Neil's Noodlemaps



Fleeting notes that I probably want to make permanent in the wiki. Keeping them here to avoiding clogging up rest of org…

1 oggcamp

1.1 day 1

    • nice use of peer production
    • pulled it together with a few simple technologies
    • people like the leaderboard…
  • mqtt
    • what's it for?
      • messaging queue
      • streams of data from sensor devices?
    • mosquitto
    • used with IoT things?
    • sceptical about overuse of IoT
    • but liked the use of it around energy poverty
    • and saving energy from fridges - detecting when seal was wasting energy (however the answer was replacement??)
    • saving energy from detecting positions of animals in enclosures
  • I gave a talk on community repair
    • it was international repair day
    • talked about what community repair is
    • talked about open data we publish
    • global movement
    • talked about right to repair
  • ubuntu snaps
    • interesting, how does it compare/relate to nix/guix?
    • sounds similar in some ways
    • universal packaging system, allow for multiple versions side by side
    • easy rollback
  • astralship
    • really liked this
    • a small alternative living space, mix of permaculture and technology
    • comes from pirate politics to some degree
    • liked the ship metaphors.. you don't go on workshops, you go on voyages
    • idea is to enable deep flow states to try and solve some of current global problems
    • the geodesic domes are also interesting
  • video downloads
  • panel discussion
    • taking up linux more in schools: main problem is awareness of its existences
    • computing curriculum is apparently currently rubbish
      • boring
      • would be better if it was project based
    • microsoft - good or bad?
      • for me, focused too much on whether its good or bad for open source
      • didn't look at ethics of microsoft overall
        • ICE, AI for fossil fuel yields

2 your undivided attention

2.1 the dictator's handbook

  • Dec of human rights as basis of content moderation
  • FreeBasics is colonialism

3 To expand/misc

  • heidegger, simondom (modes of existence of technical objects)
  • deleuze and guetarri
  • Philosophers historically pushed technology aside
  • simondon - alienation from technics
  • Adorno for ideas of mass communciation and culture industry

4 "Governments around the world are heading for a massive gap between the demand for social services and the ability to pay for them."

5 AI for filtering comments

5.1 Google Perspective

5.1.1 Not so good at recognizing toxicity

5.1.2 Better at recognizing 'well written' comment

6 Voices for disabled people

7 Music tech without skills

8 Digital Archaeology

8.1 Hardware archaeology, also software archaeology

8.2 Hardware

8.2.1 Keeping old gear going

8.3 Software

8.3.1 Old technologies like Macromedia Flash

8.3.2 Obsolesence of old software?

8.4 Questions

8.4.1 Is there a difference between hardware and software archeology?

8.4.2 Is one more difficult than the other?

8.4.3 Were devices made back then designed to last longer? What was their lifespan like?

8.5 The exhibition

8.5.1 Enjoyed the BBC Micro Coding Basic

8.5.2 Tim Berners Lee first website (vague but interesting) TODO First website, 1991 (proposal 1989)

8.6 Speed of change

8.6.1 Acoustic coupler from 1982 - a phone handset converting signals!

8.7 Archie, first search engine, 1989

8.8 TODO Digital archeology is …

8.8.1 TODO digging up and restoring websites

8.8.2 TODO Involves both hardware and software

8.9 TODO Tbl made first web browser with first web site

Archaeology involves both software and hardware

8.10 TODO Lost code

The code for the coffee pot cam was lost and had to be recreated

8.11 TODO Macs stood the test of time a bit better

8.11.1 TODO Quite a lot of machines are Macs there

9 TODO Mosaic browser

10 TODO Does open source last longer than proprietary?

11 TODO Highlighting fragility of the early web

12 TODO Jodi, look beyond the obvious

13 ICT4D Meetup

13.1 TODO Ok foundation index

13.1.1 TODO Important to capacity build

13.2 TODO Bbc media action

13.2.1 TODO What people think in different countries

13.2.2 TODO Nice viz

13.2.3 TODO Good use of stories

13.3 TODO Usaid

13.3.1 TODO Behavior change

13.3.2 TODO Viz can help

13.4 TODO Hxl

13.4.1 TODO Spell check for data

13.4.2 TODO Tools are important

13.4.3 TODO Viz decoupled from hdx

14 Custom ROM on phone

  • fexjfgvb

14.1 phone notes

  • 14.6.A.1.236

14.2 Prereqs

14.2.1 Authenticator…

  • make sure you have backup codes available!
  • or put it on another device first?

