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When things go (not quite) web native — thoughts on Mozilla IoT

Updated 2018-11-07 with a few clarifications from Kathy Giori on the Mozilla IoT team. The Internet-of-Things landscape is a mess. Everybody is trying to build the dominating IoT castle in the cloud, collecting (and almost never giving back) as much user data as possible; user wishes and needs be damned. It's no surprise that consumer…

Are companies people? For free/open-source licensing purposes? Should they be?

Free and open-source software is great. For example, large companies gain the following freedom: "The freedom to distribute copies [to some other large corporation for free] so your large corporation can help your neighbor large corporation". Governments have this freedom: The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to other governments. By doing this…

Help me articulate the value of user-centricity, privacy etc

Even after all these years working on user-centric identity, privacy-protecting technologies, open source, code in the hands of the user instead of the overlord ... I'm still struggling with articulating the value succinctly. Case in point. I'm going through the strategic marketing exercise of describing for whom these kinds of products/technologies/services are, and what unmet…

Update on: the Pain in my Butt

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="147"] Piriformis Muscle[/caption] TL;DR: Forget about medical doctors when in musculoskeletal pain; use Google DuckDuckGo, a good chiropractor and systematic exercise. Open-sourcing my condition has been a total flop. Here's the good news: I'm much better. As you might remember, a couple of months ago I put as many details as I…