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¡Viva la FREE WEB!

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the free web

A FREE, uncensored, neutral internet is ESSENTIAL to Free Expression and Freedom of Information.


¡Viva la FREE WEB!

In recent times, we have seen governments restrict access to the internet. We’ve seen the huge, corporate owned social networking and microblogging sites censor content their investors do not like, and even remove accounts belonging to protesting entities, such as Twitter’s recent removal of the account for OccupyWallStreet, and Facebook’s censorship of protest related photos.

But, we need the internet to communicate, not just locally, but nation-wide, and world-wide, to express our views, to make our voices heard, and to share what it is we are doing, and how our oppressors react, EVERYWHERE…

To that end:

The decentralized, federated, FREE (as in freedom, as well as price), social networks on which I currently play are:


Diaspora* is software that can be installed on a server by anyone that has the knowledge to do so. They in turn can allow people to register for an account on what is called their “pod”. There are many of these pods already established across the internet (list here with many users. You register for a free account on a pod and you can seamlessly connect with other users on other pods, the same as if you were making someone a friend on other social networking sites. No matter which pod you are on, you are all using Diaspora. If you have the technical skills, you can even set up your own pod for your family and or friends. They can in turn connect to family and friends on your pod or even other pods with ease.

Diaspora* has many of the features of other popular social networks, including groupings of friends (like G+ circles, but called “aspects”. Oh, and Diaspora* had this feature over a year before G+ was even launched!), sharing of photos, links, videos, etc. Diaspora will allow you cross-post materials to twitter, facebook, and tumblr, and allow you to connect to friends on Friendika, as well. The aspects give you great control over who can view your content, so you have complete control over your privacy. Also, YOU own all content that you post. Diaspora* has no advertisements, and nobody on Diaspora* is tracking you, either on the site or across the internet. Diaspora* will not censor your communications with others. Also, on Diaspora* you can use any name or pseudonym you like.

There are numerous Diaspora sites, but they are all connected, so contacts on any Diaspora site can be connected to folks on another Diaspora site.

Here is my Diaspora profile:

I recommend joining diaspora at or


StatusNET is for microblogging (like twitter, and can forward updates to twitter) built on free/open source software. StatusNEt is uncensored, free, and you can roll your own. StatusNet has features that twitter lacks, including posting of longer “blog” entries, sharing of events, uploading photos and music files, creation of polls and questions, and cross-connections with folks on any other StatusNet site. Also, one can make their StatusNet updates forward to Twitter, thus sharing with twitter contacts and StatusNet contacts, simultaneously. One more great feature of StatusNet are groups. By posting updates with a certain tag, the messages are grouped, and one can choose to be a member of that group and follow conversations on that topic. For instance, on the statusnet installation at, there is a group for Occupy New Haven, and any update with !occupynewhaven or !onh is posted to that group. So, statusnet is kind of like twitter on steriods. Much more powerful, many more features. It is also more configurable. Our statusnet installation, for instance, is set to accept updates with up to 200 characters, as opposed to twitter’s 140 (one can change this up to 500 characters). Like Diaspora*, statusnet does not track you, spam you with advertisements, censor you, or lay claim to your content.

There is a statusnet installation on at Check it out!
My profile is
From there, I am following friends from all around the world on,, and a few other smaller, private StatusNet installations, who are also following me from those sites, and I have my updates forwarded to twitter, from whence they forward to Google Buzz, Tumblr, and Facebook. If any of those proprietary networks cut me off or censored me, my friends all around the world on and would still see my updates, as would, of course, anyone on our installation, or any other StatusNet installation who chose to follow me.

One can even export updates from any statusnet site, group, or individual to an rss feed, or, one can follow an rss feed. I have my free-haven updates embedded on my free-haven wiki profile here. Also, I have all public updates to our statusnet installation embedded on the front page of this wiki here.




But, best of all, in my opinion, is Friendika.

Friendika is decentralized and federated, but also allows you to connect to contacts on twitter,, diaspora, facebook, and other sites, from friendika. I recommend Friendika most highly of all (although a combination of statusnet for microblogging and friendika is a good idea). Friendika has photo galleries, an event calendar, friend groups, and all the other functions you already use on other social networks. Like Diaspora* and StatusNet, Friendika does not track you, spam you with advertisements, censor you, or lay claim to your content.

