During this past retreat in Palm Springs, a group of us wondered about several questions regarding free software. A particularly enlightening moment was when Matthew Tift. shared that some of the members in the admin team were horrified to learn about the unethical practices that a certain software company was executing. The admin team is actively using software developed by this company because they didn’t know. Had they known, they might have gone with the ethical choice, even if that meant some hypothetical degradation of features.
This weekend marked week number two of house confinement in Mallorca. I wanted to come up with a way to explain our three year old what is going on, why he can’t go to schools and how much longer he will need to remain locked. Mercè, my wife, liked the idea so I thought to re-do it while recording so I can share it.
I have recorded a video tutorial highlighting some of the features of a module I created for Drupal a while ago. This is the Warmer Drupal module.
Just a moment ago I was thinking about adding a free Cloudflare CDN in front of my personal services that I self-host at home.
The other day I had the chance to participate in an interesting thread in the Drupal Slack.
My position in this problem space has been known for quite a while. I think REST (with HATEOAS) is a superior technology to GraphQL. This is for several reasons:
Yesterday I spent some time customizing my Linux. Today I took a screenshot.
I use a setup that ensures that I am connected to a VPN when I join certain Wi-Fi networks. However, sometimes I connect to other networks and I forget to check for the key icon that reminds me I am not connected to my VPN.
There are many processes that aim to increase the quality of the software during development. A critical one is honesty. However, honesty can be harsh and it can be counterproductive. That’s why we need to complement candor with kindness.
If you are following this blog you probably know that the Drupal Association recently announced the call for proposals for Lightning Talks and they made Google Slides mandatory. I am happy to report I have been able to collaborate with the DA to amend the situation.
I recently started renting a VPS server to host some of the ethical alternatives to the typical host of surveillance services.
One service that I have enjoyed in the past is Dropbox Paper. However this “free” (as in beer, not in freedom) service preys on your personal data, just like its big brother Dropbox. To me this is not acceptable, so I decided to give CodiMD a try. CodiMD is an evolution of HackMD, a free software alternative inspired in its free software cousin Etherpad. CodiMD is licensed under Affero General Public License¹.