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You can access all of the translated books that were published on tromsite.com, here. As for the videos please contact us if you don’t have them.

We plan to create a trade-free directory soon, and there we will add many such services. But, for now we would recommend Criptext.

Although you can, of course, argue that scarcity gave rise to trades. the truth is that in today’s world we already have an abundance of pretty much everything (cars, boats, houses, food, clothes, media, etc.). The only reason we don’t have access to this abundance is because we have to trade for them. So, we would argue, trade should be the main focus in this abundant present and it can be seen as the root of most problems. We describe how trade came into existence in the Money Game and Beyond book, and we detail why trade is the source of most problems in the Origin of Most Problems book. We’ve also made 2 TROM-Casts “debating” these subjects (25 and 26). Additionally you can read a short blog post by Tio, Why trade and not scarcity?. If you disagree with this idea, after you’ve gone through the above materials, feel free to get in contact with us and challenge these views.

It shouldn’t be me answering the question, but experts in the field of  genetics. I can only point to the research that I am aware of. Anyone can use our TROM Curated Search engine that can sort searches by Scientific Papers. Some papers I found seem to be a bit contradictory, yet they are not. This 2018 paper seems more geared towards “there is a biology of intelligence”, this 2013 say it is not, and this big 2019 study says “meh” – full here. Finally this paper looks at the controversies surrounding the topic – full here (I did not read this one).

However they all talk about correlation, else they will prove causation by tweaking some genes to obtain results or see causation in people with mental disabilities – first is almost impossible right now, and second is not really proven with certainty. As far as I am aware it is only correlation at best. Regardless, I see several issues with this approach:

1. No one can define intelligence. Maybe Hitler was good at chess and spacial orientation since he managed to invade so many tribes. But he was a very destructive human being killing millions. On the other hand even people with the Down Syndrome, which is seen as mentally impairing, can achieve a lot in terms of “intelligence” – and that’s done through their environment (how they are raised). But trying to define intelligence is tricky if not impossible. So then, what are they looking for more exactly?

2. Correlation does not equal causation. People who wear dresses are (statistically) a lot more likely to develop breast cancer. But that’s not because of dresses, but because in our culture women wear dresses,
and women are more predisposed to breast cancer. Even in medicine they can’t tell you if you will develop cancer or not based on biology (genetics), because it depends if you smoke, exercise, what you eat, etc.. They can, at best, work with statistics and even those are a bad predictor in many cases. Imagine predicting intelligence when you can’t even define intelligence properly.

3. Poor predictor for anything relevant. Speaking of predictions, the best predictor for someone’s ability to solve problems and so forth (what we may call as intelligence) is still the environment. Take a
human with the best “intelligence genes” who grows up in a normal environment in a poor country, and one without those genes who is trained to be a scientists. See who is “smarter”. Sure, maybe (maybe) if
you put both in the same environment the one with the “intelligence genes” may perform better, but we don’t know that and to what degree. So, again, environment is still the best predictor of “intelligence”.

4. Useless information. Say we discover these “intelligence genes” and there is no doubt about their influence and they do make a big difference between individuals. Now what? Genetically engineer humans? You can’t even do that for simple diseases since it is too complex and you cannot know the results after you do it. And, in the end, it will still be about the environment of those humans.

All in all, what we know for sure is that the environment is so powerful in creating behaviors that it can tweak any human into any kind of behavior. See “feral children” for an extreme example. Also, we made a book https://www.tromsite.com/books/#dflip-df_6560/1 and a  video https://www.tromsite.com/videos/books/ (Behaving: From Genes to Gender) about the subject.

Today’s trade society is a global “thing”, spreading across cultures and regimes. A strategy to move from this trade-society to a non-trade-society, a post trade society, is thus nearly impossible to contemplate by any group of humans. Therefore we do not see any “on paper” solution to this. The solution is always understanding the problem. Cancer or the flu cannot be dealt with unless you understand them, and it requires thousands of people working to solve these problems, across many years, trying multiple solutions. The same way that there is no one cure for cancer or the flu, there is no one “cure” for our trade-based society. We need thousands of solutions to this. In order for this to be accomplished our only goal should be: trade is the origin of most problems, and thus we need to make trade obsolete. The “one enemy” plan (trade as the enemy) will keep any organization fighting “it” in a collaborative state, regardless if these organizations directly collaborate with each other or not. If 1.000 organizations fight to cure cancer, and 4 of them find 10 solutions to eradicate 50% of the all cancers, then their solution is a victory for all the 1.000 organizations, and very likely their solutions are a result of the research done by the other organizations as well.

And now, this is our plan with TROM in regards of getting rid of trade: education  + infrastructure. We need to focus on educating people about what trade is and why trade creates most of the world’s problems. On top of that we need to showcase what solutions there can be (like abundance, automation, decentralization, etc.). The second focus is infrastructure: create this post-trade world. Our finances are almost non existent so for now we are focusing on creating trade-free services like curating search engines, news, videos; trade-free educational books, a customized Linux operating system, recommending trade-free software, documentaries, and more. They will be soon added under a “tool” page on tromsite.com. We want to label our services as “trade-free” and hopefully this will spread like the open source idea did. Therefore we do two things in one shot: we create trade-free services (something that has a direct impact on people) and we promote the “trade-free” idea through them. Education + infrastructure!

The more financial support we get the more we can do in both aspects.

We have tons of materials on tromsite.com explaining the problem (trade) and solutions + trade-free tools.

This is unfortunate but let me explain. The Internet world is a very weird place and humans invented this thing called “copyright” – meaning, some thing they own 1s and 0s. We use many videos, images, or audio files from the Internet and we make no profits on the back of them and we credit them all. However these materials are found on all kinds of websites (like Youtube) and these places remove content all the time. To put it simply: when we use a video from Youtube and embed to our books, if that video is not popular or from a known source, it is going to be deleted from Youtube and thus from our book. To avoid this we rarely download some videos that are likely to be removed by Youtube and upload to our Vimeo account. Then embed them to our books. This way we make sure those videos are available for the years to come.

However, in order to avoid them getting deleted from Vimeo or to fill our own Vimeo channel with random videos, we made them “hidden from Vimeo”. This means they can only be seen on any other website but not Vimeo. So they are available on tromsite.com or any website that embeds them. We work to fix this by hosting them to our TROMcloud.

TROM is not about promoting “original” ideas nor it proclaims to do so. TROM’s core message is that trade is the source of most problems and we have to create a world where trade is unnecessary: based on open source, abundance, automation, volunteers, and the like. TROM is also about science and challenging today’s norms. I (Tio) am not familiar with the above, but if they talk about the same message then it is even better. Actually “money as the source of most problems” is an old idea dating thousands of years in the past, but what TROM does is to clarify it and say that “trade and not money” is the source of most problems. Today it is widely understood that money corrupts politicians, muddies the science, and creates a ton of issues. So there is nothing new under the Sun here. Again, the only thing TROM does is to explain in detail why trade and not money is the problem, and what solutions there can be to lead to a trade-free world. The more people are going to promote the message, the better for all of us, because TROM is about an idea, not about a project. Projects and people die, ideas survive ;).

Never. Period.