Learn more about friendika at

The creator, Mike Macgrivin, is a friend (he was part of the team that developed Netscape Browser for AOL!). I have developed software to interact with the Friendika’s API, and may be developing some plugins.

My current friendika profile is

Comparison of Social Networks

In Diaspora, StatusNet, and Friendika, unlike FB, G+, and other sites, you own your own data, and completely control your own privacy. The sites are not corporate owned, and, in fact, if you have access to a server and the know-how, you can install and run a site yourself (kind of like you can with wordpress, joomla, etc.), and still connect to all the other friendika and/or diaspora sites. In this way, a truly FREE, open, neutral internet is forming, uncensored and unfettered by corporate interests.

Here is an excellent breakdown of the differences and similarities in social networks.
You will see that Friendika is richer in features than any other.


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October 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Luisa Maita – Lero-Lero

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via YouTube – Luisa Maita – Lero-Lero.

No estão oferecendo o mp3 gratis, em troca por um tweet (A @ é destaque na @ e pra comemorar eu baixei uma música em troca de um tweet! ).  Pois, dessa forma fiquei sabendo dessa garota lindinha e talentosa, e fui buscando mais músicas dela.  Valeu, sim!

Luísa Maita Lero-Lero

Luísa Maita Lero-Lero

Se você gostar, pode comprar o disco inteiro Lero-Lero

ou ainda melhor, pode baixar todos os mp3s por somente US$5.00: Lero-Lero (Amazon Exclusive Version) (vem com um remix extra somente disponível no amazon!)

Comprei os mp3 dessa forma, e estou gostando demais!

In today they are giving a free download of this song, in exchange for a tweet.  Thus, I learned of this beautiful and talented girl, and went in search of more of her music. It was definitely worth it!

Follow this link to get the mp3 for yourself: 

If you like it, you can get the CD for $13 here: Lero-Lero

or, even better, download the entire mp3 album for only $5 here: Lero-Lero (Amazon Exclusive Version) (comes with an extra remix song ONLY available on Amazon!)

I bought the mp3s, and I am LOVING it!

Okay, desde que eu estava aqui de tarde escrevendo, eu tenho que dizer que NÃO POSSO PARAR DE ESCUTAR ESSA MENINA!
Eu tive que sair de casa, pois, fiz um disco das suas músicas pra levar no carro, E, também pois as suas canções no meu celular (android), e, fico escutando, de novo e de novo, sem cansar dessas músicas. Tem elementos folcloricos e de músicas tradicionais brasileiras, mas, também algo bem moderno, que nem posso describir, e, que ela tem influencias em outros artistas brasileir@s já e obvio (Céu, Marisa, Bebel, Adriana e muitos que llegaram bem antes) mas, ela tem criado algo bem distinto, ainda. Além de tudo, essas músicas possuem uma beleza cativante que me deixam louco pra ouvir-as de novo.
Você TEM que escutar esse disco. Eu juro.

Okay, since I was here this afternoon writing, I have to say that I CAN NOT STOP LISTENING TO THIS GIRL!
I had to go out, so, I burnt a disc of her music to take in the car, AND, I also put her songs on my cell phone (android), and I keep listening, over and over, without tiring of these songs. They have elements of folk and traditional Brazilian music, but, also, something quite modern,that I can’t quite describe, and, that she’s been influenced by other Brazilian artists (Céu, Marisa, Bebel, Adriana and many other who came before her) is quite obvious, yet, she’s made something all her own and original. Above all, these songs possess a captivating, hauting beauty to them that makes me crazy to hear them again.
I swear, you have GOT to listen to this disc.


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January 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

Time for nonprofits to leave proprietary fundraising software systems behind

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BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that CiviCRM has earned its recommendation as a fully featured donor and contact management system for nonprofits.

The FSF had highlighted the need for a free software solution in this area as part of its High Priority Projects campaign. With this announcement, the FSF will also be adopting CiviCRM for its own use, and actively encouraging other nonprofit organizations to do the same.

