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- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
15 Quotes from Torvalds and Stallman about Free and Open Source Software
Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008, 7:38 PMI'm reposting the quotes h3r3 from a friend in Egypt.
1. "To be able to choose between proprietary software packages is to be able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. And in the area of computing, freedom means not using proprietary software."
-Richard M. Stallman
2. “Software is like sex: it's better when it's free.”
3. “Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. 'Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn.”
-Richard M. Stallman
4. “Software patents are a huge potential threat to the ability of people to work together on open source. Making it easier for companies and communities that have patents to make those patents available in a common pool for people to use is one way to try to help developers deal with the threat.”
5. “If programmers deserve to be rewarded for creating innovative programs, by the same token they deserve to be punished if they restrict the use of these programs.”
-Richard M. Stallman
6. “One of the questions I've always hated answering is how do people make money in open source. And I think that Caldera and Red Hat -- and there are a number of other Linux companies going public -- basically show that yes, you can actually make money in the open-source area.”
7. “Control over the use of one's ideas really constitutes control over other people's lives; and it is usually used to make their lives more difficult.”
-Richard M. Stallman
8. “It just makes it even harder for people to even approach the (open source) side, when they then end up having to worry about ... public humiliation.”
9. “I founded the free software movement, a movement for freedom to cooperate. Open source was a reaction against our idealism. We are still here and the open-source people have not wiped us out.”
-Richard M. Stallman
10. "When it comes to software, I much prefer free software, because I have very seldom seen a program that has worked well enough for my needs, and having sources available can be a life-saver."
11. “If you focus your mind on the freedom and community that you can build by staying firm, you will find the strength to do it.”
-Richard M. Stallman
12. "Anybody who tells me I can't use a program because it's not open source, go suck on rms. I'm not interested. 99% of that I run tends to be open source, but that's _my_ choice, dammit."
13. “'Free software' is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of 'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer'.”
-Richard M. Stallman
14. "I'm doing a free operating system just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu for 386 (486) AT clones."
15. "Once GNU is written, everyone will be able to obtain good system software free, just like air."
-Richard M. Stallman
8 Tips to Feng Shui your Self
Monday, Aug 4, 2008, 4:44 PMWe've all heard of Feng Shui for your home or office. Below are tips for applying these same principles to the body you inhabit, which after all is the environment that affects you the most directly.
1. Clear the clutter. Decluttering is a courageous act. Are you ready to discover who you truly are? Your body gets clogged up too. Schedule a detox of your body - one easy way is to do a raw food detox - nothing but fruit and vegetables for 7 days. Then gradually add things back in to how you react to different foods. The more raw food you can eat, the more you'll detox your body, gain clarity, energy, and transform all parts of your life.
2. Place yourself in the "power position". Just as you position your desk and bed to have a clear view of the door - position yourself to have a clear view of your life. When you live life face on, you have more chance of seeing the subtle messages that come your way, and don't need big wake-up calls to get your attention. Is there anything you are not facing up to? Do you need to create space in your life to connect with yourself?
3. Surround yourself with things you love. How is your underwear? Do you wear clothes you love, ones that make you feel your best? Or, is your closet full of clothes you don't fit into or don't wear? It's time to declutter that closet and keep the colors and styles you love. And banish the old droopy underwear to the rag bag or the garbage bin!
4. Enhance your creativity. How much joy is in your life? Life is the ultimate creation and joy is a large part of that. Your life is yours to design. How can you be more creative, how can you experience joy every day, and how are you choosing to design your life? Is it time to create some different habits around weight and exercise? Maybe it's time for a new ha'ir style.
5. Fix anything that's broken. Anything broken will be blocking your energy. How are your teeth and your nails? Do you have any health issues that need addressing? Are you having regular checkups?
6. Create environments that support you. Along with your physical environment, do you have a support network, a mentor, a Coach? People who bring out your best and raise you up - people who remind you of your greatness when you forget, and people who will give you a gentle nudge when necessary. Most people make faster progress in a group. Would the structure of a program support you to make the changes you wish to make?
