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Consent That Goes Both Ways

Whatever your opinions about Do Not Track, set them aside for a minute and just look at what the words say and who says them. Individuals—the people we call "users" (you know, like with drugs)—are the ones saying it. In grammatical terms, "do not track" is spoken in the first person. more>>

You're the Boss with UBOS

UBOS is a new Linux distro that I like for two reasons. One is that it works toward making it easy for muggles to set up their own fully independent personal home servers with little or no help from wizards. The other is that it comes from my friend Johannes Ernst. more>>

Big Bad Data

Obsession with Big Data has gotten out of hand. Here's how. more>>

Learn GNU/Linux the Fun Way

Sometimes a gift just falls in your lap. This month, it came in the form of an e-mail out of the blue from Jared Nielsen, one of two brothers (the other is J.R. Nielsen) who created The Hello World Program, "an educational web series making computer science fun and accessible to all". more>>

Stuff That Matters

I'm writing this in a hotel room entered through two doors. The hall door is the normal kind: you stick a card in a slot, a light turns green, and the door unlocks. The inner one is three inches thick, has no lock and serves a single purpose: protection from an explosion. more>>

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Cluetrain at Fifteen

I started writing for Linux Journal as a contributing editor in 1996 (here's one piece), and went full-time 1998, not long before I began co-writing The Cluetrain Manifesto with Chris Locke, David Weinberger and more>>

Can We Stop Playing Card Games with Business?

A friend who works in one of the big banks recently told me that any new-fangled approach to identity and payments is going to have a hard time getting traction while credit cards continue to work as well as they do. "Using credit cards is too easy, too normal, too entrenched in Business As Usual", he said. They used to say the same thing about Windows. more>>

A Pain in the Person

At what point will we say "enough"? more>>

In the Matrix of Mobile, Linux Is Zion

In mobile we are losing the free world called the Web and the Net. How do we save it? more>>

Life on the Forked Road

We are analog and digital. One is old, the other new. Civilizing the latter will take some work. more>>

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