The Usenet Archive

On 23th of May 2001 I posted a blogpost that Google acquired Deja’s usenet archive.

For those of you not online before that time… back in 1999 we used the services of Deja and Remarq to find archived newsgroup postings. (I believe Remarq is now supernews and Deja is well.. Google Groups).

However… I noticed that, thanks to the long tail, I got a comment from Craig Stadler on that post 12 years later (today)… announcing a new newsgroup archive: 

(founded feb 2012)

The amazing thing about a weblog is (and you see that the 50th anniversary Dr. Who episode of an hour ago is still fresh in my mind…) that you “say something in 2001” and someone answers 12 years later, while you then can make a reply in the scope of that something you said in 2001.

I don’t understand why some blogs block comments after some time of posting, it’s fun to read that stuff again.

Theusenetarchive has an Alexa ranking of about 650.000 so probably it does need more visitors than currently.

I tried some queries but it probably does not seem to have an “advanced search” option or a help page on how to search on e.g. multiple words. E.g. when I tried “Edward de Leau” it showed all postings with “Edward” (which is a lot). I also tried to search on some of my secret old aliases (to be kept secret indefinitly grin) to search for posts dating back long before 1999 but I couldn’t figure out how the 2 date boxes should work. So I think the search interface needs some work. I could only get postings out of it showing me the latest usenet postings not the one e.g. with “words” between “1995” and “1999”.

Als when I clicked “Group List” I got “Query failed: No database selected”

So.. probably a new revision of the search gui needs to be in place (or maybe you the reader directly understand how it is supposed to work I didnt).

Best Android Navigation App?

What’s the best Android Navigation App to run on my Galaxy S4? My main requirement is that I don’t want to have a continuous data connection or even better: I want no data connection while driving.

I tried a lot of them but (for now) I like Sygic the best: really smooth interface, 3d buildings and only 35 dollar for the Europe map (now testdriving it for a week) (which is nice to try it out). Maybe the summary is “feels the nicest”.

things I liked in other apps and would be nice are:

- google street view preview of destination

- last mile: to show you the remaining roads to walk in a city

- integration with more public services

- find you car back in a parking spot

So… before I buy… any other comments on : better buy … copilot ?

Connect Galaxy S4 to Ethernet Network Laptop

Problem: no wifi but you want to use your phone on wifi urgently other than creating an ad-hoc wifi network (which does not work) :


a) there IS an ethernet connection available
b) you have a Windows 7/8 Laptop with an ethernet port and a wifi card
c) netsh wlan show driver : Hosted Network supported : Yes


1) netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NAME key=PASSWORD
2) netsh wlan start hostednetwork
3) ncpa.cpl: share on the active adapter internet connectivity with the newly created “microsoft virtual wifi miniport adapter” (rightclick on the adapter and click sharing – allow other network users…)



(don’t forget to turn it off after use)

Help me generate 0.00000004 bitcoins

If you have Java installed in your browser surf to: and leave the browser window open until the bar is filled (e.g. when you go to sleep and leave your computer running).

I’m aware that this is most unefficient bitcoin mining (through a browser) but… I’m just curious if it works.


I wonder if dedicated bitcoin mining hardware is interesting. It seems by all my calculations that the revenue earned is … not much.

Probably it’s easier if I sell stuff or do stuff and then let people pay me in bitcoins hmmm or maybe it’s even smarter to start creating sites like where people exchange bitcoins for goods. Or…. create plugins and middleware. (still brainstorming). Interesting.

Minix Neo X7 Android TV binnen

Ik heb hem binnen en aangesloten : de Minix Neo X7 en inmiddels al weer een berg aan Android apps & XBMC geïnstalleerd. En ik kan hem nu al niet meer missen. (dit is een upgrade omdat ik van te voren een stick had zonder vaste ethernet aansluiting). Voor degenen die nog niet bekend zijn met de Android HDMI sticks: het is een stick of een box die je connect met de HDMI poort van je TV. Klaar: lots of goodies:

  1. Heeft Android, bij de Minix Neo X7 : Android 4.2.2. : dus via google Play kun je honderd duizenden apps installeren op je stick/box. Als je een beetje goeie stick/box koopt dan is de firmware supported upgradeable naar nieuwere versies. Dus van Internet browsers tot buienradar en van uitzending gemist tot radio apps.
  2. Heeft WiFi en/of Ethernet Aansluiting, bij de Minix Neo X7 allebei (2,4 en 5): je hebt dus toegang tot je eigen netwerk, NAS, devices en “het Internet”, zonder beperkingen.
  3. Heeft BlueTooth dus je kunt hem pairen met je bluetooth devices
  4. Heeft USB poorten: in het geval van de Minix Neo X7: een heel stel: dus ik heb er eentje voor mijn Logitech wireless toetsenbordje en eentje voor een harde schijf.
  5. Heeft Ingebouwde Ram (dit ding 2GB DDR3 en 16GB NAND flash) / ruimte voor sd kaartje voor als je meer dan 2500 apps installeert…
  6. Heeft (vaak) ingebouwde microfoon en headphone jack: ook handig. (ik heb Skype nog niet geprobeerd met de webcam, maar lijkt me handig via de TV)
  7. Draait XBMC (ook al is XBMC op veel terreinen nog niet aangepast aan Android (e.g. gebruikers interface standaarden) / de specifieke SoC (optimalizaties)). XBMC is dan weer een wereld op zich met eindeloze plugins en apps.
  8. XBOX 360 controllers, PS3 controllers, wireless toetsenbordjes muizen, etc… werken ook.

