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Panayotis Vryonis (vrypan) has been shared in 1 public circles

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Gabriel Fitzpatrick3,746Writers CircleA couple people have asked me to share a circle of writers because there apparently aren't enough of those. This is the first full one, and contains most of the writers whose posts and content I've found interesting and engaging (or at very least who haven't been so insufferable as to warrant an uncircling ^.^) If you aren't here, you may very well be in the second one. Don't jump to any conclusions :)2012-03-26 22:19:06499983

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2013-08-19 11:22:36 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Σχεδόν δύο μήνες από τη αίτηση μας για VDSL, ακόμη δεν έχουμε Internet στο γραφείο και κανείς δεν μας λέει γιατί ή πότε θα έχουμε.

Most reshares: 5

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2014-04-17 11:12:01 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+longaccess in TC! YES.

Most plusones: 14

2014-04-18 21:37:04 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Wired UK: Longaccess is your Swiss bank for personal data.

Latest 50 posts

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2014-11-14 09:35:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Archiving your tweets is very easy.

Archiving your tweets is very easy.___

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2014-06-30 12:25:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Keep your rarely used files in cold storage for a fraction of the cost you pay in other services. If you ever need them, just de-freeze them a couple of hours in advance. http://deepfreeze.io

Keep your rarely used files in cold storage for a fraction of the cost you pay in other services. If you ever need them, just de-freeze them a couple of hours in advance. http://deepfreeze.io___

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2014-05-07 07:24:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A very short demo of +Longaccess.

Preserving your data for decades can be extremely easy!___A very short demo of +Longaccess.

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2014-05-05 21:14:42 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Why (and how) we put our Terms of Service on GitHub.

It's nice to say that you are customer-centric, customer-first, etc, but what really matters is how much of this you are willing to put down on paper. Your Terms of Service are the actual contract between you and your clients, not your keynote presentations, or your posts on Facebook and twitter. http://blog.vrypan.net/2014/05/05/terms-of-service-on-github/

#github   #termsofservice  

Why (and how) we put our Terms of Service on GitHub.

It's nice to say that you are customer-centric, customer-first, etc, but what really matters is how much of this you are willing to put down on paper. Your Terms of Service are the actual contract between you and your clients, not your keynote presentations, or your posts on Facebook and twitter. http://blog.vrypan.net/2014/05/05/terms-of-service-on-github/

#github   #termsofservice  ___

2014-04-18 21:37:04 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Wired UK has a nice article about our company.

Wired UK: Longaccess is your Swiss bank for personal data.___Wired UK has a nice article about our company.

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2014-04-17 11:12:01 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

We are on TechCrunch. Spread the word!

+longaccess in TC! YES.___We are on TechCrunch. Spread the word!

2014-04-01 21:32:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Εργαστήριο Personal Digital Archiving από την Longaccess
http://blog.vrypan.net/2014/04/01/personal-digital-archiving-workshops/

Σκεφτόμαστε, ως Longaccess, να αξιοποιήσουμε τόσο την δική μας γνώση όσο και την εμπειρία που μπορούμε να φέρουμε από έξω και να ξεκινήσουμε ένα ολιγόωρο σεμιναρίο/εργαστηρίο με θέμα την διατήρηση των προσωπικών/οικογενειακών αρχείων που δεν θα απευθύνεται σε ειδικούς, αλλά στον καθένα από εμάς που αποθηκεύει και διατηρεί το υλικό αυτό κάπου ανάμεσα στον υπολογιστή του, το κινητό του και διάφορες on-lineυπηρεσίες.

Όποιος ενδιαφέρεται, μπορεί να συμπληρώσει την σχετική φόρμα και θα τον ενημερώσουμε μόλις έχουμε συγκεκριμένες μέρες και ώρες.

http://blog.vrypan.net/2014/04/01/personal-digital-archiving-workshops/... more »

Εργαστήριο Personal Digital Archiving από την Longaccess
http://blog.vrypan.net/2014/04/01/personal-digital-archiving-workshops/

Σκεφτόμαστε, ως Longaccess, να αξιοποιήσουμε τόσο την δική μας γνώση όσο και την εμπειρία που μπορούμε να φέρουμε από έξω και να ξεκινήσουμε ένα ολιγόωρο σεμιναρίο/εργαστηρίο με θέμα την διατήρηση των προσωπικών/οικογενειακών αρχείων που δεν θα απευθύνεται σε ειδικούς, αλλά στον καθένα από εμάς που αποθηκεύει και διατηρεί το υλικό αυτό κάπου ανάμεσα στον υπολογιστή του, το κινητό του και διάφορες on-line υπηρεσίες.

Όποιος ενδιαφέρεται, μπορεί να συμπληρώσει την σχετική φόρμα και θα τον ενημερώσουμε μόλις έχουμε συγκεκριμένες μέρες και ώρες.

http://blog.vrypan.net/2014/04/01/personal-digital-archiving-workshops/___

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2014-03-10 22:26:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

my little daughter’s scrapbook, and digital content.

(How to embed digital content in a traditional scrapbook)

https://medium.com/the-longaccess-company/2b3626773c48

#preservation   #archiving   #digitalarchiving    #scrapbooking  

my little daughter’s scrapbook, and digital content.

