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RIP Maradona

Maradona was more than a football player. He was an anti-imperialist hero, a war hero making an amazing goal against those that took the Malvinas from Argentina.

Viva Maradona, viva Argentina, viva o povo latino!


The Lost History of Socialism’s DIY Computer

The Galaksija computer was a craze in 1980s socialist Yugoslavia, inspiring thousands of people to build versions in their own homes. The idea behind them was simple — to make technology available to everyone.

Fluence Manifesto

As more users switch to proprietary cloud platforms, the gap between the enhanced cloud offerings and more basic open alternatives increases, eliminating the opportunity to build competitive applications outside of the few leading cloud platforms. The synergy of integrated cloud services keeps users behind their proprietary walls, and the internet shrinks to a handful of cloud platforms.

The GNU Manifesto

This means much more than just saving everyone the price of a Unix license. It means that much wasteful duplication of system programming effort will be avoided. This effort can go instead into advancing the state of the art.

Complete system sources will be available to everyone. As a result, a user who needs changes in the system will always be free to make them himself, or hire any available programmer or company to make them for him. Users will no longer be at the mercy of one programmer or company which owns the sources and is in sole position to make changes.

Schools will be able to provide a much more educational environment by encouraging all students to study and improve the system code. Harvard’s computer lab used to have the policy that no program could be installed on the system if its sources were not on public display, and upheld it by actually refusing to install certain programs. I was very much inspired by this.


Let’s Play and Win Our Own Game

Very good ActivityPub Conference talk about Friend.Camp community and their lessons learned.

The Art of Code

Software and technology has changed every aspect of the world we live in. At one extreme are the ‘mission critical’ applications - the code that runs our banks, our hospitals, our airports and phone networks. Then there’s the code we all use every day to browse the web, watch movies, create spreadsheets… not quite so critical, but still code that solves problems and delivers services.

But what about the code that only exists because somebody wanted to write it? Code created just to make people smile, laugh, maybe even dance? Maybe even code that does nothing at all, created just to see if it was possible?

South American Tech

The new Brazilian instant payment system

Brazilian Open banking model

The topic of open banking has been emphasized worldwide in the context of the financial markets’ innovations. The Central Bank of Brazil (BCB) defines open banking as the sharing of data, products and services by financial institutions and other licensed institutions, at the customers’ discretion as far as their own data is concerned, through the opening and integration of platforms and infrastructures of information systems, in a safe, agile and convenient manner.

Final note

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