Start investing your internet time on research

Yesterday I had a friend coming over and have a serious discussion about the way people view the internet, and even if we know we have the worlds knowledge at a few click reach, most people refuse to make use of it to connect with the knowledge they really lack.
I think even in an age of apparent information overload, there is still a lot of people cognitively disconnected from it. We should try to start connecting our search skills to the current information we are lacking in our lives and start connecting to the information pools that are actually valuable in our lives.

Making this happen is more about discipline than money, or speed of your internet or even your technical knowledge. The basics of searching is really just a mind map of words that you can sometimes, even, randomly spew at the search bar and will often come up with the right answer. If your phone is not that old you could even dictate the query to it.

The important thing is that when you are in doubt your brain will be hardwired to search those terms.

The next step is learning the value of links, sure some people are very anal about their bookmarks, I am kind of the opposite. I seldom bookmark sites, but on the flip side I live with a 10000 tabs open just to make sure I am able to go back to where I was.

The next thing is really to read but also give back, a two-way conversation is better than just reading, for that you will need to type. Getting in touch with people on the internet is rather simple. Just look for their twitter, Facebook or email account and more often than none, you will get a reply.

Social searching is incredibly powerful, specially if your search is about a current event, or something that is becoming big in the news.

Youtube is also an alternative way of searching, if you are not the reading type, a video might be the way to go. Conferences, talks, discussions opinions, or even vblogs.

So next time you want to learn about something, just do that, it doesn’t really take that long come up with a whole bunch of material.


Structure ideas on the blockchain

This week I went to LaBitConf in Mexico City, we got the opportunity to meet people from different parts of the world doing things that matter in the Bitcoin space. And then there were the mexicans that got their way into the conference. Not to say that there aren’t smart people, but sometimes I feel that we just don’t know what are supposed to be doing.

One of those is how are supposed to think, during my talk with many of them I couldn’t shake away from my head the many people I talk at the GNU/Linux conferences in Mexico.

The biggest difference I can tell is the age, but with the age also a vision that is somewhat shortsighted. Wanting to do things local are the kind of things that well, wrap around our thought process and keep revolving over this concept.

Being native to the cryptoworld my hope was of finding people eager to help this world. But what I found is again the same pattern, the itch they want to scratch being too narrow for the world. Too local, too shortsighted.

So I want to build a framework on how to formulate Ideas. Ideas that can formĀ  global projects and can gain traction. First step is to learn that we are not citizens, we are internet entities, dealing with an internet asset. We need to use these assets as a platform to transform our digital ecosystem. Code is our tools to change the ecosystem and also the way we can make a difference in the world.

There is a tendency to make a difference in the physical world but I think that we first need to explore our own digital world. After all, nobody drop an actual bitcoin on our head. We learned about it through a digital system or service, and for that we can control it and use it. The physical world is an effect, almost side effect of what is happening on the digital one.

Once we are aware of our digital existance then we will be able to move forward with our ideas. Solving issues, building on platforms, creating services and making data and value move way faster.

We need to be aware that ‘flags’ are holding us back more than giving us identity. A quote that I always get reminded of is: “On the web we are all dogs” Meaning basically, that it really doesn’t matter, where we are from and it shouldn’t matter. Let’s move on and make an application for the internet and by the internet.

A good example is our own Satoshi Nakamoto. Does he matter if he is Japanese? That he is a he, or a they? Was his vision to help the people from Japan, the people from his hometown, to pitch to the local investor? Should we be more like satoshi and less like the ‘digital crusader that just learned a new trick‘?

The Volabit Bitcoin Card

So yesterday I finally got my first bitcoin card. The issue is that is not really a bitcoin card and it doesn’t really add value to the disposal of bitcoins. Biggest issue is that is not even linked to the bitcoin wallet so you can’t really deduct from it. Is also not possible to top up the card 24/7 like I thought I would and finally the interface from the wallet carrier doesn’t really focus enough on the card.

My volabit card arrived this morning.
My volabit card arrived this morning.

Let see if the SatoshiTango card which I order last week goes any better.

Contributing to OpenERP translated documentation

So this is my official contribution to the project, I’ve decided to spend some time translating the strings from the OpenERP documentation. The OpenERP book holds a good amount of information about what the history, development and goals of the OpenERP project. I also appreciate the way this book have been put together, as opposed to spend time describing each screen and talking on how to use it. This book spend time looking at the tool as a business people, accentuating on the business goal. For example, titles like “How to better manage your books”, as opposed to a more boring “Accounting Module”.

The localization in Spanish have been lagging greatly mainly because the way to contribute is a bit obscure. I found out the system itself is not obscure since they use a standard Launchpad-Open Source translation tool based on PO files. The way the po are managed online is very similar to the Pootle application.

The next step is to become legit on the Launchpad application, which allow my user to get fully integrated on the OpenERP teams. I added myself to the OpenERP-Mexico group, and the OpenERP-Documentation group.

The Spanish localization is located under the 7.0 branch, where you click on translations. And are presented with a table of different languages and the progress for each language. There you can select the preferred language and then are presented with the different type of localization projects including the book, contents, contribute, faqs, index, install, legal, odoo, usability-book, etc.

My main goal is the book one which listed around 6544 with 6453 untranslated and 305 for review. You can check the project here.

One thing that was noticed earlier today was that I need to be part of the Spanish team in order to get my reviews and comments approved. You can see me already on the team either as pending or if this post is rather old, I will hopefully be approved.

Spanish locale
Graph showing the different openerp project for the spanish locale.

Comments on: How to run 2 or more OpenERP Servers on same machine?

Recently I read this tutorial by the recognized consulting firm SerpentCS: How to run 2 or more OpenERP Servers on same machine?

The tutorial was very helpful however I was still a bit throw back with manual process of it all. I believe a python or even shell script would help to process and generate the configuration file.

OpenERP power in open business software

Looking for a great video on OpenERP, I got a great presentation about why OpenERP is a good thing to have for small to medium size business owner and why is a much better asset than the hundreds of dollars invested into accounting software like Sage. OpenERP is a long standing business framework as oppose to a single purpose software.

OpenERP effectThe key is recognizing the area of connecting the business areas between each other. A personal experience during my workshop last year on business application showed how many business areas can be improved through workflows and automation of process talking between each other.

For more information on my involvement with the platform please listen to the interview last year on Caribe Think Tank as well as the earlier post on the workshop for open source Business applications.