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Name: Marcia Wilbur
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Homepage: www.faqlinux.com

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Author of "DMCA", a Decade of the DMCA and In your pocket: the DMCA.


Maintained dmcasucks.org protest site

DigitalSpeech.org (FSF) advisory committee member.

Freelance writer for BinaryFreedom.com

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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10 Feb 2017 (updated 10 Feb 2017 at 06:02 UTC) »

So, I'll be at SCALE in March. Just hanging out on the Legal Track. Hope to meet up with some old friends/coworkers/associates and possibly meet some new ones. This comes at a very good time. I've been alone for some time. I'm not just a single half white/half Japanese woman (lady), but I don't date. Usually, I'm just a "novelty". Easily tossed after boredom sets in. Perhaps food for thought for someone with an Asian fetish. No, I don't like fanboys. Don't get me wrong. I'll hang out. I'll party until you try to grope me... then, I'm out! It happened more than once. No, I don't go out really unless I'm dragged out or am forced to break the barrier of that door to go somewhere. The LIGHT... it BURNS!

I'm not saying that I'm more productive staying home but... I've been automating everything, include the coffee machine. LOL. I'm thinking of automating the nutribullet. Hmmm Robotic arm and servos might work.

However, while there is some amount of heat coming from the computers, they don't keep me "warm" at night. Knowing I rock, that is some comfort.

So, I took this gig at Intel. I had another client waiting on me. I was like... Let's see how this goes - I'll just go the first day. When I met the sponsor I was like, "oh, he's cute". He seemed very nice too. So, I went back the second day. I know this is wrong... at least my moral code tells me this is wrong. I kept going in and doing the work. All I wanted to do was help him and please him. I didn't need the chump change they paid me. In fact, that part was kind of irritating.

Then I realized I'm part of a new economy. The economy of rewarding myself with his company, he being some kind of eye candy payment rather than dollars. Well, it's true. Once I saw those muscles, there was a lust factor. It did NOT start out like that. I guess 3 years alone will do that to you. LOL. In fact, I could have at one point lost my client because all I wanted to do was to share my time with this guy. All I looked forward to was our time together.

It got to a point where I was so tired with all the projects, working like 75 hours a week and coming home to a messy house, Postmating and using Amazon Prime for like everything from TP to food because I couldn't move. Good thing I could see well enough to know the difference. White gold (TP) has a different consistency from edible items like Ravioli out of a can. Yeah... I was eating so healthy, my sugars were 360 waking. Yeah. I was on the fast track to the cemetery! I finally was like, I'm going to tell him I like him and stop this nonsense. The work was basically done. I tried so many times. I even called his work phone and got vm - chickened out.

But I didn't. I never told him.
I just LEFT.

Well, at least I don't have to work so many hours. My sugars and weight are down. There's such an issue here with balance, you know. I don't want to be alone all the time but I don't want someone who... wastes my time. That sounds bad huh! hahahaha.

But, it's true.

Also, there are so few people in this world I enjoy. It's tough moving on. UGH. So few people I admire and respect. He was an engineer and had my full admiration and respect.

I had it bad, man.

"When the manager came over to the cubicle with him, I wanted to reach out.... I was so happy to see every curve of his face. He was a sight for sore eyes. His hair, full, thick - black like oil - glistened under the florescent lighting of this new cubicle. His gorgeous eyes pierced into my soul! A warmth fell over me as he stood there. Okay, maybe it was the florescent lighting, but still!

Every curve, every inch of his face was glorious. I never thought I would see him again. He was the only reason I agreed to return. I wanted to see him. My soul was overjoyed to simply be in his presence. He stood there, seemingly uncertain of how I would react. I imagine he was worried. There was nothing he could do to make me upset or mad at him. I felt whole again, and I could not help but smile.

He helped me connect my monitor. When his hand touched mine, I thought I was going to pass out. He touched me, you know... like Physically! For most people, that would be nothing. For me, this was some physical confirmation that I was alive! He touched me. I might never see him again, but we touched. Yes, I had it bad!

He came for me to get a mouse. We went to the tech vending machine. The machine was out. I looked at him standing next to the machine.

He was so handsome. Then, I saw it.
There, creeping out of his right shirt sleeve, I saw his bicep. Yes, I almost died. I mean I could have seriously needed CPR at that point. Be still my heart. Where do they keep the defibrillator?!!! He was so attractive at that very moment! Yea... I'll never forget that. At that point my heart sent a message to my body: Absolutely in Agreement! Next Steps Please!"

No next steps. The next steps for me are sitting alone at this desk with 4 computers to keep me busy. I think of my other options - not too glamorous. Oh, for other women maybe they would be - but none include the possibility of love. They include comfortable existence.. in each case. I don't want that comfortable existence! Just money and fwb. I'm not going to be a mistress for a man with power. I'm not going to be the companion of someone just because there is money. I can find my own money. I don't crave power. Just not going there.

I never told him. I just LEFT. I didn't even say goodbye. I couldn't leave the cubicle area. The manager was closing me out. I did this. I requested this. It was because I found out he pushed forward my closing out and I was going to be blacklisted the way he did it. How could he? I don't know if it was intentional or not. Maybe I just didn't matter. I didn't. I was just a consultant. No one important. At Intel, you learn that in their culture right away. Green badges are second class citizens. Terrible culture.

Damn my passive aggressive Asian upbringing - hahaha.

What's next? Who knows? Feeding pigeons in the park... taking lyfts to the store just to have a human to speak with. I don't know. Isolation is a part of the game. There must be a balance to all of this, somewhere. I am working on some ground breaking shit, man.

DITA topics/tasks - pure reuse to output as learning content with quizzes, interactions and is SCORM compliant.

Totally solves the - holy shit we need to update our learning shit.

It only works if the organization is willing to modularize their content into little xml topics/tasks.

But it is the shiz. I can use GNU Linux, I can automate tasks I can code and get paid.

Living the dream. Alone. But living the dream!
...and out of tissue.
Bummer.

I keep seeing 1 star ratings for my writing. Funny thing is.. I write for a living. Maybe they don't appreciate my perspective regarding the DMCA - overreaching, patent like protection, etc.

Or maybe I just suck.

I was so freaked out when I saw advogato was not loading today!

Have I ever mentioned I had to work with open source people recently who didn't want to keep the source open. This basically pissed off me and pissed off another member of the team. The team member told me his story and I told him mine. Apparently, we did not realize we had the same run in... individually with the project manager and developer.

Wow.

So, basically, here I was - free software, working with open source. I thought it might be ok. I mean, they didn't have the same ethics but in the end... ultimately, they wanted to keep the source closed (albeit the source was GPL and distributed app) and the one developer didn't want to release the version as his "Ughbuntu" side was not done. Well, obviously, Debian waits for no Ubuntu...

hahahaha

Yes, I made the executive decision to release the Debian Version.
Then, I ported it to Mint. That was kind of like Ughbuntu...

Anyway, I managed to piss off Ubuntu people. Nothing new today!

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.

http://youtu.be/X60FYdkqGpE


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