News & views from TTFA members' blogs

From bou's blog : 17th January, 2015

On Tuesday 16th December 2014, a large police operation took place in the Spanish State. Fourteen houses and social centres were raided in Barcelona, Sabadell, Manresa and Madrid; books, leaflets and IT material were seized; and eleven people were arrested and sent to the Audiència Nacional, a special court handling issues of “national interest”, in Madrid. They are accused of incorporation, promotion, management and membership of a terrorist...

From Charlie Harvey's blog : 2nd January, 2015
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) was founded in 1985 to promote software freedom. In the 30 years since it was founded, it has battled for the rights of users to control the software they run, rather than the makers of that software — still an critical fight today.The FSF’s newly rel
From ana's blog : 21st September, 2014

Is Tottenham a little village? Some one involved in the literature festival was a friend of a friend of mine, an ex-colleague of another friend and the colleague of another, although none of us knew about these connections until yesterday. [Link to the festival's page]

We met at different...

From Charlie Harvey's blog : 18th September, 2014
Very exciting news this. There is going to be a (an?) Hacktionlab this winter once more. As often happens the event will be held at Bradford’s 1 in 12 Club — one of the longest running Anarchist social spaces in the UK. This year we will all no doubt raise a glass to our fallen comra
From root's blog : 9th September, 2014

Quite a few years ago now, my colleague Dave wrote this article on building your own omnidirectional wireless antenna. Dave's introduction tells the story "This omni directional antenna, nicknamed the Spider Omni, was built in response to finding a simple diagram in an old book. After scaling to the correct frequency, it was built to help augment an 802.11b vehicle-based...

From root's blog : 8th August, 2014

I was recently needing to make an improvement to a development skateboard that I'd done for some users a few months prior.  The users had had a requirement for a new system to be delivered in a time frame that meant implementing it in Drupal seemed like the right thing to do.

The application worked and the users were able to get on with their jobs.

However, over time it emerged that they were loosing time having to rekey...

From root's blog : 3rd August, 2014

I had an enormous number of files in a directory* that I couldn't delete and I couldn't work out how to do it.  I tried lots of things, the basic rm -rf, putting it through xargs, and then some suggestions of writing something custom in PHP, in C and I also tried Perl myself; all of them eventually caused a massive load on the server (presumably in building a list of the files it was to build) and had to be aborted.  My hunch is that Linux...

From Charlie Harvey's blog : 11th June, 2014
It has been almost a year since the Snowden revelations first confirmed what many of us had suspected for some time — the NSA and GCHQ were in the personal data collection market in a big way. And it wasn’t just targetted data (like of criminals or terrorists, for example) th
From ana's blog : 9th April, 2014

More than a how-to, this is how I did it, in small scale, without big corporations, or at least doing it at minimum cost, paying some one else to do things I absolutely could not do myself.

First, I wrote the book. It may seem the obvious. What is not obvious is that, even if the publishing process was done by some one else, writing would be just 20% of the job of writing. The rest is re-read, re-write, proof-read. At least 8 times,...

From ana's blog : 9th April, 2014

I have now converted my book to electronic format.

Some say pdf is the ‘de facto’ format for electronic publication. It can be used for computers on all platforms.

However for other devices like mobile phones or tablets, it seems the...