Saturday, September 22, 2007
Why do I expect this? The first reason is that the legislation - well probably executive decision - will be rushed through without proper consideration, scrutiny or debate. The other reason is that the current business ethics are so low that their will be a number of people who look to exploit it.
Time will tell...
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
This just can't go on. The world cannot support all of these people driving around the country. Maybe in a few decades we'll have worked out how to do it sensibly, but for now it has to stop.
My ambition is that inside 10 years, preferably 5, I reduce my travelling from the approximately 20,000 miles a year* I've been doing for the last 25 years to 5,000 miles. How will I do this? My thoughts are:
- longer sessions in each place;
- more telecommuting;
- less work in general.
* this is my guess based on car, train and plane miles.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Well, good to my promise I spent a couple of hours handing out CDs and talking about Free Software in Birmingham.
It was an interesting experience, and might be summarised as:
- A surprising (worrying?) number of people claimed to never use a computer;
- Many people were interested in the OpenCD and took copies;
- Quite a few people know about Linux, though Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt clearly played their parts in stopping some people adopting it.
Friday, September 14, 2007
The software I use - free and open for most things I do - is superb. It is reliable, efficient and interesting. Whenever I have to use proprietary software, as I do occasionally for my work, I feels like wading through treacle.
If you haven't tried Free Software, then I invite you to try FireFox or OpenOffice - and if you want to really liberate your computer, try Puppy Linux!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Just look at it - can you really tell any difference between schools - do you know of any that don't use uniforms? The last non-uniform school I worked at was Bedales - a leading fee paying school. How many schools have rethought the timetable? I know of one school in Kent that's looking at it.
We have set up a community interest company for our business, in an attempt to break away from this. We are happy to take the odd risk. So far we're managing to draw a salary from it - which is good.
We try to encourage community and voluntary organisations to use Free Software - with the well documented cost savings (no please don't start that argument here). These people are just plain scared of change or risk.
Monday, September 10, 2007
I know this goes against my normal attitudes, in that free ($%) and free (thought) are both good. Maybe is you go out and seek something that is free (£%) then its different!
If this sounds confused, it's because I am!