Category Archives: Open Source

Fault Lines – CyberWar

— FAULT LINES from Al Jazeera is like if Joe Strummer was the news director of FRONTLINE.

— I am simultaneously exhilarated and worried by the producer’s willingness to put words into his interviewee’s mouths.

— The question of whether “war” is an appropriate metaphor for protection of online assets is vastly important. And the military-cyber-industrial complex is, no doubt, enjoying a golden age. Is anyone asking about CyberPeace? Maybe CodePink needs a crew of hackers (HOT).

— The Redbeard segment alone makes this worth watching. For a second I freaked out because I thought it was RedBIRD from Off The Hook. But no.

Facebook’s Founding Sociopath

Corporate Media Will Break Your Heart: Early IMs from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, via Ellis via Robb

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don’t know why.

Zuck: They “trust me”

Zuck: Dumb fucks.

Ubuntu Branding Overhaul

From Mark Shuttleworth’s blog:

One of the real challenges for us has been to find a branding and design strategy which spans the spectrum of audiences, forums and dialogues that we cover.  With Ubuntu, it’s my specific dream to find a constructive blend of commercial and community interests, not only for Canonical but for other companies. That has made our design and branding work difficult – the distinctive look of Ubuntu lent itself well to pure community messaging, but it was hard to do a brochure for Canonical data center services for Ubuntu on servers. We have not only Ubuntu, but also Kubuntu and an important range of derivatives that all have a role in our ecosystem.

So we spent a lot of time trying to distill the requirements down into a set of three dimensions:

Dimensions for our visual language

We found a set of ideas which each represent those spectrums, and which work together.

For example, we identified a palette which includes both a fresh, lively Orange, and a rich, mature Aubergine, which work together. The use of Aubergine indicates Commercial involvement of one form or another, while Orange is a signal of community engagement. The Forums will use the Orange elements more strongly, and a formal product brochure, with descriptions of supporting services, would use more of the Aubergine.

On the consumer/enterprise spectrum, we took inspiration from the aerospace industry, and identified a texture of closely spaced dots. When you see more of that, it means we’re signalling that the story is more about the enterprise, less of that, and it’s more about the consumer. Of course, there are cross-overs, for example when we are talking about the corporate desktop, where we’ll use that closely space dot texture as a boundary area, or separator. We also identified shades of Aubergine that are more consumer, or more enterprise – the darker shades mapping to a stronger emphasis on enterprise work.

And on the end-user / engineer spectrum, we took inspiration from graph paper and engineering blue prints. When you see widely spaced patterns of dots, or outline images and figures, that’s signalling that the content is more engineering-oriented than end-user oriented.

Using different aesthetics to reach different audiences across a broad spectrum of interests and familiarity — Greens could learn from this.