TROM will always remain trade free. Meaning we won’t ask you for anything in order to access the stuff TROM produces. Whatever TROM produces is, and always will be, available as trade free: for viewing, downloading, editing, redistributing and sharing. Even if we run out of funds, that can only have an impact on tromsite.com (domain and server), and a few of our accounts, plus producing new TROM content. But all of the past TROM content is already available online as peer to peer sharing. Meaning, the TROM content is already stored on multiple computers all around the world independent of or our control. So, past TROM materials are already into the wild ;). All of these materials can be downloaded by anyone, from here. On top of that, TROM is made by many volunteers who dedicate (or dedicated) a lot of their time to create new content for the project, help with proofreading, translating, website management, and so forth, therefore in order to monetize TROM it would mean to forcefully profit on the backs of all of those people, and this is the worst thing TROM can do. I hope it is clear that TROM will never be monetized in any way. We won’t sell stuff, we won’t lock stuff behind paywalls, we won’t give preferential access to those who donate to us, and so forth.

So, TROM is trade free and always will be.

I would say yes, of course. Our books, videos, everything we create can be shared and used by anyone. We only ask a link back to the original content, like we also do when we add stuff to our work from other places.

TROM has no producer or director, and it is not run by a company. I (Tio) started TROM back in 2011 and since then many others have helped propel this project forward. TROM is a volunteer-based project.

Hi 🙂
Heh I’ve read those things several times and they are a mess. I even started to make an article on it and then I thought it may not be worth my time since it is easily ‘debunkable’. Just to give you a few examples:

– when they measure poverty they look at how much people make per day, but there are many issues with that and they can never represent it properly https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_poverty#Common_criticism.2Falternatives

– I also looked at the study that said “crime is lower nowadays” and one of the main reason was: better security. Meaning poor people find it harder nowadays to steal cars or broke into homes because of alarms, cctv cameras and such. So the measurement of crime shows what? That the world is getting better or that the security is getting better? Also back in the days you could be arrested for being a black man going for a walk at 2 am, and that counted as crime, today that’s not happening that much – so if crime in the past was higher maybe was because of such things that were “silly” and we don’t consider them anymore as crimes, but that doesn’t imply that “people doing bad stuff” are less of them.

– they don’t look into ‘perceived poverty’. Meaning if people nowadays have more money but are bombarded by advertising making them feel ‘poor’ (I don’t have new clothes, the news iphone, etc.) then this is important. More money per capita does not mean more happy people.

– they say today there are little chances someone will kill you than in the past. Maybe true, but we should also consider that today, with the internet and spreading of news so quickly, a guy in a truck can run over 20 people in Paris and kill 3, and that event will have a huge emotional impact on people (make them scared) + a huge political impact: think about what the “terrorism” idea made governments do -> from spying on people to feeling like in jail when you travel with an airplane. So less people killed (3 ran over with a truck) have far more impact today than maybe 1,000 killed in the past.

– also even if before we may have had less nuclear weapons than today, how can we measure the impact if today we are more or less likely to use them? If today the political stage is infected with hate and thirst for profit, then having less nuclear weapons is more dangerous than having more nuclear weapons but a more stable political arena.

– also if in the past 3 billion people were starving but we, as a species, only had the technological capability to feed 1 billion more, then how it compares with a present where around 1 billion are starving and we could feed 2 billion more? So today we have more capability to solve a problem like starvation, we throw away 30-50% of all edible food, and still we have around 1 billion starving. I think that’s worse. Same applies for homeless people. Maybe in the past there were few homeless people but we also had fewer houses. Nowadays we may have less homeless (though 100 million does not sound so little) but we have way more empty homes.

And one more because I could continue for longer:
– they measure ‘education’ as “people going to school or be able to read”. And they compare with the past where people didn’t go to school that much. But what does going to school or able to read means? Hitler and Trump went to school. Didn’t do that much good to them or to others affected by them. And poor people being able to read ….. maybe they are better targets for advertisements and scams. So all such measurements are quite poo-poo.

Maybe I’ll make that article after all with proper sources and everything. I’ll consider it.

There are several ways to answer this. Here’s my version:

1. I am not proposing an RBE at all because no one has a clear definition of that or because it sounds like it is about “resources”, so I migrated towards “a world where trade is unnecessary” because that means if it is unnecessary then it must be an abundance of goods, services, and opportunities. It also means that it is about solving the big problems: waste, corruption, violence, education, etc., and not about telling people what to do. Like I describe in The Money Game and Beyond ebook in detail it is like the goal is tackling aging to solve most health issues, and I don’t care it that’s done through replacing cells, modifying cells’ DNA, the telomeres, and so forth, as long as we keep it about “tackling aging”. Same here: I don’t care if you talk about circular cities, organic food, or whatever, as long as we are all about “tackling trade”.

2. Therefore point two: I or no one else can know what will happen in such a world and cannot try to imagine and solve all such problems like people throwing rocks and beating others, no more than thinking what will happen when people post mean comments on websites before inventing the internet.

3. My guess is that such situations will happen in any society, but again this is about tackling the big issues not these small ones. Though if people ask such questions ask them how are they resolved today. If someone beats other people then it may happen that others will either stop or beat this guy, some call the police and give him a fine, or he may be jailed. In a trade-free world people will have the time to find better solutions for this like avoiding such issues in the first place, and if such situations happen then they may stop this person and try to talk to him/her and resolve the issue peacefully. Who are “they”? I have no clue, maybe people seeing the event, maybe psychologists, maybe a different kind of peaceful police. Who knows what groups of people will form in this kind of society. I don’t think anyone imagined Wikipedia before the internet was invented, let alone the way wikipedia is edited by volunteers. But the goal was “create the internet and give equal access to all then will see how it goes”. Same way we cannot imagine all aspects of this kind of trade-free society.

I think what those who say this (decisions by machines) refer to different kinds of decision than what you said. I don’t think anyone (TVP, TZM, or others) think that an algorithm should decide how the educational system should look like, how to treat other people or animals, and so forth. You can make algorithms to suggest answers for these questions, but is up to people to decide upon such things.
Think about a treatment for cancer: even today there are AI’s used in arriving at decisions in regards to treatments for cancer, and these are life and death decisions. But these AI’s will not decide or force any treatment on anyone. They are also programmed by doctors to, perhaps, increase the healthy lifespan of the patient, not only the survival. So the AI is human flavored (the more scientifically flavored the humans, the smarted the AI). Then the patient can be shown the alternatives: X treatment has a longer survival rate but has these side effects, while Y treatment has a less survival rate though the side effects are not so bad. Then the patient decides what treatment to undergo. So the relationship between computers and people is complex and depends on the domain.For

For instance a software can be tested to see if it is safer to drive a car than a human, and if so then the software is chosen to drive cars (self driving cars) instead of humans.

So computers can be programmed to find better educational systems, or even how to best treat animals so that they won’t suffer, but these are all suggestions coming from a software designed by human minds, and only a scientifically minded society can make the best out of these suggestions. But it depends from situation to situation.

Server, services, needs for one human being (Tio) who works most of his time for the project.