7. Balance your life - and create a flow of energy. How balanced are the different aspects of your life - spirituality, relationships, career etc? See the Life Wheel to discover how bumpy your ride is. The areas that score low are the ones you've not been putting much energy or focus into.
8. Make your self care a priority. Take a Spirit day - time for you, time to nourish your spirit, no errands, no work, space to hear those still, quiet voices as they float to the surface, space to honor the emotions that need to surface, time to declutter your spirit!
As you declutter your life and apply Feng Shui principles to the temple you inhabit, you will discover who you truly are. Remember, clutter is anything unfinished, unused, unresolved, tolerated or disorganized. Whether your clutter is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual it all conspires to cover up who you are - the real you! And, clutter holds your dreams!
©2008 Vicky White, The Feng Shui and Raw Food Coach. : www.LifeDesignStrategies.com
Fast Food Delivery Numbers
Friday, Apr 11, 2008, 6:46 PMJollibee - 8-7000
Mc Donald's - 8-MCDO
Wendy's - 533-3333
Kenny Rogers - 533-8888
Chowking - 702-8888
KFC - 887-8888
Greenwich - 5-55-55
Pizza Hut - 911-1111
Yellow Cab - 636-1111, 499-9667 (ortigas)
Super Bowl - 737-8888
Kitaro - 911-1115
Max's - 7-9000
Goldilocks - 888-1-999
Red Ribbon - 747-7777
Don Henrico's - 371-7171, 372-7272, 372-3777 (west ave)
Tapa King - 531-TAPA
Sunday, Jan 13, 2008, 6:35 PM
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
--Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
10 Reasons for Enterprises to Use Open Source
Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 5:44 PMApril 12th, 2007
I don’t really understand why it happens, but for some reason far too many people think opensource is free as in gratis rather than free as in freedom.
So I thought it was time to provide ten reasons of a different sort….
1. Opensource makes you responsible. When you choose the components yourself, you don’t have a vendor to scream at. Or, as is often the case, a whole heap of vendors to scream at, each merrily pointing all known fingers (and a few unknown ones) at everyone else. While you fume and stew.
2. Opensource makes it easier for you to get married. When your architecture is primarily based on opensource components, software and data integration costs stay low and the process works.
3. Opensource makes you more attractive. To graduates and first-jobbers, members of Generation M, opensource has an iPod-like halo. And they know how to use the tools as well.
4. Opensource keeps your tail in shape. Scarcity models are by definition not scale-free; a hit culture prevails. Opensource, given the lower barriers to entry, allows someone to build a left-handed credit derivatives juicer because he felt like it. There’s a long-tail effect. You are more likely to find esoteric tools in an opensource world than in a closed source one. Opensource people don’t go around asking “Is there a market for this?” They solve problems and see if others have similar problems to solve.
5. Opensource makes you look younger. There’s an elixir-0f-youth effect, a future-proofing that comes from using opensource. You cannot be blackmailed at the altar of Forced Upgrade. You have optionality. That is the Free that is Opensource. The implied optionality.
6. Opensource makes you cleverer. You innovate faster because you have access to faster innovation. Whenever you look at an opensource ecosystem, try and compare it with a closed-source version. Compare it in terms of the time taken for launching in different countries, languages, whatever. I should say “try to compare it in terms of….”. There is no comparison.
7. Opensource makes you a man/woman of the world. Globalisation is about global markets and global resources and global communications. When you use opensource components, you are more likely to find people all over the world with the right knowledge and skills; proprietary skills require proprietary investment.
8. Opensource makes you fitter. Most opensource components are seen as infrastructure, as commodity, and people often say that opensource is therefore about commodity. I’ve made that mistake as well. I think we’ve got cause and effect mixed up here. Opensource commoditises, and therefore creates commodity. When you get commoditised, you tend to look for other things to differentiate you, make you stand out. You get “fitter” as a result, with the two prongs of commoditisation and looking-for-fresh-differentiation.
9. Opensource makes you more famous. At least one of the essences of opensource is Given Enough Eyeballs. Linus’s Law. The opensource model attracts eyeballs.
