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Eduardo Ochs (a.k.a. Edrx) - Personal Stuff

Léa Tavora's PhD thesis, on Hegel and Freud.
(She's my mother).

Some writers.

(2005sep10: The rest of the stuff in this page is two years old and very messy. Expect broken links etc etc etc)

More about free information

  • Project Gutenberg (main page; Australia) is taking care of the distribution of free literature and a few related things (dictionaries, playscripts)... By the way, in Camille Paglia's book "Vamps and Tramps" there are some brilliant essays about the importance of having access to the classics.
  • Classics of the computer age: arcade videogames of the 80's are not free, but they circulate as "samizdat" and can be emulated with MAME; Zork I, a text-only adventure that was my first contact with real English, can be obtained for free legally and be run in an emulator. I don't know if there are any "standard" places for getting Atari ROMs.
  • I have some friends that are involved in teaching children of poor communities how to read and write. They would like to have access to more free dydactical material (here the freedoms to change the material and redistribute it are fundamental) and papers on Education, but most people involved with those things are still offline...
  • We need something like a Project Gutenberg for books for children (no link yet). If you know authors of children's books please at least try to convince them to use the FDL for their next books. The quality of the digital illustrations will be lower than that of printed books (and maybe there would be digital versions with outlined illustrations, so that each child could color her computer-printed or photocopied version), so it will make sense to have a paper edition in parallel with a free online release.
  • Several books on Mathematics, Computer Science and Logic are now available online for free; see Frank Atanassow's list (and for papers, citeseer and HPSearch).
  • Mathematics would be much easier if more books were available online, or at least if there weren't so many restrictions on photocopying them for personal use. In a perfect world they would even be available as TeX source so that we could make annotations in digital form and give our "annotated copies" to others.
  • I have always had the feeling that the "usual" books about programs and programming languages (at least from the mid-80's on) were trying to kill the few neurones that I still had... well, some people have written very lucid things about that: Steven Feuerstein, Philip Greenspun.
  • If you need to typeset sheet music please learn Lilypond so that you may contribute to the community... it's quite easy: here's my first .ly file. It is full of links and comments.
I don't use any non-free software except for a few computer games from the early 80s and -- very rarely -- MS-DO$ 6.22 to run some Forth programs. Oh, and Netscape -- I haven't converted to Mozilla yet -- and the ROM BIOS and such things.


And this used to be part of the "Personal/Misc" section but I felt that it deserved more visibility...

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