Name: Marcia Wilbur
Member since: 2001-06-08 18:34:27
Last Login: 2014-01-19 13:40:36
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
Graduate Three Rivers Community
Technical College - Computer Science
Well, I did get my git going. I like to work locally. However, I realized that should something happen to me or my machine, those files and apps might be lost.
So, it is a great way to get organized. I like subversion but I'm enjoying git.
For now, I'm working on a mobile app for elearning. Let's see how it works with my current LMS on Faqlinux. No learning up there just yet.
Ultimately, I would love to see shared learning. However, I don't know if that can happen yet.
There are so many other outlets for people who are creative.
I had efront set up on FAQLinux but something happened and I decided to go with Moodle. I had a few honest users on there .
Now, with Moodle, I have trolls.
That reminds me, I have to clean up dmcasucks.
This has been a crazy week with the Zimmerman thing, Farm Bill, and such. I don't know what to think. Violence is not the answer.
Last night I was able to reclaim dmcasucks.org
We are far past the times when the site was used to inform people that a DMCA existed.
We are far past the times when the site was used to inform people about the potential dangers to the DMCA.
We are past the times when the site was used to invoke people into irl protest action against the DMCA and censorship (unfortunately).
The new focus must be:
Impact of the DMCA on others - even though there is plenty of information about it out there
- Collaboration of individuals to speak up against the DMCA via video to be used in the Documentary Project to create a DMCA documentary
- Written/summary of personal DMCA stories from individuals impacted
- Interviews via webcam with individuals adversely affected by the DMCA
So many DMCA Notifications are looked over for the basic requirements and then that information is used to take down a website or blog. Other items need to be taken into consideration. One particular case in point is where a false DMCA notification is sent against someone. In one case a false notification was sent with the sender being the same person as the receiver. Yes! This was not caught. The blog was taken down and the content not recovered. When content is not recovered, Limitations on Liability are revoked.
- Training center for DMCA Agents
- Free Copyright training (Moodle)
- Training about the DMCA
All training will be delivered electronically
- Any DMCA related protests that might come about
I will blog about current and relevant DMCA related "situations". RMS said to me over 10 years ago, just keep writing...
Links - Similar relevant links: EFF, DRM info, Chilling, FSF - GFDL, Public domain sites
No ADS! :)
Again, it has been awhile.
Today, I had an interview with a company that needed a technical writer who knew Unix. While I could go into the differences between UNIX and GNU/Linux, I would rather focus on what is happening within our community.
We used to be a community. We worked together on projects and we lifted each other up. What happened today was a complete shock to my system.
I have never been a system administrator. It would be a lie to say I had not thought about it. Instead, I spent my time advocating for freedom and coding. Why? I love it. Why else would you do anything? Oh... yeah. For $$
Well, since I had been using Debian all these years, I had a chance today to look back on some of my work. I have created installers and programs, I have ported applications that were only ported for Red Hat to Debian and got these to work. Upon contacting the companies, they told me... we don't care if it works on Debian, only Red Hat.
Before it was commonplace, I was making isos and using cdrecord to burn CDs, showing anyone who would listen how. In fact, I was instrumental in the first installfest in Phoenix. Yes, I have been a part of the community both online and in real life.
Yet today, I felt like a luser, a newb and why?
Because I am not a sys admin and I was applying for a job where I would work with server babysitters.
I believe my expertise is in the mid to high level. However, I was asked questions about things I never use, like /op. (Don't use it because really... it's all about me.)
I have tinkered with SaaS, worked on embedded applications and hardware and the list goes on and on... boring, I know.
The point is that I *thought* we were a community. I *thought* it didn't matter whether one was a programmer or a sys admin or even a n00b.
Haven't these people read Emmett's Welcome Wagon?
Now, I see that there are many opportunists just using Linux for profit.
I have actually de-constructed several programs that use ffmpeg but do not include the GPL. A lot of companies are using our work and not including the GPL. One company that makes a good profit using FFMPEG and does not include the GPL is Articulate. Another is Adaptive.
There are companies that offer a "free" compiler. They do offer the code, but it is so obfuscated, it would be challenging compiling this mess. The product manager laughed as he told me this.
There are so many positives that have come from our community. Unfortunately, I am seeing a lot of negatives. Not anything we have done, but the unintended consequences of our pure vision.
Today is a sad day for me.
Perhaps tomorrow will bring more hope for community. At least I can say that we did have good intentions and made some positive changes. Unfortunately, the businesses and opportunists are dividing our efforts and our community with their labels as:
Any insinuation that a programmer is less valuable than a system administrator hurts our community.
Working together is what we did. It's how we succeeded and to see that change, even on a small level is devastating!
Let's get together and work together. That's how we are going to make things happen.
Well, it's been awhile!
I left Microchip a couple of years ago for many reasons, the least not being that my supervisor didn't know what an infinite loop was.
The fact is that the weeks prior to my leaving, I was set to teach a course at the yearly Masters conference on embedded and Linux. This course was cancelled. The reason, I was told that there just wasn't any interest.
At that time I was also working on a distro project aimed at embedded users. This project was scrapped at about the same time the class was cancelled.
Feeling stagnant and feeling that things were not going to change, I left to pursue other options. I don't regret that decision, as much as I did love working in an engineering environment.
I was looking for a job for my sister, who is in finance, so I looked at Microchip and found this post for a Linux Fellow. Ironically, I meet the qualifications. These big companies have no idea what they have. While Microchip was not at all the evil empire that other corporate entities are, they still failed to recognize the talent and skills of their current staff pool...
Microchip is seeking a dynamic open-source leader, speaker and developer to be our Linux Technical Fellow, internally and for the embedded Linux community at large. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for executing the following objectives:
1) Shape the strategy for Microchip to become a respected player in the embedded Linux community.
2) Working with architects, ensure that Microchip devices and software present a world-class solution.
3) Guide the realization of the strategy developed above, staffing and leading a team to do so.
4) Represent Microchip’s growing dominance in the community.
5) Improve and maintain Microchip’s relationship with key Linux influencers.
•Develop a viable, culturally-appropriate business strategy to make Microchip a vital force in embedded Linux.
•Ensure that Microchip’s silicon devices represent a viable vehicle for embedded Linux.
•Ensure that Microchip’s software offerings appropriately support the Linux eco-system.
•Ensure that Microchip’s Linux offering meets or exceeds the demands of our customer base.
•Represent Microchip to the community when necessary.
•Represent Microchip’s Linux offering to key customers as required.
•Coordinate the embedded Linux message with marketing professionals.
•Attract and build a first-rate development team and lead the realization of the agreed-upon strategy.
•Step in and provide hands-on guidance, including coding, when necessary.
Job Requirements :
•Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field, preferably an advanced degree.
•Proven, demonstrable track record bringing Linux to the embedded world.
•Minimum five (5) years contributing to the open-source, preferably Linux, community.
•Excellent verbal (including public speaking), written, teaching and presentation skills.
•Strong organization skills.
•Strong leadership skills.
•A team-oriented perspective.
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