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New York users: Free Culture Salon

Posted by Greg on July 8, 2008

I thought I would pass this along for those of you interested in the Free Culture side of things*.

My coworker, Fred Beneson, has just announced the CC Salon in NYC for July.  A CC Salon is to Free Culture what a LUG Meeting is to Free Software.  At this salon he has lined up some great looking presentations from Wikia Search and Livable Streets Network along with a performance by comedian Max Silvestri (of Gabe + Max’s Internet Thing).

If you are interested it will be taking place on Wednesday July 23rd at The Open Planning Project ( 349 W. 12th St. first floor).

There will also be some free (as in beer) beer sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewery.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see other Freedom minded folks and have a good time!

You can RSVP on the Facebook event or emailing Fred at (simply make that an email address).

*Full disclosure: I am employed by Creative Commons this summer


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It’s Launched! Now use it!

Posted by Greg on June 24, 2008

The first project which I have been working on at Creative Commons is now launched.  It is one of those projects which will help everyone in the Free Culture/Open Source movement in some way.  Here it is:

Creative Commons, as a ‘movement’ (more correctly, as a part of the Open Society Movement), has many users, both content creators and content ‘enjoyers’.  But, if you are interested in releasing some of your work under a CC license, where do you go for information?  The Creative Commons website obviously.  But, just reading over what the licenses say doesn’t give you all the information you need to make your decision.  It would be like reading the GPL and than saying, unequivocally, that the GPL will in fact be the best option for your specific case.  Sure, most of us believe that to be the case, but no small part of that reasoning is the fact that the GPL has served us all very well over the years.

What if you could read some interviews and opinions from people who have done what you are thinking?  That would probably help you decide in a more informed manner, right?

Well, that is what we produced for you.  Here is the blogpost announcement that tells you a bit about the project.  But here is my quick description:

What is the field which you create in (photography, writing, movies, music, etc)?  Do you want to read stories and interviews of people who produce similar content and release it under a CC license?  We now have many such writeups on the Case Studies page.  As you will see, that page and all of the case studies linked from it, are in a wiki.  So if you see something wrong/misspelled/out of date, feel free to fix it and help us all.

One thing you might notice which is missing from that list of music case studies is a writeup for SeverdFifth.  That isn’t because I didn’t want to do it; I just only had a limited amount of time to do the ones I could.  Here is my plea for you:

Help me write the SeveredFifth case study on the Creative Commons website!

As the project progresses keep it updated with new happenings and discoveries.  This would be a great way to make sure Jono’s musical adventure can help others interested in doing the same.  I have some quotes from a short interview with Jono I can put up later, but I won’t be able to get to it for at least the next day or two.  I set up a skeleton case study page for Severed Fifth here, but it really needs to be fleshed out.  That is where you come in.

Just go to the Severed Fifth Case Study page, and scroll to the bottom and click on “edit with form” (not the normal edit, the form option makes life a whole lot easier).  Help me fill in the missing information.

Lets show everyone how many cool Open projects there are out there, and how cool they all really are!

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Bug Watches

Posted by Greg on June 15, 2008

As a part-time bug triager, I’m always curious of the new tools out there that enable people to work better and more efficiently.  One such new project, which I think has some real potential, is Stephan Hermann‘s Leonov project.

Another thing which I just read in my news reader was the fact that Luca Nussbaum added a functionality to Debian’s package overview pages which lets maintainers see what version of the package is in Ubuntu and how many bugs are reported against it in Launchpad.  This seems like a great idea and could even be expanded upon for better results.

My thought process:

A. Launchpad’s ability to watch other bug trackers for the same bug greatly improves the ability of developers to find and fix bugs.

A.1. People really like that ability.

B. Launchpad is only able to do that in a one-way direction (it can’t tell the Debian BTS that it’s bug has been marked “Fix Committed”)

B.1. Putting all of the work on the dev’s/triagers to then go back upstream and report it for every bug is a laudable goal, but as we all know, time is precious for everyone.

C. The ability to get bug data from LP and use it for enabling productivity is there, albeit a little “hacky” (screen scrapping is never fun).

