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After around two day work I have finally started a new on-line scrapbook called The Aethernaut’s Halt which replaced a previous on-line scrapbook. It is a new venture which should allow me the fun of creating a scrapbook full of my own taste in music, comedy and miscellaneous items. It should end up a fun mix of articles.

In the process of creating The Aethernaut’s Halt I learned how to setup, modify and use the Textpattern CMS package. All of which I found easier than I expected though you do need a working knowledge of Apache, CSS, HTML and MySQL to go through the whole set up on your own server. It is lucky I have already gone through similar processes setting up a WordPress.org page on the same file server.

At the start I did have a crisis of confidence in my own abilities which I soon got over playing around with the Textpattern CMS software which created a very passable blog page though I will still will be tweaking over the next few weeks. But the whole process was very quick and easy one you got the hang of modifying the software.

All has been a very good exercise which keeps my hand in setting up and using software packages like Textpattern and WordPress. Though I still have to learn how to set up secure web sites especially if I go down the path of setting up Linux on old laptops as a business.

So another journey starts and to follow it just visit The Aethernaut’s Halt site at the url: http://theaethernautshalt.duckdns.org/.

If you require more information about the Textpattern CMS software I used to create the site go to the url: https://textpattern.com/.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to The Abode of The Steam Powered Story Teller.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Freinds by Gas Light!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my on-line scrapbook just follow the link to The Aethernaut’s Halt.

Please Note: If you are interested in my new venture a local role-playing group specialising in story telling systems just follow the link to The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford.

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I am thinking of resurrecting my on-line scrap book under the new name ‘The Aethernaut’s Halt’ as a place where I can put my favourite music, videos, pictures and other things. It is something I did before and I am doing again mainly because I am bored again and want to look into setting it up using a different software package to host it.

Now I have the fun of searching for a new software package I can host on my own server here one which will allow friends to comment and add to the scrap book. This search and setting up is something I like to do every few while as it keeps my mind active and gives me a chance to learn something new and potentially useful.

So watch this space for the launch of ‘The Aethernaut’s Halt’.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to The Abode of The Steam Powered Story Teller.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Freinds by Gas Light!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my new venture a local role-playing group specialising in story telling systems just follow the link to The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford.

This is journal entry is a reminder to friends and those who want to know more about my personal view of my life that I now never post personal statuses about my life on the mainstream social networks, the likes of Facebook and Twitter, but on closed social networks, the likes of Anybeat and Friends by Gas Light.

This is because I do not trust the security and privacy of the mainstream social networks, especially Facebook which has in the past and it is still doing at the moment that is abusing their position of trust to sell personal and private data to third parties including corporations and governments. It is not that I have anything to hide but it is the fact that they have broken the trust between providers and users by making a profit at the expense of people’s privacy.

So now I only use these social networks to bang my political drum and promote my local role-playing group though on the rare occasion to broadcast something important to all my friends there. There you will not get a view of my more personal side of my life including my taste in music and photographs of our dogs etc.

The more personal statuses and views of life are made in closed social networks where my privacy is respected plus the networks in question are not run for profit but so people can socialise on real terms free from the pressures and falsehoods of the mainstream social networks. I also feel less constrained what I can say because of their very nature they are closed networks with people who are more likely to like myself so they will be less likely to take what I say the wrong way.

So if those out there want to see a more personal view of my life at the moment you will have to join one of these closed social networks whose details are given below.

Currently I am member of two such closed social networks which are called Anybeat and Friends by Gas Light. Anyone can apply to join these social networks though new members have to be approved by the Administrators first before they can become part of the social networks.

Anybeat is a small social network using HumHub which describes itself as ‘Where drifting beatniks harbour….’ which is the latest incarnation of the Anybeat social network which has been around on and off for last few years. It is Administered by one Boot Sector who maintains the site I believe single handed. It is a good place to hang out with more liberal minded people which is small enough to be personal and I would recommend it.

Friends by Gas Light is my own personal social network which I host on a server at home again using HumHub which acts as place where I can socialise with friends and keep up with members of the local role-playing group, ‘The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford’, I am attempting to organise. The social network has unusually has two aspects depending on the group a new member joins on creation of their account. That is if a new member joins ‘The Proletariat (Members)’ group they will see the social aspect of the social network while if a new members joins ‘ The Proletariat (Players)’ will see the role-playing group aspect of the social network. Those who want to see more personal view of my life need to join ‘ The Proletariat (Members)’ group.

Please note on both social networks if you want to see my personal comments about life you need to add me as a friends.

The above sites are found at the following urls:

Anybeat: https://anybeat.org/.
Friends by Gas Light: http://friendsbygaslight.duckdns.org/.