10. Opensource makes you safer. When code is open to inspection it is harder to create backdoors; harder to exploit weaknesses because the weaknesses get fixed faster; harder to make monoculture threats because there is a form of natural selection taking place.
And yes, the first three standard reasons are true as well. Opensource does make you richer.
--- Umm... have to do a raincheck on that last note.
Busting Workplace Clutter
Wednesday, Aug 9, 2006, 7:35 PMBusting Workplace Clutter. Getting Organized Means More Than Having A Clean Desk
by Monica Ricci
Imagine meeting an attorney for the first time, whose office is a cluttered mess with papers piled all over the desktop, mail and files scattered on the credenza, and an overloaded bookcase with stacks of books on top and on the floor. Regardless of the actual skill or reputation of that attorney, might your first impression be a negative one? Might your confidence in that attorney be lessened as well? In business, first impressions are important.
Clutter in the workplace ranges from merely annoying to nearly paralyzing and is always detrimental to productivity. A cluttered work environment also projects an unfavorable image to clients and associates. When the desktop becomes a storage place rather than a workspace, it's time to reorganize! Several factors contribute to a disorganized workspace, but here are three ways to combat the saboteurs:
1.Get a good desk. This doesn't mean an expensive desk. It means one that is right for you and meets your daily needs. Your personal work habits as well as your business activities will determine what style and size desk is appropriate for you. If you refer to books, manuals or publications regularly in your business, a desk with an upright hutch would make sense.
You can keep the books you refer to daily in the hutch. They will be easily accessed, but up off your work space. If books don't need to be right at hand, a separate bookcase will suffice and you can go without the hutch in favor of a larger flat workspace. If you use a computer (and these days, who doesn't?) and you have ample floor space, consider an L-shaped desk. You can keep your computer on one section and still have a large workspace on the other. This configuration allows you to avoid juggling two priorities on the same desktop. Another great aspect about an L-shaped desk is the additional room you gain for desktop tools such as upright file holders, stacking trays, baskets, portable hanging files, and your phone. Don't forget all the space on your walls. When you can't build out, build up! Shelves are a fantastic way to display personal items, awards, and photos while keeping your work area clean and functional.
2.Improve your time management. When you don't have a good handle on your time, you often end up in a rush to get things done and inevitably, you can't make being organized a priority. Papers get tossed on the desk for now and magazines get stacked on the chair or floor because you don't have time to read them. One of the simplest ways to make better use of your time is to rethink how long tasks will actually take, and schedule accordingly. Visualize yourself completing a task from start to finish and what actions you must take. Until you get more accurate at estimating, add 25% to the time you think you'll need to complete a certain task. Another way to realize actual time is to time yourself while you do different things, such as paying bills, balancing the checkbook or going to the post office. You might be surprised to find out how long things actually take.
Make notes on how long each task takes so you can remember to allow ample time. When running errands between business appointments, always allow for unexpected circumstances such as traffic or long lines.
3.Purge that paper! Many people accumulate paper clutter due to a fear of throwing away something important, or a concern that it may be needed later. The result is that they end up keeping everything and not being able to discern which things have present or future value and which can be safely discarded. The reality is that 80 percent of the paper saved "just in case" is never needed again, and if it is, the chances are very good that it can be recreated or obtained from another source. From mail to fax to advertisements and memos, paper is the largest contributor to clutter in an office environment. In order to avoid a rapid build-up of paper, a regular paper maintenance system is a necessity in every office. Remember, your trashcan and your shredder are your friends.
4.Make Decisions Quicker. Clutter happens when you postpone decision-making. Try to get into the habit of making decisions rapidly on whether to keep paper, mail and other things. The faster you can make confident decisions, the faster you'll keep things moving through your life, which prevents backlog.
Keep in mind is that getting organized is a process rather than an event, so don't expect miracles overnight. You can speed the process along by hiring help, such as a professional organizer, who will work side by side with you and keep you focused. If you do plan on tackling the reorganizing project yourself, it's possible to make a good amount of headway in a relatively short time if you have a game plan and some goals in mind before you start. Just start in one place and keep at it, and before long you'll be amazed at the results you see.