Author Archives: michaelgraaf

Facebook, Africa & Net Neutrality.

Almost everybody loves Wikipedia, and while we may not all love Facebook (FB), many of us are somewhat addicted to it anyway. So, if cellular networks offer access to them free of charge, it is an offer that few would … Continue reading

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P2P Name Systems: Potential Disruptors?

People involved with internet governance need to see the big picture, beyond the practicalities of the existing system and its immediate challenges. As more and more governments resort to interfering in the DNS lookup process, alternatives to it become more … Continue reading

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End of Day 4

Having received advice and reflected upon it, I moved on to the most urgent priority: social engineering. In this case, a Skype call to my teammate, to talk about matters of principle and at least one specific: the GPL. At … Continue reading

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Day 3 of POSSE

As if to add to my sense of purpose, it happened that my department’s newest prof, Gary Marsden, gave his inaugural lecture last night with a strong emphasis on the human aspect of computing, and the fact that 80% of … Continue reading

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Productively lost indeed.

The Fedora ambassadors have given me food for thought: my humble dissertation project (facilitation of a GSM interface for the ces.org.za website), which hardly involves any coding (but lots of documentation, as well as a field test), could still become … Continue reading

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Day 2 – terminal velocity.

Today we looked at and played with version control systems. For this we had to use Linux command-lines; since there’s still no 32-bit Fedora LiveCD available, I remained in Ubuntu (my BIOS can’t see bootable flashdrives). However, the difference between … Continue reading

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Off to a flying start…

Although I arrived late I was able to join right in, since the content of the first session, history of FOSS, was familiar to me. Then we started getting to grips with IRC, Etherpad etc. – collaboration tools. So far … Continue reading

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