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About the Internet Archive

Brewster Kahle’s work to archive all human knowledge and make it publically available to everyone. That’s a noble intention!

“What is best known about the Library of Alexandria, version 1, is burning. So don’t just have one copy, so in addition to SF (on the San Andreas fault line), one in Alexandria (in the middle east [perpetual war zone]), and one in Amsterdam (in a flood zone). So we’re hedging our bets here.”–Brewster Kahle

World Situation: Is this archive going to be public or private? (Corporations want to control it.) Or universal access of all knowledge for all mankind.

“Free to the People”–Inscription at the Entrance to the Carnegie Library , Pittsburgh

Ted Talk
& a 12 minute audio interview.


Raspberry Pi Alternatives

I like raspberry pi PCs because they (were) cheap when I bought them (around $25) and they’re the size of a deck of cards, and use little electricity. The alternatives are now a better bang for the buck since 2019 when availability went down and they started being scalped. Hopefully later this year or next year the production runs will go up and bring the prices back down.

I currently have 4 running Raspy Pis:

  • 2 in a local realtor’s offices displaying Lake County Ca properties (using a boot-time chrome to display the houses using a webserver I maintain)
  • 1 running a DIY nas in my office
  • 1 running a music webserver (volumio) in the bedroom

Here’s a short youtube video on the Raspy Pi alternatives.

Prior Unity

Max Planck: “I regard consciousness as fundamental…”

Max Planck (1858-1947) was a Nobel Prize-winning German physicist and the father of quantum theory. His work in the field of theoretical physics led the way to many advances throughout the 20th century. Today, Planck’s name is synonymous with the German science community, evidenced by his being the namesake of the country’s Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science.

I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”

Source: The Observer (25 January 1931) (via Wikiquote)

Krishna Das Meeting Ram Das & Neem Karoli Baba

Here’s a link to a youtube interview of Krishna Das on meeting Ram Das, which eventually led to him to finding his Guru, Neem Karoli Baba.


What will it take for Apple to disentangle itself from China?

The tech giant increasingly finds itself beholden to America’s biggest geopolitical rival. But is diversification even possible?

This is a fascinating article on making iphones in China. Basically the whole infrastructure exists on such a big scale that no other country is in the same league as China.

“Look at the smartphone manufacturing hubs that China has created,” he says. “I don’t know where that can be replicated.”

Chan, the Foxconn labour researcher, predicts that as media attention dies down Apple will quietly increase its investments in the country. “China has so many advantages,” she says. “From the moderately educated and skilled workers to the really high level engineers and PhDs — those providing expertise in cutting-edge knowledge.”

Chan adds: “Apple would have too many difficulties to find the human resources and infrastructure that is parallel — or even close — to the scale provided in China.”

From the Financial Times Article