4 weeks ago from Red Matrix

found old mid-90s laptop in shed - fired it up .. still works! ..up came win95 .. 12MB ram 500MB HD - can go though those old floppies now!
4 weeks ago from Twitter

@JohnWLampyep yep - connectivity at home via APANA back in 1992
1 month ago from Red Matrix

Hubzilla? .. a few fork of Red?
1 month ago from Red Matrix

java turning up at work ...

don't know much about that world was always pretty much shut out by the heavy requirements of nearly every tool in that ecosystem decades on it still looks like the same problem that ecosystem is so mysterious and it would probably take months to even get started with those ide's need a more practical way to start.

when i look at java code it looks readable enough.. I don't think it would be so hard to learn... and i know there are things using java that don't have so much ram - like on some phones decades ago.

when are they going to wake up to the fact that to have more than about 2GB ram on an affordable pc is still pretty rare
1 month ago from Red Matrix

getting wifi to work reliably out in the back shed is proving harder than I thought ...

might need to find a better location for that router is the wifi repeater.

or work out a way to put everything on the roof,
1 month ago from Red Matrix

neeed to work out how to make it show posts as soon as they are ready ...

typing this while waiting for it to load

still hasn't loaded!
1 month ago from Red Matrix

TISA: Yet Another Leaked Treaty You've Never Heard Of Makes Secret Rules for the Internet
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TISA: Yet Another Leaked Treaty You've Never Heard Of Makes Secret Rules for the Internet

A February 2015 draft of the secret Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) was leaked again last week, revealing a more extensive and more recent text than that of portions from an April 2014 leak that we covered last year. Together with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), TISA completes a trifecta of trade agreements that the administration could sign under Fast Track without full congressional oversight.

Although it is the least well-known of those agreements, it is the broadest in terms of membership. As far as we know, it presently includes twenty countries plus Europe (but notably excluding the major emerging world economies of the BRICS bloc), who, with disdainful levity, have adopted the mantle “the Really Good Friends of Services”. Like its sister agreements, TISA will enact global rules that impact the Internet, bypassing the transparency and accountability of national parliaments. The only difference is that its focus is on services, not goods.

In our previous analysis, we focused our attention on two points from the leaked text. The first was a provision that would prohibit democratically-elected parliaments from enacting limits on the "free flow of information" to protect the privacy of their citizens—limits that, we argued, should be debated publicly, not behind closed doors. The second was text on net neutrality, that would lock in a particular set of global rules on net neutrality, including an open-ended exception for “reasonable network management” that could become a loophole for exploitation. Those provisions remain in the new leaked draft.

But the latest leak has revealed more. The agreement would also prohibit countries from enacting free and open source software mandates. Although “software used for critical infrastructure” is already carved out from this prohibition (and so is software that is not “mass market software”, whatever that means), there are other circumstances in which a country might legitimately require suppliers to disclose their source code.

For example, one step that might be considered to improve the dire state of security of consumer routers might be to require that they be supplied with source code, so that their security could be more broadly reviewed, and third parties could contribute patches for critical vulnerabilities. Although that may sound radical, this is already required for many routers because they are based on software covered by the GNU General Public License. TISA would prohibit any such national initiative.

As in the TPP, and expanding on the earlier leaked draft, TISA also includes a prohibition on laws that require service providers to host data locally, which some countries have used to protect sensitive personal information, such as health data, from being snooped upon on foreign soil. There are arguments for and against such laws, and it is inappropriate that a secretive international agreement such as TISA should preempt these important debates.

The agreement would also require countries to introduce anti-spam laws. Although spam is bad, that doesn't necessarily make anti-spam laws good. In practice such laws have generally been ineffective at best, and ripe for abuse at worst. As such, we believe that it would be a legitimate choice for a country to decide not to tackle this blight through legislation—a choice that TISA would remove from them.

These examples only scratch the surface of TISA, yet they are enough to demonstrate a common problem that also affects the TPP and TTIP—that they are locking in a very specific rules for the Internet that the member countries may regret later. Locking in national laws through international law is something to be done sparingly. If it is done at all, then it should be through a transparent process that allows for users to have a voice—a process at least as open as that by which WIPO concluded the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind.

What we have here is the very antithesis of that. The closed-door TISA negotiations are designed to set some very technologically-specific rules in stone—rules that will bind signatory countries for decades to come. Users and other stakeholders are completely excised from this process, and even our democratically elected representatives are being kept in the dark.
1 month ago from Red Matrix

I saw one of these https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_WRT54G_series
in a local St Vinnies (second hand store)

its been sitting there for at least two weeks

I remembered seeing lots of linksys models were supported so when I got home looked it up,


I've been wanting to try openwrt for ages but so far never had a rounter that is supported.and I am not a big fan of waiting for shipping or handing out credit card details.

but it looks like that one might be suitable (according to that page I should check more closely what version of that model it is though).

if I get past there again soon I might ask how much they want for it.
1 month ago from Red Matrix

need to decide - what encryption to use for a link between two servers at different locations? (not used by browsers - known fixed ips at both ends)

maybe ssh tunnel? a vpn protocol? lots of ways possible but need to decide...

2 months ago from Red Matrix

people please remove redirects to ssl .. browsers are blocking you

trying to find out whats going on

it looks lie some kind of attack .. a big one

don't let allow them to CENSOR you!
2 months ago from Red Matrix

gulp? bower? .. why is suddenly everything new out there all of a sudden needing so many new tools just to set up?

and even scarier looks like some of them might want css and javascript to go though though nodjs daemons ?... (thats probably going to be a problem - now that ram use on the vps is a bit more under control the last thing i want is a bunch of new daemons chewing it up just to serve otherwise static stuff .. if I want to preprocess javascript or css live would much rather use something more lightweight (in c would be nice).

ok probably to early to really say yet till i try it all out but but looks like it might involve spending a fair bit of time working out stuff just to get started with installing other stuff - and given the likely size of things I'd probably want to try it at home before attempting any of that on the vps!

this sudden race everywhere towards seemingly excessive complexity scares me somewhat.
2 months ago from Red Matrix

a million or so items in one table and it goes slow .. no matter what platform it is...
2 months ago from Twitter

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2 months ago from Red Matrix

what have they done to our browsers

just about everything blocks....

its getting rather frustrating trying to do anything with things freezing every few seconds!

starting to think its time to downgrade to a version that was still usable and strip all javascript and anything external even if its not executable from everything

its time to consider digging up those old browsers folks!

new features just aren't worth that much frustration and risk

but whatever you do please don;t let any of that push you into a silo or turning your site into one...

if there's something you want anyone interested into to be able to see defend your right to let them see it!
2 months ago from Red Matrix