(How to embed digital content in a traditional scrapbook)

https://medium.com/the-longaccess-company/2b3626773c48

#preservation   #archiving   #digitalarchiving    #scrapbooking  ___

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2014-03-07 17:18:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

το μικρό βιβλίο της Χριστίνας

http://blog.vrypan.net/2014/03/07/to-mikro-biblio-ths-xristinas/

Νομίζω ότι έχω πλέον την ιδανική λύση. Από την μία, τα αρχεία είναι αποθηκευμένα κάπου που δεν χρειάζεται να ασχοληθώ ξανά και θα συνεχίσουν να είναι εκεί για πολλά, πολλά χρόνια. Από την άλλη, έχω κάτι χειροπιαστό και όμορφο που όταν θα το πάρει κάποια στιγμή στα χέρια της δεν θα χρειαστεί τίποτα άλλο για να ανακτήσει το ψηφιακό υλικό.
#longaccess   #digitalpreservation   #archiving  

το μικρό βιβλίο της Χριστίνας

http://blog.vrypan.net/2014/03/07/to-mikro-biblio-ths-xristinas/

Νομίζω ότι έχω πλέον την ιδανική λύση. Από την μία, τα αρχεία είναι αποθηκευμένα κάπου που δεν χρειάζεται να ασχοληθώ ξανά και θα συνεχίσουν να είναι εκεί για πολλά, πολλά χρόνια. Από την άλλη, έχω κάτι χειροπιαστό και όμορφο που όταν θα το πάρει κάποια στιγμή στα χέρια της δεν θα χρειαστεί τίποτα άλλο για να ανακτήσει το ψηφιακό υλικό.
#longaccess   #digitalpreservation   #archiving  ___

2014-01-30 10:05:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

:-)

a (almost complete) list of our contributions to other open source projects.

The other day I mentioned on twitter one that one of our pull requests was merged to an open source project. Then @pgaval replied that it's nice to see companies announce their contributions to open source projects, and I totally agree.

I would even like this to be an important thing for tech companies. And I don't mean just big companies, like Google or Facebook that have the luxury to open source entire projects. I'm talking about small startups, like ours, that contribute and improve the existing code base we all depend on.

So, apart from our own project's code, here is a (almost complete) list of our pull requests so far. It's not like a million lines of code, but we are proud we can contribute while building our own product.

http://longaccess.io/2014/01/30/our-opensource-contributions/___:-)

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2014-01-29 13:31:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A great idea!

A great reunion party favor

How to use a +longaccess Certificate as a small but valuable party favor for your school reunion. 

http://the.longaccess.com/blog/2014/01/28/school-reuinion-party-favor/___A great idea!

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2014-01-22 15:11:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The kindergarten art archive

What if kindergartens had a long term archive of kids drawings? A public one. Imagine the things you could study if you had access to it…

#kids   #art   #kindergarten   #preservation  

The kindergarten art archive

What if kindergartens had a long term archive of kids drawings? A public one. Imagine the things you could study if you had access to it…

#kids   #art   #kindergarten   #preservation  ___The kindergarten art archive

What if kindergartens had a long term archive of kids drawings? A public one. Imagine the things you could study if you had access to it…

#kids   #art   #kindergarten   #preservation  

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2013-12-29 22:48:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

We recently released version lacli 0.2rc2. This is a step-by-step introduction on how to use it.

We recently released version lacli 0.2rc2. This is a step-by-step introduction on how to use it.___

2013-11-10 23:32:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Why you can't comment here.

It's been a year I removed comments from my blog, and I've done a lot of thinking on it since. Here is why it worked for me.

Why you can't comment here.

It's been a year I removed comments from my blog, and I've done a lot of thinking on it since. Here is why it worked for me.___

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2013-11-07 08:54:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity... more »

The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.___

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2013-11-05 21:28:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Frequently Asked Questions about Longaccess

1. What is Longaccess?
2. How does it work?
3. What Longaccess is not?
4. Why do I have to pay in advance?
5. What is the "Archive Certificate"?
6. It's 2013 and everything is digital. Why would I want to print the Archive Certificate?
7. How do I know you will be around in 30 years from now?
8. I'm very concerned about privacy. Who gets access to my data?
9. I want to delete an Archive I uploaded.
10. I want to update an Archive I uploaded.
11. I want to share an Archive I uploaded.
12. How do you compare to other cloud storage services?
13. Where are my data physically stored?

Answers: http://the.longaccess.com/faq/

Frequently Asked Questions about Longaccess

1. What is Longaccess?
2. How does it work?
3. What Longaccess is not?
4. Why do I have to pay in advance?
5. What is the "Archive Certificate"?
6. It's 2013 and everything is digital. Why would I want to print the Archive Certificate?
7. How do I know you will be around in 30 years from now?
8. I'm very concerned about privacy. Who gets access to my data?
9. I want to delete an Archive I uploaded.
10. I want to update an Archive I uploaded.
11. I want to share an Archive I uploaded.
12. How do you compare to other cloud storage services?
13. Where are my data physically stored?

Answers: http://the.longaccess.com/faq/___

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2013-10-29 05:35:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Σας παρουσιάζουμε την Υπηρεσία Τοποθεσίας του Mozilla, μια πιλοτική προσπάθεια που σας παρέχει υπηρεσίες εντοπισμού θέσης χρησιμοποιώντας σήματα από Wifi και κεραίες κινητής τηλεφωνίας.

