I spend too much of my time trying to talk with
people who don't want to discuss, yet somehow
I won't stop.
I keep hoping that things like
suggesting good advice on meeting scheduling
will avoid them repeating old mistakes.
The most extreme life-and-death example
is probably trying to help with
Kewstoke Toll Road, where people still speed and someone crashed off again last night
(although I don't know what caused last night's crash - could have been a simple accident).
Of course, it's better to talk with people who
have asked questions and want to hear the
I'm currently involved in several groups
like that and it makes me
much happier [4HWW].
made a confidentiality agreement [Network Blogging article]
about one group because I really like
the organiser and want to help them,
but I've yet to see
changes happen because of it and that's
probably about all I can write here, which
does rather suck.
But talking of changes that make me happy,
I spotted that
has now gone further than
by deciding to change people away from Microsoft Windows when they find it:-
"all Windows stuff must be gone from the premises [...] no longer help do callers favours with broken Windows machines, apart from fixing them properly and permanently by installing Debian"
at their March meeting.
Well done, BW!
After a request, I finally put
four photos from Social Source South West
(which was hosted by BW)
online, which reminded me to subscribe to
Disappointingly, on my first read,
it promotes the Suppliers Directory developed by Lasa.
That directory is a big problem because it creates
a silly barrier to entry which hinders new
social enterprises and cooperatives.
At a time where most non-profit software is
unsustainable and needs to change,
requiring three referees is a way to obstruct
change. Also, persuading three people to
support their work is no substitute for
Any non-profits who want to lead
their sector should approach ICT suppliers
The article also mentions
which is even more short-sighted about
computing: "both PC and Mac" indeed!
What about GNU/Linux, thin clients, and other
changes which are already making a big
difference to some non-profits...?
But here I go again, talking to a brick wall.
I expressed these concerns when that
Directory started and it
didn't do any good then, so I doubt they'll
change it now, near the end of its life.
So I'm going to move on. There are lots of
people emailing who want to hear from me,
so it's time to concentrate on talking with
people who do want to listen.
If you want to discuss this with me,
visit my website for the comments form
(click the title or look for a "view original
post" link, depending what site you're reading).