05.08.21

TechBytes Episode 91: End of Privacy and End of Windows 10X

Posted in TechBytes at 6:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

TechBytes 2021

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Summary: Tim and Roy produce their 2nd audiocast since TechBytes returned

In this episode: Roy and Tim (TechBytes hosts)

Show notes 08/05/2021 (by Tim)


In today’s show we focus on privacy, talking mainly on the subject of social media, we ponder the questions of what is this data being used for and by whom and also speak on the VPN and how vigilance is still required.

We look into the wider implications of privacy, Google services, working from home and ways that you can protect your privacy/data.

The appeal/lure of social media comes up and we consider promoted/paid-for # (hash) tags.

Should you be held accountable for things that were acceptable in the past but not in the present? We talk about this in relation to cancel culture and the wider implications.

We briefly cover Microsoft and talk about the future of Windows, including Windows 10X being apparently discontinued.

Tim covers a very affordable USB HDMI capture device and the topic of cheap technology is briefly covered.

We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows.

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05.02.21

TechBytes Episode 90: “Big Brother That Would Give Mr Orwell Nightmares.”

Posted in TechBytes at 10:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

TechBytes 2021

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Summary: An episode which focuses on the impact of COVID, privacy implications, games, and so-called ‘cancel culture’

In this episode: Roy and Tim (TechBytes hosts)

Show notes 02/05/2021 (by Tim)


1. Welcome back – summary of years since TechBytes last aired. Goals and intentions of future shows.

  • Tim elaborates on the last few years including his move of 260 miles to the North East of the UK.

2. Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 – Why you should be concerned.

  • What is it?
    We look at the reasons why the bill is being introduced (according to the Government) and ask the question of why it’s needed in light of previous protests in UK history.
  • What powers does it give police?
    We consider the ambiguity of the wording used and briefly look at who is in control of these powers and the implications. Use of wording is highlighted, meaning that scope of interpretation is vast.
  • Why is it being implemented?
    Is this legislation required? Recent events are highlighted and its questioned as to “Why now?”
  • Why should we be concerned?
    Roy and myself look at what could come from this bill and the fact that it will not be removed, merely added to in the years to come.

3. YouTube – Big brother that would give Mr Orwell nightmares.

  • The state of YouTube today for those earning a living from its platform.
    How things in YouTube have changed, including the prevalence of self-censorship.
  • What YouTube seems to want to promote.
    The de-listing of content creators in favour of sponsorship-supported media.
  • Brief discussion over YouTube victims and alternatives.
    How YouTube can effectively hold creators to ransom with threat of de-monetising and removal from the platform.

4. Microsoft Gamepass – future implications.

  • A great idea with a Microsoft sting in the tail.
    Microsoft purchases and the Gamepass platform – you never own the downloads or streamed content.
  • Implications for gamers.
    What this could mean for gamers – we already see evidence of other console platforms being left out of titles. Could Microsoft be playing the long game in an effect to bring the majority to their platform?

5. Appeal to listeners for contribution/comment and intention to bring guests onto the platform

  • We would love to hear from listeners and would welcome contributions to the show.
    We explain what we hope to include in future shows and the general direction of the show.

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Why TechBytes Was on a Break and What Will be Covered Now That It’s Back

Posted in Site News, TechBytes at 1:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Today, May 2nd, TechBytes comes back after 6 years

THIS morning we’re reassembling everything for recording, with ever-so-optimistic hopes of more regular releases of episodes. The show will cover topics quite different from what my personal videos cover.

“How frequently episodes are to be released depends on availability of several people, so it’s a bit unpredictable.”TechBytes covers legal issues and general tech affairs, including Microsoft’s demise, the gaming scene, and intersections between law and tech. Tim is more specialised than myself, so the breadth of scope is widened a lot. It’s not likely to cover EPO affairs for instance.

Sound SystemThe production will be self-hosted over encrypted (end-to-end encryption) connection and all the software will be Free-as-in-freedom software. How frequently episodes are to be released depends on availability of several people, so it’s a bit unpredictable.

We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows.

Recording Studio

05.01.21

TechBytes Coming Back Shortly

Posted in Site News, TechBytes at 1:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: It may have been a very long time since we last recorded an episode of TechBytes, but we’re about to resume very soon

OVER the past few weeks we’ve reposted a number of old TechBytes videos (and sometimes audio too). Most were Richard Stallman interviews, a part of the TechBytes audiocast (we don’t say podcast) and videocast.

“On issues associated with outsourcing and centralisation stay tuned for future episodes of TechBytes.”I’ve just caught up with Tim, after many years of absence due to personal commitments and health reasons. We spoke for about 1.5 hours about topics we intend to cover and we’ll hopefully have the first episode in years ready for publication some time tomorrow. We’ll hopefully have more guests too (some time in the future). TechBytes never ended; it was just ‘on hold’ and the plan was to get back to it at some stage.

