Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Differences between Copyright, Copyleft and Creative Commons

Motivated by the suspension of famous Spanish writer Javier Marias' blog because of license infringement, I searched the web and found the following comparison of licenses to stay on the safe side when reusing, mentioning or modifying content found on the web.
The infringement was denounced by Michael Magras: part of a post from his blog was copied in Marias' blog without acknowledging the authorship. This resulted in a denounce to Wordpress blogging platform and consequent suspension of the blog.

All the three licenses have something in common: they all deal with author's rights. They just differs in the way they protect them. Let's get down to business.


This is the most popular license, and unfortunately it's the most used one. It allows full rights to the owner of the work (that may not be the very author), and he's the only one that may decide what to do with it, whether to charge for it or not, besides having to request permission for usage. Distribution is only restricted to the owner of the creation, that means the license only allows possession but not distribution. This is usually applied to books, music, movies and software, as an example.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Your first meditation in three steps: Anapanasati yoga

There's a lot of buzz around meditation, and for those who are not into that, it sounds a bit like a mysterious way to achieve who knows what. Enlightenment, peace of senses, eternal pleasure or visits to other dimensions?

This is not exactly like that, but benefits that people receive by practicing meditation are tangible and immediate. Mind relaxation, better concentration and improved consciousness of oneself. The good thing is that everybody can meditate and no special preparation is needed nor a special place or time of the day.

Try this simple meditation technique to learn more about you

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Untouchables, shocking project by Erik Ravelo

Today I bumped into this project from the Cuban artist Erik Ravelo to raise awareness on abuses that are committed by society against children.

First image is referring to scandals related to pedophilia committed by Catholic church
Second image refers to sexual tourism in Thailand
Third image refers to war in Siria
Fourth image refers to organs traffic in poor countries, in which first victims are children
Fifth image refers to free and non controlled weapon license in the States
Sixth image refers to large food distributions that targeted children with low quality aliments (fast foods) causing obesity

I posted this image in my Facebook account and received different comments, some agreeing that strong message is delivered. According to some other friend, this project is disrespectful with Catholic people.
My first feeling is that a lot of painful truth is portrayed here, it makes one think.

See the whole project here

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Free Open Source Software in your company

The vast majority of companies in software industry struggle to cut costs down while trying to keep quality of software high, but this is not easy to accomplish. Software development is radically different from any other industry you may want to consider for a comparison; in order to be a successful firm neither large investments nor brute force are strategic assets.

The new wave of millionaire start-up businesses prove that besides a brilliant idea, user experience, great design and definitely competitive time to market are critical. Consider the main resource of any business: employees, as an example. Increasing number of employees does not ensure goals are achieved either faster or even with better quality (back to the start-up mention, Instagram started with less than ten employees). Nevertheless, hiring top class experts in this business may be the added value: experience and talent are essential when building intellectual value.

Monday, June 10, 2013

A technique for persuading people

This is a nice example to show how you can subtly persuade people to do what you want them to do. This short video tells about the experience of famous director Steven Spielberg when at the age of 15 had to face a troublesome situation.

This contribution basically suggests that in order to persuade people, first one need to match people's needs against own personal abilities. Then remember:
  • The objective is meeting people's basic needs. 
  • Look into your own resources and capabilities to meet others' basic needs
Hope you'll enjoy it.