Mijn verwachting is dat smart TV’s binnenkort niet meer bestaan omdat iedereen simpelweg een Android HDMI stickje van tegen de € 50 erin stopt met oneindig^25 meer functionaliteit (en natuurlijk upgradeable).

(tenminste… ik gebruik nooit meer de apps e.d. van mijn Panasonic TV. De enige meerwaarde zie ik nog in het Twitter paneel dat je onder je beeld kunt laten verschijnen terwijl je een tv programma kijkt) (er is zo weinig 3D dat ook die apps een ‘leuk om een keer te doen’ zijn) (alle andere stand-alone apps kun je net zo goed via de Android stick runnen).

(Gekocht op Geekbuying voor 106 Euro) (scheelt heel wat vergeleken met andere webshops)

Android developers:!forum/android-developers

Android StackExchange:

Meer informatie over de Minix:

XMBC discussions:

XBMC Hub discussions:

Minix Support and Resources :

Minix Neo X7 Forum:




Introducing : Humanity 2.0

The Humanity 2.0 program and a generic outline is described in this blogpost.


one liner oversimplistic summary – Humanity 2.0 is both a program and enabler to make change happen: to banish evil.

what it is not - The humanity 2.0 concept has been claimed by a lot of groups who look forward to a human completely intertwingeld with technology, often in a cyperpunk way where we have devices in our brains and in our blood for all kind of applicational use I will also define humanity 2.0… But as a totally different concept than the “humanity 2.0” which is “out there on the web” (on a gazillion websites). So please don’t make any assumptions based  on the meme.

My umbrella program - I think it encompasses all my previous blogposts and mini projects over the past 15 years, which is nice, because I finally have an umbrella to copy and paste all the different ideas and projects under.


accidental improvement – When you take a glass of wine, then take a couple of steps back and look at the history of humanity and where we would want this to go to in the most “idealistic” way thinkable (that was where the wine was for) you come to several ideas. The funny thing is that these ideas become adjusted each time we invent new tools (science and technology): we get even more different insights and they “enable” us to “leverage” on these new tools and they give us new ideas, ideas that we never had before which changes our direction and vision of the best next step.

steer on improvement – The basic thought is that we want to bring a lot of, in the past, different areas closer together and “overlap” them in a holistic view and instead of following “accidental” progress, take the steering wheel and head for a certain direction. Which is the core thought of all of this : define programs where we can work on together, often supported by technology, to head to a common next step.

“facebook” – We now have 1/6th of humanity of the same technology platform. What do they do? play games, post pictures of cats and occasionally start a “forward this to everyone” rant on all kinds of, from a distant viewpoint, nonsense. Which is pretty sad, if you contradict this with what someone 1000 years ago would think “wow… 1 billion people interacting with each other , that must be a perfect world where there will be communication between people from any country generating tons of new ideas and initiatives improving the world day by day”. Unfortunately… there are some parts missing here which leads to still very localized groupings of people who are mostly not interested in improving the world or heading to a better future for all but more along the lines “we all like this movie or band” or “we are against this…” (and another group “we are in favor of …”) (where actually the rest of the world does not care.

need a goal and derived requirements – Why is this so? Because we only have the technology. “Internet” or “Facebook” will not change the world. We need to define requirements for such a platform to enable to to actually use these technology platforms as a improvement for humanity leading to a new shared next state.

tech view

From a technicalogical point of view:

Normally you would have some goals and drivers which leads you to believe something should change as opposed to the current situation. Through a whole array of in-between steps that leads to some functional requirements and some none functional requirements for your “solution”. The non functional requirements have impact on the hardware necessary and the enabling software e.g. “tool X”. Your functional requirements become visible in the application which should match your original change to be a step closer to your goals.


