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Johan Bové

The lyrics from "Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play" by Roky Erickson feel very appropriate in light of how climate change will influence our daily lives in many ways even if we want to or not.

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"Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play"
(originally by Roky Erickson)

Click your fingers applauding the play
Such clear clear nights and clear days
Cause lightning never flashes our way
If you click your fingers applauding the play

Fat kings and queens all eating their grapes
Blood and blaspheme not upon the door drapes
Scream out for murder, scream out for hate
If you click your fingers applauding the play

And from the horizons the wrath boot's not down
Clear skies sometimes the clouds so inviting
Such a friendly sound

Temples arising are not raked
Columns not shattered by any earthquakes
The seas and famine are all their own brake
If you click your fingers applauding the play

And from the horizons the wrath boot's not down
Clear skies sometimes the clouds so inviting
Such a friendly sound

Thanks to Electric Six for including this one on their über-cool new album "Streets Of Gold" (2021).

Johan Bové

Coming back to work today, I found myself still very much grieving for the sudden loss of our dear colleague Filiz - finding some solace in the words of the beautiful song "I grieve" by Peter Gabriel

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"I grieve" by Peter Gabriel:

It was only one hour ago
It was all so different then
Nothing yet has really sunk in
Looks like it always did
This flesh and bone
Is just the way that we are tied in
But there's no one home
I grieve, for you
You leave, me
So hard to move on
Still loving what's gone
They say life carries on
Carries on and on and on and on

The news that truly shocks
Is the empty, empty page
While the final rattle rocks
It's empty, empty cage
And I can't handle this
I grieve, for you
You leave, me
Let it out and move on
Missing what's gone
They say life carries on
They say life carries on and on and on

Life carries on in the people I meet
In everyone that's out on the street
In all the dogs and cats
In the flies and rats
In the rot and the rust
In the ashes and the dust
Life carries on and on and on and on
Life carries on and on and on
Life carries on and on and on and on
Life carries on and on and on
Just the car that we ride in
The home we reside in
The face that we hide in
The way we are tied in
As life carries on and on and on and on
Life carries on and on and on

Did I dream this belief
Or did I believe this dream?
Now I will find relief
I grieve

Johan Bové

How many crypto wallets do you currently manage?

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Are people really supposed to have a separate "Wallet" app for every crypto currency they have an interest in? Trying out some tokens to understand the (fin)tech and you end up easily with a handful of non-compatible applications on the Web and on your phone. And for each of these you really need to be careful for not losing access to or them becoming obsolete or getting hacked / stolen. Can't imagine what kind of nightmare it must be for any business owner even considering accepting crypto tokens. Sure, there are "solutions" out there that have a promise to solve this, but the problem with decentralization is that literally anyone can make this whole landscape even more complex at any given time. It's not like if you wanted to drive to somewere you can only drive with a certain brand of car on a particular road, right? And which will end up ruling them all? 

Johan Bové

Van Moof 5.7 M2 Noir

This picture of my bike is hosted on the IPFS network

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Van Moof 5.7 M2 Noir Vaude Aqua Deluxe
Van Moof 5.7 M2 Noir Vaude Aqua Deluxe

The CID of this file is QmP9ZCnbQqQCVk62zgFFtF7obXvWx6pCfYSiMjUdj4uTzW

Johan Bové

How old is your main daily computer?

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I got a Surface Pro 3 in February 2015 and today it is still my main personal computer. Thanks to Microsoft Windows 10's commitment and performance improvements I was able to get by until today.

The device IS getting old however. The fan is spinning constantly and the battery life is just enough to shut it down when the power would drop. Surprisingly the 8GB Ram and 256GB SDRAM are still sufficient.

Most of the slow experience I get is regarding CPU.

If I get new hardware it'll probably won't  be a laptop anymore as I only sit at a desk to work on it.

Johan Bové

Tending Secure Scuttlebutt

Nothing is deleted, forever is for everyone.

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Joining a decentralized network is not the same as signing up for a silo service... You need to make a bit of an effort at first to slowly grow your network of interesting people to connect to and follow and interact with.

And things normally move a little slower. A post from last week is generally still regarded as fresh, heck even posts from years ago can resurface and get renewed interest on Scuttlebutt.

It is great to see how the community around me is actively tending our network by making sure we keep bad actors out. It does still take time and effort on our own part. There is no central governance to do this for us.

Manyverse users can toggle seeing the follows and blocks posts in their feed, so they can choose to ignore what happens on the network.

However, in recent days, it proves crucial to being able to tend your scuttlebutt connections.