I will say that I agree – this system/world is nearly impossible to change, however think about ‘aging’ – something I use to compare the TROM project with. When I made TROM documentary in 2011 and I talked about ‘aging’ as the cause of most health issues, something I learned from Aubrey DeGrey, it was such a controversial topic and very few looked at it seriously. It was like ‘pseudoscience’. 5 years later though, and now people talk about defeating aging as if it is a normal thing. To make people look at this idea of aging in this new way, it’s a HUGE challenge, and it requires a lot of time and persistence. But once you start to break the normality then things progress quite quickly. Now you can see so many doctors and companies that invest time and money into tackling aging, and only a few years ago talking about it, it was almost like talking about UFOs, that’s how strange it was.

So, in my view, the only way to change the world is through education first. Make people comfortable with the idea of living in a different kind of society where no trade is necessary (money, bitcoin, gold, and such), no property/ownership makes any sense, there are no leaders, countries, and so forth. It is vastly more complex than explaining the “aging” thing, but in the end what’s the alternative? To just ignore all of these and live like the rest and not care? Will that do any better? In my opinion it won’t.

So, first is to make people comfortable with these ideas, and then the chain reaction will follow and all kinds of emerging things will happen: maybe rich people investing into technologies that will bring such a world closer to reality, maybe other more well known people will promote these ideas further, and so forth. And as we explain in great detail in the Money Game and Beyond ebook, this is a never ending journey, no one should imagine that this kind of world will be implemented in 2070 or something like that. It is a journey without an end.

TROM was meant to mean “The Reality Of Me” or “The Reality Of Mankind” – I came up with that name while working on the documentary in 2011. Now it can stand on its own as simply TROM :). My name is Tio TROM because of the documentary actually, it is a ‘fake’ name per-se.

Yes it is automatic. If you supported TVPMagazine on Patreon then you will automatically support the TROM project. And thank you for doing that! 🙂

Because we believe that it is unfair to treat people differently based on how much they can donate to help us. If anyone donates to the project then they get the ‘perk’ of the entire project. It is as simple as that 😉

It means those books are part of a book and will eventually merge into a single book. So, green corners mean that a book/article is part of a bigger book.

Yes! Whatever we post in TROM’s name is independent from TVP and TZM. We have very similar goals but work independently from one another.

Yes and no. Instead of releasing an issue that has 2-3 articles (thus, 2-3 subjects) we will release articles as issues, or as we call them “books”. Why? Because is much faster and easier for all. For us to make them, for you to understand them. If we finish up an article, what is the point of waiting a few more weeks until we make 2-3 other articles, then release them at once?

In the past, while working for TVP Magazine, we released issues made of articles. But we then focused more on articles, separating them from issues, so that people can easily find them. We also made several articles that merged into books. So, it was confusing. Now we call everything “books”. We do not release issues anymore containing a few articles, but we release articles directly as books.

TROM is not that different in terms of what both of these ‘movements’ (The Zeitgeist Movement and The Venus Project) seem to highlight: that today’s monetary system is the source of most problems and we need to move towards a world of abundance. What TROM tries to do is to make this more clear and explain it in easy to understand ways. As an example of making things more clear, we do not say that money is the problem, but any kind of trade (money, gold, barter, bitcoin, and so forth). This is more true than just focusing on money as the problem, because some may think that the issue is in the way money works today and a new kind of currency (like bitcoin for example) might be better. As we argue in “The Money Game and Beyond” ebook the trade itself is the issue, as IT gave rise to the many kinds of monetary systems we experience today. This book is also an example of simplicity where we use many cartoons and a very simple language to explain why trade is the issue, what money is, and what solutions there are. Speaking of solutions we have a humongous amount of materials to detail how a world without trade is possible. Check our books and the documentary for that.

As explained on the homepage, TROM is a project aiming to present in details today’s problems and solutions to these problems, but it is also about changing people’s values. We think it is as radical in doing that as more and more doctors today are starting to recognize that ‘aging’ is the source of most human diseases; in the same way we showcase how trade (money, bitcoin,barter, whatever) is the root of most of today’s problems: from famine to exploitation of people and the environments, terrorism, waste, climate change, and so much more.

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I meant Lithuanian language haahaha sorry Raimondas!
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And thanks to the recent donations we jumped from 42% in donations support to 56%! https://www.tromsite.com/donate/ - thank you!
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tromjaro.com will be translated into French soon :) - We have 6 languages so far: Spanish, German, Latvian, Russian, Greek and Romanian. And anyone can improve any of them - go to the website, scroll to the bottom, select a language you want to improve. Then scroll down again and select "edit" - then simply translate the website. If you want to translate into a new language let us know (send an email), and we will enable that language. Beautiful!
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Thank you so much Darwin for the $15 Patreon monthly donation! It is super helpful when we get monthly financial support since it means it is a sustained support. Thank you very much again (honestly) - https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
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i replaced the photos examples on how customizable tromajro is https://www.tromjaro.com/ - from "very" customizable to "extremely" customizable :)
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A new tromjaro.com page https://www.tromjaro.com/articles/ - a big step forward that will allow us to make tromajro even better by creating all kinds of articles. i will create articles about how toe dit videos, photos, audio files. how to make websites, how to decentralize communication and so forth. tutorials, how to's, and so much more. it allows me to now create such articles on the website. i hope to make tromjaro a big name in the linux world :D - this move and the first 2 articles posted are also about my video idea for presenting tromjaro to the world :D
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Still working on that tromjaro video - mostly preparing for it. Testing tromjaro on a touchscreen device. Mostly all works great. We want to also improve that out of the box.
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by the last post i meant i rebuilt how the "apps" pages for the themes we post on tromjaro.com/apps look like...maybe some may think im designing the tromjaro operating system theme, which i am not :D
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Rebuilt all current and future tromajro themes templates so now they all look similar and better. way better to distinguish between the themes now :) - like heres a model https://www.tromjaro.com/canta-theme/
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I'm working on what I hope to become a SUPER awesome video about tromjaro. Unique. Interesting. Funny. But will need a few days to finish. I think is worth it. I hope so. Let's see. Tomorrow is IDGAS Friday . I Don't Give A Shit Friday. My weekly day off. It's an experimental thing...to keep myself sane. So I won't work on anything tomorrow!
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Well not quite months since we post so often haha....maybe 1-2 months...anyways.
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Updated the live updates to now show the last 200 posts instead of only 60 as it was previously :P - just so if people want to read through a ton of months of updates
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Last TROM-Cast episode at https://www.tromsite.com/videos/#cast and audio version at https://www.tromsite.com/videos/trom-cast-audio/ - nice one :)
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We are live . Participate here: https://meet.jit.si/tromspiracy password is illuminaughty or you can watch it here https://youtu.be/D7aQg4zfXUU
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Tonight TROM-Cast 35: Conspiracy Theories. Participate if you want ;) - we will post the Jitsi Meet link on tromsite.com/live before the cast. https://youtu.be/D7aQg4zfXUU
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Just uploaded by 50th icon for Tjaro! Woooo, dis goin smooth!
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Thank you Anonymous donor who donated 100 Euros to TROM :D - thank you! https://www.tromsite.com/donate/ - fascinated about the latest financial support that we've got!
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trom curated news are updating now ;) - whenever there is a new news you can see the notification. thanks to dave. was a little silly think that i had to change to work :D - but dave spotted it. dave, the man :)
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Updated teh magnet torrent link for trom documentary since the old one was missing some files. anyways is here https://www.tromsite.com/ - go download and seed! :)
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Youtube limited our API request quota - maybe is something they do globally. What this means is that our trom curated videos were using this API to pull videos from youtube in our feed, and youtube is like: "your quota is 30k requests per day". But we use 35k or so. That means many of the youtube channels/users/playlists in our list are not updated. Not sure how this will affect us in the long tun...is funny how in the "old" days you could use RSS that basically was reading a website's updates and you can use that to pull the updates into your own RSS reader. Like we do now with trom curated news. But this motha'fuckers invented the "social networks" and "API" so if you want to read the updates from these websites you need their permission and they will limit you. At least thats what I understand from it. ANyways....one more thing to deal with. dont like.
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Newsletter sent https://mailchi.mp/d610573afa7f/a-bunch-of-big-updates - I hate sending them since we already have this live updates thing where I post constantly and we have a lot of work to talk about....but well...ok...
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Updated https://www.tromsite.com/translation.html with the latest 2 tromcast videos + the latest "other" videos. All ready for translation!
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Thank you Raimondas very much for the 20,00 EUR Paypal donation and the message: "Let's spam this planet with a trade-free idea! And don't give up, please!! All the best!" - thanks man! :) https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
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4 great "how to" videos by the amazing Aaron are added here https://www.tromsite.com/videos/#other - how to translate stuff from the master of translations! Now part of TROM gallery ;). Tomorrow I'll send a newsletter about the latest TROM updates and a few emails about TROMjaro to some youtubers and websites. After that I will deal with VideoNeat and some things that need to be fixed for tromsite.com ;) - and maybe I'll deal a bit with my personal website. I hope in 1-2 weeks to be done with all that and then start the work on the new documentary. GO!
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And thank you to everyone who helps translate https://www.tromjaro.com - it is so easy to do it. Scroll down at the bottom of the website, select a language, then after reload scroll down again and click the "edit" translation button and start translating. If you want to translate a new language just contact us so we can add it to the list.
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A new TROMjaro ISO is out today! Thanks to Dave we made TROMjaro very professional in terms of how it is managed and distributed :). A massive thanks to Dave! Such a great human!

