Histrionics

Visited Wikimania festival in Barbican Halls to update on all thinks wiki, Wikipedia and ‘the culture’. It’s been a while now since attempting to use the tallbastard account set up in 2007 though that’s now an ‘unsuitable username’ so had to make a new one.

wikimaniaOf the many sessions and plenaries three items stood out; Peter Murray Rust delivered a passionate call for all to fully adopt wikipedia for journal publication and publish all science research outcomes as well as it’s failures.

Histropedia launched their timeline toolbox for visualisation of wikidata and which is a tidy solution soon to gather a storm of interest. We also see the huge potential for it’s use in a range of locally grown archive initiatives like MayDay Rooms. Finally in a session for Visualeditor we had a view on the next steps for mediawiki toward collaborative editing solutions with wide reaching benefits for all interested in use of wikidata .

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Canon fodder

Spent today skimming domestic tasks and sorting out failed starter on my vintage Honda CR-V. Yes it’s one of the green ones with a wheel on the hatch door. Hard as nails but suffering from my handling and the traffic calming lumps in SE London.

canontestAnyway took the opportunity to call in on Brockley based karma mechanic Andrew and talk about browns gas welding and tree stump grinders.. he kindly came over and jumped my ailing battery so we headed over to his lab where he sussed the busted relay problem quickly enough.

With the car now more reliable I popped by Creekside Educational Trust and picked up a pile of aged Dell Latitude P4 laptops onto which I am installing Lubuntu 14.03 LTS now. The laptops were purchased for the Trust in 2003 before SPC installed the first community wireless mesh access point there and took on the job of servicing and supporting the tech resource. OWN still has a busy node in operation from the roof but that’s another story! In the pile of printers was a USB canon scanner which worked just fine as you can see!

There is a huge A3 colour laser printer available which just found it’s a new home at Microrave.biz . It has spare toners and is in mechanically good nick considering the age so if you fancy putting it to use please get in touch with them (and for their top notch sound and lighting) but take your own paper. The other items include Brother MFC A3 colour  inkjet and a mono MFC A3 laser which I think will go to Mayday Rooms for their library use.

 

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Super hot

Always keen to try out ideas and technologies was interested to hear about a new project called SuperGlue which is due for a launch in October 2014. It can be run on a regular home router (openWRT DDwrt etc.. ) so that basic media rich webpapges can authored easily in the browser without the need for database instead using flat files making it portable tiny and a break from the bloated web.

Whilst awaiting availability tallbastard is currently experimenting with it’s precursor HotGlue and have set up a test site at hotglue.resourceforge.org.

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Contending NRG

Despite the spike in awareness anti-fracking movement has stimulated, the ongoing call for dialogue on the issues has yet to find it’s full voice.

Talkfracking.org seeks to overturn that with a fresh campaign to encourage open exchange, expose the bullying and challenge misdirection of information in a series of public events where both sides of the debate can express their interests
and understanding.

Nothing seems to have pissed people off more lately than the headlong rush of government and industry toward fracking in the UK. The issues of ground water pollution, surface disruption and greenhouse emissions are well documented but have failed to alarm the wider population to the dangers. Our ongoing lethargy is their best bet to ensure the imminent nationwide free for all.

Private interests and institutional anxiety over energy independence have exacerbated friction in the east. As the old arguments stack up on the Russian border the overall feeling of exploitation and manipulation on all sides compounds the rather sickening feelings of dread as we all face realities of our wasteful existences and environmental incompetence. 

Thanks to all who have signed the open letter !

Professor Erik Bichard
Professor Sir Harold Kroto FRS (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry)
Richard Murphy
Dr David P Knight
Professor Lawrence Dunne
Dr Damien Short
Dr Hugh Montgomery (Professor of intensive Care, UCL)
ProfessorGraham Warren
John Christensen
Professor David Smythe

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Amro 2014

This years AMRO 27th-31st May will be held at Architekturforum in Linz after a break last year return with more questions to invite somespontaneity, enthusiasm and answers from the wide range of engineers, artists and activist participants.

Four of us from London will work together to facilitate two sessions ‘VPN picnic‘ and ‘Data Union‘.

Join us on Thursday noon as we unpack the HiveNetworks / Piratebox sandwich and sip on this autonomous computing and network storyline. Please bring your own food, drink and thinking things.

On Friday please find us again at 1pm as we examine the proposals for Data Union in response to increasing calls on our personal data from commercial, civic and cultural quarters.

