There’s a nice story at Newsforge called A free education. It tells the story of how Sean “Nz17” Robinson solved a problem for his sisters second grade primary school class by introducing them to free software.
“This is a free software license, incompatible with the GNU GPL. We recommend that you not use this license for new software that you write, but it is ok to use and improve the software released under this license. More explanation is available. “
Newsforge has the story FSF launches anti-DRM campaign outside WinHEC 2006
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) launched its anti-Digital Rights Management (DRM) campaign in Seattle this morning. When attendees of the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2006 arrived at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center to hear a keynote address by Bill Gates, a small group of FSF members and their local allies were waiting to greet them, dressed in yellow hazmat suits and handing out pamphlets explaining that Microsoft products are — in the words of the key slogan for the campaign — “defective by design” because of the DRM technologies included in them.
I updated my blog
to WordPress 2.0.2 and decided to clean it up and make sure its valid
XHTML 1.0 Transitional, you can test that its Valid XHTML
. Pretty happy about that, originally I installed every plugin I could
find and didn’t really think I’d get into blogging, there’s a lot of
really useful plugins. Lately I’ve been looking at the plugins that use
As you can see I changed the theme and made a few changes, recently I noticed that displaying comments might be a good idea, I also changed the setting that will allow users that have had an approved comment to post comments without moderation. I also added a poll. So please if you visit the blog add a comment and vote on the poll.
I wrote a Fedora Core 5 review on the wiki. Its really short, it describes the install and has screenshots showing the Gnome desktop environment. If your totally clueless about the GNU/Linux desktop then this should give you an idea of what it looks like and some of the applications you can run.
Sorry to copy this straight from Slashdot but its looks good.
This month has seen the internet release of the first 3D ‘Open Movie’, Elephants Dream.” From the site: “The 3D animated short ‘Elephants Dream’ will today be released as a free and public download. This is the final stage of a successfully completed Open Movie project which has been community-financed, using only Open Source tools, and opening up the movie itself as well as the entire studio database for everyone to re-use and learn from. The movie and production files are licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.5, which only requires a proper crediting for public screening, re-using and distribution.”
Podcaster Generator 0.8 is out. I’ve been using and modifying this project. I made some minor changes to the code and here’s a screenshot of the changes I made to the administration menu. You also get a glimpse of the gnome desktop and firefox web browser in action.
Alberto Betella released 0.8 this morning so I’ll start using it. His code is much nicer than mine. Here’s the changes.
I put together a project called Games that empower.
Its a collection of Free, Libre and Open source games and a simple way for people to download them.
There’s been a lot of hype about the value of game based learning in education lately so I hope this project is useful. Recently a few of the teachers I’ve met seem to focus on social justice and the issue of free as in gratis so perhaps this project can be helpful to people struggling financially as well. They can avoid spyware, adware, malware and violating copyright by using these games.
Feel free to spread it around, I know if I had more time for computer games I would enjoy stumbling across this project.
UPDATE: The list is so old now, I hope to update this project soon.
A bit of a late post, anyway I enjoyed the Buddha’s birthday festival, the food was good, the entertainment and events were excellent.
“At his birth, seven lotus flowers sprung up beneath his feet as he walked – pointing one hand to the sky and ground he said “in the heaven above and earth below, I vow to liberate all who suffer in these three realms”.