3 Mar 2006 gnutizen   » (Journeyer)

Wage slavery

After a blissful year of working for myself and being poor, I am becoming a wage slave again. When I was in my 20's, my thoughts were on making a lot of money and getting stock options that would make me rich. Nowadays my thoughts tend to be on working for myself. I know if I worked for myself and made $70k a year, I would be very happy, I'm not sure how much less than that I could make and still live without having to worry about money.

Anyhow, me and my partners business is off and running - we are selling on e-Bay, our osCommerce site is up with its modules, we are in Froogle, we have all the corporation papers and have accounts with suppliers. Hopefully, with all the time I will be spending on my new job, all of the groundwork is done, and I can run the business on the weekend, along with my partner and others peripherally involved. An influx of capital will be helpful in some respects.

As I said before, my perspective has changed since my early 20's. Time is more valuable to me than money nowadays, although it is not easy to find a 40 hour a week IT job, everyone is hellbent in expropriating more and more surplus labor time from me and everyone else. I would gladly take a large pay cut to work a 40 hour job, but that is quite difficult to find nowadays. I am quite unhappy selling myself back into wage slavery, but hopefully the capital influx etc. can get me going on working for myself. It's unfortunate the workers of the United States have to spend so much of their lives working to achieve their own freedom from the bonds of wage slavery, with few even being able to even achieve this. Of course, in terms of individual struggle this will just get worse, only a long campaign of organized struggle will put an end to this.

Mucking with Linux modules

It took me so long to get my CD-ROM burner, DVD player, and USB wireless ethernet adapter (which uses an external kernel module) to work for Linux 2.4, that I haven't gone to 2.6 yet. I'm too busy and don't want to go through all of that again. But anyhow, I want to receive faxes on my box and started mucking with that stuff. I compiled the related kernel modules. Now I'm reading that my modem has no free as in speech, or even free as in beer Linux drivers. I hope I don't muck with this for hours more only to find out there's no Linux support and I can't receive faxes. In other news, my roommate's Windows Internet connection keeps conking out for no reason, so I guess it could be worse - I could be using Windows.

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