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Handi Gandi

After many years embedded in cpanel for dns, mail and web management of key services at spc.org we are today transferring dns control over to our new supplier gandi.net.

So far it seems to be going ok but in the case we loose some domain control in the next few days I thought it would be helpful to make a comment here as this seems to be standing up ok for now at least!

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Ug reSync

Would you Adnan and TB it?

Following on from a short research fellowship at Post media Lab in Leuphana University, Luneburg, co-workers on deckspace.tv have formed reSync UG to move ahead with some of the ideas arising and apply some outcomes. (UG a small private company with limited liability based in Germany).

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Adnan and TB, Hamburg 2014

Now as we don’t live in Germany this was only possible whilst the fellowship was in progress which qualified us for 12 month business start-up support from the federal state of Hanover that we have now activated. It was a nightmare to set up so lets hope it works out to be less of a drag in operation – I don’t think…

The first of our reSync activities will centre on Lunatic the annual arts and music festival. Work has already begun to prepare that collaboration for June 2014 and to refine the techniques explored throughout ‘Taking care of things‘ event a the city archive Luneburg in this January.

UG – Unternehmergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt)an entrepreneurial company (with limited liability). Apparently it is a quite new development in Germany, a sub-type of the German GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung–company with limited liability), meant to compete with Britain’s small private limited companies. (thanks for the link arandomidea)

alarm gospcorg

 

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Audience Networked

SPC is technical partner of a Nesta Eol Digital Fund application with lead organisation 4C and research by SOAS. It’s aim is to identify with makers and audiences of documentary films and to facilitate a wider engagement in distribution, screening and afterglow.

Whilst acknowledging the array of complimentary web services and physical resources already available we have identified vital aspects of the interaction process that have remained out of reach and seek to bring new insights and activities into effect.

Where screenings can succeed in exposing film-work, promoting discussion and animating ideas they can’t account for the progression of a film’s impact, identify the growing audience, account for it’s distribution or celebrate its successes in the wild.

We propose the building of new components that contribute to the public record, develop screening opportunities and promote audience interaction and engagement in those processes. This may take the form of website or application for social media collaboration.

It’s form will present the path from production to presentation and invite audience to stake it’s account and experience in the public record, promote further comment and to celebrate commitment with action.

Our contribution will be to coordinate a technical delivery of these tools for the use of film makers, distributors and audience alike. A solution like the songkick live music listings website, attuned to track audience attention and film screening by venue.

 

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Duncpanel

Another day of unresolved issues would have been about the last for cpanel for us. Some of you may have noticed this channel and others hosted by SPC driven by databases of one sort or another were off line for a few days.. Thankfully Ellis was able to rescue things in a few minutes just as cpanel support posted this.. cheers

At this point, it looks like you may have resolved the initial error, but that has
now brought it into another error that existed as well, shown here:

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[31-Mar-2014 16:19:25 UTC] PHP Warning:  Cannot load module 'XCache' because
conflicting module 'eAccelerator' is already loaded in Unknown on line 0
[31-Mar-2014 16:19:25 UTC] PHP Warning:  [eAccelerator] Can not create shared memory
area in Unknown on line 0
[31-Mar-2014 16:19:25 UTC] PHP Fatal error:  Unable to start eAccelerator module in
Unknown on line 0
------------------------------------------------------------

It would seem that it automatically takes care of XCache compatibility issue by
disabling it and not allowing to load, however it may be that the compilation
including the two of these modules together may be causing problems here. Would I
have permission to recompile Apache with either Xcache, eAccelerator, or both of
these disabled as a test? Please advise.

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Technical Analyst II
cPanel Inc.
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Heavy wait

Sunday 30th March sees the long anticipated launch of Julian Priest’s Weight of Information mission aboard Kicksat Cubesat on SpaceX-3 Commercial Resupply Services flight CRS-3.

‘Meet to Delete’ at the London Hackspace where they have prepared a listening station and the requisite computational hardware to decode the transmitted signals for their own picosat also now launching on 30 March. (despite out of date info there)

See http://www.nasa.gov/missions/schedule/ for up to date schedule. Live coverage of the launch will be provided on NASA TV starting 03.45 EDT.

Julian has been preparing his picosat over the last year since the impulse purchase introduced him to a range of extraordinary ideas and applications for the 3 week orbit. The delayed launch has given him plenty of time to arrange a set of complimentary activities not least beach bonfires and radio hackery you can find out more about on his website

 

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