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Will cooperation replace competition?

Enthusiasm has been growing in many places about new, more cooperative models for organizing society, replacing capitalism as we know it today. Advocates of these new models are convinced a broad transition to large-scale collaboration is "inevitable" and starting to happen. Those of us who have not drunk the cool-aid yet sympathize (everybody is cooperating…

An angry future has broken with the past

It can't continue as it has. Raw materials consumption. Pollution. CO2 emissions. Healthcare costs. Debt. We have known this for years. But somehow, that different future always has been – well, in the future, only to be worried about in the abstract. And then, all of a sudden, it is crystal clear that we are…

Day 2 of working on a treadmill and on the computer

Last year, I remodelled my home office, and setup two (self-built) standing desks (post). Last week – you guessed it – I added an under-the-desk treadmill. And today was the second day I spent most of the working day on it. Here are my observations: All walking speeds below about 2-2.5 mi/hour are fine. It…

In praise of masterclass

Take a master of their art, and let them be coached, for an hour, by a grandmaster. In public, with everybody there to listen, learn and be amazed. That is a masterclass in a nutshell. Wikipedia claims that masterclasses exist in "painting, drama, any of the arts, or on any other occasion where skills are…

How to change your Ethernet’s Mac address on boot (Linux)

Let's say you bought three cute little USB-to-Ethernet adapters for your Raspberry Pi Zeros running UBOS. Plug one in, works like a charm. ... as long as you don't attempt to use two with two Pi Zeros at the same time, on the same Ethernet network. Or all three. Because if you do that, as…