Items for August 2021

Free Software NOT as in `free speech,` NOR as in `free beer`

Tags: programming, politics

Colombian officials accidentally reveal details on Big Pharma’s immunity for adverse reactions to COVID vaccines

Besides the eye-watering costs, the nation agreed to indemnify the manufacturers from any legal responsibility for adverse events arising from the use of their products.

Tags: health, business, politics

How to Fork a Book: The Radical Transformation of Publishing

Tags: computers, books

Turns out b2evolution is now a complete social networking app, and looks really nice. Large, but clear and easy to figure out. Edit: also fast. Too bad it's basically abandoned.

Tags: internet, updates

Just completed my periodic survey of the flat-file CMS market. FlatPress is a decent option I missed so far. Kind of dusty and creaky, but usable. Bludit is still unbeatable.

Tags: internet, updates

Colonial Williamsburg is Uncovering America’s Hidden Queer History

Tags: cities, america, sexuality, history

Combatting online racist abuse: an update following the Euros

(from Twitter UK) Key insight: anonymous accounts are NOT the issue.

Tags: social media, racism

International Cat Day: Meet Truffles, the kitty who wears glasses to help kids feel better about theirs

Tags: animals, health

Mastodon Is Dead, Long Live Misskey

Tags: social media, software

Ancient Proto-math Found In Babylonian Tablet

Tags: antiquity, science

Increased Hate Against Sweden’s Indigenous People

Tags: culture, history, politics

What is money, really? And why Bitcoin is not the answer (even if blockchain is brilliant & potentially helpful in democratising money)

Tags: internet, economics

My tiny side project has had more impact than my decade in the software industry

Tags: programming, work