Moxie and the Server

But to determine if Moxie’s statement is ‘true’, we don’t need to poll everyone alive or work out how to ask people yet to be born what are their future intentions. Instead, we simply need to understand the category of the statement and from that work out the balance of probability.

January 17, 2022 · 9 min read · 1815 words

The Linux Paradigm

Everywhere I look at present, people seem to be waving the ‘white flag in a temporary truce’. What is more, it is understandable. I have used Linux on and, mostly, off for many years. The main reason for my installation of Linux is privacy and open source. The main reason I switch back — usability. I know, this will likely provoke howls of terminal outrage (pun intended) from those who have long walked the kernel path....

December 26, 2021 · 8 min read · 1634 words

Fourth Way — Living in Harmony with our Online Presence

Camille Flammarion’s 1888 book, L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire [The Atmosphere: Popular Meteorology], contains a striking wood engraving that depicts a missionary of the Middle Ages who tells that he had ‘found the point where the sky and the Earth touch’. At this intersection, where heaven and earth meet, the missionary is able to pass his head through the sky and glimpse the realm which lies beyond the heavens. Flammarion makes clear the purpose of his imagery:...

September 27, 2021 · 5 min read · 970 words

Life is Long, Access is Short

In a recent exchange on the Fediverse, I was put in mind of trust relationships. Do you trust your government? In these unmannerly times, do you even acknowledge that the government of your country is your government? Do you trust your doctor? Do you trust your police force? Do you trust your digital service provider? The last enquiry is my muse this day. An enquiry which is redolent with both aspects of trust: the ethical and the technical....

August 2, 2021 · 4 min read · 778 words

A Peer's Tube

In a recent article, I waxed lyrical about expanding my self-hosted services into the realm of the media social with a Mastodon to call my own. The driver is not that I abhor commerce, that would be biting the hand that feeds me after all. Nor that my world view is so fragile it can’t abide contradiction, far from it. The cut and thrust of debate is largely what gets me up in the morning....

July 19, 2021 · 6 min read · 1241 words

Intellectual Warehouse

In a recent article, The Memex Method, Cory Doctorow unpacked the notion of making a public database of your commonplace book. The idea is based on Vannevar Bush’s 1945 ‘As We May Think,’ in which Dr. Bush posited the idea of a memory expander: Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and to coin one at random, “memex” will do....

June 4, 2021 · 7 min read · 1467 words

The New Cathedral Door

In thinking it was time to start writing for my blog again, I have been digging through my thoughts folder, if you will permit a reification, and came across some musings from last year when I was listening to the Big Brother Watch podcasts. One episode in particular, Social Media Censorship and the Impact on Free Speech, presented some chilling changes which happened when we began our first spate of lockdowns as the Covid pandemic picked up in intensity....

May 22, 2021 · 7 min read · 1333 words

Bitcoin's Dirty Little Secrets: Political

Continuing from my recent essay, Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Environmental, I thought I should give some space to the political dimenion of Bitcoins dirty little secrets. Since the white paper was first published under the name Satoshi Nakamoto, the central premise (pun intended) of Bitcoin has been that: A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution....

April 13, 2021 · 5 min read · 862 words

Bitcoin's Dirty Little Secrets: Environmental

It is with no small degree of interest that I have been watching Doug Belshaw’s latest side project unfold, extinction.fyi. I have long been concerned with the negative human impact on our environment and while I am some way off from thinking the world is on fire, it is clear that business as usual is going to leave a decidedly lessened planet for our children. For our children’s children, we may even bequeath an uninhabitable planet....

March 29, 2021 · 4 min read · 793 words

A Mastodon To Call My Own

I’ve been thinking for a while about my online services. It started, as so many of my recent online adventures have, with a post from Kev Quirk alerting me to his latest initiative: the 512k club. I have been interested in a greener and lighter world wide web for sometime, and have written about my attempts to improve the weight of this site. This initiative was right up my alley. But it also got me thinking about my online identities and where my services are hosted....

March 6, 2021 · 4 min read · 756 words