Nonprofits have historically relied heavily on proprietary or web-hosted “software as a service” fundraising software such as Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge or eTapestry. The nonprofit organizations using them are locked in, have little control over the functionality of the software, and are dependent on the whims of a single company. Nonprofits also face costly migration if they wish to switch to a different proprietary system, never achieving independence. These factors mean that tools intended to enhance organizations’ effectiveness have actually ended up restricting their ability to accomplish their social missions.

CiviCRM, however, shares its software code so all organizations can see how it works, have the option of commissioning anyone to make customizations to it, and can host it on their own trusted servers. Since the code and the data format are freely available, using the system does not mean being locked into it. Because it runs on the free GNU/Linux operating system, it eliminates the need for another frequent nonprofit proprietary software dependency — Microsoft Windows.

“The features now offered by CiviCRM will satisfy nonprofits seeking to organize their relationships with donors, supporters, and the media. In addition to storing contact information, it handles online fundraising, event registration, membership management, and personalized paper and electronic mailings. Best of all, it’s free software distributed under the GNU Affero General Public License, which means nonprofits can host it themselves and retain the freedom they need to advance their missions unfettered,” said John Sullivan, FSF’s operations manager.

Free software ideals encouraging sharing and modification have been central to CiviCRM’s growth. Developer Dave Greenberg explained, “The CiviCRM project was started by a group of developers and project managers who had been working together on a proprietary donation processing application. As folks who were passionate about increasing the impact and effectiveness of the nonprofits, we came to realize that there was a need for a CRM application designed from the ground up to meet the needs of civic sector organizations. From the beginning it was clear that this should be free software — community driven and community owned. On a personal level I find the engagement with our community of users to be intellectually stimulating and rewarding. Seeing folks with expertise in a particular area step up and contribute their time and ideas to help improve the product is quite exciting.”

“The features now offered by CiviCRM will satisfy nonprofits seeking to organize their relationships with donors, supporters, and the media. In addition to storing contact information, it handles online fundraising, event registration, membership management, and personalized paper and electronic mailings. Best of all, it’s free software distributed under the GNU Affero General Public License, which means nonprofits can host it themselves and retain the freedom they need to advance their missions unfettered.” — John Sullivan, operations manager

In making the switch, the FSF joins other organizations like Amnesty International, Creative Commons, and the Wikimedia Foundation, who have also been using CiviCRM.

Executive director Peter Brown described the FSF’s use of the software and intent to publicize it: “I look forward to encouraging other nonprofit organizations to escape their current proprietary or ‘software as a service’ systems and give CiviCRM a try. As a nonprofit, the FSF manages over 40,000 contacts and 15,000 donation transactions per year, a book publishing operation, online store, and several advocacy campaign websites with associated mailing lists — all with free software. A general purpose donor and contact management system will be the final piece of the puzzle for charitable organizations looking to operate using only free software. We plan to publish a guide offering our experiences as a resource for other nonprofits concerned with the social implications of their technology.”

Nathan Yergler, chief technology officer at Creative Commons, offered further praise for the software: “CiviCRM is a critical part of Creative Commons’ infrastructure. We’ve seen the application mature and steadily improve with new features and performance improvements coming in every release. CiviCRM’s developer community is accessible and responsive, going beyond the normal call of duty to help when needed. I would happily recommend CiviCRM to organizations like Creative Commons looking for a CRM solution.”

CiviCRM core team member Piotr Szotkowski noted that despite the project’s maturity, there is still rewarding work to be done: “We could definitely use more helping hands. Being able to work on CiviCRM gives a lot of non-direct benefits, like the very warm and fuzzy feelings of great satisfaction and fulfillment: knowing that one’s code was used to help the Katrina hurricane victims, that it helps organizations like Amnesty International or Front Line fight for human rights defenders, or that it helps organizations like the Wikimedia Foundation better organize their great work on Wikipedia and all their other projects.”

Further information about downloading, using, and contributing to CiviCRM can be found at An ongoing discussion of comparisons between free software database options is on the FSF’s LibrePlanet wiki.