Unlike centralized services, where you don't have much control, a decentralized system like Scuttlebutt, needs active tending of the nodes (users) in the network for it to keep healthy and sane.

So look at what your peers are doing and check why they are blocking pubs and accounts, and if you agree, then repeat what they are doing. Most users will also add a comment as to why they decided to block. The tools for managing your community tree roots will improve over time. And also note that "blocks" are not for eternity. Unblocking is a thing too that happens often.

The choice in the end is still yours who you want to block or not. But be ready to accept the consequences if you didn't look at your peers in the node.

Participation in a decentralized system is highly valued.

Johan Bové

Inspired by the “Doughnut Economy” book by Kate Raworth

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Thinking about how Düsseldorf could do its own Doughnut Selfie.

The “Circular Economy” is really how we all should think about our daily lives and work.

I have been also watching many of the informative videos by the Doughnut Economics Action Lab or DEAL.

Here are some videos I watched:

- Short introduction and how the framework is being applied in Amsterdam.
- https://www.kateraworth.com/animations/
- https://goodlife.leeds.ac.uk/
- "Doughnut Economics" lecture by Kate Raworth

Johan Bové

Idee Beitrag für das Kaufhof der Ideen

Erlebnis Museum für Nachhaltigkeit, Innovation und Wissenschaft

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Mein Vorschlag ist, ein neues, spannendes Wahrzeichen für Düsseldorf zu bauen, das sowohl ein kulturelles Zentrum für die Bürger als auch ein touristischer Anziehungspunkt sein kann: ein Museum für Nachhaltigkeit, Innovation und Wissenschaft. Dieses würde die Größe und die zentrale Lage des Geländes voll ausnutzen.

Dieses Museum könnte ein neu konzipiertes Wissenschaftszentrum sein, das sich auf Innovationen und nachhaltige Lösungen für die Zukunft konzentriert. Es könnte Kindern, Jugendlichen und Erwachsenen interaktive, immersive Erlebnisse bieten, zukunftsweisende Ausstellungen zeigen, lokale umweltfreundliche Unternehmen vorstellen, Bildungsmöglichkeiten für Schulen anbieten und Räume für den Ideenaustausch mit Technologieschulen, Vereinen und Universitäten bereitstellen.

Als Elternteil, der in Düsseldorf lebt, weiß ich, dass ein solches Museum die Stadt familienfreundlicher machen würde. Derzeit gibt es nichts Vergleichbares: nur den Aquazoo, der etwas veraltet scheint, nicht sehr interaktiv ist, nicht zentral gelegen ist und am Wochenende immer zu voll ist (natürlich vor der Pandemie). Ich denke, das würde auch helfen, die Stadt für Touristen attraktiver zu machen, besonders an Sonntagen, wenn nicht viel los ist.

Museums-Schlüsselattraktionen könnten sein:

Ausstellungen zu Nachhaltigkeit und Wissenschaft (z. B. wie erneuerbare Energien funktionieren, regenerative Landwirtschaft, Bedeutung der Biodiversität, nachhaltige Innovation, genetische Revolution, Digitalisierung, Robotik, künstliche Intelligenz, virtuelle Realität, Elektrofahrzeuge, Klimawissenschaft...)

Erlebnisattraktionen, um die Theorie in die Praxis umzusetzen und zu testen & zu lernen - diese könnten sogar von Universitätsstudenten vorbereitet und geleitet werden (wie sie es im MIT Museum in Boston tun)

Sonderausstellungen, die von NRW-Wissenschafts- und Technologieunternehmen gesponsert werden (z.B. Henkel oder Bayer, aber auch kleinere Start-up-Unternehmen)

Marktplatz für lokale, nachhaltige Produkte und Lebensmittel

Dachgarten mit dem Schwerpunkt Lernen über Landwirtschaft

IMAX-Kino für Dokumentarfilme oder interaktive Shows

Seminar-/Veranstaltungsort für regelmäßige Vorträge und Veranstaltungen zum Thema Nachhaltigkeit und Innovation. Es könnte genutzt werden, um Experten/Professoren/Innovatoren in die Stadt einzuladen, die ihre Ideen und Lösungen vorstellen

Restaurants mit nachhaltigen Konzepten, wie z.B. nur lokale Produkte zu verwenden und lokale Bauernhöfe vorzustellen

Bildungsveranstaltungen für Schulen, Digitalkurse für Senioren, Innovationsworkshops für Teenager / junge Erwachsene, Tutorials für nachhaltiges Leben für Erwachsene...

