Its NOT free trade if there is an agreement

Australia is about to be turned into a prison colony again.

The $65,000 question: do you own an iPod?

Owning an iPod, camera phone or a DVD recorder might be enough to land you in jail or lumbered with a large fine under the Federal Government’s proposed new changes to the copyright laws, experts warn.

As you know I’m a big fan of Free Software, Free Knowledge and Free Culture and the word Free is used because the person is free, its not a matter of zero price. It’s crazy that politicians can propose new changes to laws like this. I hope this will push you to explore the free world because you can make authorized copies of all the works and won’t have to deal with this problem.

Ogg/MP3 Player Java Applet and jQuery – Stallman speech and CRS

Gnu audio

I’ve embeded jlGUI the java applet that looks like XMMS/winamp. It plays Ogg Vorbis and MP3’s. It can play them from a playlist. I’m also using jQuery the javascript library for the slide down affect, click on play Audio to see the player.

The audio I’ve used for the demo is Richard M. Stallman’s speech, Copyright and Globalization in the Age of Computer Networks, given at MIT and a few tracks from CRS : LA RUE NOUS GUETTE.

I’ll probably use this player next time I do a shoutcast.

Edit 2019: Ive removed this player but you can visit the site and see if its useful for you.

My Third Video Blog — Open Source Web Desktop

In this video I look at open source web desktop environments, mainly eyeOS. Some of the web 2.0 heads might want to check out eyespot.

EyeOS

Embeded video removed(2019).

To enable your computer to play both video (Theora) and audio (Vorbis) files, please select a program from the listings here.

The video in AVI format is encoded with the free XviD codec. If your computer does not have the XviD codec installed, you can get it here or through your favorite free operating system’s software respository. Windows and Mac users can find easy-to-install XviD binaries here.

Visit this page for other formats.

More on Peter Shanks and Training Packages Unpacked

This is straight from Leigh Blackalls blog.

I just got off the phone with Peter Shanks, creator of the Training Packages Unpacked tool. It is a system that reaches into the MSAccess data base of the Australian National Training Information Service NTIS (a place that manages expressions of Australian competency standards or training units for qualification), and pulls it out of the PDFs and RTFS and redisplays the information that teachers and learners need on a web page for us web people to more easily reuse. Then he goes the full 9 yards and makes the newly formatted data available for those of us using wikis, Moodle, html, XML and an assessment spreadsheet. Now its just a simple process of finding the competency unit you are using for learning, teaching or assessment and copy pasting your prefered format into your prefered system. Read more

Download the audio of Peter and Leigh talking about all this today (3.5meg – 30 minutes – ogg file)

Training Packages Unwrapped – Peter Shanks

This is amazing work by Peter Shanks. Visit Training Packages Unwrapped.

Hello, Peter Shanks here. You might remember me from such web sites as ICA05 deconstructed and flicrCC. Come with me now as we explore the hidden world of TPU.

On this site I’ll be looking at how we can present the units of all the NTIS Training Packages in an easy-to-use format, with optional teaching resources such as moodle frameworks and tiddlyWiki’s .

Draconian Anti-Piracy Law Looms Over Australia

From Slashdot: “Draconian Anti-Piracy Law Looms Over Australia

ccozan writes to tell us of a law being rushed through the Australian legislature that would criminalize great swaths of the citizenry. The Internet Industry Association of Australia is posting warning scenarios spelling out how far-reaching this law would be. From the release: “A family who holds a birthday picnic in a place of public entertainment (for example, the grounds of a zoo) and sings ‘Happy Birthday’ in a manner that can be heard by others, risks an infringement notice carrying a fine of up to $1,320. If they make a video recording of the event, they risk a further fine for the possession of a device for the purpose of making an infringing copy of a song… The US Free Trade Agreement does not require Australia to go down this path, and neither US nor European law contain such far-reaching measures. We are at a total loss to understand how this policy has developed, who is behind it and why there is such haste in enacting it into law — with little if any public debate.”

Read more about these issues on lucychillis blog.

Free Audio

Free Audio

I put together a list of links to sites that contain Free Audio. I get all my music from these sites as well as the sounds for my projects.

Most people I know looking for music would probably like Jamendo. I think its important to support independent artists and you might find a new band that you like so its worth checking out.

I hope to put my list of links back up soon (edit 2019)

Online Scrabble with Free Libre Software

PyScrabble

Previously we had a look at Pengupop and learning Spanish. This is more on the mark.

I’ve been playing PyScrabble On-line with a few friendly Germans, its a real challenge playing scrabble in a new language but this is a useful way to use games in learning.

So check out PyScrabble its available on windows and the source code is available for non-windows platforms. I installed it on Edubuntu and needed to install python-pygame to get it running.