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Six Years

Interesting day.

Donations for a good cause

You still got some money left after buying all those Christmas presents? How about donating some of it for a good cause:

  • Wikipedia

    Wikipedia is entering 2007 as one of the 10 most visited websites in the world. That's a great proof of our success. However, with this success comes a new set of challenges and responsibilities. As we plan for the future of Wikipedia and all of the Wikimedia projects, our two most important goals now are the reliability of our content and the long-term sustainability of every project in which we are involved.

    To meet these goals we have a lot of work to do, so I am asking for your help. In the coming year, the Wikimedia Foundation anticipates dramatically increasing spending to keep up with server and traffic capacity demands, add new staff on the organizational level, improve our software and develop methods to better ensure high quality content, all while making progress toward our goal of giving free knowledge to everyone.

    -- Florence Devouard, Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation

  • Creative Commons

    It's once again time to show your support for Creative Commons. Digital technologies are connecting people in ways that were never before possible – but that network is fragile. Creative Commons needs your support to help enable a participatory culture – a culture in which everyone can actively engage in the creativity that surrounds us. We need your support to assure access to cultural, scientific, and educational content that has been pre-cleared for use by its authors.

  • Free Software Foundation (FSF)

    Freedom is more precious than anything else we have and we need to protect it while we still can.

    -- Eben Moglen in his FSF year end video appeal (OGG, 24 MB)

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

    EFF is a nonprofit group of passionate people — lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries — working to protect your digital rights.

  • Tor: anonymity online

    Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.

Or how about some organizations not directly related to Free Culture or Free Software?

  • Amnesty International (AI)

    Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

  • Red Cross

    The International Red Cross (and Red Crescent Movement) is an international humanitarian movement whose stated mission is to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for the human being, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering, without any discrimination based on nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

German Wikipedia as DVD or download for offline viewing

Got 8 GB of free space on your hard drive? Why not download (almost) the whole German Wikipedia (just the text: 2.6 GB, text+images: 8 GB)? You can get DVD ISOs via FTP/rsync/Bittorrent or buy DVDs for a small fee. Read more about the details at http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiPress/Download.

(via netzpolitik.org)

It's here

My video iPod

Don't ask me why, but my video iPod has unexpectedly arrived yesterday instead of sometime next week as I was told. But hey, who am I to complain?

Quick notes:

  • Sound quality is great, videos look great.
  • GNUpod doesn't work yet, it seems the iTunesDB format has changed. I'll investigate.
  • I tried putting the whole Wikipedia on the iPod using the Notes feature. It's not that easy unfortunately, as the built in software limits file sizes to 4 KB, and the number of notes to 1000. Maybe iPod Linux software will support this.
  • Speaking of iPod Linux — it doesn't work yet. I'll try to come up with patches.

No time for blogging, must play with iPod...

Wikimedia needs your help

The Wikimedia Foundation is asking for donations to cover their always increasing costs for hardware and other stuff.

They need ca. $200,000 for this quarter alone! Yes, that was a bit shocking for me, too... As of today they already raised $98,000 so they still need ca. $102,000 until 2005-09-08 (the "fund drive" is is being held from 2005-08-19 to 2005-09-08).

If you have some spare money, go donate it, help to keep the knowledge of this world free!

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