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Furkapass 2436 m Switzerland

Vue of the road from Valais toward Uri near Furkapass


by  Commander Zot

I've been working on Red for three months (off and on, there are lots of demands on my time). Here is an update.

Most of us think of "online networking" and think only in terms of "social networking" because of all the influence that Facebook has had in that realm. It has become apparent that the abuse of privacy has only one solution - take the private information out of the hands of outsiders and keep it under the control of those who are communicating. This means that a future which involves "privacy" belongs to decentralised communications, not to centralised data silos. We knew that already and was the basis for Friendica.

But also we've come to accept that the "social" part of networking is the only thing that matters. That everything on the modern web is all about friends.

It's not.

Red is an attempt to look at all of this from a higher level and see where we've been and where we're going. The whole "social" bit came about because email couldn't protect us from spam. So we started only accepting messages from "friends". And so now we have these huge corporations which are geared around the concept of communicating with friends.

Facebook is merely a communications system with web accessible resources, all focused on the concept of "friends". There is also inherent censorship and blockage of people with non-mainstream beliefs.  Filtering is performed which uses Facebook algorithms to decide which content by which friends you can see at any one time. What you see in your stream isn't under your control.

Now let's look at Red. Red is simply a network. It has attached web resources. It is decentralised. It isn't concerned with the "social" bit, because "social" just means a granting of permissions to do stuff. Red has a permissions system which can emulate "social networking", and much more.

But Red isn't about people. It's about thought streams.  We call them "channels". You can create any number of channels, and some of these can represent people - like you for instance. And they can interact just like in a social network. But channels can represent any thought stream, hobby, interest, person,  discussion topic, anything. They can be about your music. They can be scientific discussions on a particular topic or range of topics. They can be a personal blog or a marketing site for a new product. You can attach web resources to channels such as  photo albums and event listings and static web pages. And you can create rules on how other channels or collections of channels can interact with each of them - or not. 

So each channel is essentially a content management system attached to a communications system and a set of rules about what interactions are allowed - and what content is visible to any or all other channels. And since it is decentralised, private information is only shared with the hubs of other channels that are involved.

Important: There isn't any central repository anywhere which has access to *all* private information.

You also have an analogue dial representing the "affinity" between this channel and any other specific channel. If you're "channel surfing" you can look at specific other channels, or mixtures of other channels, or those with a specific range of affinity. And if those channels permit you to do so, you can interact with them. You can also interact with specific subsets of channels. In a social network context you might call this a "private group".

And you can change channels. They are all separate entities, so things can't leak between your channels. So not only does each channel have privacy controls for the other channels it interacts with, different channels can interact with completely different sets of permissions.

In Friendica for instance you can create private profiles and photos that can only be seen by co-workers, and another which can only be seen by potential girlfriends. In Red, you can do exactly the same. But you can also interact with co-workers on a completely different channel and share work related stuff without having to worry about what permissions you might need to set on each thing you post or share. One is a different thought stream entirely from the other.   

The other big thing we're doing in Red is taking the internet domain name system out of the equation. You need this to visit web resources, but you don't need it for basic communications. You can move around and interact from other places. So if your channel doesn't require web resources, you can communicate from anywhere. We hope to build desktop and mobile communication clients which can operate independently of the content management web servers, and allow you to stay in communication even if those go down - (which happens). 

So in summary, Red isn't a social network in any classical sense, though it contains all the same components as a classical social network and has better privacy controls. So one could use it in that manner.

Red is a matrix of interacting thought streams.

Want to connect to the grid? We're still several months away from a solid prototype. This is a lot more complicated than a decentralised social network and it's taking some time to develop because nobody has ever done anything quite like this before.

Stay tuned.

Destruction of Lenin Statue in Kyiv Ukraine

During the second revolution the 8th of december 2013 people destroy the statue of Lenin

Switchfoot – Love Alone Is Worth The Fight

I’m trying to find where my place is
I’m looking for my own oasis
So close I can taste this
The fear that love alone erases

So I’m back to the basics
I figure it’s time I face this
Time to take my own advice

Love alone is worth the fight
Love alone is worth the fight

And I never thought it’d come to this
But it seems like I’m finally feeling numb to this
The funny thing about a name is
You forget what the reason you were playing the game is

And it’s all an illusion
A 21st century institution
So I’m headed down the open road unknown

And we find what we’re made of
Through the open door
Is it fear you’re afraid of?
What are you waiting for?

Love alone is worth the fight
Love alone is worth the fight

We’re only here for a season
I’m looking for the rhyme and reason
Why you’re born, why you’re leaving
What you fear and what you believe in

Why you’re living and breathing
Why you’re fighting it and getting it even
Let’s go headed down the open road unknown

And we find what we’re made of
Through the open door
Is it fear you’re afraid of?
What are you waiting for?

Love alone is worth the fight
Love alone is worth the fight

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh! Oh!

Here we are, here we go
Where the road is our own
Hear it calling you home
Here we are, here we go!

