A long time ago, we had really smart mobile phones: devices compatible with any pocket, that wouldn’t distract us every second, but get enough signal even inside a cave, last one week without recharging, and years without breaking. Then we got dumb phones that do all the opposite. Continue reading The day the mobile phone took a wrong, dumb turn
Some months ago, TechCrunch reported that, on High-Tech cruise ships like the Quantum Of The Sea, “Wi-Fi is fast and it’s everywhere” for one specific reason that I really don’t like . Continue reading Good Parenting, or High-Tech Cruises?
As some of you may already know, these days I also work in the H2020 research project “Digital DIY”, a world of which 3D printing is only the most fashionable part, but not the biggest, nor the most important. Among other things, right now we’d need to know something that is pretty hard to discover without local (meaning: yours!) assistance, because it is “hidden” behind many different languages and layers of burocratic structures and inertia: Continue reading Forget fablabs and makerspaces! Who ELSE is promoting Digital DIY in Europe?
fOSSa 2015 was such a great conference that I and Wouter Tebbens already wrote four other posts about it (see below). Here are the last bits that are worth sharing but did not fit elsewhere. Continue reading final bits from fOSSa 2015, from Open Education to Ecology
I had (at least) three big reasons to be at the fOSSa 2015 conference, a couple of weeks ago. Two already covered elsewhere and one, “Citizen Cloud: Towards a more decentralized internet?”, that deserves its own separate post. Continue reading Citizen cloud thoughts, after fOSSa 2015
Some recent declarations from VW executives about the Volkswagen scandal are half unbelievable, half totally irrelevant. Seriously. Continue reading Rogue Engineers Behind Volkswagen Scandal? So what?
A few days ago I summarized the most questionable or uncertain points of the software odissey of the City of Pesaro, saying that I’d also post questions and consequences, both for the City and Open Source advocates, not mentioned yet in this story. For Pesaro, the road forward has little or nothing to do with the initial topic, that is Open Source Software in Public Administration. The advocates, instead, should rethink some of their strategies. Let’s start from Pesaro, but what follows applies to practically every city. Continue reading Pesaro, Microsoft and OpenOffice: the consequences
Pesaro is a town of about 100 thousands people on the northern adriatic coast of Italy. Its Public Administration has been facing lots of critics from Free/Open Source software supporters because, in the last five years, it changed twice the same, important part of its ICT infrastructure. Both those changes bring consequences and open issues, both for the critics and for Pesaro, that have had little or no coverage at all so far, especially outside Italy (1). Continue reading Microsoft vs OpenOffice in Pesaro: first, let’s recap
Apparently, they both don’t know enough of how the Internet and digital (meta) data work. Continue reading What do USA special forces and Mexican drug lords have in common?
Today, while cleaning up old backups, I found a text file named as this post, which I saved on November 17th, 2000, but never used. Cannot remember what I was planning to do with it, but here it goes. A bit naive, surely dated (just look at which companies I was suggesting to go for help…) but still interesting, considering how things stand today. Here it goes, unchanged: Continue reading The Free Software (icon) that we need the most. Fifteen years ago