Σας παρουσιάζουμε την Υπηρεσία Τοποθεσίας του Mozilla, μια πιλοτική προσπάθεια που σας παρέχει υπηρεσίες εντοπισμού θέσης χρησιμοποιώντας σήματα από Wifi και κεραίες κινητής τηλεφωνίας.___

2013-10-28 22:26:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

my vcsh setup

vcsh is a version control system for $HOME. This is how I've set it up.

http://blog.vrypan.net/2013/10/28/my-vcsh-setup/

my vcsh setup

vcsh is a version control system for $HOME. This is how I've set it up.

http://blog.vrypan.net/2013/10/28/my-vcsh-setup/___

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2013-10-24 18:53:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

divorce is never easy: split a project subfolder with #Git

When splitting a git project it's usually not a good idea to alter history, e.g. using 'git filter-branch' and 'git subtree split'. A better way, for which we present a quick recipe, is to use tags and 'git replace' to develop the subproject in a new repo while keeping history separate.

http://longaccess.io/2013/10/24/split-a-project-subfolder-with-git/

divorce is never easy: split a project subfolder with #Git

When splitting a git project it's usually not a good idea to alter history, e.g. using 'git filter-branch' and 'git subtree split'. A better way, for which we present a quick recipe, is to use tags and 'git replace' to develop the subproject in a new repo while keeping history separate.

http://longaccess.io/2013/10/24/split-a-project-subfolder-with-git/___

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2013-10-24 18:52:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

divorce is never easy: split a project subfolder with #Git

When splitting a git project it's usually not a good idea to alter history, e.g. using 'git filter-branch' and 'git subtree split'. A better way, for which we present a quick recipe, is to use tags and 'git replace' to develop the subproject in a new repo while keeping history separate.

http://longaccess.io/2013/10/24/split-a-project-subfolder-with-git/

divorce is never easy: split a project subfolder with #Git

When splitting a git project it's usually not a good idea to alter history, e.g. using 'git filter-branch' and 'git subtree split'. A better way, for which we present a quick recipe, is to use tags and 'git replace' to develop the subproject in a new repo while keeping history separate.

http://longaccess.io/2013/10/24/split-a-project-subfolder-with-git/___

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2013-10-22 23:01:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Our latest post, explaining our approach to privacy.

Our latest post, explaining our approach to privacy.___

2013-10-22 20:05:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"As a young tech startup planning to offer cloud storage services, we decided to treat our own service the same way we treat any service we use to store our data: with extreme suspicion."

"As a young tech startup planning to offer cloud storage services, we decided to treat our own service the same way we treat any service we use to store our data: with extreme suspicion."___

2013-10-19 10:35:41 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Did you get your invites? First impressions?

Did you get your invites? First impressions?___

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2013-10-18 10:29:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

We are close!

A preview at longaccess.com. Register to get an invite at http://the.longaccess.com/newsletter/___We are close!

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2013-10-15 23:29:03 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How to use OS X Finder color labels from the command line.

OS X Finder has a number of features most users rarely use. One of them, which I've lately become a big fan of, are colour labels.

Setting the color label of a file or a folder is trivial: just right-click on it and select the color.

Some users will probably use the colour labels to organise their files, for example they may label red a file they often use to find it easier in folder with many files.

I'm more interested in how they can be integrated in an automated workflow.

http://blog.vrypan.net/2013/10/15/os-x-finder-file-color-labels/

#osx   #color_labels   #commandline  

How to use OS X Finder color labels from the command line.

OS X Finder has a number of features most users rarely use. One of them, which I've lately become a big fan of, are colour labels.

Setting the color label of a file or a folder is trivial: just right-click on it and select the color.

Some users will probably use the colour labels to organise their files, for example they may label red a file they often use to find it easier in folder with many files.

I'm more interested in how they can be integrated in an automated workflow.

http://blog.vrypan.net/2013/10/15/os-x-finder-file-color-labels/

#osx   #color_labels   #commandline  ___

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2013-10-01 22:21:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

How I use DayOne app to add posts to my static HTML blog from my iPhone.

How I use DayOne app to add posts to my static HTML blog from my iPhone.___

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2013-09-27 21:57:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Crafting a blog. The long story (kind of borring) of how I ended up writing my own static blog generator (bucket3) and how I replaced blog comments with "mentions" from other sites.

[...] Throughout these years, I was never satisfied with the underlying "engine". I went from HTML pages to PHPSlash, (a PHP port of the features of the then extremely popular slashdot.org), to drupal, to ez Publish, to wordpress and many others. I mostly hosted my content on my own server, but I'va also used most hosted blogging platforms, from blogger.com, to wordpress.com, to posterous.com, to tumblr.com. I've tried tweaking each platform to my likes, from playing with settings and themes to writing modules, but it never felt right. [...]

Crafting a blog. The long story (kind of borring) of how I ended up writing my own static blog generator (bucket3) and how I replaced blog comments with "mentions" from other sites.

[...] Throughout these years, I was never satisfied with the underlying "engine". I went from HTML pages to PHPSlash, (a PHP port of the features of the then extremely popular slashdot.org), to drupal, to ez Publish, to wordpress and many others. I mostly hosted my content on my own server, but I'va also used most hosted blogging platforms, from blogger.com, to wordpress.com, to posterous.com, to tumblr.com. I've tried tweaking each platform to my likes, from playing with settings and themes to writing modules, but it never felt right. [...]___

2013-09-22 11:40:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I remained silent about the whole Focal relicensing troubles for now. There was a lot of drama between the app being GPL, and the fact Cyanogen Inc wanted to use it, which drove some frustration between me, some CM contributors, and CM leaders. As a result, to avoid any problem, Focal has been removed from CyanogenMod. I think you deserve explanations and “behind the scenes” view on how all of this happened, and to know it’s not just a last-minute decision or ragequit.

