Linux Australia Urges the Federal Govt. Not to Abandon Consumer and Competition Interests
Posted: June 14th, 2006, 11:48pm EST by Pascal
The press release just came in across the Linux Australia mailing lists:
Linux Australia, Australias peak Free and Open Source Software community group, announced the launch of a petition today calling on the federal government to resist pressure to abandon consumer and competition rights when drafting anti-circumvention laws. New laws are required under the terms of the Free Trade Agreement negotiated between Australia and the United States.
I was wandering around used book stores and ended up buying a
book called “The Promise of Wisdom” by J.Glenn Gray. I’m not sure if
its any good. I’ll ask the teachers if any of them has read it. Here’s a
quote from the title page of part 3 “Philosophical Problems of
“The genuine teacher is only superior to the students in that he has
far more to learn than they, namely to let learning occur. The teacher
must be capable of being more teachable than his students. The teacher
is far less sure of his task than the students are of theirs. Hence in
the relationship of teacher and learner, if this relationship is a
genuine one, it is never a question of the authority of the great knower
or the dominating influence of the instructor. Therefore it is a great
thing to become a teacher, something quite different than to be a famous
professor.” – Martin Heidegger
The book uses words like “mankind” and the “free man” and as above you can notice that for some reason the teacher is “he”, so its a bit old school but I think there’s some good info in there.
Moving is a bit of a hassle. I’m still looking for somewhere a
bit more permanent but this gives me a chance to sort through all my
junk. I’m not sure I’ll bother hooking up the net till my next move.
I’ll probably just visit this internet cafe down at West End. West End is adjacent to the suburbs of South Brisbane and Highgate Hill. Its an interesting area.
I’ve been volunteering 2 days a week at a public secondary school,
I’ve worked for education Queensland before though this time I’m not
really the IT guy, I’m working in the library, I’m a quick learner and
have been trying to be as helpful as I can. By the second day I was left
in charge of the library, sure it was only for half an hour but at
least I knew what I was doing. At the school they use Citrix thin
clients so I’m hoping it may be easy to setup an Edubuntu LTS. I’m not
going to write much about the school for now, though there are a few
interesting stories I would like to share.
There was an interesting situation where a class was using the
computers in the library and I was doing some work near the group and
the usual thing happened where one student does the work and the rest
say email it to me and I’ll change it a bit. It got to the point where
one of them was worried and asked me if I was a teacher, I told him I
wasn’t and we had a little chat about cheating and why the days of
cheating at school are over, in the end I showed him Wikimedia and tried
to make some inspirational comments about knowledge amplification.
The other interesting thing was the library has laptops they can loan out, it took some convincing but in the end I was allowed to boot the Ubuntu live CD. Apparently they had heaps of problems with the wireless connection for the laptop and it took months to get it to work but as I showed him we dont have that problem with Ubuntu. Everything just works. He was impressed by that which was good considering how much effort it took to be allowed to show him.
In-between looking for work, my volunteer work and moving house I’m not sure how often I’ll be online over the coming weeks. I might use the chance to unplug for a while, I’m not sure about my plans yet so if you want to volunteer to keep the blog moving along then please do but be quick
That shirt looks so old and faded. Here’s a pic of my mate Mike, you
probably have to visit the blog and check out the shoutbox to see why
its funny. HAHA cop that Mike. The best things in life are GNU.
Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). SFD is a public education effort, not only to celebrate the virtues of Free and Open Source Software, but also to encourage its use, to the benefit of the public.
The Austrailian ICA05 IT training package – deconstructed
from the original PDF and put back into a MySQL database for further
tinkering. Currently we support the creation of moodle modules, XML, and
tiddlywiki output for individual subjects.
Visit the TAFE ICA05 project page.
Part of his announcement on a mailing list.
I’d like to invite any LAMP developers out there to
download and play with the source for the ICA05 web app I announced last
If you have time, download the source and see what you think.
I’ve been covering the Free Software Foundation’s Defective By Designcampaign against Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies since its planning stages. Starting from scratch, in less than three months, the campaign has grown to 7000 members. This number is impressive.