Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ok Trying out this Blog Thing

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I don't normally have much time to blog, but I thought it would be a nice place where to put things for friend and family to see, since I haven't had much time to communicate with fellows at home either.

I ran into the blog of Linus Torvads today and it was interesting to see some of his early postings. I respect Linus very much for what he has done for all of the rest of us. Except he seems to be full of himself, but honestly I can't blame him at all.

A couple of days ago I was able to download a podcast from this fellow that does Open Voices from Jim Zemlin and there were some extremely interesting interviews to folks like Linus Torvalds, Mark Shuttleworth and Mitchell Baker of the Mozilla Project. And what was very interesting to me is to see the effect that these people's philosophies have had on a whole bunch of people.

This always brings to mind the theory that John Forbes Nash (on whom the movie "A Beautiful Mind" is based on) where he presents that the best results in any group will be achieved if everybody cooperates with each other. And I'm obviously paraphrasing it very badly but it seems really like a simple thing, but then you are amazed when you observe the cannibalistic policies of most of the economic, political and corporate environment today in at least America (to my knowledge).

I'm a big fan of computers, and not in the sense of expensive toys for nerds, who otherwise couldn't be popular. But in the true sense of what can be achieved with computers as tools to fix daily problems or even help find not so mundane solutions.

I still dream with going back some day to my little town in Argentina and starting something that will give a possibility to all of those young ones that are going to inevitably be dragged into alcoholism and lack of opportunity and would otherwise have an interest for technology and finding solutions, present them with an opportunity escape the current downhill trend.

Meanwhile I have to figure out a more immediate way of making my own way out of the rat-race so that I'm not just another blind leading the blind.

Well, thank you Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds, Mark Shuttleworth for all of your pioneering work and inspiration. I only wish I can some day look back and also see that I wasn't just a waste of time, air and energy in this lovely life.