So, what's new? See our new homepage https://www.tromjaro.com/ to discover the entirety of TROMjaro. A Trade-Free operating system with a plethora of features!

See what's new about this release here https://www.tromjaro.com/releases/. And please support TROM if you can https://www.tromsite.com/donate/. Soon we will make a video about the new TROMjaro ;)

For "previous" users there is not much to do, except tehy MUST update the TROM Repository! Instructions on the releases page.

Big thanks to Sofie and Georgi for making custom TROMjaro icons for many many apps and continuing to do so. And to everyone who is testing it ;) Chat image
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TROM-Jaro iso is done I'd say. I am finalizing teh release notes and uploading the new iso ;)
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We keep on getting closer to release tromjaro. I'd guess tomorrow :D. All is ready. :P - too alte now to try and release it. I wrote the release notes already.
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The latest TROM-Cast is now available at https://www.tromsite.com/videos/#cast and the audio version at https://www.tromsite.com/videos/trom-cast-audio/
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Jaroslaw wow thank you so much! Jaroslaw just became a Patreon with $40 a month, which is incredible! A lot of financial support recently thank you so much I can't tell you how much confidence this generates for TROM https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
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Thank you Juozas for the 5$ Patreon monthly contribution https://www.tromsite.com/donate/ - you awesome! :)
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TROM-Cast live here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iklsj6k0rA&feature=youtu.be and participate via Jitsi here https://meet.jit.si/tromcast34 (password: noprofit). Or via our public chat here https://www.cloud.tromsite.com/call/n7x3vx38
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Today last health checkup for a while. All is good with my health. I'll write an update on my blog post soonish ;). TROMjaro.com comment section (the cool one) was disabled for now bcs ublock origin blocks some modules from it and fucks teh website up - reported here https://wordpress.org/support/topic/ublock-breaks-it. TROMjaro new iso is tested and kinda done. But need some time to write the changelog ;) - more updates in tromcast overall
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TROM-Cast 34: Not-For Profit Organizations, TROM-Cloud, TROMjaro, and more ---- is tomorrow's TROM-Cast ;)
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Thank you so so much Savadey for the 100 Euros Paypal donation! And the message "Keep up the good work. Much love," Wow that's amazing! https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
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Ok so I'm over the moon cause Dave finished the tromjaro iso :D - tomorrow we'll have a chat about soem stuff and will very likely release it. the guy is amazing! true!
Tio
Oh Roma....you fuckin' human :D - you are always there to help. Thank you for the 100 Euro donation man! And the message "Hope you’re all doing ok, miss you all guys as fuck! Best of luck and thank you for keeping the fight for our trade-free future! Much love❤️ " - take care of you Roma and I hope to see you soon. You know, I'm not that "social", but I really liked you I told you many times when we've met. You are such a great, calm, and wonderful human :D
Tio
This month I have 200 Euros. That's all. Luckily I paid the rent and insurance already. That means pay internet, electricity, and food for this month with 200 Euros. Luckily, again, I have some great parents who (from their own money - very few off) kinda feed me from time to time. That's the situation and I was always transparent with it. Anyways. It is what it is. Will see... ;)
Tio
150 rent + 15 Internet + 50 electricity + 50 health insurance + 60 servers + 20 other like hootsuite, domain names, etc. Total of 345 Euros a month for me. 75 Euros money for food. That's great :). I'll eat just bread haha. Damn this is shitty haha.
Tio
Thank you to all of you who continue to support TROM via donations - https://www.tromsite.com/donate/. Our donations are dropping every month. This month 10% drop in donations. We get around 420 Euros a month. 60-70 go to our server, the rest to rent, electricity, food, living. Meaning, trying to survive with around 350 Euros a month. This is impossible. We work a lot on many projects but it is not sustainable unfortunately. We will release a new TROM-jaro iso, and make VideoNeat "great" again with more documentaries added to it, and then when all of these sites are up and running (I'll say a month) I (Tio) have to take some decisions in regards to this. I can't work every day for these projects but be unable to live in this society. And now things go so bad is simply impossible to get out of it unless we get sustained monthly donations. I want to make a new documentary about "trade", a trade-free portal, and trade-free media to share lots of free to use footage. But none of this will happen (at least not soon at all) without a big increase in donations. So, if anyone thinks what what we do (videoneat, tromsite, tromjaro, musikwave, and more) is important, please consider a donation here https://www.tromsite.com/donate/ - I know, it is tiring to hear me complaining about the lack of support, but so it is for me :(. Let's see if we can get more financial support.
Tio
Dave worked so much on tromjaro and we are so close to release it. the release is a lot more important than just a release. for the end user is not much, for us is a lot. bcs it is a new way of managing tromjaro. i cant explain how much work dave did for the past days. we also have this live chat now (thanks to tromcloud) to provide support for tromjaro and dave also helps with that a lot. dave, what a guy :) - :D - we'll plan for the next tromcast too, and i also added more apps to tromjaro.com (scheduled). Gia continues to make icons for tromjaro...work...work guys...
Tio
I think I am done with tromjaro.com. Tomorrow we may release the new iso :P - mostly up to how much of dave-awesomness we have tomorrow haha. I love tromjaro.com ;) - when/if distrowatch will post about us, then we will get a lot of attention to it and the trade-free idea!
Tio
A new tromjaro install page https://www.tromjaro.com/install/
Tio
Added a submit feedback for tromjaro page https://www.tromjaro.com/feedback/ ;)
Tio
added an app submission form to https://www.tromjaro.com/apps/ - i hope i wotn get spammed :D - also restructured a bit that page. i feel like it is done now :P
Tio
a, and tromcloud helps a ton now! so glad we use it! ill present it to everyone soonish! ok. go tio friend and relax for a day. ok, ill do! thanks.
Tio
Here's the new tromjaro.com home page https://www.tromjaro.com/ - tell em you dont like it!? :D - i love it. it explains tromjaro much better. it is designed for the next tromjaro release tho as some apps are not preinstalled as the homepage mentions. nevertheless...great! new iso coming soon! Dave is such a mate! The guy helped with tromjaro recently like crazy. The guy is such a human! I love him :) - i need to redo the tromjaro install page and add back teh doante button. but tomorrow is IDGAS Friday: I Dont Give A Fuck Friday. My day off. I'm experimenting with it...so...no work for me tomorrow :P - bye
