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The Next Net

The moment the “net neutrality” debate began was the moment the net neutrality debate was lost. For once the fate of a network – its fairness, its rule set, its capacity for social or economic reformation – is in the hands of policymakers and the corporations funding them – that network loses its power to effect change. The mere fact […]

January 11, 2011 · 0 comments · Commentary

Open Source community building: a guide to getting it right

Community development in open source software is not just for geeks in sandals nor for niche Linux companies any more. It’s mainstream and it’s here to stay. The recent analysis of companies contributing code to the Linux kernel shows that large companies including Novell, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Texas Instruments are getting serious about engaging in community development. Organisations such […]

January 5, 2011 · 1 comment · Commentary

The most important work for freedom that this culture has seen in generations

“The Free Software Foundation and Richard Stallman’s work represents the most important work for freedom that this culture, the American culture, has seen in many many generations because it takes the ideas of freedom and it removes it from the ivory tower, and it removes it from lawyers, and places it in a community—a technology community—that is one of the […]

December 30, 2010 · 0 comments · Commentary

The top 10 best Android games of 2010

The history books will doubtless look back on 2010 as the year the whole Google mobile platform idea really took off. As the year closes out, the quality of handsets from the likes of HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and even LG is uniformly strong. The Android OS itself, too, has benefited from the (occasionally maddening) iterative approach Google has adopted. The […]

December 29, 2010 · 0 comments · Commentary

Wikileaks Mirror Taken Down: Host Buckles Under Demands from Upstream Provider

Wikileaks isn’t the only site struggling to stay up these days because service providers are pulling their support. It appears that at least one person who wants to provide mirror access to Wikileaks documents is having the same trouble. Recently we heard from a user who mirrored the Cablegate documents on his website. His hosting provider SiteGround suspended his account, […]

December 23, 2010 · 2 comments · Commentary

Why I will not buy Google’s Cr-48 Chrome Notebook

The Cr-48 is Google’s cloud-based notebook computer. It was announced just this week, and is being made available to a select few. In computer-speak, it is still in beta status, with the stable version expected sometime next year. Other than through screenshots from other bloggers and from the official website, I have not actually seen the Cr-48. However, handling the […]

December 15, 2010 · 5 comments · Commentary