In the “internet world” we have a large array of infrastructure: the internet itself containing thousands of servers, we have protocols in place, everyone has multiple laptops, phones, tablets, smart tv’s you name it. On top of that we have multiple operating systems, databases, a gazillion software solutions. But… the app’s we are running are … mostly tied to smaller personal goals like “have my photo’s on the internet” or “have a webshop selling stuff”. These apps do NOT match with any humanity business goals and drivers. There are exceptions ofcourse. Wikipedia is e.g. an app that makes knowledge available for everyone. But in the large picture: a) the goals and drivers are missing from humanity point of view and b) there is nowhere a team “building the app for humanity”. It simply does not exist (yet).


So… does this mean that the goal is to have a software application changing humanity? Of course it is not…. However the parallel with improvements within companies  is a good comparison to give a view on this for readers with a `tech` or ‘process’ background to `understand´ the direction: e.g. what changes in a company when a CRM (customer relationship management) system is introduced: people are going to work differently and the goal is that this improves the situation of the company in the market overall. The H20 program is likewise: it is an enabler to make change happen just like papyrus as a writing tool gave us both philosophy and sciences as well as the bible with all derived changes in society afterwards.

philosophy of humanity 2.0

There is a theoretical end state in which we will know everything and all seperate sciences are all merged in one holostic view. Then there is reality. In which this will never happen, but which contains principles as: with each new tool, we gain new insights and which adjusts our viewpoints of the humanity (as a whole) direction to take.

We have a situation again as with writing on papyrus: it’s there and nobody realizes that we create philosophy in 300 years with it which leads to libraries, science and universities which leads to countless other things. We now have “something” sitting there, available for 1/3th of humanity but no application yet since noone has given direction on what we should do with it. We know we can exchange information on it, we can post funny pictures of cats, put lots of knowledge on there, available for those who need it and we can make a lot of money from it. But “the” goals are not there. We know we can write on it but noone has said “we’re going to need philosophy and science for humanity as a next step so that is the next goal with the tool papyrus”. And that is what this is about: “we are going to use this tool to deliver us from evil”.


Four examples of Humanity 2.0 projects

Let me give some examples of “components” which I think will be very usefull to reach the Humanity 2.0 state:

1. My “household framework” (11 nov 2008) project I started, wants to close the gap between regular households (all humans) and companies. I believe there should be much tighter integration and I believe households lack tons of knowledge and best practices to “help them” keep on track and improve in all aspects: financially but also socially. e.g. A “budget” will not help households. Households need goals and from the goals we derive a budget not the other way around. There are hundreds of sub components to think of to improve life of households from start to end. Not with technology but with processes supported by technology which connect them to all other groups. If everyone gets “help” and a direction and is helped in that direction: it decreases evil in this world.

2. The referential discussion project I wrote yesterday about closes the gap between science and `regular` people: making everyone part of science. I’m trying to give a simple description: Every discussion, on every forum and comment form will be linked to communication models and a referential discussion: if anyone, ever, on any topic, repeats part of a discussion, it is indicated with a linked to the reference discussion. If you add new information or new thoughts in a discussion taxonomy that nooone has ever talked about it will be added to the reference discussion. Behavioral science models and human type models are “underlying” that will help classify “people” and clearly indicate “standard reaction that has already been given 1.000.000 times”. Combined with an “app” you can choose to have a discussion in a cafe that has been done millions of times before but which you are repeating OR : you can read the reference discussion and continue in parts where noone has discussed before to add new knowledge, which is one of the patterns in science. By doing so it will battle wrong memes and mis information, it will very clearly show the “truth” about “anything” and underlying patterns. It will battle propaganda and improve the speed in which our common knowledge expands: it will fight evil.

3. The “visualization of connections” (26-9-2006)  thoughts wants to have a transparant unified view on humanity: it combines the data of all social platforms: from genealogical sources as Geni and Ancestry you will find out your “blood” relationship with anyone else in the world, from social platforms as facebook you will see “friend relationships”, from business social platforms as linkedin you will see “business relationships” and so on … and so on. Combined with a future app build in e.g. something like Google glasses you will look around and see your relationship with everyone around you: it is much harder to kill someone if you see that he or she is the friend of your friend: it will fight evil.

4. The “pattern based behavior recognition” direction (28-5-2010) want to analyze history for patterns of human behavior using the network sciences, group dynamics, psychology etc… to make a library of patterns that occur in society and which can be picked up to use to analyze and predict outcomes. If we put this in a taxonomy it will help us take the best direction based on any time in the past the same thing happened: it will help us prevent evil and even better describe when evil starts to begins to have influence. It will help us to reach our direction and decreases negative risk-y scenario’s along the way. (this is only now possible since we now tend to see the “archives of newspapers since 1600” and only since a short time have new sciences in the “direction” network analysis).

The goal

As you already understood from the examples: reach a state of humanity where evil has been banished in other words:

To deliver us from evil

Disinction with the UN millennium development goals

The UN millennium development goals (eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat hiv/aids, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; global partnership for development) focus on the basic human needs and most of the focus is at the areas in the world that are in need to come to the basic human standards (“bottom”).