Tio
tromsite small design errors fixed. today tromjaro again. no tromcast. let me deal with tromjaro first and tromcloud, then next week we can talk about them and otehr stuff :P
Tio
CARL thank you so much for the 20 Euros donation! https://www.tromsite.com/donate/ - you great!
Tio
ok i think i fixed tromjaro. tromsit.com not a lot to fix except some buttons...will do so tomorro
Tio
Some updates to some plugins broke several things in terms of design for tromsite and tormjaro...fixing tromjaro now....will take 2 hours or so....
Tio
and tromcloud helps HUGELY! improved it too....lots of stuff happenin'
Tio
Too busy and too much work to update on what we did today :D - tromjaro work!! Dave....this guy is amazing. He helps with tormjaro so much i cant describe. I'll tell you more. But there will be a new cool page for tormjaro + new iso soon :D
Tio
New book: OverTourism https://www.tromsite.com/books/audio/ - almost 1h long. Great job Seb!
Tio
Ok so I ended up creating categories for tromjaro apps and improve the search engine. have a look https://www.tromjaro.com/apps/ - i think is an awesome one! see two of the biggest linux online "stores" from ubuntu https://snapcraft.io/store and redhad (flathub) https://flathub.org/home - I think in terms of design we are slick as fuck haha. Maybe I'm biased but I love it. And, ofc dont see it on mobile you mannaik. No good website looks well on mobile :D - this is for desktop where websites should be browsed on :P - anyways, I love it. And now it is automated so whatever apps I add goes into the respective category + featured list + search engine. GOOD
Tio
A brand new TROM-Jaro support page https://www.tromjaro.com/support/ :) - we are getting better at this. Dave is also cooking some interesting stuff with TROM-Jaro :)
Sofie
Another 12 icons done! I like to work in bulks, so a bunch at a time and then none/my own stuff for some time. I’m mostly 0% or 100% :-)
Tio
Now we have a "featured" apps on tromjaro https://www.tromjaro.com/apps/ - I think that's cool to have. They are mixing randomly so every-time you refresh the page you see new ones and in different order. I tried to add categories and such but too much of a headache...right now I think is fine ;)
Tio
I updated the curated news and videos module and right now you wont get a notification when there is a new post there...needs to be fixed.... :P
Tio
It was a nice day :) - I still did a little work but still a nice day. Maybe I am more productive today. I am all VideoNeat today. Le'Go!
Tio
Yesterday was ID-GAS Friday: I Don't Give A Fuck Friday. Something new I am trying. we'll see if it gets implemented :D - basically I want to force myself to take 1 day off from any online activity, every week.
Tio
So several of our websites got massive amounts of hits making ours server lazy and restarting it. Very likely bots. Working on fixing it. Some websites might not be available for the next hours sicne I'm activating soem security features for them.
Tio
We did not do a tromcast today :D - I work on some stuff and I didn't want to interrupt my brain-flow. Anyways, now more mechanical work: videoneat. Let's get that puppy back on track. ;)
Sofie
Hello out there! My very first live update..
I had the idea of engaging a bit more with those following the TROM instagram; show more of the people who create this project and allow for a more personal affiliation with the project.
Anyway, long story short with some back and forth - the instagram will keep being about the project and not personal. More people have been given the instagram login and they will mainly be posting on the stories if they do TROM work to show what they are doing for TROM. Besides that the TROM instagram will remain as before.
Tio
Dave is now gonna deal with TROMrepo, which is a FANTASTIC news! Massive help for me! I can focus on other stuff more. So, for example, I want in the near future to make articles on tromjaro.com showcasing what apps to use to edit photos, videos, and so forth. To build websites, to watch and listen to media, to do this, that, and the other. I think would be helpful for people :). Lots of new apps and themes/icons added to tromjaro.com recently - but is "one per day" scheduled ;) - I don't want to spam people with them.
Tio
SciTechDaily is a good source of info but they post a lot, taking most of our tromnews "slots". So I see they have a youtube channels and I added it instead. Videos are also easier to follow ;)
Tio
Scheduled even more tromjaro apps, icons and themes :P - Georgi makes more icons now, which is great, Dave helps with TROM-Jaro a LOT (great guy!), and I just upgraded the server to 4GB of ram again .... 60 dollars a month. Everything was shitting the bed with 2GB of ram...we could not even work on websites...need to do a donation campaign asap to pay for it else im fucked :D
Tio
Scheduled a lot of tromjaro apps ;) - good ones. nice! gia and sofie are also making new icons for other apps so when they are done with them I'll add more ;)
Tio
Toady was kinda teh IDGAS Friday, something new I am trying. I Don't Give A Shit Friday :D - went well. Just that this "free" time made me realize I am so broke I can't explain. By my latest calculations I only have 100 Euros so far, for this month. I will for sure ask for more help these days in terms of donations but I am kinda sick to put the pressure on others to donate. Will see. I wanted to start making this new documentary but is kinda hard to take on this challenge. I will perhaps make a donation campaign (or "appeal") for this. Like if I raise enough money I'll do it, if not will see. So, the great thing is that my health is ok. I care about that the most. The rest will see...may or may not happen ;).
Tio
TROM-Cast last episode here https://www.tromsite.com/videos/#cast and the audio version - enjoy!
Tio
TROM-Cast about Loneliness here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtUjOV9EY5s&feature=youtu.be in a few minutes. Join us here meet.jit.si/tromlonely (pass is friends). You can also join our public discussion room here https://www.cloud.tromsite.com/call/n7x3vx38
Tio
I was kinda busy with life these past days....I needed some of that :D. I'll get back to my working routine from now on ;) - still adding apps to tromjaro. One more week and I'll be done with them for a while.
Seb
Video I made of the drone footage from our meeting in May: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYHnKpdz2ew - will be making more of such videos (drone, music & narration)
Tio
Adding more and more apps to tromjaro ;) - and Gia and Sofie help make super cool icons for these apps - for the ones that do not have an icon that matches our theme. We basically not only do that for tromjaro, but for anyone who uses the Zafiro icon theme in the open source world ;)
Tio
Small update about my health https://www.tiotrom.com/2019/09/the-best-worst-time-of-my-life/ - all good! great actually. Now let's continue my work! These next days/weeks I will focus on adding a lot of apps to tromjaro.com. That's my current mission :).
Tio
I think I fixed all broken links with the new ones from tromcloud. Plus I updated the translation page https://www.tromsite.com/translation.html. On top of that I added a "select language" button on our homepage.
Tio
Will do that tomorrow :P - will fix all links
Tio
Next: update all links based on these latest changes....may take a few hours. Well....welcome to my life :D
Tio
