I posted this to the AusNOG list and someone suggested I cross post here as
This is a once off email to notify you of the Australian Computer Museum
Society Incorporated (ACMS).
The ACMS is an Australian charity (donations are tax deductible) solely
funded by membership and donations incorporated in the early 90's.
The current President of ACMS is John Deane (of CSIRO / WiFi fame).
The purpose of the Society is to preserve and maintain computer artefacts
(particularly, but not limited to, Australian inventions), such as
hardware, operation manuals and source code etc.
Some years ago they provided a tape drive to try and restore Moon landing
The ACMS has collections distributed throughout Australia, mostly in
warehouses which can be viewed upon arrangement.
The primary goal is to open a public exhibit to show things like disk
platters that are the size of a coffee table and blocks of RAM housed in
wood and Perspex. They have many working systems that are older than most
I wouldn't be surprised if many of you on this list used some of the
artefacts in the 50s - 90s etc (pre Apple and Microsoft years).
There are many ways you can help (and they do need help):
* Join the public mailing list by sending a blank email to
acms-list+subscribe(a)googlegroups.com. To post messages, email
* Like on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AustralianComputerMuseumSociety
* Follow on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ACMS_org_au)
* Join on LinkedIn (
* Become a financial member $35/year tax deductible (
* Make a tax deductible donation of any amount (
* Volunteer by maintaining, donating or repairing artefacts. Engineers
* Forwarding to friends and associates who may also be interested in
Australian computing history and preservation
* Help with the new website (http://www.acms.org.au).
Interested to hear your thoughts... I'm considering organising a
kickstarter style crowdfunding project for them as well.
Many other countries have computer heritage exhibits (UK and US are
obvious)... Check out the website Timeline - .au should have one as well,
before all is forgotten from living memory.
Dear LUV committee/list owner,
Thankyou for your support over the years for the Open Source Developers'
Conference. We would love to invite your group members to submit to this
year's call for presentations, and would be delighted if you'd pass this
message on for us.
The Open Source Developers' Conference is running in Auckland this year
on 21st - 23rd October. Save this date now! Once again it'll be a
conference not to be missed.
The Call for Proposals is just about over, it closes next Monday 15th
July. Make sure that you get your submission in as soon as possible so
that you can be involved in this awesome event.
We have had some high calibre submissions so far covering a diverse
range of topics including
* web server security
* disaster management
* security in the Cloud.
Areas we are currently lacking contributions include
* development tools and Best Practices
* open source hardware
* identity management for the open internet
* working with open source databases such as MySQL, MariaDB and PostgreSQL
* mobile platforms and open source
* the next great thing in Open Source focused languages
We'd also love to hear about those companies who have managed to create
Business solutions with Open Source tech. Open Source is a viable,
cost-effective tool for Business solutions. We want to hear from those
of you who have created your own solution using this technology. What
were the advantages/disadvantages of using Open Source? How did your
solution hold up in the long run?
Visit the Call For Papers page http://osdc.org.nz/cfp/ for more
information and get in touch!
Please, also tell your friends!
Jacinta, on behalf of the 2013 OSDC Auckland team.
From: "Jason White" <jason(a)jasonjgw.net>
> As I understand it from this discussion,
> the current approach is to ask the user to grant all permissions
> that might be
> needed during installation, and then the app author can simply assume
> throughout the code that security restrictions won't stand in the way of
> the actual operations.
There are still mystifying permission requests. E.g. the YouTube app:
Camera - take pictures and videos
Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This
permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your
I want to watch YouTube - not YouTube watching me!
Why is nearly everyone asking for the permission to get the list of
running applications, and the caller Ids of incoming calls?
My solution is not using a smartphone at all - I don't consider the
merging of phone and tablet as done in a reasonably safe way, and I
don't like the idea of bugging my bedroom myself.
If wanted, there would be practical simple solutions in place.
E.g. a mechanical switch to connect microphone and camera to the system.
