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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Wed, 04 Dec 2013

I updated the Creative Commons license for this site

Since Creative Commons updated their portfolio of licenses to version 4, I decided to revisit the license for this site and update my own license.

I used this handy "choose a license" page, though I kept the same license I had before -- Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International-- just updating it from version 3 to 4.

As you can see from the image above, generated from my license-choosing preferences, the CC site tells my that the license I chose is not a "free culture license," because I'm not allowing unrestricted use of my work in commercial settings.

I'm not saying I won't revisit the issue in future, and there are plenty of things I am comfortable releasing for unmitigated commercial use by others. But on the whole, I'm sticking with CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Sun, 01 Sep 2013

This blog's contents is now under a Creative Commons license

Rob and I have been talking about licensing a bit over the past month or so, and I'm listening to a lot of discussion and debate about software freedom and licensing courtesy of the Free as in Freedom podcast.

So I decided to license the content of this blog. It's possible to use a software license like the GPL for written, "creative" content, just as it's possible to use a license like those from Creative Commons, which were written with "creative" works in mind, for software.

But since what's here is, for lack of a better word, prose, I am choosing a Creative Commons license: the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license, the full text of which you can read here.

It means you can use what you see here for non-commercial purposes if you attribute it and share it under the same (or a like-minded) license.

If you do want to use what you see here in a commercial (read: moneymaking) setting, contact me at steven (at) stevenrosenberg (dot) net. We can probably work something out.

What licensing is (and isn't): A lack of a license on your code or content -- seemingly giving no rights -- doesn't "protect" it more than having an actual license. Nor will a license in and of itself keep others from doing things with your content that are in violation of the license.

As Bradley Kuhn often says on Free as in Freedom, sometimes enforcement is required. If you find somebody violating terms of the license under which you have made your work available, you might have to get out there and do some enforcement. The license gives you a legal framework under which to do that enforcement.