over, I can't switch to another virtual terminal to fix things, nada.…

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sustainable ecology

Here's another in the train of posts about economics and sustainability. I started with meditations on cooperatives, and openness and martian economics, and then business in network service. And finally, a brief thought on the state of contemporary marriage. This post takes a step back so that I can talk about what I mean by sustainability, which I think requires a bit of a sidestep into thinking about ecology and the environment.…

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database market

This post is the spiritual sequal to my (slight) diatribe against database powered websites of a few weeks ago. And a continuation of my thoughts regarding the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle. Just to add a quick subtitle: Oracle is a huge vendor of database software, and about 18 months ago (? or so) Sun acquired mySQL which is the largest and most successful open-source competitor to Oracle's products.…

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co-op marriage

A (gay) friend was talking about the ongoing drama of his parents (decades old) divorce. I said, "I don't get this whole [gay] marriage thing." "Right," he said. "I mean, whatever, but I think we need to work on convincing straight people to not get married rather than convincing states to let us get married," I said. "It'll never happen," he said. "Right, besides we'd need better Corporate law, and good luck seeing that happen," I said.…

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Pragmatic Library Science

Before I got started down my current career path--that would be the information management/work flow/web strategy/technology and cultural analyst path--I worked in a library. I suppose I should clarify somewhat as the image you have in your mind is almost certainly not accurate, both of what my library was like and of the kind of work I did. I worked in a research library at the big local (private) university, and I worked not in the part of library where students went to get their books, but in the "overflow area" where the special collections, book preservation unit, and the catalogers all worked.…

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new awesome

I've been (slowly) upgrading to the latest version of the Awesome Window Manager. Since Awesome is a pretty new program, and there was a debian code freeze during development for a huge chunk of the awesome3-series code... it's been hard to install on ubuntu. Lots of dithering about, and then compiling by hand. For the uninitiated, ususally installing new software on a Debain-based system (like ubuntu; and many GNU/Linux systems are this way) is as simple as typing a single command.…

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free network businesses

I've been reading the autonomo.us blog and even lurking on their email list for a while, so I've been thinking about "free network services," and what it means to have services that respect users' freedom in the way that we've grown to expect and demand from "conventional" software. This post explores issues of freedom in network services, business models for networked services, and some cyborg issues related to network services. A long list indeed, so lets dive in.…

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