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March becomes "Red Cross Month", Google sets you FREE, M$ must offer browser choice in EU

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Buenos días, Amigos.

Yesterday was a looong day, and I was unable to post here. I was out interpreting, Bridgeport, CT.
On a positive note, I had a delicious lunch of picanha, peixe frito, quiabo, aborbora, e feijão at Terra Brasilis. Yummmm…good stuff!
Today, I have a lot of catching up to do here in the office, one project working, two more on hold, busy, busy, busy.

Nonetheless, I wanted to stop in and bring your attention to a few matters:

First, President Obama has declared March to be “Red Cross Month”.
In his declaration, President Obama states:

The Red Cross has continued to serve those suffering from large- and small-scale disasters. The organization is best known for its work helping communities deal with major disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. These large-scale disasters represent a major part of the work of the American Red Cross. Just as important are the tens of thousands of small-scale disasters that occur every day in communities nationwide, and the volunteers who respond to them. These efforts include supporting our military and their families, collecting and distributing blood, helping the needy, delivering health and safety education, and providing aid abroad. [1]

see: and article

This is interesting: Chile earthquake may have shifted Earth’s axis, apparently enough to have altered the length of a day by a few milliseconds. Kind of creEpy, really.

Next, and this is pretty cool, Google wants to make removing your data from their services as easy as falling off a log.

How many other internet companies do that? I understand removing your data from Facebook would require nothing short of a nuclear holocaust.

And last, for now, I found this amusing:
The European Commission has ruled, in antitrust proceedings, that MicroSoft® must offer users a choice for their default browser, rather than automatically include Internet Explorer®.

That’s all I have for now, me droogies…Back to work!

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March 2, 2010 at 6:52 am

knol – a unit of knowledge

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I can’t believe I’m just now learning of this. I found out at Ed Yourdon’s blog.

Back in 2007, Google released Knol, a user edited repository of knowledge that some have likened to Wikipedia.

According to Google’s own Knol Help,

Knol has one goal: to help you share what you know.

The Knol project is a site that hosts many knols units of knowledge written about various subjects. The authors of the knols can take credit for their writing, provide credentials, and elicit reviews and comments. Users can provide feedback, comments, and related information. So the Knol project is a platform for sharing information, with multiple cues that help you evaluate the quality and veracity of information. 1

As I see it, Knol is pretty cool. It is like Wikipedia, in that users are invited to share their knowledge, submit and contribute to “knols” or articles thereon. There are distinct differences, however.

The tools provided for creating and editing pages on knol are a bit more “user-friendly” for your average net-citizen to use, including wysiwyg tools, rather than requiring knowledge of wiki markup of any particular variety (there are various out there now), and doesn’t require knowledge of any html or any other coding skills.

On thing that could, in my opinion, stand improvement, is the manner in which knol URLs are formed. At Wikipedia, you can pretty well find an article by adding that for which you search to the end of the wikipedia domain, as in, say you are searching for “cows”, you know you can find relevant information at . Pretty simple. Unfortunately, knol does not build article links in so simple a fashion. A search for “cows” on knol gives a long list of results, with URLs that look like this: . You will notice that, after the domain, there is a name (in this case, Chris Kovacs), then the topic (cows), and then some garbledy-gook. All knols appear to be organized by author, first, which does have certain advantages, for the author, as the author IS important at knol, unlike wikipedia, in which authors are sometimes rather anonymous. Also, various authors may submit knols on the same topic, so there is no definitive knol on any particular topic. Also, once an author has created a knol, they have the right to manage that knol, meaning they can accept or reject contributions from other authors, as they see fit. As such, knol differs widely from Wikipedia, being more of a place for authors to showcase their knowledge, rather than a community maintained knowledge repository.

I surfed around knol a bit this morning while drinking my first few cups of Pilo (o Cafe Forte do Brasil), and particularly enjoyed this knol about chilenismos (Chilean slang), by Tomas Bradanovic.

