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Name: Charles MacDonald
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I consider myself an observer of the free/open software revolution.
I am both hopeful that the world is close to having a complete set of computer tools that are not controled by any one entity. And woried that one entity may manage to outmanover the world into accepting a lock down system of computing that depends on the grace of a single firm.
I have been hanging out on the net since the National Capital Freenet came out of beta, and am firmly convinced that the opening a means of communication to individual people will in the long run result in human progress.
My ICBM Address is Near Latitude: 45.26 N and Longitude: 75.93 W
My BA is in the social sciences.
I have been working closly with the GOSLING and Digital Copyright community groups.


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Great interest around here, the Provincial privacy commissioner made a statemnet that the INFOCARD feature in the upcoming VISTA OS is just what the Internet needs..

Hopefully any ontario residents will be in a position to "educate" her on this matter..

article here

Some of my friends who are connected with the Gosling Community have been working on a little bit of awareness of FLOSS for the local Political folks. They prepared a package on OpenOffice for windows and such which may be of use for others who want to raise awareness. The package is at Gosling for those who are intersted.

The story did get a bit of a play on CJOH program Tech Now.

After a stint at trying burn out at my old job, I have been working at getting back to life. Unfortunatly, the new job I have been put into is a bit disorgainized, and so I am not sure what is happening. At least I have a boss who is working on a few good projects. I am sure I will muddle through.

I have used the time to decide that I will no longer dream of contibuting software, as young folks can write several apps while I am just doing an outline. Instead I will concentrate on getting folks to use the fine software that others have written.

OF course, the nice folks at Stats Canada, are giving me more motivation to work at my new found task. They have decided to Hire An Amrican Defence Multinational or two to write the software for the May 2006 Census, and in the process created a 4 million Dollar web application that will only work on Windows and Mac. The application checks its enviroment before it will run, and depends on a specific version of Java.

True, most the limitations seem to be from This COTS Package which claims to be Multiplatform.

MCR does have some good analysis on his page.

HI all.

I have not been here in a long time due to our old friend stress, but I did get a welcome reprive at this years OLS.

I just posted an article on the front page that sums up what I learned at the BOF that I held..

I was hoping to post this yesterday but somehow some dimbulb managed to get an Ant Trap into my Backyard where the dog Got a chance to chew on it, so that day went by in a blur of visits to the vet, and reporting things to the police.

Take care everyone

HI again

Between problems at work, a dead machine at home, and ending up on sick leave for stress...I have not been here for a while..

Since my Advogato cookie was on the machine that croaked, and part of the stress came from lack of web access ... I managed to get back in here by trying about 20 old passwords.

At least I can be proud to say that I am declaring myself Windows free at home.

Must get working on my FAQ updates.

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