Archive for December, 2007

Loans that can change lives

December 31, 2007

Maybe you have heard about Muhammad Yunus the “inventor” of the microcredit system.

Microcredit is the extension of very small loans (microloans) to the unemployed, to poor entrepreneurs and to others living in poverty who are not considered bankable. These individuals lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history and therefore cannot meet even the most minimal qualifications to gain access to traditional credit. Microcredit is a part of microfinance, which is the provision of a wider range of financial services to the very poor.

Kiva.org brings this concept to a new level. With the technology of the web it allows people all over the world to lend microcredits to people who need them.

Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can “sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you’ve sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.

If the system of microcredits is a good thing is disputable (is it good to try to change the capitalistic system with money?). But the goal of this is a good one.

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Semantic Web for noobs

December 30, 2007

If you don’t know what the Semantic Web is all about and you are searching for an easy non technical introduction
you can wath this video or download it from its website.

The video and all source material is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 License.

Source: CreativeCommons.org

Hip-Hop for Creative Commons

December 29, 2007

Cho PD, a successful korean hip-hop artist, has created a track with praises the Creative Commons.

This project is a great example of the “new world” that Cho PD sings about: a professional musician writes and performs a song in support of Creative Commons and licenses it so that others can remix it. Then an amateur video producer is inspired by the musician to make a video for his track. And on top of that, the video itself is a collaboration with many photographers, all of whom have used Creative Commons licenses to clearly and legally state, just as Cho PD’s did, “Remix this, go ahead.”

Source: CreativeCommons.org

Interview with Ubuntu creator

December 28, 2007

cpilive.net has an interview with Mark Shuttleworth, the creator of Ubuntu. They are talking about what motivated him to invest in Free Software and why he is so passionate about it.

…   found myself just enthralled by the breadth and depth of the tools that were available from Linux, even in those very early days. It’s like going from living in the desert to walking into an all-you-can-eat buffet. …

..   The key was Linux. It was Linux that let me connect to the Net so I could start soaking up this knowledge. It was Linux that let me put servers down in a company with an employee count of one, and to have servers in three countries and administer them all remotely over slow dial-up lines. You could only do that with Linux. …

Source: lwn.net

Alan Cox on the beach

December 27, 2007

Red Hat Magazine has interviewed the kernel programmer Alan Cox about his opinions on the state of free software, He touches the issues of non-geek users, the patent system, open standards, …

The video can be downloaded as ogg theora or watched online.

Source: lwn.net 

Santarchy

December 24, 2007

Boing Boing TV presented two episodes showing pure santarchy


Find on Boing Boing TV


Find on Boing Boing TV

This works are licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution.

DRM on Ebooks

December 23, 2007

You Buy a Lock, But You Don’t Own the Key!

DRM book

Don’t let DRM get between you and a good book
Amazon, Sony, and others want to change the way you read: They want to put locks on your books. Their “ebook readers” use Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology to control how, what, and when you can read.

DRM locks ebooks
DRM locks your ebook to a device. When the device breaks or becomes outdated, you can’t open your book. You get a lock, but you do not get a key! If you try to pick a DRM lock to try to read your ebook on another device, you break US Federal Law.

DRM on ebooks hurts authors
The owners of the DRM technology choose which books, newspapers, or magazines can be read on your device.

With DRM on ebooks, everybody loses
Every few years you will have to buy a new copy of your favorite books, and a new ebook reader to go along with it.
Any ability to lend your ebook to family or friends is severely limited at the whim of the DRM owner. For the future of reading: Don’t buy ebook readers that use DRM technology—our books will end up locked shut.

Learn more about DRM and how to fight it at DeffectiveByDesign Logo
DefectiveByDesign.org

More information on the amazon e-book reader on my blog.
This information as a flyer.

Source: Don’t let DRM get between you and a good book- Defective By Design

DRM free christmas music

December 22, 2007

Magnatune is giving away Christmas songs… Without DRM and in the format you want the files to be.
There is a link where you can hear the album on a lower quality without the need to download it.

Daft Hands

December 21, 2007

Sharing Creative Works

December 20, 2007

CreativeCommons.org present a comic strip explaining what Creative Commons are for and why the idea behind is so important.

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