The Freedom Toaster

The Freedom Toaster
Originally uploaded by The Kitten’s Toe.

What is the Freedom Toaster?
The Freedom Toaster is a conveniently located, self-contained ‘Bring ‘n Burn’ facility, where users bring their own blank discs and make copies of the open source software they require.

But why do we need this?
The Freedom Toaster project began as a means of overcoming the difficulty in obtaining Linux and Open Source software due to the restrictive telecommunications environment in South Africa, where the easy downloading of large pieces of software is just not possible.

Scoble’s take on Douglas Engelbart, Inventor

Robert Scoble had dinner with Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the mouse. Here are some thoughts that he took away with him.

1) Doug is a frustrated inventor. He was frustrated over and over again during his career by people who just didn’t get his ideas.
2) He says he has many ideas that he hasn’t shared yet. We talked about the way the system could change from how it sees what you’re paying attention to, for instance.
3) He repeated for us the creation of the mouse. Said they still don’t know who came up with the name “mouse.? That was the part of the dinner I filmed.
4) He challenged the business people at the table (specifically looking at Andy and me) to come up with a way to increase the speed that innovations get used. He didn’t say it, but his eyes told me that taking 25 years for the world to get the mouse was too long and his career would have been a lot more interesting if people could have gotten his ideas quicker. I told him that ideas move around the world a lot faster now due to blogs and video (imagine trying to explain what Halo 2 was going to look like if all you had to describe it was ASCII text).

Now imagine if he shared all of his ideas with people who would take the time to listen. How many ideas never leave the brains of people because they dont feel like anyone will get them?

What can we do to facillitate innovation? What if there was a place that we could share ideas without the fear of someone stealing them. A Creative Commons for inventions and patents. Any ideas?

Getting into the space

After seeing that Scoble has moved to a blog I thought that it was time to start yet another blog. I know that there are blogs that I have not posted too in ages but they are all blogs and have theams and limits to them. Blogger is in stagnaton mode right now. Bligging is growing like crazy and Google is letting blogger kind of rot. It still has value and its own set of features and things that set it apart, but I want to know where to send newbies that are starting blogs.

I have grown and I dont feel like I want to be locked into a political blog or only tech or only podcasting.

This will be where I can be myself and not have to feel like I am pushing some agenda. I think that as I start to post the randomness I can feel like I can get practice writing. I want our Family blog to be our family, not cluttered with my political views or tech reviews. My wife has a homemaking blog, a pregnancy blog, I do podcasting, and have interests that go beyond where I have been.

So we will see where this goes :)