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Anyway, the last days were a bit unexciting as mostly glued in front of my computer. Trying to work with GIMP instead of Photoshop, but in a way it is quite difficult to untrain habits… With GIMP I really like that it is so easy to do screenshots, and to change the colours into black and white, but what i find more difficult is cropping and working with different layers, which I haven’t figured out yet. But, in my opinion, GIMP is also very much better in compressing for web. The filesize seems to be smaller.
I also did the pictures and audio editing of Stallmans talk, as well as transcribing the interview. Just cutting out breaks and coughs. It can be downloaded via bit torrent, e.g. from a server. I liked his anti McDonalds jokes as well as anti coca cola jokes. Anyway, the some reactions following on the edlug list – the Edinburgh Linux Users Group, seemed to be quite disappointing, especially as one person described the organisers of the talk as “Stallman’s lickers”.
And then the discussion goes onto why windows is so much easier. Unfortunately the political discussions on this email list are really really bad. At the moment Microsoft seems to have started an anti – GNU/Linux campaign, they are expected to roll into Edinburgh start of June for a talk which is basically focussed around slagging of the GNU/linux system and community. I really feel like going there and kicking off a fuss, and causing trouble by standing up against them and giving them shit (rhetorically of course). I have no clue about technology, but am sure I find some hard hitting words – even in the bloody soft english language!!! for them to never forget this moment in their lives as one of their lowest points ever. I really want them to sweat because of all the windoze crashes causing me a lot of lost time and work I was suffering under for at least the last 10 years! Ctr + Alt + Del !!! Microsoft employees, go into hiding, cause here I come with a different three fingers salute! (need another hand though). However, still unsure if I don’t have something else to do that day as embarrasing myself in front of some thousand people or so and if there might be a better reason to avoid that bitching from the Microsoft employees. And. also, the invitation is particularly for “technical decision makers”. So, anybody talking about anything slightly ethical and moral will probably be discredited from the start. Also they put it in the Hilton Hotel, as to have of course an oppressive and respectfull atmosphere in there, especially for all the people who don’t make so much money as they do. Am very tempted to go there in my tracksuit trousers I use for painting and very punky and unwashed for several weeks- global day of action camping style.
The program says, “Microsoft would like to invite you to an open and honest technology seminar about the pros and cons of Microsoft’s technology platform in relation to Linux and Open Source.” .
Hah! I wonder how it can be open and honest if there are only Microsoft payed employees around! Say something wrong and you’ll be loosing your job! Anyway have been looking at their invitation form and am very tempted … at least to fill it with slight exaggeration of my current position.
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