In case you were wondering why I insist on not using paypal...
2016-02-05T22:11:14Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public
And indiegogo isn't exactly doing the right thing either.
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2016-02-04T17:05:37Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public
The paper fetishist in me loves the way this book is made, with paper mixed with pockets, spiral bound to allow for in-the-field usage.
I'm almost sorry I don't really have any reason to go to Shenzhen, nor to buy the book :)
2016-01-28T09:52:50Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public
Quite an enjoyable read.
2016-01-17T20:36:46Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public
I refuse to be bound by software I cannot negotiate with.
This begged to be turned into a cross-stitch wall hanging. I couldn't refuse.
More information and context for the phrase can be found in the notes for Enrico's talk at DebConf 2015: "Enrico's Semi Serious Stand-up Comedy". Note that while fully textual, the topics may be considered not really SFW, and some of the links definitely aren't. It also includes many insights into the nature of collaboration and Free Software Communities, so I'd recommend reading it (and watching the video recording of the talk) anyway.
I've finally also published the pattern on my website:
* The image I've used while embroidering
* kxstitch project (converted now that kxstitch is back into Debian)
* kxstitch generated PDF
Edit: fixed broken links to kxstitch resources.
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Conservancy supporter, at last!
2016-01-14T08:58:56Z via social.gl-como.it To: PublicYesterday I've finally donated to become a Conservancy Supporter.
The reasons to donate have already been explained many times both on Planet Debian and elsewhere; a few weeks ago I wrote a post (in Italian) on the Ninux community blog to spread the word about it.
So, why I haven't donated earlier?
Trying to donate via PayPal from Italy (and, it seems, from Europe in general) requires a PayPal account, which I don't have and don't want to have, so I contacted them to ask for bank transfer instructions.
The first instructions I received were too complex for my online-only bank account, so I asked my bank for help, there was an exchange of emails, further simpler instructions from their bank, a small donation to test everything and time passed.
Finally, the good news: it is possible to donate to Conservancy from Italy (and probably from elsewhere in EU) using a SEPA transfer with minimal commissions and usually available from the home banking websites, so that it doesn't require significantly more effort than using paypal.
You can contact Conservancy via e-mail to get the relevant payment data.
(Conservancy has an account in EUR which is then used to pay for expenses in EUR, so no currency conversion commission are involved.)
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2016-01-09T21:35:50Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public
A number of things that you shouldn't do when using tor to protect your anonimity.
It's targeted at new users and most of the people who have been using this kind of tools for a while already know most of the suggestions, but giving it a quick glance is probably useful as a refresher.
@Gruppo Linux Como
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Smartphones, ownership and hope for the fate of humanity
2016-01-07T21:15:21Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public
Have you started thinking about new year's resolutions for 2016? Back to the gym or giving up sugary drinks? Many new year's resolutions have a health theme. Unless you have a heroin addiction, there may not be anything else in your life that is more addictive and has potentially more impact on your health and quality of life than your mobile phone...
I have conflicting opinions about this article.
Usually I carry a dumb phone, so I'm not completely disconnected, but I'm mostly self-limited to "useful" communications by the fact that I have to pay for calls and SMSs. It also has a few useful features like showing the time¹, an alarm clock and a led torch, but that's it.
I also carry a smartphone, but I've never been able to trust it with my personal data, so there is no email on it and no communication software. It's also always offline to preserve battery, unless I'm actually using it for something (usually maps). It does have an offline wikipedia reader, which is the second thing I use it more often for. About half of the time I try to use it, however, it is off because I forgot to charge it, unless I've planned in advance to use it (which usually means I'm also carrying a laptop and will need to tether it).
So I guess that I should be agreeing with the article that offline life is better, and that we shouldn't depend on phones in our daily life, and mostly I do.
On the other hand, I'm not so sure that all of the people who seem to be interacting with a phone are actually disconnected from the local reality.
More than once I've experienced the use of smartphones as part of a local interaction: one typical case involves people having a conversation IRL and checking some fact on the internet and then sharing the results with the rest of the local group.
Actually, most² of the time I've seen a smartphone being used at our table while eating with friends or collegues it was being passed around to show something to the people at the table, or at the very least being read aloud from, so it was part of the local experience, not a way to disconnect from it.
I'm sure that there are cases of abuse, but I still have hope that most of the connected humanity is managing to find a good balance between online and offline.
¹ I don't want to go back carrying a wrist watch. I remember them as something unconfortable that ended up hitting stuff as I moved my hands, and I'd rather have my wrists free while I type, thanks. Pocket watches, OTOH...
² the main exception involved one young adult in the middle of significantly older relatives, which is a somewhat different issue, and one that I believe predated smartphones (IIRC in my case similar situations involved trying to be somewhere else by reading a book).
2016-01-06T12:00:07Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public
@Gruppo Linux Como @Matteo Urano
On the same topic as the conversation we've had at the LUG a few months ago, with a venue where it could be continued together with the wider FLOSS community.
bubbros is evil
2015-12-28T21:29:23Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public
This is a new striking n-multiplayer crazy clone of the famous Bubble Bobble game!!!
My wrist is hurting a bit because of this
screenshot from http://screenshots.debian.net
So... @Gruppo Linux Como, when are we playing it?
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2015-12-16T18:27:39Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public
(from @Diego Roversi )