For a description of the dangers in relying on “software as a service,” see “Who does that server really serve?“.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users’ right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software — particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants — and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF’s work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

About Free Software and Open Source

The free software movement’s goal is freedom for computer users. Some, especially corporations, advocate a different viewpoint, known as “open source,” which cites only practical goals such as making software powerful and reliable, focuses on development models, and avoids discussion of ethics and freedom. These two viewpoints are different at the deepest level. For more explanation, see

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April 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm

TKLJ – a tcl/tk Livejournal client

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I have written a stand-alone, free/open source, cross-platform LJ client in tcl/tk.

further information here

I figured,”why not? ”

I mean, it’s not like there aren’t enough LJ Clients…right?

I will continue to include LJ posting in tickle text, of course, but thought a stand-alone client would be fun to write.

It still needs some work.
It wouldn’t even get listed on the LJ Client page here at LJ yet, since, it doesn’t download and edit prior posts…yet.
I think once I get that working, it will qualify.
At this point, it does all the stuff I added to tickle text, but doesn’t have all the other stuff tickle text does…of course.
Since it doesn’t use any Linux specific LaTeX or pdf conversion scripts, or use lp printing routines, etc., it should function on any platform.
Of course, my install script is written for Linux, but, I imagine that would work on BSD or Mac OS, just as well, and an astute Windows user (you know…like Military Intelligence, Civil War, or Jumbo Shrimp.. 😛 ), could probably figure out how to get the pieces together.
Really, all the install script does is move the tcl script to /usr/local/bin, and make a .tklj dir in /home/user, and stick a tklj.conf file in there.
I could probably find someone to write a specific install script for other platforms.

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September 17, 2008 at 9:07 pm


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It looks as though, with the assistance of pne, that I have succeeded in adding mood, tunes, tags, to the lj posting feature in tickle text.

I have also succeeded in posting to other journals (ie. communities, first such post made to )

I may add additional features later today, but, I must catch a train and go interpret for a trial.


post made with tickle text

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September 16, 2008 at 7:58 am

TransProCalc 0.8

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TransProCalc 0.8

New release of TransProCalc, free translation project management software…

I had not intended to release at this juncture, but, a user wrote to me and pointed out a minor error in my script (was cd-ing to /usr/loca/bin instead of /usr/local/bin to chmod to a+x for all the scripts…doh).
So, I fixed the, but also released the new tabbed/notebook arrangement.
The code has been cleaned up a bit, and has better commenting, too, if for no other reason than to make it easier for myself to find stuff while hacking away at it.

I’ve been working on writing in the math to round the figures, as per ‘s suggestion, but, have not completed that, so rounding is not part of the new release.

I’m hoping to have that done by the end of this month, and will be releasing again.
I’m also going to add a fourth report, a report that includes information from all three windows.
As it is, I usually make on by copy/pasting parts of the three existing reports together, so, I figure
it would be useful to others, too, to have this one report.
I’m also thinking about adding an invoice generator, although, I imagine that most folks
already have their own method for generating invoices.
I could even add export of the invoice to pdf format.
What do you think of that idea?
I would like to write in some user configuration…you know, saving the user’s pertinent information for the purposes
of generating said invoices, and, also, the ability to save information for clients, and, thus, a fourth tab in the notebook for
a client info input dialog, where one can enter, then save information for each client, such as address info, etc.,
to sort of build a client database for transprocalc.

My intention was to work on some of these items this week, in fact, and not to post a new release until these
items were completed, but, since the install script needed attention, I figured I’d at least amend that little issue,
and, since the tabbed/notebook feature was already completed and in use here, I figured I’d release it as such.
So, there you have it: TransProCalc 0.8 is up.
When I get these other features written in , I’ll be releasing 1.0

Anyone want to come on board and help code some of this stuff in?

Any ideas or feedback, too, are always welcome and appreciated.

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May 11, 2008 at 9:31 pm

OmegaT splash screen

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OmegaT splash screen
OmegaT splash screen

splash screen I made for OmegaT
a free, cross-platform, FOSS Computer Aided Translation program.

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February 25, 2008 at 1:00 pm