Iranian bloggers and free speech

Mojtaba Saminejad and Omid Sheikhan are bloggers living in Iran. They are being punished for speaking their minds in blogs.

Read the details of their cases and sign the petitions to help Mojtaba Saminejad and Omid Sheikhan.

I am a firm believer in all peoples right to freedom of speech. Only under very limited and special circumstances do I think speech should be limited e.g. you can’t shout fire in a crowded theater. To stay up to date on internet free speech issues I’ve added a Blog Alert box from The Committee to Protect Bloggers and the EFF’s Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech icon on the sidebar. These items will be automatically updated by the sponsor organizations.

Creative Commons

I first heard about Creative Commons licenses quite a while ago. After my first investigations into these licenses I just didn’t get it. Later I read John Dvorak’s blog about CCl’s and I still didn’t get it.

Then on the October 23rd episode of Twit (This Week in Tech) Lawrence Lessig explained the purpose of the CCl’s and it finally penetrated my thick skull. Basically, as I now understand it, CCl’s fill the gap between copyright protected and public domain release. They also have a pre-made public domain license that makes it easy to give works legal public domain status.

I have now gone over the Creative Commons web site information thoroughly and I decided to change my web site to a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CCl.

Firefox Milestone

Firefox has passed the 100 million downloads mark!

I’ve been using it as my primary browser since late 2002 when it was named Phoenix. By the end of 2003 I had converted all the PC’s I fix for my friends and family over to Firebird. The malware infestations that I had spent so much time fixing for others are no longer a major problem.