Thursday, 24 November 2011

The Future of Humanity

OK if your going to go for a title go big is what I say. I don't often write on my blog as you can see by the literal deluge of posts here, but every now and again something pisses me off enough that I have to get it off me chest.

We are Fucking things up

Sorry for any one with sensitive ears but its true. I have watched all of the Occupy X protests recently and all of the embarrassingly greedy and selfish acts of the Banks involved in the huge financial muck up. I was actually working for one at the time when everything was kicking off and they were just as bad as any of the others. I agree with the people that are protesting at the Occupy events but I think that doing this kind of protesting is like a baby crying for its dummy/pacifier it makes great TV but its not going to change the world (no offence intended to people involved in occupy movements I just think there is a better long term approach). Violent revolution doesn't work either look at Russia they had a monarchy and got a Communist despot, France had a monarchy got an Emperor etc...

The easiest way I find to describe the situation we are in at the moment is to think of society as a fractal of a single human family. Think of it like this: Dad is the military, Mum is the ruler and you are the public. When you are a baby you are in a Monarchy/Dictatorship you will do as you are told and if you don't like it that's tough but as long as mum and dad are nice its comfortable no worries. When you are a kid you are in a Communist/Socialist government you now have a bit of freedom but you have to tell mum where you are going and every one is keeping an eye on you. When you are a teenager you are in a Democracy you can do what you want within limits and you have to be home by 11 or your grounded for life and everyone is still watching you. At the moment we are teenagers or at least a majority of the countries in the world if not a majority of world population. China I'm looking at you.

Time to Leave the House

What is the next step for society are we going to stay at home forever or are we going to leave home. What would than mean? well it will mean real independence but it will also mean responsibility in fact if you don't take the responsibility you don't get the independence. But when you leave the house you still have a government with laws and taxes? yes that would be right mother nature she's harsh but fair she has laws and she will make you pay if don't follow her rules. That is why the only things in life that certain are death and taxes because they are the same thing. But in reality the "apparatus" of governance police, hospitals and military organisations don't need to disappear we are only talking about a change in who is governing not in how but that may also change in future. So how will this happen? I'm not sure where or how exactly but something similar to the stackexchange and wikipedia although the stackexchange site has almost all of the tools you would need for the project (I'm thinking community wiki's here) and it is a newer site. Which brings up another point about institutionalisation (massive word) even bigger problem one thing that should always be happening in politics is a continual upgrading and questioning of the process similar to the feature adding and bug killing of the software world they same thing should be happening with the world of politics and at a similar rate. I mean come on in the UK we still have a house of lords...which isn't elected?? One of the reasons we are having so many problems at the moment is that there is no process for reform (proper actual reform) of political institutions because they were set-up without one and it is impossible to add one, as all the members of the institution have no benefit in doing so. Why rock the boat when all of the money and power are already on board? 

So what needs to happen now? I'm not sure of the steps but I know they need to be small. Some of the technical challenges I know of are scaling up the site to deal with millions of users making a cranking up the security level and real name accounts. The other small problem is getting as many people connected as possible but with the advent of low power low cost ARM processor based systems will make that task a lot easier. Let's put it this way its not going to cost 19 trillion dollars (link to billion dollar o'gram).

Are you mad? Only if these guys are mad too

and you can see the page they were talking about here (watch this space)!!!!

Got your attention now?

In my opinion its something that needs to happen sooner rather than later the level of madness and dislocation with the rest of society in a lot of the governments around the world is reaching epic proportions. With most governments seeming to be against the people they are supposed to be working for raising taxes to pay Bank share holders reducing freedoms left right and centre and then cracking down in the harshest and rudest manner when normal people decide to say they disagree. One of the problems at the moment and the reason why the governments can get away with the laws they are making at the moment is apathy. Most people are being distracted by all the new technology like bright lights on a Christmas tree what people tend to forget is that if you don't have that drab boring tree under the lights and tinsel it would just be a big pile of lights and tinsel on the floor. So technology is great but we haven’t even scratched the surface we can do much more and much faster all you need to do is open it increase the freedom and you increase the number of people that can be involved which is what we need if we are going to solve some of the problems we have in the world at the moment.

If there is one thing I could say is take responsibility for your freedom otherwise some one else will and that has worked so well in our history so far hmmmm?

And what will happen if we all take responsibility for our own freedom?

OK so I have well and truly "Nailed my colours to the Mast" have a good new year people and we will see how things have progressed by this time next year. These things tend to move pretty fast in my experience.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Support the Japanese Ubuntu LoCo

Ok its a while since I have written anything here but something has happened recently that means I have to write this down.

A few months ago back in December of 2010 I started to use can't remember why might have been a blog post or just noticed it when on the stackexchange main site. Either way I have become part of the community there maybe not as much as some but I work from home and have a daughter to look after so you have to have priorities.

