An open letter to the Co-chairs of the Green Party

Dear Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas

I think the Green Party needs to be aware there has been a serious error in the official line that CO2 released from fossil fuel sources is of itself somehow bad. I recently attended the 2 day London Climate conference – in fact I broadcasted it for Occupy News Network – you can find all the broadcasts here

It turns out that modern CO2 levels are actually quite low compared to most of the many millions of years life has flourished on this planet.

We have had warm periods, like the Roman colonisation of Britain, and the Middle Ages – and colder times like the “Little Ice Age” of the Maunder Minimum.

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Hybrids and London Congestion Charging – a cautionary tail.

I drive a Toyota Yaris Hybrid and am on the whole pretty pleased with it. The combined petrol & electric drive comes into its own in the snails-pace traffic crawl that is becoming all too common on our roads. If fact if you are not encountering such traffic on a regular basis owing a Hybrid is not such a no-brainer choice. I found this out with a long motorway cruse the extra weight of all the hybrid cleverness makes motorway speed petrol consumption not particularly impressive, certainly not compared to the 60MPG that can be achieved in heavy traffic.

Other advantages to hybrid cars are zero rated VED or “Road Tax” as it is most commonly known and also as I was told, exemption from the London Congestion Charge.

I have owned the car for some 18 months and it was only last Monday I had occasion to drive into “The Zone”. The reason for this rather than taking the train as I would usually do was that I was going to an interview that I was told was in one place only to be updated that it was a Central London location when I was already so far into the journey that coming all the way back & taking the train would have made me late.

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Climate Change conference

Broadcasts from London Climate Change Conference.

On a recent Richie Allen Show Piers Corbyn was one of the guests and mentioned that this important conference by the Independent Committee on Geoethics was going to be held on 8th and 9th of September. I asked via Twitter was anyone planning to stream the event  and Piers responded that I was welcome to come and do it. Armed with all my battery packs to enable a full day of broadcasting I set off for London and here are the broadcasts.

New Dawn of Truth London climate change conference
Conference graphic

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Magazine Cover Disks with Linux – early days

History of Linux on Magazine Cover Disks

SuSE Linux Special Edition for PC Plus Magazine
PC Plus Super CD October 1998

I have worked with “Free Software” or “Open Source” technology for some quarter of a century. Being one of the people seeing why it is so important and pushing it early on, helping found the ACCU and then in 1994 a collaborative venture with the UKUUG (Now known as FLOSS UK) to start a Linux Special Interest group.

You can still find scans of those early printed newsletters on the UKUUG archive. The first issue shows just how far we have come in that time. There was an earnest discussion on the SIG producing its own CD ROMS of selected Linux software. Remember at the time unless you worked for a big company or University the Internet was something at the end of a SLOW phone line. And PCs were only just starting to get CD ROM drives, but not writers, they came a few years later.

Because of this problem with getting Linux to a keen public I persuaded several computer magazines at the time to give over most and in some cases all of the space on their cover CDs (also a new development at the time) to getting Linux out there.

  • The sadly now defunct Linux-FT release on Computer Shopper magazine in March 1996 and a slightly updated version again in Personal Computer World magazine May 1996
  • A year later (and a name very much still around) Red Hat Linux 4.1 on the cover of PCW.
  • And lastly, taking over the entire 600MB CD space, a special cut down edition of SuSE Linux 5.2 made it onto the cover of PC Plus magazine.

A big gamble of trust on their part but one that was well rewarded in that the magazine sold out fast!
This established an important trend. Until fast broadband became so common a magazine cover disk was a fast and risk free way for the modem connected masses to try out new releases of Linux as they came out. The way that Open Source software works, the more people trying something, and fixing it if it is not quite right for them is how we have come so  far 25 years later.

Welcome to Deluxe Technology

By Martin Houston.

First things first I am the only person posting to this blog. So even if an article (as opposed to a comment) does not say it is by me it probably is!

Busy with full time work again now so the rate of posts here will inevitably decrease as time gets squeezed.