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Why I say no to Google+

Update: 25/12/2012 - I denounce this article, but not in total. The reasons against Google+ and Facebook still remain. But it is obvious that Facebook and Google+ are needed to keep in touch with many people. Use them as a tool, use them wisely.

These days there is a phrenitis on the web about a new social network called Google+. Some months ago I proudly debarked from the Google ship, stop using Google Docs, Calendar, Picasa, Blogger, Reader and Youtube. I continue to use Gmail, Google Translate and seeing Youtube videos without subscription.

That's what I can call a real hackerspace!

Today when I opened my laptop for the second time in the day, I got a very pleasant surprise. The surprise comes from Efstathios Xatzikiriakidis Arduino hacker who is a friend and a founding member of Thessaloniki's Hackerspace.

Free Software: Candle in the Dark

We live in turbulent times, that's for sure and the financial crisis is the one to blame. There is a very difficult situation in my country these days and lately there is much anger and discord among people. The Free Software Community is a part of the society, so it is affected by these phenomena. Many people don't realize one thing. That Free Software from its conception until now is not only an alternative software without viruses or a software given gratis. Is another way of life. Another point of view. Another development model which can help confront with the crisis.

Arab Uprising and the Role of Media

The Digital Liberation Network organises at 16/4/2011 at the Free Social Centre "Nosotros", the event about the role of media in arab uprising. Surely a big part of the communication media that was used by these movements has to do with Free Software. So, is one of the few times that someone can realise the importance of "free as in speech, not as in beer" software and how this has direct effect on a revolt.

openCoffee 23

Yesterday was the first time that I attended openCoffee meeting which took place at the New City Hall of Thessaloniki Municipality. I confess that I was with the best impression because the whole feeling was - according my readings - that I am present at a Homebrew Computer Club meeting in 1980's. Only that, these congregations are not just about computers and computer science youth entrepreneurship in general. Youth not just in the age content but in the context of new and innovative approaches.

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