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Austin Williamson
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Work in progress colorization. Original artwork by rwby121.

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My first major code project has gone stable! MobileFriendly is a plugin for Zetaboards. This is its story,

Latest TPP Leak: Same Old Copyright Maximalism Rot

“Well, shucks, Timmy. If you feel that way, I'll concede. You don't have to adopt the DMCA takedowns. But you do have to adopt the same copyright terms, DRM Protection, and ban all DRM-breaking tools.”

Life+70. Government mandated site-blocking of so-called “Pirate Sites”. Blocking of DRM-removal tools – the same tools that blind and hearing disabled use to convert their files – is still on the plate.

This is unnacceptable.

No new works will be written just because a corpse can collect royalties for another twenty years. In fact, even less new works will be written. The public domain is great: it allows beginning writers to play with and build on the worlds others have made.

If TPP had been signed last year, Narnia would still be under copyright.

Life+70 is unnacceptable. Life+50 is too.

My own position is basically that advanced by Macaulay in his 1841 speeches—a flat 42-year period of copyright (I’d simplify it and make that just forty years), with the provision that so long as the author is alive he or she retains copyright.
- Eric Flint

Don't Like TPP? Call Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

Ed Fast is responsible for negotiating trade treaties. Unfortunately, TPP brings new restrictions and no new markets. For sake of consolidating treaties, Fast is about to sacrifice the rights of Canadians.

Call him now.

Parliament Hill Office
Phone Number: 613-995-0183
Fax Number: 613-996-9795
E-mail Address:

Abbotsford Constituency Office
205-2825 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, British Columbia
V2T 6S3
Phone Number: 604-557-7888
Fax Number: 604-557-9918

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If I don't answer, it's because I'm Sleeping

After I wrecked my phone (and I liked it), I decided to try one last feature. It's called I'm Sleeping, and it is essentially a filter for your phone.

You set the times you don't want to be disturbed, set your starred contacts, and then apply. It's pretty easy, and for the past day I've been using it.

Unfortunately it also disables notifications... Or that's fortunate, if you're actually sleeping.

I set it to run for 24 hours.

I like it.

If I didn't answer your call, it's because I'm Sleeping.

Go get your copy today.

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+Rolston Francis,
If you're looking for an app to manage Autostart on Android, this should work:

Please make sure your phone is rooted before installing it. :-)

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I Wrecked My Phone And I Liked It

I didn't mean to do it, it just happened. I was sitting there, bored, when I decided it was time to make some changes....

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Privacy, Android Edition

Even if the only thing you have to hide is your cookie recipe, you should probably use encryption.

Here are a few things to get started.

Text messages: SMSSecure

This only protects the contents of your message, not the metadata. So if you don't want your family/boss/government to know you're contacting a person, do not consider this private.

The encryption is top-notch, so it's secure for swapping messages with your besties. Installing it is easy, it gives spies a headache, and it allows you to password-protect all messages, so your messages are safe even if the phone is stolen.

IM: TextSecure

Cross-platform, compatible with Signal for iOS.

TextSecure combines the security of SMSSecure with the anonymity of the internet. Pretty much nobody apart from you and your recipient know that you are talking to each other. And because it's encrypted, only you and your recipient can read the conversation.

Calling: RedPhone

Cross-platform, compatible with Signal for iOS.

Skype is compromised. Whatsapp is owned by Facebook. And rolling your own Voice over IP app is hard, which is why Moxie did it for you. RedPhone allows you and your contact to talk over data rather than the easily-tapped GSM network. It's free, secure, and works with iPhone users too.

Diary: Lifeograph

The classic desktop application has finally come to Android. Encrypted diaries right on your phone. What's not to like?

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Lifeograph for Android

So it turns out, it is on mobile, just not on iOS. Grab it today!

*Program of The Day: Lifeograph*

Lifeograph is a free program for Linux and Windows. Remember diaries? Remember the horror of your siblings/parents/friend finding it? Well... now you don't have to worry about that.

Lifeograph is pretty well-done. And searchable. It also password-protects the file with military grade encryption.* Because most of us forget to lock the screen, it automatically signs out of your diary after five minutes of not using it.

The bad news: it only runs on computers. Sorry, mobile users.

* Military grade is notoriously low. Lifeograph is way better.

+Jude-Anna Pedrazzini


I apologize.

I was mean, hateful, and thoroughly a jerk to you, for no good reason at all.

I want to apologize to you. I've lost my ability to contact you directly, so I'm placing this apology on Google+.

I apologize for the way I treated you. I know I can't take my words or actions back. But I hope, that if we should ever run into each other, write together (gosh! Can you imagine?), that you can forgive me.

I never thought I'd have regrets.

I was wrong. I have many.

I want to right the wrongs I've done, starting with the very first person I truly hurt. You.

I'm sorry.

- Austin 
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