(If the above revised corporate logos
don't display properly on your browser, Buy No Software
(BNS) and reformat your hard drive with GNU Linux and a FreeSource browser
such as Konqueror, Galeon, Dillo, or Glynx (Graphical Lynx) or Glinaccess
(accessible GNU Linux for the visually impaired), because Closed Source
software, even if obtained without cost, still encourages consumption and
proprietarization of cyberspace.)
Buy No Software
(Adapted from http://adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd/toolbox/vote/2002donate.html
with the hope that that site will soon drop their allegence to Macromedia
Instead of buying a computer, we put together an old system from items
we salvaged from the dumpsters, and from curbside trash.
Then instead of buying software, we programmed it ourselves, building on top
of much of the GNU Linux FreeSource.
But because we did not BUY our computers, they won't run Macromedia.
Since many of our computers have old obscure microprocessors, they're not
supported by the Macromedia Microsoft Macintosh Cartel.
(Macromedia doesn't provide source code for their
"Free" downloads --- as RMS would say, the Macromedia plugin download is
only "Free as in Free beer, not Free Speech".)
Buy No Software (BNS) boycotts Closed Source Testimonal websites.
How can we be free of consumerism when encouraging the proliferation
of the Macromedia Microsoft Macintosh Cartel. BNS encourages the
use of GNU Linux, as an alternative to the MacMicMac Cartel.
BNS, held in conjunction with WSD (World Sousveillance Day), December 24th.
While the major corporations continue to produce sites that promote
coroporate Closed Source software (that is often also inaccessible to
the visually impaired), we call upon the arts community to challenge
and resist the Proprietarization of the Web.
We call upon the
arts community to call into question the Proprietarization of the Web,
and the Proprietarization of our communications and interactional media.
Let's Stop Stuffing our Stockings with Software...
At the epoch (Dec. 24th) of the orgy of commerce that serves as the endcap
of every year, it is time to also take a critical look at the
corporatization of cyberspace.
Therefore, in cooperation with World Sousveillance Day
(inverse surveillance day:
DEC 24 will also
be a day of protest against software cartels, corporate software alliances
in association with powerful states, and international software
bureaucracies, which regulate and support private closed-source
How to participate:
- Refrain from using any closed-source operating systems or programs;
- Refrain from using or sending Proprietary Document Format (PDF) files,
because PDF encourages the use of softWARE;
- Refrain from donating money to organizations (like BND) that promote
Corporate Software Cartels, or that provide Web content in
Proprietarized file formats.
- Instead of using Macromedia, Microsoft, Macintosh, or PDF,
use HTML or LaTeX;
- Instead of installing Virus95, 98, NT, or Virus2000,
or VirusOS and VirusX/MACvirus, try GNU Linux;
- Stop calling computer programs softWARE ("WARE" means a good or
article of commerce and not all computer programs are commerce);
- Configure your mailer to bounce any attachments such as ms-word or PDF
that use Proprietary Document Formats (PDF);
- Convert your RealVirus (real audio, real video) files to MPEG,
until Real Networks provides the ENCODER not just the player for free
(free as in free speech, not just free beer, otherwise they're just
getting people hooked on WARE like how the first drug fix is
always "free"). Try taking any RealVideo or RealAudio links off your
website for just one day.
- Stop stuffing stockings with softWARE gifts at Christmas.
- Setup some BNS (Buy Nothing Service) servers to ensure no softWARE is on
your hard drive. Try to conduct just this one single day of your life
using only free programs such as GNU Linux. Try to conduct this very
protest using only free programs.
If even just a small number of persons participate, this will send a
message to others that it is possible to communicate and live in
cyberspace without softWARE.
This work belongs to EXISTech Corporation
because I did this work while on Company Time (TM).
This work is released under GNU GPL, in accordance with
EXISTech Corporate Policy and Procedure Number 65535.
--EXISTech Employee number 9432,
acting in the capacity of Assistant Filing Clerk Trainee.