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What’s up with thai politics – A taste for democracy

Here we are, 3rd day of protest in Bangkok, Thailand.
The red shirt, a movement of mainly grassroots extract Thai people are currently giving blood to try to make a difference. How can they reach such extreme to hope and have their words heard?

It is quite true that Thaksin Shinawatra has had a huge impact on the current situation. He has been made a champion of the people by providing cheap medical care, small loan, to farmers and even (and I witnessed this) solar electricity to hill tribe people. And during that time, with the support of the grassroots people thanks to his cheap scheme, he was milking the country for his own benefit. His greater plan can be summarized like this: Giving crums to the poor for a licence to milk the country.

Today, everybody focus way too much on Thaksin as the source of their problem. It is said that the red shirts want Thaksin back and their march serves only this purpose. True, the red shirt would have had much more credit and would have had their voice heard if only they could detach themselves from Thaksin.

This is not the cause of the problem however. Thaksin, in his greater scheme didn’t foresee that by giving perks to the grassroots people, he made them realize that they have rights. They possess the power to vote for whoever they want and these politicians are better off doing good to them. For who wins the countryside, wins the election as Thaksin rightfully showed. The time for cheap bribes are over, they can get more than this.

Now these people are exercising their right. But this shakes a very old establishment where the elite think and do and the people follow.

To avoid dealing with the avant of this huge power, the yellow shirt, another faction of largely well off Bangkokians suggested that grassroots people shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

They see this as a solution because if there was an election today, the majority of the thai country, the grassroots people, would vote for a party supporting Thaksin and friend.

The reason for that however is that grassroots people are not given an option. It would be a very sound reasoning for all parties to start realizing that advocating a politic agenda introducing the grassroots people and the countryside at the center would win them the election. If crums was enough to win the grassroots people heart, surely they could get a lifelong support by providing a snack as an alternative. Something more bold, more rewarding to them. Schools, Education, Library, investments.

It’s very painful to see that they seem to realize that but choose to find another alternative not involving the right to the people to vote.

As a result, after the red march stops and the red shirt go back to their provinces, a slow burning fire will keep going under the ashes until one day another champion of the people stands up and win their heart again.

Thaksin in Thailand’s history has simply cristalized all the passions bottled up in the country. Thailand will last after Thaksin’s death some day but the country divide will remain until the province’s voices are heard.

Link: thai intelligent news – red shirt gets global

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Where do women stand in the Linux community?

I was wondering recently if women like Linux, know about it and use it? Are they active in Linux promotion?

In short: Yes! And it felt good to see that Linux is just not a man’s toy pushed on women by their despotic husbands because that’s the way they want it at home.

It feels good also to see that the mainly masculine Linux community support Women in using Linux and in the community.

For starters, there’s the Ubuntu Women forum on ubuntu forums.
There, women will find resources on how to get more active in the linux community as a women.

There’s also Linuxchix, a community of internation linux active women 🙂 I love the name.
Their goals are here.

Finally, last but not least, Canonical’s CEO, the company developing Ubuntu is a woman 🙂

Jane Silber

I feel compelled to thank every women merely using Linux or actively promoting it for making Linux and our community incredibly more sexy. There’s a touch to the way women do things that man simply won’t be able to reproduce.

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What’s Linux?

I’ve found out that Whatever I write here, get displayed in facebook so here goes 😀

Also, I’ve got a message from someone asking me to blog a bit more about discovery I know that it was about discovering thailand but it was not mentioned. This is my over passion in par with photography.

In my home, we have 2 laptops, and from time to time a third one that my step daughter bring with her. They all have Linux installed 🙂
So question what is Linux?

When someone buy a computer, it usually have windows install on it. The technical term for window’s nature is Operating System, or OS for short. The reason for an OS to exist, is that without it, the computer would be just a pile of devices stuck together by way of cables and wires. We somehow, have to get something out of it. That’s what the OS does.  The OS in a computer is like a government in a society. It sets the rules for usage and behavior of the computer resources (CPU, RAM, Hard disk)

What most people don’t know, is that there’s not just Windows.  There are alternative to Windows. The next most famous one would be, I guess MAC OSX. This one is probably my 2nd favorite. My favorite however is Linux Ubuntu.

More than words, here’s a few pictures:

This is Ubuntu Karmic Koala. Bringing some spirituality in this geeeky world. :p

It’s default theme used to be an orangy/brownish color not making unanimity with everyone. But it’s highly customizable and I like a blue/icy feel to my GUI (Graphical User Interface). So here goes, I went to my Appearance menu, checked what kind of windows frame I could find. There was none I liked, so I clicked the button “Download more themes” and found this cool white thin windows frame with nice round buttons. They take colors when hovering over them.

I then went to background, and, even though there’s a large choice, I was still not happy,  so I checked online again and got the drops.I changed the colors inside my windows to be a very light blue for the icy feel and match the background. I made my terminal semi transparent (bottom left). I went to my task bar properties (top and bottom of the window) and changed them to be semi transparent white.

In firefox, I looked for something looking quite blue, I found the blue cat theme. It took about an hour to set it all. It’s pretty easy. The time was mostly spent on browsing things like shopping.

It’s also possible to control the way things should behave, so I’ve enabled extra effects and I’ve configured the right hand corner of the screen to display all windows as you can see here. This will happen simply by moving my mouse at complete top right. The background takes a dark pitch and the active application is brighter. The selected one will be on top.

I’ve decided that by moving my mouse at the complete left corner of my screen, I would display all my desktops. This allows me to organize things the way I want (one deskop for games, one for chat, one for internet) It simply makes the desktop less messy when I’m on one or the other. It has a zooming effect when coming in or out of this display.

Finally, but not least, Linux has no viruses. The reason is that to install anything, a password would be required. Modification to any sensitive part of Linux won’t be allowed. The only place it’s free for me to toy around endlessly is my “home” folder where I save all my files, music downloaded stuffs etc…

Warning: Even though Linux is free of viruses, typing your password in a fake website is still possible so users can always fall for tricks like fake web page requesting your information, personalized email etc…

Finally, a video showing all the features that compiz (the program allowing for cool effects in linux) can do.

Note: This video has been uploaded in 2007, all these effects are available in stable version.

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