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EU could be un-democratic

July 5th, 2016

There is all sorts of political slyness going around continental Europe. There is talk of "not letting britain leave". To me that's a wrong move as the british have voted "leave" and that should be respected. Let's not make a farce of democracy here! Because it will rattle our cage, and perhaps more than that. It's funny how some people think they can outdo the numbers of a referendum, for personal gain.

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Being Freifunk Active

July 4th, 2016

This morning I distributed 47 letters to neighbours making them aware of freifunk.net and offering them a deal on how they can get freifunk routers from me for free. I'm hoping the response will be positive and we'll be able to mesh-network the entire apartment complex. So far I have invested 165 EUR in this and there will be a bit more to pay for my neighbours. I'm having a lot of fun with the planning of this so far.

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The missing link

July 2nd, 2016

In the region I live there is job ads. People want to hire. Yet there is no people that can fill those positions. I have been working in IT since I was 21, so 19 years ago was when I started working. Back then I came from a short stint at college where I did not graduate, but I did manage to gather up a few college credits. Here are a few other people who did not graduate from post-secondary education:

  • Steve Jobs - Apple
  • Sir Richard Branson - Virgin Atlantic
  • Larry Ellison - Oracle

So it can be said that these people beat the odds of getting somewhere after not completing university. I have always thought that I'm capable of similar. When I started work after college, I started investing in books, of technical nature and to this day I follow a budget of around twelve books a year in order to shape up and make up for knowledge that I did not have the time or patience to learn. These books are often pretty good, but sometimes they are disappointing as well. Where I live we have no technical bookstores so I'm forced to take a chance with buying from online retailers. So how does this all fit together? Job ads? Work experience? Famous people? What I'm trying to say is that the positions of work advertised do not reflect my skills which are highly specialized in the UNIX field. There is a missing link.

I have the power to write tools, or use tools from other people, to apply these on problems that are imposed on other people. However when someone wants a Windows admin I'm helpless. I did take a course in windows once but as time progressed and I focused on UNIX I lost that knowledge. It's how they say "use it or lose it". So what I'm saying is the people who post these job ads should make inroads to allow other tools to help with their problems. Simply put "I'm looking for a windows admin that knows AD" sounds a lot like "As an investor I've bought into Microsofts promise to make me money and I want a serf to fulfill that dream for me". Well I'm no serf. And some of these job ads I've seen on the market for quite some time, they aren't getting filled. It's almost as if these people have no direction and just look up any formula found somewhere in Redmond, Washington that promises to give them money. It's a dead end. That's the missing link.

Opportunity is created when people do inroads. When they hoist others on their shoulders not when they have some formula for making money and want a robot/serf to do the work as outlined. Creativity feeds opportunity. As much as you want to surround yourself with scientists you're missing the big picture unless you also stick an artist in the midst. The artist plays with unknown things that intrigue the scientists and gives them passion to aim higher. In much the same way I am an artist working with computers, inhibit my creativity with my tools nothing will progress and it's a terrible waste. I also do research. I write on a DNS server. Who can say that about themselves? In this region? I scoff at those people who scoff at that. The research, the artistic expression of interpreting an RFC, is what should drive an IT person forward. What out of ideas? Write an SMTP server, write any server you have a problem with in order to figure it out and better yourself and better humanity. I am totally prepared to fill the missing link and do a good job of it.

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Changes at $HOME

June 29th, 2016

I'm doing changes to my home computers due to a startling discovery. I believe my Macbook Pro is hacked or so. So I'm going to put OpenBSD on it in due time. It's sort of a brexit of my own doing, avoiding Mac OS X and the vmware'ed Windows 10 on the MBP. I don't need these totalitarian OS's and I won't ever go on to Mac OS Sierra. I never liked the Apple announcement. It is too privacy inhibiting. So I'm going to OpenBSD. It's open source, I can look under the hood, and it's supposedly secure and functional. Most my network gear is OpenBSD so I don't mind this decision at all. Fallout? Yes there is fallout. I have a Numark DJ mixer that worked with DJ Pro software on the Macbook Pro that I won't have a replacement for on OpenBSD. Since I'm a monkey with mostly everything I don't think an openbsd driver and software for the mixer will get written, if ever. So I needed the windows 10 on the MBP until today as I have installed Ubuntu on a netbook of mine (the second Acer) and it does all the features I need with Java, luckily. Plus I only need it once a month or so for work. Anyhow before I become too incoherent I'm gonna keep this short. Just want to let you know!

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Ordered books from Amazon

June 26th, 2016

I have ordered a set of 4 books from Amazon. Donald Knuth's Art of Computer Programming volumes 1-4. I count this as one book though in my list of a dozen books per year. I'm happy to be receiving these by thursday.

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I hunt sysadmins

June 25th, 2016

The Five-Eyes nation's spy agencies have no more obligation to protect EU citizens. They can now hunt sysadmins inside the EU with impunity due to UK leaving EU. All those sysadmins operating in the EU should be aware that this could result in sabotage or 0wnage. But don't get hysteric or anything. Snowden told us this is happening, and we find ourselves on the other side suddenly.

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EU, something must change!

June 25th, 2016

The EU has to draw consequences from brexit. Something must change. Let the british leave not be in vain, their sacrifice should better us all. Let's work for the people for example and less for political bureaucracy. I always thought that the EU for a first attempt at managing a large union and doing so democratically was doing fairly good, but we can do better. We also must become friendlier with southern EU states. Less exploitation, more subsidizations. We're all humans first and foremost, and EU citizens should experience a similar quality of life no matter where in the union they may be. We must strive for this. I know some think that this will be hard on their wallet. But think about the lost opportunities when more countries leave. That'll work contra to the progress we've all been making together.

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Idea Brainstorming for Britain

June 24th, 2016

So after brexit, what can britain do? I kinda feel sorry for them, so I'm gonna talk about some ideas. There is the commonwealth. With Canada and Australia there is potential for 120 million people being united globally. There is ideas of hyperloops going from Canada to Scotland, there is movies that have a tunnel go past the center of the earth to create a link between England and Australia. Also scram-jet technology is talked about and tested in Australia.. Also you don't have to look all that far, Norway is quite interested in what's happening. With Britain, Norway and Iceland a triangle Atlantic union could form. In times of ocean mining ideas perhaps there is stuff one can take out of the ocean bed inside the triangle. I do feel however that Britain has lost backing and a voice in the world. It is now a small island nation and needs to look around a world that is continually uniting to grasp market share and quality of life.

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Good bye Britannia

June 24th, 2016

The UK voted leave yesterday. Congrats for a large voter turnout. The pound dropped to a 30 year low against the dollar, and that isn't all. The UK is not part of the big three anymore and not part of the big four. There will be unneeded hardships for everyone and if the UK wants to come back into the EU there will be such a leashing back that it won't be worth it for them. That's my outlook on this. I guess we pick up the pieces from here. The new big three in the EU is Italy, France and Germany. The fourth country in the EU to be part of the big four is Spain. I'm sad but relieved a decision has fallen. Now we'll close the border to english soccer fans too hopefully. What has gone down in France is a shame regarding the violence of soccer fans.

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Happy Summer!

June 21st, 2016

Since I screwed up last post (solstice was yesterday) I want to wish you a happy turn of the seasons. It's summer here in Germany. Happy summer!

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