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reading an article in the economist (magazine for capitalists) august edition called "climate tech's netscape moment" and can confirm the tech greenwashing is escalating! and i quote "there is no longer a trade-off between tackling greenhouse gases and making a profit. On the contrary, he says, firms can reduce emissions while earning big returns"

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a handful of students organised a seminar to teach themselves about ecology, the arts and design and called themselves Klasse Klima:

Something like 25 years ago, I was involved in the selection process for my second in command, as IT (and so much more, everything tech, infrastructure) manager. I insisted on the young woman with no qualifications, who didn't play sport (don't even get me going on that) BECAUSE SHE ASKED THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. I saw someone who wanted to, and was capable of learning.

So I taught her computers, from Boolean algebra up. Because she wanted to learn. When I left the country, she took my job...

There is unexplored potential to create guild software which would not be libre in a universalist sense, but would still be free enough not to prevent use/study/sharing/remixing by average users. You would be using the software under the terms of the guild, which might forbid certain sorts of activities and ban uses by megacorps.

Does anyone have recommendations for green energy Virtual Private Server which is certified to be green? Renewable, clean, reduced greenhouse gases (e.g. carbon, methane). Solar, wind, geothermal.

Not wood, not natural gas, not nuclear.

"Bibliotecha is a framework to facilitate the local distribution of digital publications within a small community. It relies on a microcomputer running open-source software to serve books over a local wifi hotspot. Using the browser to connect to the library one can retrieve or donate texts. Bibliotecha proposes an alternative model of distribution of digital texts that allows specific communities to form and share their own collections."
found while browsing #varia~

The day is Thursday, August 12, 2021 – time for another Co-op Cloud Kite-Flying hour! 3pm CEST today (just over 15 minutes from now)

Come hang out, chat, co-work or lurk! It's a public moment for anyone curious about the project to pop by. We'll be in 🚀 ☀️ 💻

"What would Luddism look like today? It won’t necessarily (or only) be a movement that takes up hammers against smart fridges, data servers and e-commerce warehouses. Instead, it would treat technology as a political and economic phenomenon that deserves to be critically scrutinised and democratically governed, rather than a grab bag of neat apps and gadgets. "

----- Count me in!
From boosted article: "I’m a Luddite. You should be one too" Jathan Sadowski

I spent a little time this morning learning about & their approach to describing open source apps with geared for deployment on co-op run infrastructure using Docker Swarm instead of Kubernetes.

I got scared off of Docker a bit because it seemed like Kubernetes was the only way forward, so it is great to hear there is another way.

I'm an old-school Linux admin. With cloud systems becoming the OS of our time, I think it's important that the FOSS community have an alternative to proprietary clouds.

☁️ 🤓 🌻 Kite-Flying hour is open again at 3pm CEST today (just over one hour from now)! Come hang out, chat, co-work or lurk! It's a public moment for anyone curious about the project to pop by. We'll be in 🚀 ☀️ 💻

Hey folks !

The #YunoHost project's contributors will meet next week from Wed 11th to Sun 15th in Paris 😜 !

We'll be delighted if you join us (even if you're just a curious folk, no need to be a contributor) either just for a chat or to share your feedback, or to learn how to contribute :blobcatcoffee: !

More info on the forum:


"The broad promise of the idea of Co-op Cloud is the idea of growing the “Co-op stack”, in which more and more layers of the digital infrastructure we rely on are owned by the ones who rely on it. In order to achieve this beyond the application automation layer where Co-op Cloud is operating, we need to build capacity to own, manage, maintain our own server infrastructure."

Another month rolls by and here is our status update for July! Loads of stuff happened 🚀

🎺 quick reminder about our Co-op Cloud ( Kite-Flying hour, today at 3pm CEST (in under 2 hours), an informal open call for anyone curious about the project to chat, plan, and hack. We'll be in 🎺

Let's organize a tech worker coop network in the US! Yael Richardi will share insights and experience from Argentina, tomorrow, 7/29, 12p PT at @agaric Show & Tell

Want to talk about Co-op Cloud to some humans in real-time?

Join us for "Kite Flying Hour", in just over an hour at 3pm CEST:

I wrote an article about the need for low-carbon and #sustainable #computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing.


** The problem:
* By 2040 emissions from computing alone will be close to half the emissions level acceptable to keep global warming below 2°C. This growth in computing emissions is unsustainable: it would make it virtually impossible to meet the emissions warming limit.
* The emissions from production of computing devices far exceed the emissions from operating them, so even if devices are more energy efficient producing more of them will make the emissions problem worse. Therefore we must extend the useful life of our computing devices.
** The solution:
As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible. We need frugal computing: achieving the same results for less energy.
** The vision: please read the article, I'm out of characters.

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