This is the true, fully-featured story of the “Focal drama”. It's not a rant about how Cyanogen Inc is bad or anything (and it can be a good thing, with a few conditions, see at the end of the post), but just an insight on how this all happened, and how some people were and are feeling. 

A few months ago, I decided to work on an app to replace AOSP’s Camera app after +Steve Kondik  expressed concernsabout the cam... more »

I remained silent about the whole Focal relicensing troubles for now. There was a lot of drama between the app being GPL, and the fact Cyanogen Inc wanted to use it, which drove some frustration between me, some CM contributors, and CM leaders. As a result, to avoid any problem, Focal has been removed from CyanogenMod. I think you deserve explanations and “behind the scenes” view on how all of this happened, and to know it’s not just a last-minute decision or ragequit.

This is the true, fully-featured story of the “Focal drama”. It's not a rant about how Cyanogen Inc is bad or anything (and it can be a good thing, with a few conditions, see at the end of the post), but just an insight on how this all happened, and how some people were and are feeling. 

A few months ago, I decided to work on an app to replace AOSP’s Camera app after +Steve Kondik  expressed concerns about the camera experience on CyanogenMod in a G+ post. I decided to take the challenge, and build up a camera app that would be up with users’ expectations: accessible and innovative UI, but fully-featured.
You all know how that worked out - the app has been out for some time now. I’ve been keeping the “internal” CM team (read: the CyanogenMod Dev private G+ group) tuned with my progress, releasing them mockups, screenshots and videos of the progress. Luckily, nobody ever leaked what it was, even with the big storm we started with the Nemesis trailer.

A few days before we started organizing Focal’s launch, I was approached by +Koushik Dutta  and +Steve Kondik . They wanted to talk to me about CyanogenMod’s future developments, that sounded cool. Koush told me in a video chat Cyanogen’s plans since he left Samsung: they found investors, and they’re ready to push forward Cyanogen Inc, a company selling services for CyanogenMod. At first, that sounded amazing, getting a few bucks for working on something I’ve been doing for free for some time. That would allow the student I am to get some stuff and get a kickstart for my future life. That would have given me the chance to spend more time on CM, as I wouldn't need to work elsewhere. Now, I didn’t have much information about what were Cyanogen Inc plans to make money, but I expected it to be through some kind of services - koush told me about CMID, which later became CMAccount, or other premium things like a one-click installer, or even a CMPhone. That sounded like a nice addition to CyanogenMod, leaving the community intact, and adding more value to the software distribution.
I had a similar chat with Steve, where he explained me some of the other aspects of Cyanogen Inc, his philosophy about it, etc. Okay, that sounds like a good plan, get me involved and enhance the open distribution I know and love. I have a few emails back and forth between Steve, Koush and me, talking about what I could work on, what I could enhance on Focal, etc. They’re telling me they’re looking into contracts, and I wait.

That’s when the “drama” started.

I got a Hangouts chat from Koush, saying that Focal would need to be relicensed because GPL isn’t ideal -- wait what, not ideal for an Open Source project?

“The issue is that we need to be able to relicense it”
“It’ll be open as GPL, but CM can do what they want with it.”

Yes, Cyanogen Inc. will need to do changes in CyanogenMod’s source code - because here’s another way they will finance the project: customization for their customers (e.g. carriers). This will imply the work done by the community will be sold to a third party by Cyanogen Inc, and that they have to do changes that they cannot put online publicly. A future conversation with Steve Kondik will reveal that they might need to put hardware-specific enhancement for some camera devices, and that has to be hacked in the Camera app code. Putting these changes inside Camera apps instead of Hardware Abstraction Layers (HAL) could break other apps, which ironically kind of go against the goal of CTS (because then, only the “official” camera app will have those enhancements). Of course, those hardware enhancements are trade secrets, so they cannot be published back to CyanogenMod’s public repositories...

So this is where I started to feel screwed. I didn’t think much further, but I felt like I had no other choice but comply with Cyanogen’s relicensing, and allow them to do whatever they want with my code, and sell it customized to their vendors. They used the Contributor License Agreement as an argument, saying that basically they could do anything with my code since I submitted it.

At the same time, the “cyngn.com” domain was discovered, and concerns rised about what the hell it was. People such as pulser_g2 started to find connections between Cyngn.com, Kirt McMaster, Steve Kondik, Koushik Dutta, and all these people working at a “secret company” in a “secret location”. From ways I cannot even explain, he was able to come up with everything Koush and Steve told me, how they’d make money, and what are their future plans. Since he already knew everything, I told him about what was going on with Focal licensing, and he came up with the fact that this wasn’t legally right: the software is licensed as GPL, the repository on CyanogenMod’s github is forked from my GitHub, so it didn’t go through the Contributor License Agreement (which only applies to Gerrit submissions), and the Berne convention can prove through the commits history that I did fully write the app, and not Cyanogen Inc. - and even if the CLA would apply, it only allows them to sublicense the software, not relicense or dual-license it without my permission.

