Free software

Digital tools are for thinking together

“In the online classroom, questions should be raised about how to select digital tools and why, whether the tools create user-centric features or lock users into systems they have no control over; whether surveillance influences free speech, and how to assemble a set of digital tools that users feel brings out the best in themselves and in others.”

Configuring an OS environment: An intro to Debian + GNU Guix

This is an anecdotal post on how I found myself installing GNU Guix on Sunday, even though my OS competence is such that installing Debian was a little challenge. The moral of this story is: moving towards software freedom even for the non-expert gives so many customizable options that I hope more people will talk about and experience this freedom.

Teaching and tools for digital freedom (with video link)

This post contains a link to my LibrePlanet2022 video and discusses the reasoning behind it, including how I came to build a “free as in freedom” teaching tool on the shoulders of GNU-licensed textpattern.

LibrePlanet talk: Digital freedom as pattern learning for life

This is to announce my LibrePlanet 2022 talk on considering digital freedom in the learning environment of the classroom and in life. It will explore teaching components that can be used to introduce free software in the classroom and consider how free software can be a ‘surprising’ learning model in response to big data.

Staying sane via IT skill?

  1. The challenges that emerge through the difference between in-person/blended and online teaching.
  2. Reflections on the role of free software in the move towards a digitalized learning experience.


Happy valentine’s free software! This post covers how I started my ascent on the freedom ladder, why I love free software, and more.

What are we? Where are we going?

This post begins and ends with quotes by artist Paul Gauguin and contemplates where we are headed in this postdigital year of 2022 if we are to champion the freedom of “the human resource”.
The post explores what can be learned from others about the problems that challenge self-actualization. It ends by considering my book project on this topic and asks readers three questions about programming.

Happy 2022: Points for systems resonance

2021 was a year of polarization and increased impacts by digitalization on culture. This post presents ‘points of resonance’ (Dartur 2020) to inspire transitions towards improvement at this time of continued change in the so-called knowledge age.

Emacsconf2021: Dialogic learning how to learn through the Emacs tool

I can think of very few contexts in this hurried ‘great reset’ (to assume the urgency of Schwab & Malleret 2020) where we have the reflective/reflexive privilege to focus on the meaning/ethos of our digital tools. Such an opportunity is thanks to the EmacsConf2021 organizers and support team.

EmacsConf2021: A few talks I can't wait to watch

I won’t be including all of the talks I will be watching here but those that are aligned with topics I cover on this blog. I tried to keep this short – !