Maybe its because I have family of my own but I felt all of the talk about how cool Unity is and this new bit of eye candy etc... didn't sit well at the back of my mind knowing what is happening right now in Japan. Especially as part of our community is from Japan and are possibly being affected directly by the tragedy that is unfolding before our eye's .

So I and a few of the regulars in the AskUbuntu general chat started a chain of events that has ended in the creation of a site thats sole purpose is to send a message to the Japanese Ubuntu LoCo to show them that we as a global community are thinking about them and hope that we will see them again when things have returned to something near normality.

We could have sat back and did nothing about this, but we decided to do something it may not be enough but as long as it reminds people that there are members of our own community in the middle of this disaster that is enough you can decide for your self what you want or can do about that. As long as you are asking your self that question I believe we will have accomplished half of our objective.

We have not included any way of donating money as 1. we didn't have the time or experience to do so and 2. There are so many other better ways of donating money, skills or just time to help that anything we could do would be a waste of time and only cause confusion. So instead we wish only to send a message pure and simple of support to our friends in Japan.

If you agree visit the site here and add your name to the list

And as a final note this is my own views on the subject I do not speak on behalf of anyone else.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

A New Project?

While rummaging through OMG and web update I found a comment by the admin of okieubuntu blog. Advising that there are a lot of missing screen shots from the Software Centre so a challenge has been proposed which is possibly even worth a paper-cut (small but annoying bug) especially if it is going to improve much by the time Natty Narwall is out. It is very easy to do this so anyone else who feels like joining in can jump right in. A list of the guide lines is below.

Guidelines for taking screenshots
  • Screenshots are published under the terms of the packaged software itself.
  • Your screenshots must be in PNG format.
  • Due to legal reasons screenshots for non-free packages aren't accecpted.
  • Images larger than 800x600 pixels will automatically be reduced to that size (retaining the aspect ratio of course). So if you like to control the exact result of what you upload then make sure your image size is no larger than that.
  • Your screenshot should contain a typical scene when working with it. When snapshotting a browser load the home page. A screenshot of a graphics program should have a drawing loaded. Of a game please make a screenshot while you are playing and not of the start screen.
  • Nice tools for taking screenshots are shutter, ksnapshot (KDE), gimp, xwd or scrot. See the Debian wiki for more information on how to make screenshots under Debian.
  • You need not artificially switch off your window decorations.
  • Please set your language to english so that everybody understands it. If you don't use english by default please start your application from a shell using after setting "export LANG=C".
  • Please only take a screenshot of the respective application and not of your whole desktop (unless the screenshot is meant for a window manager).
  • Interlaced PNG files cannot be processed currently. Please use non-interlaced images.

They also say that if you check your own software centre you should see your screen shot almost immediately however this doesn't mean that it has been accepted. Also as they are manually checking the screen shots if a large number are added at the same time it may be a while before they accept or deny your submission and you see it any were else.

My first attempt for xSMBrowser


Help give a face to that mystery app

I haven't made any posts recently but that will change as of now. While I was away I have linked up to the world of Ubuntu. Through my two favourite blogs Webupd8 and OMGUbuntu. Through the much maligned Gwibber you can connect to which will give you updates of the hot topics in the community right in your osd (on screen display). And you can get a gold star or two by asking and answering questions at . After getting plugged in you can start to feel the Ubuntu MATRIX, but don't worry its not as scary or....... green as the other one. 

Saturday, 23 October 2010

I've been Featured on Facebook

I made a screen shot of my modded Maverick desk top for the Ubuntu page on facebook and it got accepted as one of the ten best out of 600+ woo hoo this was my submission

The wallpaper is from Jbaer on deviant art called Maverick Metro the dock is docky with panel mode enabled and the Icon set is faenza which Install using the equinox ppa. For any one new to Ubuntu half of that is going to be complete gibberish so I will be doing some post soon to translate.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Hearts of Midlothian

Just finished creating some web graphics for viki's blog. We had the Idea of creating a set of Icons in the same theme as her logo. luckily I originally designed her logo in Inkscape which is one of the best programs I have ever used it combines two of my favourite things accuracy and beautiful design. The thing that make's the program essential for me is the ability to amend your work without having to start from scratch each time which save's a lot of time which can be used in the details to make something that looks good look great. One word of warning Inkscape looks very difficult to use especially if you haven't used a vector graphic program before, so before you touch anything watch and learn from the masters at heathenx.  Their tutorials are about 10 - 30 min each so you can cram some in instead of watching (insert favourite program) trust me you wont regret it.


Wednesday, 20 October 2010

FDEkszer | Facebook

I'm in the process of creating a landing page on facebook for Viki so wish me luck I'm going to need it. I'll make a post when the project is complete.

That's all for now folks.

FDEkszer | Facebook