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Moving day. I have just finished the migration of my weblog from groenbaek.blogspot.com hosted at www.blogspot.com and maintained by pro.blogger.com TO suse.groenbaek.net/openlife hosted at my own server placed in the basement of my house in Copenhagen and maintained with the help of Movable Type (ver. 2.5).

Thousand thanks to Nikolaj Nyholm for helping with importing entries from blogger to movable type and to Gary Hayes for importing the design.


Politics of Code. I spent Thursday 6 February 2003 in the Debating Chamber at the Oxford attending the conference The Politics of Code: Shaping the Future of the Next Internet organized by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, and the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Among the speakers were Lawrence Lessig and Esther Dyson .

Besides getting a solid injection of fresh ideas and inspiration on how to think about regulating the Internet, I came away from the conference more optimistic than pessimistic regarding the outcome of the clash over the future Internet between big corporations (and government) control freaks and "the rest of us", the user or the "public interest". The pendulum is starting to swing in the direction of the Internet reclaiming its position as the ultimate public good. A lot of good people devote their efforts to this end and politicians will realize this if not sooner then later.

Press coverage from the conference: From the Register: Dyson cleans out her closet.


The New Deconomy. Here is a wonderful mockery of the entertainment industry new licensing schemes aka Digital Rights Management - SeatSale: License to Sit. You will not buy your chair anymore but be granted a license to sit on it. It is a strictly personal license. If you have guest coming over, they will have to buy another license before they can use the chairs :-)


Open Content. Bruce Perens talks in this Open Magazine article OPEN CONTENT: THE REVOLUTION IN PUBLISHING about his deal with American publishers Prentice Hall that promotes printed books under the Open Publication License 1.0 and discusses its relation to the licenses under Creative Commons.


Conferences. NPO/NGO Media & Technology Calendar. Very useful for learning about new upcoming events. Thanks to Jonathan Robin for this link.


Open Source Forum. Yesterday - Wednesday 15 January 2003 - we had yet another meeting in the informal network called Open Source Forum. Our guest this evening was Egon Troles who is working at the Koordinierungs- und Beratungsstelle der Bundesregierung für Informationstechnik in der Bundesverwaltung, a part of the German Ministry of the Interior. Egon is heading the Open Source Software in der Bundesverwaltung project.

During the evening Egon gave a lot of very interesting and persuasive examples of projects within the German public administration where it was decided and succesfully implemented to migrate to open source serves and desktop. However, the most exiting moment of the evening was when he presented KNOPPIX which is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it.

I tried today to boot my laptop from the KNOPPIX cd-rom. And it worked. Within less than two minutes I had the Linux OS, the KDE desktop and tons of applications available on my laptop. My network card was recognized and configured automatically and I had immediate access to the Internet. Fantastic! The KNOPPIX is available for free download at http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html. Check it out!


Bill Evans. I just finished reading Peter Pettinger's Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings - a biography on my favorite jazz musician: The pianist Bill Evans. The book at times seems to require somewhat to much knowledge about musical theory or piano playing experience - neither of which I possesses. However, the book gives a fascinating picture of his life and times. Interesting how Bill Evans' life in many ways seems to coincide with another of my favorite piano players: Glenn Gould.