Now lets see how many times the server will reboot per day bcs we don't have enough RAM hahaha. I checked the RAM usage for the past days and seems that we cloud do it (tho this is the average use): Chat image
Tio
ok made some changes and maybe im finally done (for a while at least) with managing the fuckin files :D. Too stressful to explain everything but basically I tried to make it sper easy and cheap for me to manage them all and I failed because we are abnormal and we have more needs than most "clients" out there - we stream video, pdfs, audio, images. We have dynamic folders and what not. Not easy to make this happen unless you have a shit ton of money. Ok, so we provide access to our files this way https://www.tromsite.com/save/ as it is the most reliable. And thats that. And I reduced the costs from 80 Euros a month to around 30 a month. Our server operates at half the power as before so let's see how it goes. I am sick of this already.
Tio
Latest TROM-Cast available here https://www.tromsite.com/videos/#cast and the audio version https://www.tromsite.com/videos/trom-cast-audio/. We stream from archive.org. Thank you so much archive! I'll donate to you every year :D - a little bit. I hope others do too!
Tio
Thank you wonderful Roma for the 55 Euros donation via Paypal and the super awesome message: "Thanks for all you do. New TROM-Jaro release is just awesome. Congrats! Hope can join back to development soon. Please take care of youself and get well! Much love, brother." https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
Tio
TROM-Cast live here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBkIOycwW9I&feature=youtu.be. Join with Jitsi over here (audio/video) meet.jit.si/tromhealth (pass is "meteors")- or text via our public discussion room - https://www.cloud.tromsite.com/call/n7x3vx38
Tio
Also, today TROMCAST folks! :D - Unless there is a very unforeseen meteor shower haha. Very likely it is clear weather and a calm sky. We talk about health. Interesting topic. You'll see. And we'll make sue of our TROM Discussion Room for this cast. Stay tuned. 4 more hours till the live ;)
Tio
HA! Aaron you amazing creature hahahaa...you man are working so hard too, I know it too well :D. Thank you! For everything. ;) - and I'm less stressed now I added Syncthing on the Save page https://www.tromsite.com/save/ and I am working on some stuff. I hate when things are unorganized, so I am obsessed to have everything perfect at TROM :D - this craziness is part of my life. It is me. I am it. We are both.
Aaron
Ohh Tio, at least I have good news for you: https://www.tromsite.de/ is now released and online. Yes, we worked the last days also on that and now the german tromsite is exactly like the english one, except for some tools like M.O.M., curated news and so forth. But well, it's a beginning and let's see what I'll do in the future. There are also live-updates, so I'll post there in the future. However I can post here too of course if something really interesting and important happens.
Tio, I want to thank you so so much for everything! 2 years ago I never thought that I would ever meet you - it was kind of a dream and you were kind of a role model for me. Now I'm writing this just next to your room :D sometimes I can't believe that, but well - it's real :) you are the most amazing human being I've ever met and it is a pleasure and joy for me to able to work with you and other wonderful human beings on our projects. This is the most amazing time in my life and I'm excited where things develop. I will always support TROM and the ideas nomatterwhat. Thank you very very much!
Tio
im thinking to entirely give up making the main trom folder public in this dynamic manner. bcs is simply crazy. i cant. i tried a lot. it would be so fuckin sane to be able to share a fuckin folder with the world in a way that i can dynamically update it. like, update a pdf, and automatically goes "online". BUT, on top of this to use this online medium to stream files to tromsite.com so we cna stream out books from there. yes, dropbox and google drive can do teh first one, not the second though. tromcloud cna do teh second and partially the first with a ton of errors...so i end up uploading the files on archive.org for stream (videos), on tromcloud for streaming the books, on tromcloud for some downloads, then somewhere else for other downlaods cause tromcloud cant fuckin let people downlad for longer than 9 minutes....and so forth. it is a mess. the problem is that we are not the normal "customers" or "users". we need something more than that. but thats it. fuck it. ill go to sleep and ill see tomorrow. maybe ill try to dont give a fuck about anything anymore but trom and the projects i manage. no translation (updating that page and the links tehre and all), no social networks, no "management" of stuff. nothing. i want to be alone and work on making new stuff: videos, books, etc.. not to "manage" this, that, and teh other. reply to messages and emails, deal with people's nonsense and so forth. i need a firewall. and i will try one these next months :D - someone to be in between me and the world so i dont interract with the world enymore :D - i just create stuff and put it out there. fuck i really got pissed off today. like really bad. i wanted to punch something haha. ill try to sleep and i wish tomorrow when i wake up there is a global disaster and the internet wont work anymore for the next 6 months. id be happy as fuck :D
Tio
this fuckin file hosting sharing is making me sick. i am tired and stressed and angry to the point of giving up on it entirely. fuck it. i love tromcloud and cutting the costs, but fuck me man is painful as fuck. i simply cannot take it anymore. i want to delete everything and forget about trom and all at this point. is ridiculous. i have to manage 2TB of files that need to be constantly updated, deleted, changed, shared, streamed, collaborated on. how. the. fuck. to. do. that. ? - im getting into errors and errors and errors and errors that i cannot handle anymore. my backups were butchered, my files were messed up, the share links 90% do not work anymore....im tired and i feel sick. my face is red bcs of my deramatitis (it flares up when im stressed), my stomach hurts, i have a headache, and i will explode soon.
Tio
as a fun fact my computer backups (files and settings) clock at 800GB, and websites backups at about 100GB - i also reduced those in size. so, both under 1TB. videoneat files are 1.2TB. TROM public files over 100GB. System backups some 300GB. over 2.5TB from more than 3TB. I reduced them in size. So instead of storing websites backups for 60 days as i did before, I now store them for 20 days. Same reduction for system and computer files backups. Time to "cut the costs" people!
Tio
oh let me tell you it is a struggle with moving the files to wasabi....so basically all is moved now except my personal computer backups (those will take a week or less) - but those are not as important for now. also, some 5 files are not uploading to wasabi....they are huge and fail....ill try to fix these these days but is not a huge deal. tomorrow ill try to clean up the main drive from tromcould and migrate to a less expensive plan to see how it goes. plus replace a bunch of links since we are now moving to a different location with the files - still tromcloud, but now from an external storage (wasabi) from tromcloud. i really want to be done with this once and for all :D - and focus on tromjaro.com + videoneat.com for this entire month. then done with them and start the documentary (that would be my plan) - lets see.
