A while ago I have closed my Facebook and Linkedin accounts. These services were simply not bringing me any value. Apart from that, I don’t like the way they operate by gathering as much data about me as possible (for example when you install an App on your phone, it tries to upload your entire address book with names, phones and emails to a remote server) and manipulating what they show to you (payment-driven newsfeed, targeted ads).
It doesn’t mean that I’ve given up social networking altogether though. I am following very interesting federated social networking standardisation initiative at W3C Social Web Working Group, chaired by Tantek Çelik (of Indie Web Camp) and Evan Prodromou (of pump.io).
For my part after unsuccessfully trying to deploy my own pump.io, I joined Diaspora* – you can find my profile here.
I am a new happy owner of Spanish bq Aquaris E4.5, world’s first phone running Ubuntu. I hope I will be able to port Sojourner to it before the next FOSDEM.
I have updated Sojourner mobile schedule app for Nokia N900. This version allows downloading schedule via HTTPS, strips unsupported HTML tags and is automatically configured for FOSDEM 2015.
The code can be found at Github. The latest binary package can be downloaded from extras-devel repository or directly from Github release.
On 11 December, during Hackadon, together with Bastien, we launched LibreFunding. There you’ll find latest news about free / libre solutions for crowdfunding, our recommended tools and upcoming fundraising events. Currently we are featuring series of interviews with solution creators. More details in the official announcement.
I prefer to move slow, fix things than move fast, break things.
I have participated in Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre in Montpellier and presented a short talk entitled “Crowdfunding and Free / Open Source Software”. Full description can be found here, and the the slides here.
Audience didn’t have previous experience with crowdfunding campaigns in their own projects. The questions were centered around legal and fiscal aspects of the process – I will try to find or create an informational resource explaining them.
Update: You can see the full video of my short talk here.
I am now using my BountyFunding free and decentralised crowdfunding platform for all projects that I currently actively maintain: Segment, mALIGNa, Sojourner and BountyFunding itself. I hope this dogfooding experiment will provide me valuable feedback on the future direction of the project.
I have created SimpleRegister – a simple Trac plugin that adds Register link to the menu containing an email to the administrator. This is an alternative to AccountManagerPlugin that allows to manually validate the registration and avoid SPAM. I am aware that the latest version of Account Manager includes account validation feature, but it is still not stable enough for production use.
Did you know that you when you type \ls in bash it will execute ls command ignoring any aliases?
I am the new maintainer of the sojourner app – a conference schedule viewer for Nokia N900 phone. Thanks to the original author Will Thompson for writing such wonderful piece of software that lets me fully enjoy FOSDEM since 2012.
I have added support for downloading schedule via HTTPS and improved event description display. It is currently possible to browse FOSDEM 2014 schedule and it should be ready for 2015 edition or other upcoming events.
The code can be found on Github. The latest binary package can be found in extras-devel repository or downloaded directly from Github release.