Month: February 2009

Thinking It Through

Someone emailed me to ask if they could use a modified version of one of my BY-SA images as the icon for their Android application. After thinking about how icons are used on desktops, in installers, in about boxes, by launchers, and in other ways I decided that BY-SA wouldn't affect those uses (I am…
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Diffable Bitmaps

Is there a bitmap image format that can be diffed for meaningful version control? If not, could one be created?SVG is a diffable vector image format that can be used in version control systems without them having to know anything about its internals. Ideally a bitmap equivalent would just be diffable as a text file,…
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Use The GPL For 3D Design, Not BY-SA

For a physical object that is the product of an art, craft, product design or engineering project you will need to be able to refer its design, to the plans, designs, instructions or CAD files if you need to study, repair, modify or copy it. Without the design, you cannot easily create repaired, improved or…
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Freeing Users Not Copying Innovation

A complaint I read occasionally in opinion pieces is that Open Source (sic) software tends to just be copies of innovative new commercial software (sic).This is another example of how "Open Source" leads people's thinking astray.Free Software is not motivated by the desire to copy software of any kind. It is concerned with the freedom…
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Old Illustrations

Until I move them to a local gallery, here's a flicker set of scans of illustrations from the old (pre-1923) National Encylopaedia -http://www.flickr.com/photos/robmyers/sets/72157614306272022/
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Rob’s git repositories

Rob's git repositoriesClick above or here for my new project repository hosted on this server.If you want to check out a project, type (e.g.):git clone https://robmyers.org/git/canto.gitreplacing canto.git with the name of the project's git repository. Which you can find on the page linked to at the top of this post.If you want to know more…
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Turning Software Inside Out

A review of FLOSS+Art (the new book I have an essay in):As our familiarity with software deepens, the question of its cultural understanding looms. Here Tony Sampson reviews FLOSS+Art and Software Studies: A Lexicon, two recent books which attempt to open up the black box to a wider audiencesee Mute magazine - Culture and politics…
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Free Software, Free Society Plucker eBook

Here's a Plucker format version of the collected essays of Richard Stallman in Plucker format, as generated by the script from a previous post.The formatiing isn't ideal, but its handy for a PDA.Click here to download:rms-essays
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clipfix

#!/usr/bin/env ruby################################################################################# clipfix - Destructively change clip styles to properties in svg files in cwd.# Copyright 2009 Rob Myers <[email protected]># Licensed under the GNU GPL Version 3 or, at your option, any later version.################################################################################################################################################################# Requires################################################################################require 'ftools'require 'find'################################################################################# Functions################################################################################# Destructively move the clip-path tag from the style to its own property#   as Inkscape doesn't like it…
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Script to Convert rms-essays to Plucker Format

#!/bin/bash# Copyright 2009 Rob Myers <[email protected]># Licenced under the GPL 3 or, at your option, any later version.# Produce a Plucker version of Free Software, Free Society# Some texinfo errors not fixed# Convert eps images to GIFsconvert images/clib.eps images/clib.gifconvert images/code.eps images/code.gifconvert images/flex.eps images/flex.gifconvert images/free_software_song.eps images/free_software_song.gifconvert images/headMain.eps images/headMain.gifconvert images/party.eps images/party.gifconvert images/richard.eps images/richard.gifconvert images/philosophical-gnu.eps images/philosophical-gnu.gif# Fix texinfo…
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