Tio
Adding more tromjaro apps to tromjaro.com. I want do add tens of them and I am scheduling them daily ;) to go on the website and trom curated news. I'm tired... :D - sleep. pls. :)
Seb
New Trom Poem out: 'Cities of Trade': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t0haadFq34 - The trade game’s epicentre seems to be these mega cities where millions of humans are jammed into tiny spaces to compete with each other over resources and status.
Tio
So, the next 2-3 days or so you may see broken links for our files (is possible) - like shared folders via tromcloud and such. Patience! I am moving them. Tight on money brothers ;) , I need to be smart about it and cut the costs by half ;) - for me cutting from 80 euros to 40 euros a month is a huge thing. For many people might not be a thing, but well....I don't have money so.... It's ok. I'll do it ;)
Tio
I am starting the "great money saver" migration. I am now moving all of my files to Wasabi (external storage for tromcloud) and will reduce the VPS by half: 2GB of RAM and 60GB of storage. And will remove all of TROM files from internal TROMcloud storage except our books that will be streamed from it. Basically all of our TROM files will reside on tormcloud through wasabi - people wont tell the difference. But since Wasabi cannot "stream" files then I need to do a bit more work and have our books hosted internally on our server through tromcloud to be able to make them available on tromsite.com. All of our viddeos and audiofiles will stream from archive.org. We will rely on archive.org fo streaming. Our files will be available for download via TROMcloud and other trom-islands. Will take 1-2 weeks to migrate everything to Wasabi because I also migrate my backups. But since I want to cut the costs with everything I want to keep Wasabi at around 5-6 Euros a month (1TB storage) so the rest of the backup files like videoenat files (some 1TB) I will backup on my tromjaro server locally. Anyways, I will try this month to reduce our costs from around 80-90 Euros a month to around 40 Euros a month or less. Do it!
Tio
I won0t use criptext as my main email bcs then Ill have to use it when I reply to people and so forth. I'm using ut in parallel. It is a great one btw. But I am a bit concerned when they'll introduce "pro-bro" features. We'll see.
Tio
Im only going to buy a wireless dongle for my old computer that i made into a server and use old hard drives to backup up locally twice ;) - i cant back everything (i dont have as much disk space) but i am ok. ill make it. i make take some websites jobs these months.
Tio
Ok, Pixton canceled. Dropbox canceled. Bye bye trom superhero :D and trom backups haha. No worries I can susbcribe to pixton adn recreate the trom superhero if evr needed. And for backups im trying wasabi at half teh price of dropbox. Will set things up. But I need to pay as little money per month as possible!
Tio
Thank you for supporting TROM Monthly/Weekly on patreon and liberapay. We are still bleeding slowly with donations decreasing by month, but without them we will be fucked :D - our expenses increased these months with the new server (we were forced to upgrade) and we will have to give up to some services these days like online backups, pixton, dropbox, and such. Else we cannot make it realistically. TROM continues to produce valuable tools and media, but of course in today's world it is not important. Since we don't go for clicks and fast-food-content, or engage into any trades with our content, then we are losing the battle slowly but surely. Unless we will find ways to get more financial support or we may try to work for money, here and there, to support this project and its babies. This month we dropped 50$ https://www.tromsite.com/donate/ - we shall see. TROM will always be available as trade-free and all of its tools. We will figure out how to do it.
Tio
ya so a few manjaro admins are too triggered so they closed our topics on the forum. i'll make a blog post about it and we'll also discuss in the next tromcast :D - it is sad, but predictable. we will continue our work uninterrupted ;) and underfunded.
Tio
I am using this https://www.criptext.com/ for emails for a bit to test it out...this seems hella'good. Like encrypted email that uses no server. How bloody cool. I redirected all of my emails to [email protected]criptext.com - let's see how it works. It is by far a lot easier to sue than Thunderbird and more modern. I'll add the app to tromjaro soon. It is already scheduled. I am scheduling one app per day. ;)
Tio
On a positive note Georgi helopwith making TROM-Jaro icons using the trade-free https://vectr.com/ - really cool little app for making vector icons. So now we have Sofie and Georgi making TROM-Jaro icons. I need to learn how to integrate them with TROM-Jaro properly - for now I'll integrate them with tromjaro.com.
Tio
I had a long discussion again with people on the Manjaro forum :D - it starts here https://forum.manjaro.org/t/trom-jaro-a-trade-free-manjaro-build/93739/66?u=tiotrom after I posted about our updated iso :D - some people are so triggered. But is ok, I'll keep calm and explain. Some used this argument that we ask for donations for tromjaro (bcs we have a donate button on the site) in order to kinda dismiss our trade-free concept. I explained why this is stupid, but just so to close their misleading paths that they were opening, I removed permanently that button from tromjaro.com. Let's see what excuses they'll use now. Anyway, it is nuts how you can create such a tool for free (from your own time, energy, and focus) without asking anything in return, and to see how others "attack" you for that. It is amazing to me.
Tio
all is working now...my old blog teoretic.com experienced some weird trafic.....i think hack-attempt :D. but i parked it. is an old website i cant deal with it at the moment. i may give up on it entirely. i didnt post there in years anyway. and its content can be seen through teh wayback machine. anyways...i hope ill manage things with these so i dont have to be a server admin, but a "creator". i want to create stuff. enough with teh management. im sick of it :D. ill add more and more apps to tromjaro these days - this is on the creative side tho. i like it. is new stuff. then ill tell you whats next
Tio
you see, I'm pretty much the only guy in charge of several websites - tons of plugins, files, backups, custom code, and more...so then I also have to make sure all works fine. Hard work. Very. And constant. And on top of that I also have to release tromjaro, curated apps for it, test them, etc...and so forth :( - but I'll do it!
Tio
Server CPU at 100% dont know why. the websites may not work... :( - again on the chat support with the server admins
Tio
A new TROM-Jaro release. Smaller in size, faster, and with support for installing apps dirrectly from tromjaro.com! Grab it from here https://www.tromjaro.com/install/ and read the release notes from our newly created page https://www.tromjaro.com/releases/ If you already have TROM-Jaro installed there isn't much for you to do except the tips from the release page. From now on when we will release a new TROM-Jaro the changes will be minimal since TROM-Jaro is the "base" and the rest (how to customize it, the apps to install, etc.) can be found on tromjaro.com. We are continuing to improve TROM-Jaro and keep developing and testing it ;).