I didn’t want to be a jerk on that licensing story, and went ahead to resolve the issue directly in private with Steve. At the same time, other people such as Andrew Dodd (Entropy512) beginned to hear echoes about something was going on with Cyanogen, and heard about the GPL licensing issues around the time Land of Droid revealed the connections. He got really upset about that, getting only silence or vague answers from CM leads, turning around sentences.
That’s where they started lying to the community, denying they had something to do with cyngn.com, denying there was a commercialization of CyanogenMod going on. When people said “Why would Focal get relicensed?” they would just say “No, it’s not relicensed. It will stay GPL.” - yes, that’s where “relicense” became “dual-license”, where the app would remain GPL publicly, but still allow Cyanogen Inc to do what they want with it. But they didn't mention that publicly.

pulser_g2 raised some points on an XDA post that became quite famous, quoted by some news websites, and raised to the attention of some CM leads.
The official answer was: “Don’t interfere, don’t reply, let it go”

So, they didn’t confirm or infirm that CyanogenMod was or was not going commercial. If it wasn’t going commercial, they would have denied it. But here, they ask to “let it go”. Why not tell the truth? For them, it was better to just sweep it under the rug. But who was right in the end?


At that point in time, I still had no news about the contracts I was meant to receive weeks ago for working with Cyanogen Inc on Focal. I pinged ciwrl, who told me to check with koush, who told me to check with Steve, who didn’t reply.

At that time, they also started scrapping features from CyanogenMod. Device’s “Advanced settings” disappeared, without getting a proper replacement first. Some features aren't considered as useful enough, and didn’t make it into the new CMHW HAL. Even if users want something, they won’t get it if it’s not useful enough. Save to external SD disappeared as well from the AOSP Camera app, because it breaks Google’s CTS. Root access is planned to be COMPLETELY removed by default, and to be downloaded in a separate package. Users don’t use root anyway, they say. All of this because of a future CyanogenMod Phone, which has to pass CTS to get Google Apps officially. Want some exotic features? Too bad. You won’t get them if Google don’t. Wasn’t that the point of CyanogenMod originally? Derp.

That’s when my concerns started to raise about the community contributions. People such as +Nebojša Cvetković  contributed a lot of features to CyanogenMod’s launcher “Trebuchet”, and felt bad about not getting any reward for his work, when Cyanogen Inc. would make money out of it. Same concerns were raised by other maintainers and developers who contribute, or used to contribute to CyanogenMod. It was the last bit required for multiple people to leave the CyanogenMod development community, or for some users to simply stop using CyanogenMod. They didn’t know exactly what Cyanogen Inc was up to, but since the leaders would just lie to them to hide the truth, they felt let down. And it was clear from my chats with Steve that they had no ideas or plans, besides contracting everyone, to reward contributors. But they cannot just contract everyone, like nebkat as he’s not old enough yet to have a contract. Some other people just don’t want to be contracted, but still want to get a reward. It’s only recently that I told Steve that people would be totally happy with some perks (computer stuff, t-shirts, usb drives, devices for big contributors, etc.), and it seems like he didn’t think about that at first.

This continued for some time, until now. Cyanogen Inc is now public, and they revealed (part of) their plans for the near future. And a sentence struck me on most news sites that relayed the news: they talk about “Cyanogen’s new Camera app” -- what WHAT? So it’s Cyanogen’s camera app now? It not a CONTRIBUTION anymore?!  - They claim it's their app, and I still had no news about the whole licensing thing, even if I had the chance to raise the point a few times.
This was too much this time - I pulled the alarm. I first contacted +Abhisek Devkota  on why it was phrased this way, to be welcomed with a “You submitted it…” … Uhm, no, but he wasn’t going to argue with me, and told me to see that with Steve, which I did. After some chat, explaining how he could reward nebkat and other contributors, he told me that he was still waiting on me to “list my pricing, features and milestones for Focal” -- which I did, back on July 23rd. I never had any answer, seemingly because the “Focal drama started” and he got frustrated. From there, it seemed like Steve just wanted to stop dealing with it because “this is too much drama”. The exact drama part that bothers him? Well, some contributors weren’t happy about what Cyanogen Inc is. +Andrew Dodd really insisted and wanted to have explanations on WHY Focal would need to be relicensed, and why all this secrecy, without any real answer ever. 

And how does Steve deals with these kind of reactions now? Easy answer:
“Oh god please tell me the story. grabs popcorn” https://plus.google.com/u/0/101093310520661581786/posts/1ev1FJpSCE3

Well, here’s your story. And here’s how they treat huge contributors like Andrew, who aren’t big enough and don’t open their mouth with the right people. The most ironical thing? If they want to dual-license, it is to make non-open changes to the apps. So, we’ll need CyanogenMod for the CyanogenMod Phone, because the code shipping on the device won’t match the public code.

Steve’s argument to avoid rewarding people, is that people wants to be “retroactively paid” - but he doesn’t seem to understand that people contributed when CyanogenMod was still a project all about open source, that wasn’t removing features from the ROM, and that had no commercial intentions. Nebkat contributed a lot of stuff in the Launcher, which is a central component of CyanogenMod today. But he did it a few months ago, “before” Cyanogen Inc, so he doesn’t deserve anything. But Cyanogen Inc can sell it to his customers.
Entropy512 wanted to clarify that point for his situation, which is true for many other contributors: “Some people like myself contribute to the project to keep our minds sharp and it's rewarding in and of itself.  I make more than enough money in my day job.  If someone is planning on creating a closed source fork, which is the only thing that dual licensing enables, it is no longer rewarding.”

Now, don't get me wrong. Cyanogen Inc is a huge milestone for CyanogenMod, and I can only applaud Steve for the initiative and being able to get there. There are not only dark points with the company, far from that. There’s a big bright side: CyanogenMod will become more stable, and will eventually get more features (even if they’re not going to do anything against CTS). Device support might get enhanced, since they’re paid to work on it now (even if issues existing for a LONG time aren’t fixed). And users maybe will get official support.

