Those “places” are “wall gardens” (aka Closed platform) as they are known in the Free Libre, GNU, Open Source communities.
from Wikipedia A closed platform, walled garden or closed ecosystem is a software system where the carrier or service provider has control over applications, content, and media, and restricts convenient access to non-approved applications or content. This is in contrast to an open platform, where consumers generally have unrestricted access to applications, content, and much more.
I am leaving you bread crumbs as you follow me through the process of getting the OpenSimulator up and running on a computer right here next to me 🙂
Here’s another beautiful example of the power of Open Source. I thought about building my own search engine. “Work smart, not hard” is something smart developers do. They are lazy. If they can re-use their own code or someone else has done a lot of the heavy lifting, bonus. Re-use the code. Re-cycle the code. Re-purpose the code. So here we go. Using Python and other open source projects we build bigger software using other building blocks of working, functional code. Our efforts can contribute back into the biosphere of the community of developers that work on various pieces of software. Therefore multiplying one anothers’ efforts. A rather magickal practice that magnifies everyone’s ability to affect outcomes, in a positive way for the greatest good of all.
Companies launch Raspberry Pi-based device to enable consumers greater control over their data
Stuttgart, Germany – September 16, 2016 – Nextcloud, Canonical and WDLabs, are today launching the Nextcloud Box, a secure, private, self-hosted cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) platform giving consumers a way to take back control over their personal data. Nextcloud Box makes hosting a personal cloud simple and cost effective whilst maintaining a secure private environment that can be expanded with additional features via apps.
The Nextcloud Box consists of a hard drive and a case, complemented by a Raspberry Pi 2 or a similar credit-card sized computer. The pre-configured, easy-to-use platform handles file storage and syncing, communication and more, requires no maintenance and enables users to install more functionality through apps like Spreed, OpenHab and Collabora Online. The box offers 1TB of storage at the price point of Eur 70. For information on where to buy please visit nextcloud.com/box
JACK :JACKAudio Connection Kit, is what this article is about.
JACK is a Open Source Project, and they say it best.
Have you ever wanted to take the audio output of one piece of software and send it to another? How about taking the output of that same program and send it to two others, then record the result in the first program? Or maybe you’re a programmerwho writes real-time audio and music applications and who is looking for a cross-platform API that enables not only device sharing but also inter-application audio routing, and is incredibly easy to learn and use? If so, JACK may be what you’ve been looking for.
In my particular case I am using this and many other Open Source tools to take full advantage of the technology I have around me.
Would people be less stressed because they do not have to worry about where their next paycheck is coming from? The stress of living paycheck to paycheck can not be overstated. Those who deal with poverty on a day to day basis know that it can be a choice between tuna or chicken salad, as an example. You learn to stretch your meals using creative things like rice and lentils. Chick peas can be made into hummus and so much more.
I am currently investigating crowdfunding to support the development of some of my innovations.