Love alone is worth the fight
Love alone is worth the fight
Love alone is worth the fight
Love alone is worth the fight
Love alone is worth the fight

Sanctus Real – Lay It Down

Genveva panoramic view

KOXIE , Daisy Luzion

Si t’ as pas de wifi t’as pas d’amis
Sans internet t’es qu’une pauvre fille
Sur Facebook tu joue les starlette
Tu fous des photos de toi parfaite
Tu raconte tout même quand tu pète

Daisy si tu répète
Tes histoires qui te mette en miettes
Tes études , t’es bourré la tête avec des idées tellement bête
Et tu pleures en cachette

Daisy Luzion
Tu voudrais être désirable
Comment ne pas être misérable
Quand on porte un tel nom
Daisy Daisy Luzion
Tu tombe sur des irresponsable
Des idiots qui racontent des fables
Et toi tu cherches le bon

Tu fais le régime de la famine
Tu carbure au protéines
Sa mage pas de pain d’garder la ligne
Comme c’est la mode tu porte des slim
Tu prend tes fesses pour un driving

Daisy si tu t’enlise
Daisy tu rêve et tes bêtise
Ne font plus rire que toi
Tu fais vraiment n’importe quoi
Daisy reprend toi


Tout ça ma belle, c’est des inepties
T’es seule dans ton monde virtuel Daisy
Ta vie est toute artificielle et puis t’es toute seul dans ton lit
Tu sais ma belle c’est pas la vrai vie
Tes virtuel love et tes cyber amis
Tu vaut mieux qu’ça ma belle Daisy
Allez débranche le wifi


How to connect your GnuSocial with Twitter

If you have your own GnuSocial, you can configure the TwitterBridge. This Twitter “bridge” plugin allows you to integrate your GnuSocial instance with Twitter. Installing it will allow your users to:

- automatically post notices to their Twitter accounts

– automatically subscribe to other Twitter users who are also using

– your StatusNet install, if possible (requires running a daemon)

- import their Twitter friends’ tweets (requires running a daemon)

- allow users to authenticate using Twitter (‘Sign in with Twitter’).


Here is a How to step by step for connecting your GnuSocial account with your twitter. Step 1 to 5 is administration configuration.

1. Configuration in GnuSocial

Edit you config.php file (should be on your root directory of GnuSocial) and just add the following line


Once it is done, upload it.

2. Creation of your Twitter app

Second step, you should create a twitter application. Go to If you are not connected to Twitter, sign in with your twitter account. Then clic Create New App

how to connect your GnuSocial with Twitter step 2

how to connect your GnuSocial with Twitter step 2

– Name : Your should invent a name for your application. Should be unique so, try to invent a unique name.

– Description : Write something to help you in case you have many applications

– Website : Type here the URL of your GnuSocial website.

– Don’t forget to read and valide the Developer Rules of the Road at the end of this form

– Clic on Create your Twitter application


3 Change the permission

Clic on API Key, then Mofify app permision to read an write.
Clic ont the Tab Permission and change permission to read and write

4 Create your access token

Clic API Key, and at the bottom of the page, Create my access token. Check that this token have read and write permission (waite a little and refrench the page)

5 Twitter bridge settings

Go to the admin panel of your GnuSocial. You should have Twitter option. Then enter :
– Consumer Key : put the API Key
– Consumer Secret put the API secret
– Application name

Now your users should connect with twitter.

6. Connect your account with Twitter

Now the most important step is not done. This is the easiest (if all previous steps was done correctly).
In your GnuSocial go to Setting > Twitter > Connect my Twitter account > Validate
It’s done.



I recommand to just leave the first option “send my notices to Twitter” on. That means that when you are going to write something public on your GnuSocial, that will post to your twitter account as well.

I don’t recommand to select “Subscribe to my Twitter friends here”. Except if you have a strong server.

Installing a new gnusocial

Few years ago was statusnet. And Statusnet was the federated social network. It was easy to install on on simple LAMP. we were in 2011 …

And diaspora was born and I discover friendica and redmatrix.

Now in 2014 I tryed gnusocial. Gnusocial is the continuation of statusnet. My experience at was really nice. So I decided to install a gnusocial instance just to try and maybe do adopt.

First I notice that there is no documentation or very few. the only page I found was

We must have ssh access and imagine lot ot things.

After persistance, I could install it and it is very satisfying. Nevertheless I have few unfinished questions.

– How to localize in french ?

– How to connect with twitter the twitterbridge didn’t want to work.

– How to set up the mobile version

– I couldn’t connect with mustard




How to install gnusocial ? ssh mode

Gnusocial is a twitter like software that you can install on your own server. The advantage of gnusocial over twitter is that it is federated. All gnusocial instance can communicate to each other. Like email or xmpp (jabber) you will have an Ostatus id like user@server.

First step is you don’t know what is gnusocial is to play with it. You have public

Installation :
Before going to the installation, let’s check the requirement
– php 5.4 at least
– ssh access is

Go to the directory where you will install gnusocial I will name the directory gnusocial
run this command
git clone git:// .

Don’t forget the . (dot) at the end.

When it is done go to your new gnusocial
You should have a page like

No configuration file found.

I looked for configuration files in the following places:

You may wish to run the installer to fix this.
Go to the installer.

click on Go to the installer.
You should have some permission to change just follow what is it mentioned
4 directories should have write access
chmod a+w gnusocial
chmod a+w gnusocial/avatar/
chmod a+w gnusocial/file/
chmod a+w gnusocial/background/

when it is done refresh the page (install.php)
A form will appear.
Just feel the form

  • Site name : what ever you want
  • Database Hostname : usualy it is localhost but not always
  • Database name (you have to create a database for that first or you should know the name of it
  • Database user
  • Database password
  • Administrator nickname that will be the admin account
  • Admin password
  • Type of site : Private : all will be hidden, single user (if you want only for you), community (ideal for a group, a class, a family etc..) , public (if you want a free registration for every body, that option need a strong server and administration care)

Choose community even if you will use it only for you. It is very easy to restrict registration. If you want to share you gnusocial with a friend, it will not be possible otherwise.


Chalet in Gstaad Switzerland

Switzerland from the sky

Why Linux Sucks

Linux exists but why is it still not used ? simply because it sucks. Look at drivers and hardwards problems. How about audio or videos editors  ? There is too many distributions softwares that are unfinished. How about games ? And how do you replace photoshop ?


That video dates of 2012 but I am sure in 2014 it is the same.

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