I want us all to pay for Firefox to keep the web free

What is a free browser good for when in fact the development and marketing for it is paid? What are the Chrome and Edge Browsers good for? What would happen if the web standards get so complex that the only browser remaining to implement them is the Chromium Engine, sponsored by Google and Microsoft? The standards would be controlled by Google, a company that is controlled by their income from advertisement.

The web is humanities most important communication and knowledge sharing plattform today. Whoever controls the way we browse the web, controls the minds of humanity.

I want control to be fairly distributed amongst humanity. I want to pay for my browser software. I want to buy the product, I do not want to be the product, my attention and mind being controlled and sold by advertisement companies.

That’s why I urge Mozilla to offer a paid version of Firefox.

The web was created as patent-free system where anyone can publish, edit, and read. This is essential, anyone must be able to implement a browser or web server. Things get too complex currently and this kicks out unpaid open source developers working for Firefox – they can’t catch up with commercially backed Chromium developers. The standardization work has been taken away by Microsoft and Google from neutral W3C and slowly moved into their own hands, into the hands of the chromium developers. I contributed to the W3C, I appreciate open standards. You want to be able to plug in any electric device into a wall socket and expect it to work, like electricity, there should be no entry barrier to the web.

I want thousands, if not millions of users to pay for essential software like browsers, to be customers, to get a service that helps them, to incentivise browser developers to work primarily for the users and not for the shareholders or advertisers.

I want to pay to let humanity’s knowledge remain free.

CO2 neutral by 2028. Anything else is the end of civilization as we know it.

I want to live in a world with functioning economy and biosphere and peace, so I want to live in a world of reaching the 1.5 degree Paris agreement. We need to act now and set the target for net zero emissions to the year 2028 to reach that goal and still have a safety buffer. Anything else is the end of civilization as we know it. If we continue CO2 emissions from fossil fuels like today, in 2028 our emission budget is over and we have to immediately go to no emissions at all. Aiming for the 2.0 degree Paris agreement (25 years left) will mean vast destruction of agricultural land, 99% of corals (and fish) dying, death zones in the equator by 2030. Anything above 2.0 will mean uncontrollable chain reactions of destruction globally. The clock for the end of civilization and economic wealth is ticking and we need good project managers in key positions today on 2021-10-26. https://www.mcc-berlin.net/en/research/co2-budget.html

The black cat in the black room.

Inspired by the image below.

Theology is like being in a dark room searching for the warmth of a black cat that you sometimes feel and that makes you happy. Reading articles of witnesses who where in the room when it was light and described the cat as clearly visible and their experiments and results with the black cat. As the articles are 2000 years old, they are disputed. Replicating the experiments is disputed as the black cat is described as physically gone, but it’s warm pelt can still be felt after 2000 years. You like the warm sensation and based on the 2000 year old witness accounts, you try to get the warm feeling. Note that the black cat said that “people should care for each other”. The warmth you feel may come from other people you cuddle to, who also look for the black cat. Or from the ghost of the black cat. You turn on the light and cuddling and friendship remain.

That’s how I experienced it when I was looking for a warm feeling. I still feel it. I believe the teachings of the black cat, whom I refer to as Jesus, help me and others to stick together and feel it, too. So the warmth of the black cat can be replicated without the black cat being touchable.

Via Markus Mooslechner.

Medizinische Software oder Hardware an ELGA anschließen? Informationen über den Corona-Virus einfach erklären? Technikum Wien fragen!

Entwickeln Sie gerade eine neue medizinische Software oder Hardware und Patienten würden davon profitieren, wenn die Daten mit der österreichischen elektronischen Gesundheitsakte (ELGA) verbunden wären? Sie suchen jemanden, der weiß, wie das geht? Sie wollen komplexe Themen zu Sars-cov-2/Covid-19 didaktisch aufbereiten für eine breitenwirksame Kommunikation? Reden Sie mit dem Technikum Wien, FH-Professor Stefan Sauermann.

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Customer development: How to estimate market demand for your SaaS Startup based on facts – I learned it the hard way

2018. A guy asks on Facebook: what are typical SaaS startup marketing costs? The commenters tell him to think about channels, target audience, write a business plan … Don’t be these guys, that was the bad advice I got 2009. You deserve better. We are living in the future, 2018. In this article I describe how using Google Ads & customer development, you can start marketing your startup in minutes and a few hundred Euros and gather your own facts. Because facts > theory.

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A change of wristbands – from “Nowhere 2014” to “I,Robot 2018”

As I am changing a wristband on my right hand, I also reflect about the bigger picture about me an participatory culture. As I am writing these lines, I am still wearing the wristband of the participatory temporary city “Nowhere 2014” on my right hand. As I have been for the last 1632 days since July 5th 2014. I am moving to an “I, Robot 2018” wristband by Severin Taranko. Both remind me that I am part of a global participatory culture where such small things represent and reflect the meaning of everything.

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