From: "Russell Coker" <russell(a)coker.com.au>
> Lots of apps get access to all the mass storage of the phone when they really
> only need one of the following:
> 1) Access to store their own data (a chroot would do in this case, but it's
> only one situation).
> 2) Access to one particular data store - the most common case being an
> application which only needs access to photos. A chroot wouldn't work for
> this as it's a fairly standard feature to store photos in two locations.
> 3) Access to particular files, EG you view a picture in the gallery app and
> then say that you want to share it via a particular application.
Well, if the app has its own container, the sharing could be creating
a hardlink for the file in question.
Containers could cover limited network access too.
If you have one running a firewall and a web-proxy, you really know
Quoting"Trent W. Buck" <trentbuck(a)gmail.com>
> Robin Humble wrote:
>> or simpler, just don't install the facebook app!
> The last time I gave a full-on privacy rant to a bunch of normal
> people, they looked at me and went "so what do we do?" And I said
> "well a simple, easy and effective start is to boycott facebook."
> Then there was an awkward silence and you could see them thinking
> "facebook is worth more than my privacy."
With Android we are back to Windows 98 if it comes to controlling the machine.
We don't know what's there, and the system does not have usable
Well, Android is a Linux kernel.. Would be good to have a kernel which
is running Linux containers, or Xen, and then you can install a
"Facebook container" which gets access to the system as you wish.
It is always better to start with a clean sandbox first and then open
as you like, instead of closing holes everywhere.
Alec mentioned Scratch and quickly demo-ed it on Raspberry Pi in his
talk at the meeting.
At LCA they mentioned that they're interested in optimizing Squeak, the
underlying Smalltalk implementation for ARM for speeding up scratch on
the Raspberry PI. The bug report is
A google summer of code link for bootstrapping the Squeak JIT for ARM, I
think all in Smalltalk.
Squeak underlies Etoys too.
Looking at the Scratch website http://scratch.mit.edu/help/faq/ , the
new Scratch 2.0 version will run in browsers with Adobe Flash 10.2. Will
that run on the Pi? I'd guess not.
http://byob.berkeley.edu/ Snap! (Build Your Own Blocks) 4.0 derived from
ran for me in Firefox 22.0 on Ubuntu and Chrome and loaded at least in
a colleagues Android phone.
If it works ok in the browser on Raspberry Pi and Android tablets it
would be good to demo at Software Freedom Day.
Anyone want to give Snap! a try on a Pi or a tablet?
Chris Samuel wrote:
> Given that "innovation" in this field has led me to also look to
> migrate away from Kontact & Kmail2 after many years of happy use I'm
> considering moving to Thunderbird at home too. I've been using TB at
> work for ages (because I can use it with Lightning and Davmail to
> access the Uni exchange calendar system). All the best, Chris
Given the quality of innovation in many fields these days ;
I often request the Luddite option (any down-grades available ?)
..... secretly hoping many of the more mediocre 'innovators',
might contract to a point and drop out of the continuum;
whilst any remaining .......... .....fall away :- )
regards Rohan McLeod
Is anyone here interested in doing paid Windows desktop support for a home
user? It will probably involve some use of audio programs for recording a
guitar in addition to general desktop stuff.
Contact me off-list if you are interested.
My Main Blog http://etbe.coker.com.au/
My Documents Blog http://doc.coker.com.au/
I would like to get various youtube channels transcribed so I can
access the content without the tedium of slowly listening to the words
one by one.
So it occurred to me that I could get them transcribed for a
reasonably price using Amazon's mechanical turk.
* Youtube does give a transcript but it is very rough
* With html5 you can speed up the youtube videos but this does not
work on my tablet (Android)
Has anyone used mechanical turk? Do they have any suggestions of
How do I ensure quality work? I am happy to pay for this but not for
My task would be something like:
Provide a transcript for X videos, cleaning up text into proper
sentences and correct words.. You can can the youtube transcripts but
they need to be fixed up.