D. Wouldn’t it be cool if other Bug Trackers could watch LP in the same way it watches them?

It seems to me, from both Lucas’ and Stephan’s efforts that doing D is possible right now.  Yes, it would be a ton more easy if Lucas’ and Stephan’s concerns were addressed (text/XML export etc).

I know the Launchpad developers are working right now to implement support for reporting back to other bug trackers certain information but I’m not sure of its progress.

Some Blueprints which might be related but I can not read (they are private): Bugs Remote API and Remote Launchpad Python Library (if you know of any other blueprints or bugs with more information, post them in the comments, please).

Does anyone know of any other bug trackers which are actively working on or at least discussing the ability to grab data from LP (or other BTS)  about certain bugs?

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And now, things begin to get busy

Posted by Greg on June 11, 2008

As some of you know, I am now working with Creative Commons as a Community Development Intern for the summer under the lead of Jon Phillips (of Open Clip Art, Inkscape, ccHost, etc).  Because of that, you might hear much less of me for the next 2.5 months (not that I was constantly blogging before).  Additionally, for you bug triagers out there, if you see a bug which I have commented on do not hesitate to take over the triaging process, I might not get to it as quickly as I should.  Don’t feel like you are stepping on anyone’s toes.

However, if you are thinking to yourself “I wonder what Greg is up to at Creative Commons right now?” you are more than welcome to watch the blog at CC, which is handily on the front page.  Today, in fact, I posted my first post.

Also, if you know of any cool Creative Commons/Free Culture related things going on in your area (physical or virtual), feel free to contact me.  And yeah, I already know about Jono’s new music project 😉

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Everybody’s Doing It

Posted by Greg on January 25, 2008

Pete, from Guerrilla Tech Support, has written a nice little howto on cron jobs.  What are cron jobs?  Read his post!

His little lesson would go along nicely with either of my last two posts about the “scripts” I use to keep my life, I mean files, in sync.

Have fun learning the ways of cron.

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Another "script" I use daily

Posted by Greg on January 20, 2008

In going with the theme of my post yesterday, I thought I would add here another “script” I use to backup documents. It is a variation (simplification) of my main backup script.

This one is just for doing my grad school documents between my laptop and my desktop. It is really easy, look at it HERE.

What it does:
I run it from my laptop. It connects to my desktop (alexandria) via rsync using ssh. Any files that are older on alexandria are backed up with the date&time, and the file is updated.
The reverse then happens (alexandria to laptop) to make sure everything is updated on both sides.

It doesn’t log anything because I watch it in the terminal when I run it since I need to put in my password twice. I could make it so I wouldn’t need to input my password, but that is less secure.

Any questions about it, let me know.

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My daily backup "script"

Posted by Greg on January 19, 2008

So, I am having harddrive issues right now. Luckily I have a backup script run daily that keeps everything important backed up on an external harddrive (which seems to be doing ok right now). I also have any documents for grad school on 3 separate harddrives at any one time (I have learned from my mistakes in the past).

This isn’t a blog post about how thorough I am with backups, it is a post of my backup “script” [1] so others can basically copy past (and edit some of the hard coded stuff) and use it for themselves. I was inspired by being asked “what do you use for a backup tool” and listening to the latest episode of LUGRadio where Aq says that this year his resolution is to release more of his quick dirty programs. Things he would feel bad about normally because the user would need to modify some config file for hard coded values. But, in the interest of Freedom and Sharing it is best to let other people take a look at it and get ideas for themselves.

Well, here is my “script” [1]

Hope it can inspire you to backup your stuff every night/week/whatever. Oh, and to do that part, you need to edit your “crontab” by typing: “crontab -e” in your terminal (no quotes). There are tons of guides online on what exactly to put in there, but here is mine:

# m h dom mon dow command
0 23 * * * ./UserLogs/

Which basically translates into “Every day at 23:00, run this script”

There you have it! May your data be safe!

[1] Is a pretty looking list of commands in one file a script? That is for the reader to decide

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