The H20 program goals focusses on improvements at the “top”: for those areas where the next improvement goals are still not defined other than “economic growth”: it’s the next step for those who are at the top e.g. countries where primary education is already for a long time “common”.


2 nov 2013 – H20 Program braindump submitted by Cogmios

Next Step

The next step lies with you.


De grote getale gewenste (ggg) reactie

De “in grote getale de identieke reactie geven” tegenwoordig levert een interessante kijk op de maatschappij. Er is een groep mensen die dit al snapt en die het nog niet snapt. En dat is weer interessant Glimlach (ook als business model).

voorbeeld (uit de miljarden voorbeelden):

“Een bisschop uit Duitsland heeft zijn huis laten verbouwen voor 31 miljoen Euro.”

Vrijwel iedereen heeft hier dezelfde instinctieve eerste reactie op, hetzij bij de koffie automaat, hetzij op “het internetforum” (op welke van de honderd duizenden je dan ook rond hangt). Ik heb nog niet rondgekeken maar zelfs zonder daadwerkelijk op het Internet te zoeken kan ik hier de reacties uit mijn hoofd reproduceren.

OMDAT er dan vervolgens massief dezelfde reactie gegeven wordt zijn er vervolgens altijd wel een paar die zich irriteren aan dit massieve gedrag en weer duidelijk aangeven dat ze zich hieraan irriteren.


MIJ lijkt … kunnen we niet alles overslaan en alleen A3.2 laten bestaan?


Voor ondernemers met een website:

a) lineaire reacties (zoals op : leveren vooral veel schaap reacties en geen discussie. Vooral heel goed om veel traffic te genereren en dus reclame inkomsten.

b) hierarchische reacties (zoals op : leveren daadwerkelijk opties voor discussies zodat je aan de hand van de discussie ook weer wat kunt leren : levert een trouw en slimmer publiek.

Een eerste gedachte… moet nog eens uitgebreid worden… op zich interessant genoeg om te bekijken of dit model nog uitgebreid kan worden. Wat mij betreft is A3.2 het blokje waar de meerwaarde te vinden is (hier kun je iets leren / van gedachten veranderen).


Ik bedacht nog de volgende aanvulling: de “referentie discussie”: omdat veel discussies over and over and over and over opnieuw gevoerd worden, zou het handig zijn om ergens een soort mindmap achtige referentie te hebben waarnaar verwezen kan worden zodat ook een deel van de discussie kan worden overgeslagen als die ooit al eens beslecht is.


Een voorbeeld van die referentie discussie:

De afgelopen pakweg 15 jaar heb ik honderden keren het argument van atheïsten gelezen op whatever internet forums dat religie de belangrijkste aanleiding is tot oorlog. Dit is ook al talloze keren verworpen… maar toch gaan mensen telkens weer met dat argument een discussie in. Het zou handiger zijn om gewoon te hyperlinken naar de al eerdere gedane discussie. Op die manier vul je de referentie discussie aan in plaats van hem telkens weer opnieuw te doen. Dat is bovendien heel leerzaam voor mensen, het doel lijkt me, van een discussie.

(Dat is iets anders dat een wiki zoals wikipedia)

Het doel is om discussies transparant te maken en als er ergens op de wereld een iemand een briljante aanvulling heeft, dat hij of zij die niet op duizenden gelijksoortige discussies opnieuw hoeft te doen.

Metric: afwijking van EU parlement standaard

imageHiernaast is de zetelverdeling in het Europees parlement te zien. Even HEEL simplistisch: aan de linkerkant de linkse partijen en aan de rechterkant de rechtse partijen (en net zoals in Nederland is de helft links en de ander helft rechts) (in geen 100 jaar anders geweest).

Het vertegenwoordigt de cumulatieve politieke mening van de grootste trans-nationale democratie ter wereld: 375 miljoen stemmers. (India heeft 1.2 miljard stemmers in 1 democratie in 1 staat…).

Wat ik me nu af vraag (omdat politicologie niet in mijn skillset zit Glimlach ) is het volgende:


? : > hypothese: hoe dichter je bij een dergelijke verdeling komt van “meningen” in een straat / wijk / land / groep landen, hoe dichter je bij een meest stabiele bestuursvorm komt?  M.a.w. is dit een natuurlijk principe?

? : > hypothese: betekent een afwijking hiervan een ongezonde omgeving? E.g. een land waar 1 groep mensen het voor het zeggen heeft (neem de talloze close-to dictaturen) of een wijk waar 99% stemt voor een specifieke partij? M.a.w. zou je het kunnen gebruiken als meet instrument om vanuit deze metric te kunnen meten waar het “mis” is en waar het “ok” gaat?