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Name: Marcia Wilbur
Member since: 2001-06-08 18:34:27
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Author of "DMCA", a Decade of the DMCA and In your pocket: the DMCA.

Maintained protest site (FSF) advisory committee member.

Freelance writer for

Volunteered at the EFF

Involved with OpenLaw in DVD/DeCSS case

Assisted Mark Spencer in GAIM response to AOL.

Working on DMCA documentary.

Technical writer - Linux Essentials (I tried to get them to call it GNU/Linux Essentials!)

Working to keep information free

Editor in chief - FAQLinux

Created multiple GNU/Linux tools/application/utilities training

Working on PicLe - a large distro centered around a small chip

Created GNU Linux install scripts for microcontroller company

Contributor - Drupalversity

Created HTML help using DocBook XML

Android application developer (java and C with NDK)

MS Technology - ASU

Graduate ASU Multimedia Writing and Technical
Communications 2002

Graduate Three Rivers Community
Technical College - Computer Science


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So, I've been in between contracts these past 2 months. Interestingly enough, my last contract netted me more money than I have made to date - only 6 figs but good for me - the non materialistic hippie cypherpunk - now with a camaro... Not the smoggy kind, mind you... the low on ponies type -

Well, it was quite amusing when someone asked me if I could write for Drupal at the uni. I am always amused when people ask me questions like - Have you heard of Drupal? It's a CMS.

Are you kidding me?

This is like 2016. Dude. Really?
I often wonder if these same questions would be asked of my male counterparts.

Sigh. Can I document Drupal...

Ubuntu Misbehavior.

As of late, I have been in open discussion regarding the misbehavior by Ubuntu.
There is a long list.

More recently, I noticed a seemingly strong arm effect happening at the Linux User Group where Ubuntu Loco is taking over. This is a great concern to me and I will tell you why in the next few words.

Community, Responsibility, Freedom.

How can I teach my children about freedom over convenience when the groupthink at the LUG is ... it's ok, even if Ubuntu is spying, trying to maintain their lame trademark rights, and are basically bullying others.

This is my opinion based on fact.

1. These Ubuntu groups are popping up all over the place. The members must do multiple tasks including one important ritual - Drinking the Canonical Kool Aid.

2. The Ubuntu groups are supposed to work with other distros but really have a way of pushing out others and forcing Ubuntu during installfests.

3. The Ubuntu groups are a smoke and mirrors tactic to make people believe these people are larger in number and more important than they are. By strategically hiring less than 10 people per state as low level tech support (but making these people believe they are important), Canonical gives an illusion of being a strong and large corporation.

4. Ubuntu is in bed with Microsoft.
The Nokia Here phone GPS will give data to Canonical unless a user is aware of and opts out of the data and advertisement scheme.

As a free software advocate, I am absolutely disgusted with Canonical. The actions are far from community minded. Their actions are tantamount to manipulation, maneuvering and the evil empire.

I would like to advocate the boycott and banning of Ubuntu and Ubuntu products including the phone.

If you value your freedom. If you value privacy, If you have any values at all, avoid Ubuntu at all costs. There are still proprietary companies that are going to be involved with Ubuntu, sure.

I might be fine with Ubuntu had I not noticed a few key things...

1. At installfests, Ubuntu Loco tried to take over what was initially a Phoenix LUG event. I know because I started the Installfest. However, it was kept going in my absence. However, it was NEVER an Ubuntu event.

In my absence, I suppose they were used to installing Ubuntu only. Several people have been installing other distros (thank you Mike and Sergio).

In the past 3 installfests, I have attended, Ubuntu has been shoved down the throats of attendees. I even had one lady who wanted MINT. She WANTED Mint.

Why you ask? There was a video error on her monitor with Ubuntu. Funny... she did not have the error with Mint...

2. Then, a woman wanted her printer working. A Canonical "employee" and I use the term loosely because of the smoke and mirrors was "helping". Of course, I use the term "helping" loosely also.

Now, here's the thing - the Canonical guy - Mark Thomas, decided because she no longer had internal wireless card working, he would install 14.04... over 14.04.
He didn't bother to say... find out what module was needed.
He didn't bother to say... install the module for the nic...

No... he reinstalled 14.04. This is a guy who works at Canonical for a living. This begs the question, "Why is a Canonical employee at an installfest". To possibly push SpyBuntu? The reinstall threw errors. Mark Thomas LEFT! Then, the woman said she would NEVER return!

How horrible is that for our community?!

Canonical and their flagship product is sinking fast. They are using our community minded people to push their fallen product.

There are so many flaws with Ubuntu.
Let's think about the virtual memory issue.
They don't know how to use swap.

Ever have the system freeze up on you?
Well, guess what!

3. Ubuntu "reps" will not argue. They just blindly follow and believe that Ubuntu is correct all the time, even when it is obvious to everyone else how corrupt and broken Ubuntu is.