But the community can feel let down at some point. People from external ROMs would have loved to contribute back to CM at some point. However when Cyanogen’s leaders refers to Paranoid Android or AOKP, they call it “that other ROM”. Steve, always saying “Go ahead and fork”, isn’t actually taking seriously contributions from other developers. And since external contributors know their contributions are going to be ignored, they just don’t submit anything.
I could go on and on with many other things, how the code review is done (or rather, not done), how submissions are just -2’d without explanations, how they criticize XDA users (yes, where ¾ of their user base come from), how they complain people don’t contribute, when they DID but the patch was ignored because the maintainer didn’t want it at that time, how unstable devices are tagged as RC/stable (without asking their maintainers ; Netflix won’t run on a “stable” build of CM for exynos devices), etc. But I’m not here for that.

At this point, on my end the issue is solved, Focal is pulled from CyanogenMod. It wasn't a last minute decision, it wasn't just because I discovered it just now. It's something that has been running for around two months, and the solution was only found yesterday after a long discussion, and because it had to be stopped quickly.
I will keep on improving the app, fixing bugs, and make it better. If it’s not in CyanogenMod, then it will find room in another ROM. The app is GPL, and I will put it up on the Play Store at some point.
I have plans to raise the awareness of the importance of Open Source, and how GPL doesn't prevent any paid work, and that that there are easy ways to keep the community happy with such a situation.
And at the same time, I wish the best to Cyanogen Inc.

Keep in mind: CyanogenMod wouldn’t be what it is today without its contributors. If you’re able to run CyanogenMod on your device today, it might not be only thanks to Steve, Koushik or Ricardo. There are hundreds of people behind them who pushed many patches, and enabled many devices as a hobby. Have you ever heard of them?___

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2013-09-20 13:32:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

NASA's Messenger probe has found Han Solo. On Mercury: http://j.mp/14n2fQZ

NASA's Messenger probe has found Han Solo. On Mercury: http://j.mp/14n2fQZ___

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2013-09-19 12:13:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

One of the tools we use at +longaccess is HipChat. Here's how and why.

One of the tools we use at +longaccess is HipChat. Here's how and why.___

2013-09-15 20:39:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Weekend project: How to show under each (static blog engine) post the tweets that mentioned it.

Weekend project: How to show under each (static blog engine) post the tweets that mentioned it.___

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2013-09-12 23:02:08 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Our experience with BitTorent Sync at +longaccess has been nothing but positive.

Our experience with BitTorent Sync at +longaccess has been nothing but positive.___

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2013-08-30 17:56:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Privacy is not dead.  It may very well be the next big thing.

Privacy is not dead.  It may very well be the next big thing.___

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2013-08-27 20:15:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Explaining public-key cryptography to non-geeks
(It’s not that complicated.)

As I’m working on a product that will make heavy use of encryption, I’ve found myself trying to explain public-key cryptography to friends more than once lately.

To my surprise, anything related I’ve come across online makes it look more complicated than it should. But it’s not.

https://medium.com/how-to-use-the-internet/f0994b3c2d5

Explaining public-key cryptography to non-geeks
(It’s not that complicated.)

As I’m working on a product that will make heavy use of encryption, I’ve found myself trying to explain public-key cryptography to friends more than once lately.

To my surprise, anything related I’ve come across online makes it look more complicated than it should. But it’s not.

https://medium.com/how-to-use-the-internet/f0994b3c2d5___

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2013-08-25 16:35:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The Chevy Volt: the "poor man's Tesla"

+Andy Grignon gives me a ride in his new Chevy Volt. It's a neat car, doesn't get enough credit from the geeks. Maybe Andy will change that (he was on the first iPhone team, and ran Palm's software team, now is building a startup that's pretty cool).

In many ways the Volt is better than the Tesla for the average driver. First of all it costs around $42,000, instead of $70,000+ for the Tesla. Second of all it goes about 40 miles on electricity and then a small gas engine charges up the batteries (so you can go on long road trips without needing to stop for a charge). He's barely made a dent in his first tank of gas and has driven more than 300 miles already.

It's nice to see American engineering doing so well, though. 

Andy told me he's already figuring out where all thec... more »

The Chevy Volt: the "poor man's Tesla"

+Andy Grignon gives me a ride in his new Chevy Volt. It's a neat car, doesn't get enough credit from the geeks. Maybe Andy will change that (he was on the first iPhone team, and ran Palm's software team, now is building a startup that's pretty cool).

In many ways the Volt is better than the Tesla for the average driver. First of all it costs around $42,000, instead of $70,000+ for the Tesla. Second of all it goes about 40 miles on electricity and then a small gas engine charges up the batteries (so you can go on long road trips without needing to stop for a charge). He's barely made a dent in his first tank of gas and has driven more than 300 miles already.

It's nice to see American engineering doing so well, though. 

Andy told me he's already figuring out where all the charging stations are around Mountain View and San Francisco, the two places he spends the most time.

We spent the evening playing around with Chevy's iPhone app, which does a bunch of stuff with the car. Great times. Yeah, this is how geeks spend Friday evening in Half Moon Bay. Of course we were down at the Ritz tonight where we met a guy who runs a Chevron refinery (his team is responsible for making about a million gallons of gas every day). Learned that Chevron only makes about one cent per gallon. I joked "oh, so you make it up in volume." He also told us why refinery disasters happen. Most of the time, he told us, it's because someone is trying to drive profits up by not doing maintenance in time. Says one of his key jobs is to say "shut this down now." I can't imagine having to make million-dollar decisions that could end up endangering entire communities. Of course we didn't tell him we're trying to buy cars that will reduce our need for gas. 

