Includer and offline work; COMMUNIA workshop
- CC: Net Brotherhood, Learning From Each Other
Ricardo, Kiyavilo and all,
I have started working again on the Includer. http://www.includer.org
for people with marginal Internet access.
A couple of days ago I bought the Gumstix processor and I suppose it
will arrive in about three or four weeks but then we can start working
with that here.
I am working on getting the visas for our African participants. That
will be tough because we don't have an embassy in the various
countires. But I know our Foreign minister and our ambassador in Israel
and I hope they might help, we'll see.
If we can get the visas early enough then I think I will have enough
COMMUNIA money to invite three Africans and if we can get support from
sponsors then certainly more. I will be engaging the largest companies
to participate in our workshop which is "Ethical Public Domain: Debate
of Questionable Practices" and I will organize a fund for them to fund
"friendly criticism" so I hope there is some response.
I'm working on our online interface so that Fred Kayiwa, Kiyavilo Msekwa
and others can download our letters for example they are zipped here:
http://www.worknets.org/download/zip/HH-2007-10.zip Today I fixed up
our code so those will get zipped hourly and be fresh. (The yahoo2mbox
routine got out of date, Yahoo changed its format again, so I installed
the latest version. So we're a couple of thousand letters behind, but
we'll download those over the next two days.) We can keep improving
that and start experimenting with the Sneakernet and the offline work.
Similarly I'm automating the work to convert our wiki to the offline
version and make the recently changed pages downloadable. Maybe I can
do that tomorrow.
Yesterday I wrote a routine (still have to perfect it) that reads all of
the wiki pages (in the offline version) and finds all the URLs in them.
Some of these URLs are links to the Yahoo groups archives. I will use
this to take our list of letters at http://www.ms.lt/news.php and for
each letter if it appears in any wiki pages, add with the letter's
information the wiki page names as "tags". When we copy material from
the letters to the wiki, we just have to be sure to add the url for the
letter. Then the program will find it and link, for example, the tag
"Eldoret" to the letter if the letter's url appears on the Eldoret wiki
page. This way Sasha Mrkailo and I and others can know which letters
have been "wikified" and on what pages.
All of this automation will make it easier to prepare the latest version
of our content for the Flash drives. I have almost 40 that I should
send soon to Africa. I will send some to many individuals and then I
will see what Fred and Kennedy say about their ability to sell them and
if I should send more for the Nairobi office.
George Christian Jeyaraj is learning how to program. He saw me write
the Perl script for searching the urls and he will try to make a program
to search all the files for any word requested. This would be useful
for the Flash Drive Content.
I also need to spend more energy finding clients/funders at this time.
We're achieving so much and that's a missing link.
And I will need all of our help to make the COMMUNIA workshop a great
success. We will work on our wiki http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org
and I will ask our Africans and Lithuanians to help as we learn the
fundamentals of the Public Domain and also the intricacies of various
cases with the giant companies. We have many intelligent people and
with a solid knowledge of these issues we can serve as "prosecutors" or
"judges" for particular cases ("questionable practices") and offer
friendly, constructive solutions.
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