Rooting phone

14.3 Bootloader

  • In literal terms, bootloader is code that is executed before any Operating System starts to run.
  • Every Android phone has a bootloader that instructs the operating system kernel to boot normally
  • A bootloader is usually locked on an Android device
    • because although it’s an open source OS, still the manufacturers want you to stick to their Android OS version specifically designed for the device.
    • In order to apply this concept, manufacturers lock the bootloader.
    • With a locked bootloader on Android devices, it is virtually impossible to flash a Custom ROM and forced attempts void warranty as well as usually end up in bricks.
    • Therefore, the first step is to always unlock the bootloader.
    • If you want root, you’d be wanting to flash Custom ROM post-root,
      • and if you want to install a Custom ROM, you’d need to have your stock bootloader unlocked.
      • In simple terms Unlocking the bootloader allows you to install custom Firmware on your Android phone.
  • instructions to unlock bootloader
  • 20/003/2017 00:03:19 - INFO - Loader : S1Root6732 - Version : MSM897423 / Boot version : S1BootMSM8974Rhine1.3.1LA1.0416 / Bootloader status : NOTROOTABLE

14.5 Phone info number

  • dial #*#7378423#*#

Instructions here to get flashtool

I can't actually get latest most secure version of Android

15 Coop sys

15.1 Cubersecurity

15.2 Cyber essentials

15.2.1 Firewalls

15.2.2 Devices

15.2.3 Backups

15.2.4 Admon acounts

15.2.5 User accounts

15.2.6 Malware protection

15.2.7 Software licensing

15.2.8 Software patching

15.3 Auto nas backups onto aws

15.4 5000 of staff time a year on security compliance for a ~30 strong org

15.5 Cyber essentials may be a check for.goverent funding

15.6 Cisp government cyber security office -keeping track of threats.

15.7 Subscribe charity digital news

15.8 2/3 days for first audit, plus regular rechecks

15.9 Password managers ? Bit of a split

15.10 London digital security centre

15.11 Volunteers? Try and keep them in separate domain/system

15.12 Risk management

15.13 Risk based approach

15.14 Cyber hygiene - 80% of risks

15.15 4 eyes checking

15.16 Think about risks, what's valuable

15.17 Target were attacked through air con contractors

15.18 Monthly email with reminders

15.19 Encrypted disks can save a lot risks

15.20 Xonrimuois vulnerabilty scans? Not cheap

15.21 Iasme, if you're 10/15 million

16 Stop treating product owner as customer

16.1 Product owner / team split doesn't make sense in one org

16.2 Mind the product

16.3 Output / outcome / impact

16.4 Plant to measure outcomes

16.5 Minimise output, maximise outcome and impact

16.6 Get out into the field and watch how users are using software

16.7 Learning backlog

16.8 Timebox learning/discovery work

17 Politics

17.1 Refugee Crisis

17.1.1 No one puts their children in a dinghy unless the water is safer than the land   quote

17.2 Energy Policy   green

17.2.1 Onshore wind and solar will be as cheap as or cheaper than gas by 2020

17.2.2 Increased role for renewewables, particularly due to improvements in battery storage

17.2.3 Environment Plan Don't want to lose environmental protections from EU law UK used to be known as the dirty man of Europe

17.3 Inventing the future

17.3.1 Catalogue of sci-fi matching political ideas I'm interested in

17.4 Emancipatory politics

17.4.1 Emancipatory politics must always destroy the appearance of a 'natural order', must reveal what is presented as necessary and inevitable to be a mere contingency, just as it must make what was previously deemed to be impossible seem attainable   quote

17.5 Information goods are increasingly used as a way of enforcing purchase of market goods

17.6 My politics

What are my values? And from there, what are my politics? I believe in the solidarity economy. I believe in dual power as a means of transition. I believe in communit organising and the avoidance of unnecessary hierarchy. I believe in cooperativism and worker self-direction. I would say that I am a social anarchist, but not sure of specific tendency. I like Bookchin's writings, so perhaps a communalist.

17.7 Definitions

17.7.1 What is civics?

Civics is the study of the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government."

17.7.2 What is the solidarity economy?

A solidarity economy is based on efforts that seek to increase the quality of life of a region or community through local business and not-for-profit endeavors. It mainly consists of activities organized to address and transform exploitation under capitalist economics and the large-corporation, large-shareholder-dominated economy, and can include diverse activities

18 To investigate

18.1 Thomas Spence commons

18.2 Repowering london

18.3 Briar app

18.4 Population increases two people every second?

18.5 2050 Nigeria pop equal to China?