#throughglass  ___

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2013-08-25 16:33:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A new cartridge can turn your old SLR into a digital camera: http://on.mash.to/1aF157v

#camera   #slr   #digitalcamera   #photography  

A new cartridge can turn your old SLR into a digital camera: http://on.mash.to/1aF157v

#camera   #slr   #digitalcamera   #photography  ___

2013-08-21 05:39:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Moms and dads should listen to this!


+Leo Laporte +John C. Dvorak +Liz Gannes +Larry Magid and +Clayton Morris discuss some of the issues of long term personal digital archiving during +TWiT   #419.

That's a good short discussion on the problems we are trying to solve at longaccess.com, so we thought we should share it with you.

(You can listen to the whole show here Listen to the whole show at http://twit.tv/show/this-week-in-tech/419 )___Moms and dads should listen to this!

2013-08-19 11:22:36 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Σχεδόν δύο μήνες από τη αίτηση μας για VDSL, ακόμη δεν έχουμε Internet στο γραφείο και κανείς δεν μας λέει γιατί ή πότε θα έχουμε.

Σχεδόν δύο μήνες από τη αίτηση μας για VDSL, ακόμη δεν έχουμε Internet στο γραφείο και κανείς δεν μας λέει γιατί ή πότε θα έχουμε.___

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2013-08-17 00:54:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times, contrary to official claims

http://bit.ly/16hLLJy

The NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times, contrary to official claims

http://bit.ly/16hLLJy___

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2013-08-16 13:51:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Καλησπέρα και χρόνια πολλά, παιδιά!

Κάργα απασχολημένοι από το πρωί είμαστε σήμερα, με διάφορες εργασίες... Μία μάλιστα εξ αυτών αφορά σε προσφορούλα που ετοιμάζουμε για την έντυπη έκδοση του περιοδικού, του στιλ εσύ καθορίζεις την τιμή!

Να μην το ξεχάσουμε: Αν οι προσφορές του είδους δεν σας αρέσουν, να μας το πείτε εγκαίρως πριν ξεκινήσουμε τη σχετική καμπάνια :P

Να είστε καλά και καλά να περνάτε -- όπου κι αν βρίσκεστε, ό,τι κι αν κάνετε!

Καλησπέρα και χρόνια πολλά, παιδιά!

Κάργα απασχολημένοι από το πρωί είμαστε σήμερα, με διάφορες εργασίες... Μία μάλιστα εξ αυτών αφορά σε προσφορούλα που ετοιμάζουμε για την έντυπη έκδοση του περιοδικού, του στιλ εσύ καθορίζεις την τιμή!

Να μην το ξεχάσουμε: Αν οι προσφορές του είδους δεν σας αρέσουν, να μας το πείτε εγκαίρως πριν ξεκινήσουμε τη σχετική καμπάνια :P

Να είστε καλά και καλά να περνάτε -- όπου κι αν βρίσκεστε, ό,τι κι αν κάνετε!___

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2013-08-16 13:50:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Canonical has raised a record-breaking $10.3m on Indiegogo for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone. But to keep that title, it'll need at least another $20m in the next six days... Does it stand a chance? http://tnw.co/1bCsh4q

Canonical has raised a record-breaking $10.3m on Indiegogo for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone. But to keep that title, it'll need at least another $20m in the next six days... Does it stand a chance? http://tnw.co/1bCsh4q___

2013-08-04 06:00:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I got up the six videos I did at PARC earlier this week. Really cool stuff. Batteries and circuits that were InkJet printed. Contextual Intelligence. Privacy-holding encryption. New manufacturing techniques. Six videos, all of which you should watch to get a sense of the stuff that's coming out of this important R&D lab in Silicon Valley.

Someone else visited this lab back in the early 1980s: Steve Jobs. What he learned on his visit led to the Macintosh. I doubt you'll get that out of me, but this is pretty mind-blowing stuff.

http://scobleizer.com/2013/08/03/the-parc-tour-of-2013-printed-circuits-better-batteries-contextual-systems-and-more/

I got up the six videos I did at PARC earlier this week. Really cool stuff. Batteries and circuits that were InkJet printed. Contextual Intelligence. Privacy-holding encryption. New manufacturing techniques. Six videos, all of which you should watch to get a sense of the stuff that's coming out of this important R&D lab in Silicon Valley.

Someone else visited this lab back in the early 1980s: Steve Jobs. What he learned on his visit led to the Macintosh. I doubt you'll get that out of me, but this is pretty mind-blowing stuff.

http://scobleizer.com/2013/08/03/the-parc-tour-of-2013-printed-circuits-better-batteries-contextual-systems-and-more/___

2013-08-03 06:44:53 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Google Analytics rant: unable to remove property

During the years, people have given me user (view-only) rights to many +Google Analytics properties: friends, clients, etc. Many of them, I'm no longer interested in viewing any more, some of them ever correspond to dead sites.

Guess what? You can not remove these properties from your Google Analytics account! You have to contact an administrator (I don't know them, or I don't want to contact them) or you are stuck with it for life.

A google search will show that users have been complaining for years, but the Google Analytics team has done nothing (other than setting up a custom contact form at one point, which BTW no longer works).