Auch aus architektonischer Sicht wäre es eine wunderbare Gelegenheit, ein umweltfreundliches und innovatives Gebäude mit viel Potenzial für Kreativität zu bauen. Sie könnten wahrscheinlich viele Stararchitekten finden, die an einem solch spannenden Projekt interessiert wären.

Zur Inspiration können Sie an das Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam (entworfen von Renzo Piano, es zieht etwa 700.000 Besucher pro Jahr an) oder das Exploratorium in San Francisco denken. Das Museum könnte freien Eintritt für in Düsseldorf lebende Kinder anbieten, um die in der Stadt lebenden Familien zu unterstützen.

Viele der anderen großartigen Ideen, die auf dieser Website zu finden sind, wie das "Umwelt ins Zentrum", könnten in dieses Konzept integriert werden, für ein wirklich ganzheitliches Erlebnis, das Düsseldorfer Familien, Schulen, Universitäten und umweltfreundliche Start-ups und Unternehmen unterstützen wird. Bitte ziehen Sie dies in Betracht, eine solche Gelegenheit kommt nicht oft.

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Johan Bové

V-Tech "Download Manager" issues

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Had a really bad experience trying to get the V-Tech "Download Manager" for their Magic Book 3D to work on Windows 10 - the application window did not resize and I had to put the screen size to a ridiculous 480x640 pixels to be able to get to some point where I could actually use the buttons in the application.

Somehow it detected the 3D Magibook on USB, but then, after waiting for the app to "load", and I was able to see the books to add the media of, the USB connection all of sudden disappeared and I was stuck again. I tried four times to get through the process to no avail.

Luckily I have a Macbook from work. I am not really supposed to use it for private applications, but in this case I was a little desperate. So I installed the "Download Manager" for Mac on it and had to mess a bit with disk access for it work, but was happy to see that all worked well on the Mac version of the application. First of all, a "firmware upgrade" window popped up and I had to go through the whole process.

I am suspecting that this firmware issue is the cause of the Windows problems. After the firmware upgrade, I was able to get the media for the new book we got our son, using the Mac app. But haven't tried with the Windows 10 version of the app.

Disappointing that the experience with the application on Windows 10 is so bad. So I wrote the customer service about it. Let's see what happens next.

Johan Bové

My reasons to support the Gemini Internet Protocol

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Why do I believe Gemini is great for personal Internet presences? First of all, it's a real grass-roots initiative which I am very excited about.

If you're reading this, chances are high you are already using Gemini. But for history reasons and to share my opinions of Gemini I would like to offer you here some views of mine.

Collecting some of the strong-points of Gemini from my perspective of having some experience with Gopher and running personal websites.

Fast and lightweight

  • It's very easy on the system resources. So the protocol works really well on slower hardware without any problems. Hosting on a Raspberry Pi3 is easy-peasy.
  • Since there are no fancy design in Gemini capsules, it is really optimized for low bandwidth.
  • It should work really fine on a feature-phone, like for KaiOS. I don't believe there is a client yet for KaiOs at this time.
  • It's fairly easy to build clients and servers for the protocol.

Simple yet complete

  • The specifications provide enough functionality to do basically what you would expect to be able to do online.
  • Much lower learning curve compared to Gopher and HTML. You can start publishing Gemini pages within minutes.
  • Even-though the syntax is limited, it still gives enough playroom for creative expression.
  • Use of TLS certificates promises security and privacy.
  • It is more international than US-centric Gopher.
  • The procol supports the UTF-8 character set so any language can be used to publish sites in.
  • This should help make the protocol more popular in non-ascii wielding regions in the World.

Easy to publish

  • Content will be probably first of all stored in static text files which are future-proof and easy to maintain.
  • Many servers already available that require minimal technical skills.
  • Yes, you still need a server, but there are many collectives which you can join to facilitate this.

Focus

  • No popups, animations, videos, sound effects.
  • Focus on actual content instead of fluff and effects.
  • No advertisemens and commercial tracking.
  • No Facebook, Google or Twitter.

Accessible

  • Power of formatting goes into the clients or readers. Like in the good old days of the early Web, people are expected to style the content to their own liking.
  • It's pure text, has simple navigation rules, so should be great for people with disabilities.
  • No JavaScript so you really see what you get.

And on top of this, the young Gemini community is driven to make this a success!

I'm sold.

ps. I published this first in plain text on my Gemini capsule and now that I copy paste this into a HTML document I can really tell just how easy it is to publish on Gemini.