18.6 phabricator

18.7 Examples of open source following site deaths

18.8 ordos, inner mongolia

19 Politics

19.1 Castells

19.2 Tiqqun

19.3 Shipping container vs dock workers

19.4 Outrage on the internet

19.5 If you took out tv signal would it affect anyone negatively?

19.6 3 aspects = automation?, surveillance and control?, commoditization

19.7 Right look for converts, left look for traitors

20 Marcuse: An essay on liberation

First of all saying that simply just the alienation of the working class, the proletariat was not enough.

Right now, it's not enough to bring about revolution, plenty of ways in which still alienated. Cultural industry maybe. This is from the Frankfurt School, so probably something related to that.

One was any kind of response has to be rhizomatic, you have a narrative that speaks to a number of different elements within the working class.

So, a big part of that kind of revolution is not it's not enough kind of depression and grief. That's something along the lines of changing people's sensibilities has to do with.

Yes, some of the awareness raising was through arts and creativity. This changing the biology people to think differently.

Finally, solidarity.

21 Getting outside the social industry

What are some ways to get outside the social industry? To break the pattern of railing against the spectacle just being part of the spectacle. Like some of the stuff Adorno chats about as being outside the culture industry. Maybe the cyberflaneur stuff. That kind of stuff, draw on some of these movements and look for parallels.

Let's say that the connection is axiomatic. Everything else (likes, replies, etc) is spectacle unless proven otherwise. What new forms can we find that are completely outside of what has gone before? Avoid the formula of the social industry.

22 TODO Return to group chats

Interesting. Mentioned on Joanne interview twsu.


Juan podcast

24 TODO Global tech taxes

Juan podcast

25 TODO I don't want my free time to be labour for a big tech firm

26 TODO How do you define value of big tech firms?

27 TODO Social media addiction is attacking people's freedom of thought

28 Leader of Haitian revolution coopted for venture capitalism

29 TODO Solidarity across tech supply chains

Mentioned in grace blakely podcast

30 TODO Marx saw technology as emancipatory

31 TODO Attwntion econony and the sociert of the spectscle

32 TODO Cloud apps are a bit like supply chains

Global products, we have little agency.

33 TODO Solidarity without class consciousness

That article says it can be dangerous. Parallel to libre software and use by big tech firms?


Imagine if various States made interoperable platforms. With content from each.

35 TODO Doesn't decentralization just mean you can't track fascists etc?

They have somewhere to hide themselves? I got asked this question.

36 TODO You needed access to a networked computer, and the knowledge–neither of those have ever been evenly distributed–but the technical architecture was incredibly exciting.

37 When is kicks condor coming back?

38 Tools for support

  • into tools for thoughts, but they feel always quite individualistic. what about tools for support? community building? Microsolidarity?

39 Micropublishing from org-mode

While I have my odd hybrid system, I would like to be able to use micropub to publish notes from my wikilog to my blog. I'm using WP for that, for the dynamic bits that it gives me. But I'm copying and pasting from my wiki to my blog. I was doing it manual until it hurts, to see if it was worth it. I think it is. So now it would be good to automate it a little.

40 GPT-3 and me

How to set up little GPT-3 prompts using my wiki as a corpus?

41 Tags vs files/folders

Absolutely. As I’m using a tool like Roam, there are no real limits on “where” information should be. This means that I don’t really need to think in terms of files and folders, but rather can think of digital locations that map to my understanding of the world.

As a result, I can think in “The Gardens”, tinker in “The Lab”, and store books in “The Library”. This mapping is like the thinking equivalent of using a memory palace for remembering facts.

Its rooting in the physical world is what makes it a spatial village, as it occupies real “space” in my mind.

The joy of wikoid systems is you can create/abandon clusters as you feel like it. And it doesn't require you to destroy an old cluster to make a new one.

Yes! This is in a way a critique of systems that force you to establish a hierarchy (place things in boxes). The more you invest in one hierarchy the harder it is to have it evolve. Or "grow" in a garden methaphor.

I believe the alternative is to focus on walking paths (here Lisa Hardy's map metaphor is very useful). Because, as you do in physical spaces, you can over time easily change the trajectory of your paths to support your life or project journey.

(Digital gardeners discussion)

42 Backlinks

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