Good news for spammers: you can add anyone to your google analytics account and they will have to see your site every single time they login to Analytics, and... more »

Google Analytics rant: unable to remove property

During the years, people have given me user (view-only) rights to many +Google Analytics properties: friends, clients, etc. Many of them, I'm no longer interested in viewing any more, some of them ever correspond to dead sites.

Guess what? You can not remove these properties from your Google Analytics account! You have to contact an administrator (I don't know them, or I don't want to contact them) or you are stuck with it for life.

A google search will show that users have been complaining for years, but the Google Analytics team has done nothing (other than setting up a custom contact form at one point, which BTW no longer works).

Good news for spammers: you can add anyone to your google analytics account and they will have to see your site every single time they login to Analytics, and there is nothing they can do.

#google   #googleanalytics  ___

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2013-08-01 22:57:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Photos, movies, music, documents: you can replace your computer or your smartphone (at a larger or smaller cost) but can't replace your data if it's lost. Here are 5+1 simple things you should do before you leave for your summer vacation to secure your digital archive.

Photos, movies, music, documents: you can replace your computer or your smartphone (at a larger or smaller cost) but can't replace your data if it's lost. Here are 5+1 simple things you should do before you leave for your summer vacation to secure your digital archive.___

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2013-07-31 17:16:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is epic. 

#movies   #trailer  

This is epic. 

#movies   #trailer  ___

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2013-07-31 16:57:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Color-coding spiders helps scientists study their personalities. Yes, scientists have figured out spiders have personalities too. Studying that sounds like the coolest (and perhaps creepiest) job ever!

http://bit.ly/12FL4eI 

Color-coding spiders helps scientists study their personalities. Yes, scientists have figured out spiders have personalities too. Studying that sounds like the coolest (and perhaps creepiest) job ever!

http://bit.ly/12FL4eI ___

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2013-07-31 16:57:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In a frightening demonstration, University of Texas Professor Todd Humphreys and his team hijacked a 210-foot yacht sailing in the Mediterranean Sea with only a $3,000 GPS spoofer, an antenna and a laptop: http://bit.ly/Ship_Hijacked

In a frightening demonstration, University of Texas Professor Todd Humphreys and his team hijacked a 210-foot yacht sailing in the Mediterranean Sea with only a $3,000 GPS spoofer, an antenna and a laptop: http://bit.ly/Ship_Hijacked___

2013-07-31 08:35:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Αξίζει να δωσετε 5' για να το διαβάσετε.

___Αξίζει να δωσετε 5' για να το διαβάσετε.

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2013-07-29 22:19:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"[..] εκτός από το κέρδος, αισθανόμαστε ότι η +longaccess  μπορεί να αλλάξει τις ζωές ανθρώπων.

Σήμερα, που οι σημαντικές και οι ασήμαντες στιγμές μας καταγράφονται ψηφιακά σε φωτογραφίες και βίντεο, που οι σκέψεις μας και οι συζητήσεις μας διατυπώνονται ψηφιακά σε blogs και social networking sites, η δυνατότητα να διατηρήσει ο καθένας μας το υλικό αυτό για δεκαετίες είναι συχνά ταυτόσημη με την δυνατότητα να αφηγηθεί την ζωή του ή την ζωή των αγαπημένων του προσώπων -στον μελλοντικό, γέρο εαυτό του ή στα παιδιάτου.

Η σκέψη αυτή μας δίνει σκοπό -ένα σκοπό που είναι μεγαλύτερος από την εξαργύρωση μίας καλής επιχειρηματικής ιδέα. Και αυτό είναι ένα υπέροχο συναίσθημα."

http://blog.vrypan.net/2013/07/29/la-is-longaccess/... more »

"[..] εκτός από το κέρδος, αισθανόμαστε ότι η +longaccess  μπορεί να αλλάξει τις ζωές ανθρώπων.

Σήμερα, που οι σημαντικές και οι ασήμαντες στιγμές μας καταγράφονται ψηφιακά σε φωτογραφίες και βίντεο, που οι σκέψεις μας και οι συζητήσεις μας διατυπώνονται ψηφιακά σε blogs και social networking sites, η δυνατότητα να διατηρήσει ο καθένας μας το υλικό αυτό για δεκαετίες είναι συχνά ταυτόσημη με την δυνατότητα να αφηγηθεί την ζωή του ή την ζωή των αγαπημένων του προσώπων -στον μελλοντικό, γέρο εαυτό του ή στα παιδιά του.

Η σκέψη αυτή μας δίνει σκοπό -ένα σκοπό που είναι μεγαλύτερος από την εξαργύρωση μίας καλής επιχειρηματικής ιδέα. Και αυτό είναι ένα υπέροχο συναίσθημα."

http://blog.vrypan.net/2013/07/29/la-is-longaccess/___

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2013-07-29 06:13:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"In our Internet-happy present, it's easy to forget that up until the mid-1980s, Silicon Valley was an industrial landscape. Hundreds of manufacturers lined the streets of Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Mountain View, and San Jose. This is the Silicon Valley when AMD, Apple, Applied Materials, Atari, Fairchild, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, National Semiconductor, Varian Associates, Xerox, and hundreds of other companies made their products right here in the Bay."

"In our Internet-happy present, it's easy to forget that up until the mid-1980s, Silicon Valley was an industrial landscape. Hundreds of manufacturers lined the streets of Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Mountain View, and San Jose. This is the Silicon Valley when AMD, Apple, Applied Materials, Atari, Fairchild, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, National Semiconductor, Varian Associates, Xerox, and hundreds of other companies made their products right here in the Bay."___

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