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Re: [] potential topics for a "Make for Autonomy"

From: Mike Linksvayer
Subject: Re: [] potential topics for a "Make for Autonomy"
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011 16:33:14 -0700

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 19:18, Luis Villa <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM, Luis Villa <address@hidden> wrote:
>> If you want to move the needle a bit, one potential direction to go is
>> to become the Lifehacker or Make for autonomy-interested people:
>> regular blog posts on how to live a more autonomous lifestyle.
>> Document the middle ground between "be a digital hermit" or "step 1:
>> touch index.php step 2: emacs index.php&"  Give instructions that say
>> "to help your autonomy, install X, do Y, and then talk to your friends
>> via Z." Or could sometimes be "I installed X, did Y, and found that I
>> still needed Z, I hope some folks will start hacking on Z."
> Overriding theme: how do you make being autonomous *possible* with the
> tools already around us? How do you make it maximally interactive with
> the non-autonomous world? Where the tools around us aren't enough, how
> can motivated hackers actually engage with right now without being
> quite Evan-level awesome (i.e., without starting a new service from
> the ground up)?

I'd love to see such posts.

> Some potential topics:
> 1) How do I do offsite backups in a maximally autonomous way (ideally
> without being a 1337 sysadmin?)
> 2) How do I migrate from to a self-hosted statusnet server?
> Not just show me how to install, but show me how to (socially?
> technically?) move my old subscribers/subscriptions over.

For that matter, how do I make an OStatus site my main microblogging
site, assuming I have followers on Twitter that I don't want to
totally abandon.

> 3) What's the best setup for hosting my pictures autonomously? (not
> just technical- what social hacks will get your facebook-addicted
> family to actually see self-hosted pictures once you post them?) (The
> more philosophically inclined could do a separate post to riff off
> this on the ethics of reposting from identica/gallery to facebook.)
> 4) What tips and tricks are there to make an Android phone or a Linux
> desktop autonomous-friendly? (e.g., for
> Android; self-hosted Firefox Sync for desktop + Fennec?)

Interesting. is questionable:

    9. Can I see the source for these apps?

    Yes, we will be making the source available for download and
inspection shortly.


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