So if you brave enough please join me on one of these social networks as I know Anybeat is always on the look out of new and interesting people.

For those of you are interested about the HumHub software used to create the two social networks just follow the link for more information: https://humhub.org/.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to The Abode of The Steam Powered Story Teller.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Freinds by Gas Light!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my new venture a local role-playing group specialising in story telling systems just follow the link to The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford.

Looks like Facebook yesterday tried to censor anti-government posts targeted at the Mrs May’s Government here in the United Kingdom which has not gone unnoticed by those who were effected!

I suspect that Facebook will feel the backlash though it has gone unnoticed by the mainstream press which makes the whole situation highly suspicious indeed!

There are those out there who will say I am making a mountain out of a molehill but on past form of Facebook and Mrs May’s Government it would not surprise me if it was an attempt by our government with the conclusion of Facebook to suppress any opposition to their policies here in the United Kingdom.

Be warned this may be the first of the attempts by Mrs May’s government to censor any opposition post on Facebook and beyond so we need to be very vigilant just in case they try this again!

I don’t call Mrs May’s government Fascist for nothing!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal miscellany of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to The Abode of The Steam Powered Story Teller.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Freinds by Gas Light!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my new venture a local role-playing group specialising in story telling systems just follow the link to The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford.

I.T. is a Wide Church!

Posted: 29 July, 2017 in Comment, Computer

It was one of those weeks when you have to smile at people’s ignorance about the I.T. Industry even after for existing for over 40 years.

That is due to its nature there are a lot of roles within the Industry from Software Engineers, Support to Hardware Engineers whose jobs span a wide range of skills need to keep the I.T. Industry functioning.

Each role has it’s own set of skills some of which overlap but not all for example a Programmer is an expert in writing software not fixing and installing hardware but people outside of the Industry fail to appreciate this. They have this strange notion a programmer can fix computer and operating system problems or a Hardware Engineer can fix software.

But I should not really be surprised about this misconception even after computers being around 40 plus years a large majority of people both in and out of work still do not realise the real power and difference to their lives computers could give them. Plus little understanding of work needed to create a computer and the software which runs on computers especially the wide range of skills and knowledge required.

I find this very disturbing in so much especially in everyday world around me as it highlights just how badly our society’s technological, cultural and social progress has stalled over the past decades since the advent of computers!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal miscellany of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

I have to smile at those around me who claim to be experts on computers and software who really have no real idea what is happening in the computer world or because of what they do turn a blind eye to it in the pursuit of money.

The simple fact they have missed the growth of Open Source during 2016 to a point it now even used and endorsed, be it indirectly, by the likes of Microsoft something that would not of been contemplated in 2015.

But the simple fact we are seeing the results of a quiet revolution which has shook to foundations of the computer industry and even basic concept of Western Capitalism itself.

A revolution which will eventually make the power of the big computer corporations over both the computer hardware and software market simply irrelevant.

Basically more and more of the progressive companies out there are discovering that the concept of Open Source, especially in computers, simply makes more sense economically as they now do not have to waste as much need monies on actually buying licences, support and training because the large Computer Corporations always overcharge in the belief they are the only suppliers of computers out there.

Add to this because the people creating the Open Source software are closer to actual users of the software they are far more responsive to the users needs than the bigger corporations who have in recent decades set themselves apart from the users. If anything they treat users with open contempt and as cash cows to be exploited.

As I said I have to smile at those around me who ridicule me just because of my views about Computers and Open Source software but I always will have the last laugh as I do what I preach. That is I use hand me down computer components and open source software every day and frankly I have far more time to be productive and creative with my computers because I can simply do things rather than constantly fight with software which simply does not do the job.

Add to this I can do all this with little real outlay of cash other than on hardware and I start to wonder who is the bigger fool here as I did not buy or need to buy overpriced software full stop.

This also highlights the advantage of having an open mind over a closed mind as those with open minds move forward and not cling to a past which has long had it’s time.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

I still do not get the fact that some people out there do not who still do not get that posts on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and the such is in the public domain unless they specify otherwise.

It is as if they do not get they are connected to a worldwide network which accessible by billions of people, groups, governments and even governments, though in this case most governments have failed to grasp the concept of the internet which is another story.

So still I regally hear stories of people around me of people who have posted things on Facebook which have landed them in trouble both at work and with other people simply because they did not understand what they posted was public.

Though in the end I suspect more that none has never pointed out to them that posting on a social network is public unless you specify otherwise. It might have been an idea if someone did as it would of saved a lot of people, even celebrities, a lot of red faces!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.