In unrelated news, my personal Twitter account, which was banned for my views on patents (it’s shocking, isn’t it?) was reinstated 24 hours ago after a scholar who focuses on patents wrote to Twitter’s CEO. It took only minutes since the message was sent and the account was magically reinstated. We’re glad to be backed by people who value our position on these matters. I didn’t even ask for this, as the reach-out to Twitter’s CEO was of their own volition. It worked. I don’t directly participate in Twitter; in fact I pretty much quit it a year ago, but it’s still OK to have copies of stuff appearing there for broader reach/audience. Some people refuse to read things outside of Social Control Media and the Free Software Foundation participates there also. Techrights itself doesn’t do Social Control Media and TechBytes has no presence there. On issues associated with outsourcing and centralisation stay tuned for future episodes of TechBytes. Tim has a lot of knowledge when it come to the law, so he’ll have many stories to tell.

04.13.21

How the GNU Operating System Really Started (Almost a Decade Before Linux Came Out)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, TechBytes Video at 10:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The true story of the GNU Operating System (no, it didn’t start in 1991 and not in Finland either… but in Massachusetts, with its announcement predating the first Linux release by over 8 years*)


Transcript below

Summary: Later this year Linux turns 30, but Linux is just a component added to the GNU Operating System, developed a very long time earlier based on the design of UNIX (the mainstream media likes to distort that part of history); here’s the creator of the GNU Operating System, telling me his story here in the United Kingdom (we did many clips like these and this one seems very timely)

[00:00]
Roy (RSS): The first thing I was going to ask you about [is] the origins of the GNU Project. I realise that you had to use some proprietary tools to begin with in order to … to itself. Do you remember what kind of editor you were using at the time and [what] development tools?

RMS: Well, I was using Emacs, not GNU Emacs

[00:30]
until I wrote GNU Emacs but after all that was the last Emacs there were many other Emacs editors before then. I wrote the first one for the PDP-10 and that was still available and there was also a kind of Emacs on the MIT LISP machine and between those two I could do all my editing on Emacs. But in general, the platform for bootstrapping the GNU system was UNIX, after

[01:00]
all, GNU’s Not UNIX. What does that mean? That was a customary way of saying that was a system designed to be compatible with and similar to UNIX.

____
* Initial release, or version 0.02, was on 5th of October, 1991 (the Linux anniversary). GNU was first announced on 27th of September, 1983, at 6:35:59 PM. There was a mention of a kernel in the second paragraph (highlighted in yellow): “Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu’s Not Unix), and give it away free to everyone who can use it. Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly needed.

“To begin with, GNU will be a kernel plus all the utilities needed to write and run C programs: editor, shell, C compiler, linker, assembler, and a few other things. After this we will add a text formatter, a YACC, an Empire game, a spreadsheet, and hundreds of other things. We hope to supply, eventually, everything useful that normally comes with a Unix system, and anything else useful, including on-line and hardcopy documentation.”

Richard Stallman: The Other Things I Have to Say I Put on Stallman.org… Reject the Idea That You Have to Accept Something Like Facebook

Posted in TechBytes Video at 7:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Transcript below

[00:00]
When I have something to say to the public, if it fits into the Free Software movement, then I publish it on GNU.org or occasionally it’s put on FSF.org. The other things I have to say I put on stallman.org. stallman.org has an RSS feed and

[00:30]
if you want to see what I have to say, that’s the place to do it.

I think it’s tremendously important to reject the idea that you have to accept something like Facebook. You don’t have to. And if you do start using that, you’re working for a harmful cause at the same time you are working for whatever cause you have in mind, you’re working for harm.

[01:00]

I ask therefore that people not put photos of me in Facebook or Instagram. I urge people not to be useds of Facebook. I don’t called them users of Facebook. I call them useds of Facebook because it is Facebook that uses these people, not the other way around.

09.03.15

TechBytes Episode 89: Chromebooks, Privacy, and Vista 10

Posted in TechBytes at 3:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

TechBytes 2015

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Summary: An episode which focuses on the rise of Chromebooks, serious issues pertaining to privacy, media bias, and the demise of Windows

This is the first show to have been recorded this year and hopefully the resumption of TechBytes as a weekly of bi-weekly show. We are hoping to facilitate live broadcasting of the show as well (coming soon). The show officially turns 5 in just 4 weeks from now.

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04.27.14

TechBytes Episode 88: Hardware, Games, and Emulation

Posted in TechBytes at 8:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

TechBytes 2014

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Summary: An episode which focuses on the role of Free software when it comes to development of games and the role of GNU/Linux in gaming platforms

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