I dug around a bit more, and was astounded to find that there was no knol about Free Software! I just couldn’t believe it!
So, I rolled up my sleeves and waded into the fray, and have now become the proud author of this knol on Free Software.
It was easy!

So, dust of your knowledge and share it on Google’s Knol.


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February 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Updates on Earthquake in Chile, relief efforts, etc.

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Estimates of deaths resulting from yesterday’s magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile, and consequent aftershocks, including an aftershock measured at 6.0 just this morning, have now climbed to over 700, with over 2 million displaced from their homes. (nytimes article)
Damages have been most severe in the region of Concepción, Chile’s second largest metropolitan center.

Various relief efforts have already begun, and opportunities established for those who wish to contribute.
Most convenient are those services set up whereby one may donate via text messages on a cell phone.
Here are a few:

  • Text the word “CHILE” to 25383 to donate $10 on behalf of the Habitat for Humanity
  • Text the word “CHILE” to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of World Vision
  • Text the word “CHILE” to 52000 to donate $10 on behalf of the Salvation Army
  • Text the word “REBUILD” to 50555 to donate $10 on behalf of Operation USA’s Chile disaster relief efforts

Users can also donate money, United Airline miles, or other goods to Operation USA’s Chile disaster relief efforts at the group’s Web site.
Also, Google has set up a page on which one can donate to various efforts, and/or seek persons who are missing and/or offer information on those who are missing for those who may be seeking them.

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February 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm


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By now, of course, everyone has heard that there’s been a brutal earthquake this morning in Santiago de Chile.

I found out early this morning when my mother called me, and asked if I had heard from my friend, beautiful and talented artist, Paholita, who resides in the Santiago.

art of pahola jasmina sarda castro

I immediately attempted to phone Paholita, unsuccessfully, but have since heard from both her and her daughter, and they are well.
I have other friends in Santiago, too.

I’m pleased to announce that my friend Hector Mansilla of the Fundación GnuChile is alive and well.

I’m still waiting to hear from otros amigos chilenos.
To all in Chile, we send MUCHO AMOR.
Les mando abrazos a todos, les quiero mucho.

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February 27, 2010 at 11:40 am

Creation of Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations)

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Acuerdan crear Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños – Yahoo! Noticias.

Oddly, I can’t find a single article about this in English yet.  This may be due to the fact the English speaking Canada and USA have been excluded, and our journalists are sleeping at the wheel.

In any case, in Playa del Carmen, México, leaders from 32 Latin American and Caribbean nations have agreed to build a coalition of Latin American and Caribbean nation states.

According to the Yahoo! article in Spanish:

El objetivo será proyectar a nivel global a la región con fundamento en el respeto al derecho internacional, igualdad de estados, respeto a los derechos humanos y la cooperación, señaló el presidente mexicano Felipe Calderón, anfitrión del encuentro.

The purpose of the community, according to Mexican President, Felipe Calderón, will be the advancement of member nations at a global level, based on respect of international law, equality among nations, respect of human rights, and cooperation.
The article mentions that a verbal spat ensued between Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, and Colombia’s President Alejandro Uribe (nothing new there).
Raul Castro called the event “of historical transcendence”. Honduras was absent from the party, to Costa Rica’s chagrin.

Chilean President Elect Sebastien Piñera noted that it is important to understand that this new community is not meant to replace the Organization of American States, in which both Canada and the US are participants, as various members of this new organization have expressed dissatisfaction in the OAS’s capacity to resolve matters in the region.

The new organization will meet in Venezuela in 2011, and in Chile in 2012.

UPDATE: I found relevant news in English at, and further relevant information here:

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February 23, 2010 at 11:57 am

Tréboles – Rock desde Chile

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estes huevones son amigos míos.

These guys are friends of mine in Santiago, Chile.
They rock, and there are other Tréboles (means “clover”) videos on youtube.


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February 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm

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otro video de La Ley

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ai, que canción linda y triste, no…

Compre este MP3 de Amazon:

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July 12, 2009 at 7:41 am

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