4. These Ubuntu people are not exactly the most socially acceptable people in the world. Many of them are rude.

The fact is that one guy who even wanted to be a loco member just found out today about the cookies and data being sent to Amazon. If you can imagine the shock of hearing such news after installing Ubuntu for years at installfests.

The truth comes out, SPYBUNTU! As Alex states - Until you change your spying ways... we will boycott and ban you.

After some discussion with some of my community friends, I have decided to keep the gig with the state and use the money to go to Law School.

Thanks to Paradox, curmudgeon and the crew. I did not realize Timothy Lord had his JD.

Basically, there was a lot of encouragement to pursue this direction.


If this happens, it is like a dream come true.
September is the LSAT. I'll sit for that one.

8 Jun 2014 (updated 8 Jun 2014 at 06:45 UTC) »

I did a terrible thing.
I am doing a terrible thing.

I didn't realize it until this weekend and that is more terrible.

They needed someone who knew Moodle. They needed someone to convert Moodle files to Common Cartridge using MoodleRooms. Easy enough. It was Moodle. I wasn't thinking about the big picture.

For the past month, I have been working in implementing a proprietary Learning Management Solution.

On the one hand, it brings technology in the classroom to students across the state. That is the good thing. On the other hand, not only am I implementing a LMS that is proprietary... but I am converting this from non proprietary.

I think the one benefit here is that I can reverse the process and know what is necessary in conversions from proprietary platforms to non proprietary and thus create documentation regarding this and move our effort forward.

I feel terrible. I was sucked into this in the first place. OMG. What have I done. What am I doing. Please don't judge me. I'm not a terrible person.

No wonder I feel so isolated in the job. I'm not doing the right thing...

It was that friendly manager. I couldn't help it. I wasn't thinking straight. I had a moment. I lost myself for a moment, literally. All I wanted was to go there again. I ... I...

If I can turn this thing around I will. I swear I will. I will have to make this right.

My goals were the opposite of what I'm doing. Intention doesn't mean shit. It's my actions. What have I done. What have I done!

17 May 2014 (updated 17 May 2014 at 04:49 UTC) »

Sometimes, life is so weird.

So, now I am implementing a solution that could actually have over a million users. I love it because it leverages educational opportunities for all students.

I dislike Google. They contacted me about a tech writing job. They apparently give programmers a tech test... about simple things like binary trees and data structures.
They wanted a tech writer who could code. The recruiter wouldn't listen to me.

Here's my question - If you want a tech writer who can program... give me the damn tech test you stupid mother f**kers.

Next time, I'll just send my Sourceforge and Github info. No more freshmeat....

WTF! I don't want to do tech writing anymore at this point in my life. I don't want to be someone's code monkey either.

I don't want to be a server babysitter but it's the best opportunity I've had in awhile. When I started with GNU, I couldn't even get an admin job. In fact, a recruiter told me he didn't believe I wrote the Linux Essentials. I said, ????
He said, "well I can't use linux." I said, "I have a degree in computer science. You don't" He said, "clients aren't going to believe you, even if it is true. I'm just letting you know."

I don't have to prove I can code. Check out my code bitches.
I LOVE to code. I LOVE to find solutions and tweek my code. I love being the only one who can get a robot to work in a contest because I rock C++ and assembly.

I LOVE solving customer coding issues when the electronics engineer who worked on the touch technology cannot figure it out.

Sad... really. No one believes in me.

I have to say the one thing that really has kept me positive is that my current manager has absolute faith in my abilities. That is the only thing that really helps me out. I mean, First Wikipedia, then Google. I don't care if they don't think I can code. I don't care to work for them. It just really hurts because I got the degree because... I thought that would prove it.

Silly girl.
Don't you know that they just give away those Comp Sci degrees to anyone...

When I was in the computer science program in college, there was a job fair. I applied by adding my name to a list with my phone and email.

I received a call from the girl in the college careers office. The call went like this:

Her: Hi, I'm calling from college careers. I noticed you put your name on the list for the Coops and positions at Computer Sciences Corporation. I wanted to let you know that was a mistake.

Me: What was a mistake? Are they not interviewing?

Her: No, I mean, this is for people who are into computers a lot and have a lot of computer skills.

Me: Like people in the computer science program?

Her: Yes, so I'll just take your name off the list.

Me: No. No you won't. I'm in the computer science program.

Her: Oh, but this is for people who do like coding and stuff.

Me: I do coding... and STUFF.

Her: Yeah, but this is for, you know.... guys who are really good with coding and computers.

Me: Yeah, I code, I do web design, I can do database.

Her: Oh, you can do web design.

Me: Yes, and code.

Her: Ok, well I guess we can leave your name on the list.

I went further in the interview process than anyone at that college ever did.

They wined and dined me. I received like Airborne Express invitation for a formal meet and greet. .

Screw you little girl in the Career Services, Qim Gil at Wikipedia and Jeremiah Anderson who wouldn't even let me finish listing my skills. Screw. You.

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