Enjoy! And please, if you can, support our work here https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
Tio
So I woke up and the trom curated news didnt work....when this happens in means that one of the sources fucks things up. but which? i had to disable them one by one and test....and it was the last one. in total 1h of work just right after i woke up. today should have been ID-GAS Friday (i dont give a shit friday), but thats fine ;). at least it works now
Tio
I also removed the trom documentary audio version. someone did that a while ago but i honestly never saw the meaning of it....who would listen to the documentary? that's abit crazy :D. i was dragging that all along...is gone now. ;)
Tio
I worked on making tromjaro more ready for "release". Still have to build the template for apps in Elementor. Getting closer to finish it. I am tempted to redo all of the apps pages in elementor....would be a bit crazy....but would be cool to do it. Tho that would ruin the past translations so probably i wont....or will I? Will see. In case I do it I'll ask all translators to first save the text for the previous apps so they can add it again after I'm done. Tho probably I should calm my tits down and only do it for the newly added apps. :D - will continue my work tomorrow ;)
Seb
I will be posting it on Monday - so stay on the look out for that :) - Also working on some new poems & audiobooks
Seb
Just finished a poem called 'Cities of Trade' yesterday - I
Tio
Replied some emails. Time to sleep! :D
Tio
Also, no tromcast this week. Let me recover a bit, would you!? :D
Tio
So I was betting on moving all of my files + backups to an external storage that i can attach to tromcloud and from there use the files to stream our books, some videos, audio files, etc. After many days of uploading files there and being almost done with it, I realized that this external storage does not support "partial content loading". What is that? Well, it means that if we try to stream a 600MB book from there, meaning one you may tread form tromsite.com, it will wait till the entire 600MB will be downloaded and only then you can raed the book on tromsite.com, which is nuts. Right now it only has to download like 2Mb to be able to read it, then downlaods the rest dynamically. It is like trying to watch a video but you can only watch it after the entire video downlaods. I emailed the cloud hosting company to see if they can fix that. If they don't then I'll use that only for backups and keep on using our own server for file delivery too - streaming. We have enough space for that now...so we'll see ;) - I'll deal with tromjaro tomorrow I am tired today ;).
Tio
Of course I ended up in ER haha. What do you think!? A lot of pain. From 2am to 12pm I stayed there. It is super likely I am pissing out that metorite so it will be painful as fuck. But I have painkillers that I can take every 4h. That's good. If all is fine today I'll officially release TROM-Jaro and do some important work for tromcloud ;)
Tio
The idea was to kinda release publicly tormjaro today but guess what? another big kidney pain. im at home on painkillers.....probably the kidney stone that takes 1-3 weeks to get through the atmosphere...will see. lets hope i wont have to experience the same pain like before. im ok at the moment. will see if i can do some work today or not
Tio
Added teh latst videos: poem and tromcast - to https://www.tromsite.com/translation#:HOME ready for translation ;)
Tio
The new TROM-Jaro iso is out https://www.tromjaro.com/install/ you can read more about it here https://www.tromjaro.com/releases/ - I am tired now but I'll announce tomorrow all about it :) - and I'll add more and more apps to tromjaro.com starting tomorrow. Can't wait! Love it!
Tio
Hey a new Poem! https://www.tromsite.com/videos/#fvp_178,0s The Lottery - Seb is unstoppable! :D
Aaron
The video about how to translate the trade-free website is now online: https://youtu.be/uzbnBItnl_s
Tio
And as soon as we fix tromcloud to work perfectly, I'll make a video about it all to showcase it ;) - it is our home now and to me it feels cozy :)
Tio
Tomorrow I'll release a new TROM-Jaro iso ;) - it is done but too late to release today. I'll explain tomorrow what it is all about. Interestingly been efficient these past 2 days after the crazy health experiences I've had. I really love doing what I'm doing friends ;). If my health is my friend, then I'll do a lot ad for a long time ;).
Tio
Thanks Raimondas for the recent paypal donations of about 10+ Euros ;) -every donation counts.
Tio
A new audiobook is out "Eating the World and Ourselves" https://www.tromsite.com/books/audio/ ;)
Tio
Latest tromcast episode, here https://www.tromsite.com/videos/#fvp_177,5s (how cool that we can share it directly from tromsite? :) ) + the audio version here https://www.tromsite.com/videos/trom-cast-audio/
Aaron
Another video I made about how to create + improve subtitles for the TROM documentary is online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FzZSOijqOs
Tio
I have ready the next TROMjaro iso folks! testing tomorrow on a laptop. In a virtual machine all looks great. So, basically I decided to go for: bare-bone. Like super minimal installation ready for use. But almost no apps instaleld by default. Why? Because we rely on tromjaro.com/apps for that. Anyone can go there, select any app they want, and simply click install. That's it. Like...you know how many distros install say libreoffice so people have a document viewer/editor at their disposal from the get-go...but then why not have a great video player too? what about a photo album app? a torrent client? a music player? and so forth....we can add a ton, but better not. Let people decide, especially sicne we have now this great way of installing any apps from our apps section. And I will tag some recommended apps with "recommended" and make people aware of that on theb apps page so if anyone wants to see only our recommended apps just type the word in the search box. SIMPLE! :) - if my tests go well tomorrow I'll release tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. We still didn't fix the settings thing so it is this "bug" that whatever language and keyboard and such you select on install, they will be overwritten with some default english ones....is too complicated for me to set this up properly. Except that this new iso will be updated and super light. Like from 2.1GB to 1.6Gb or so....ok, trying to go back to my work. I am still a bit reluctant to call this a come-back, since I am concerned my health problems will continue and I may feel sick again till we know 100% the cause of my problems. But well, I am feeling ok now so that's good. Let's see.... ;)
Tio
And I am getting back to my work little by little ;) - hopefully I won't be interrupted by my body ;)
Tio
Update about my health https://www.tiotrom.com/2019/09/the-best-worst-time-of-my-life/ giving birth to a meteor (almost)
Aaron
I made a new video about how to translate a TROM book into another language: https://youtu.be/DVjd6SFcIxo I also add these videos to my personal website, so in case you want to watch the english videos I make not on youtube, you can watch them here too: https://www.aaronboos.de/english/
Tio
Awful days these past 2 days. Been to emergency twice. Good news is that I gave birth to a kidney stone and that might be what caused me so many problems for teh past months. I have to go tomorrow again to check my kidneys, like they suggested. In any case, I'll get back to my stuff soon and I'll post a more detailed updated on my blog soon :P. I feel ok now (in this moment) but today since last night I was in extreme pain :D
Aaron
Link for jitsi : meet.jit.si/trom DOIT password: something
Tio
Taking 1 week off from everything. Peeing blood again and did no physical exercise. But I was super tired and stressed. So. I may post updates about my health here but taking a week or so off.
Tio
ya, 7:30 am worked more than expected :D - and i also kept an eye on the server and uploads. I made sure over 70% of the TROM Main folder will be uploaded before I wake up. Damn lets hope the server doesnt crash again :D. If it does well so what...but maybe tomorrow the entire TROM Main folder will be moved the the external hdd and I can change all of teh links form tromsite, tromjaro, and tromsite translation, to the new location. Thatd be great. Because I had to do that, so I make a lot more free space on teh VSP so that then I can sync the rest of teh backups and files to tromcloud external hdd. Bye.
Tio
also trom quiz does not work :( - it is based on an old plugin and custom code....ill try to fix it these following weeks....not a priority right now honestly
Tio
I'll add the new audiobook tomorrow or in 1-2 days cause is a bit tricky to add it no to the trom main folder while is being moved...
Tio
Am doing this mass migration of the main TROM Folder from our own internal server ssd to the external disk that is attached to tormcloud. Because else we simply don't have enough storage space left on the server :( - I'm trying to do some magic tricks with the resources we have...so the big migration of all files is still in full swing...i am concerned that if I leave the migration going then tomorrow the server will be down again bcs the storage space will be full :(....but then if I don't let it upload it will take a lot more time. So, now here's what I'm doing: I have 2-3TB of backups + other VN and personal files. Plus 130 GB that's the main TROM folder where all of our files are. Our server hard drive (ssd actually) is 120GB. All of our websites take about half of that. The rest I maanged to put the main TROM Folder there except the video files - some 60 more GB. We need the TROM main folder to be both available for downlaod and for stream, form the cloud. We stream our books and videos from it, and some videos for books. But, in order to have everything well organized I have this X folder on my external hard drive now, that contains both the backups and VN files plus personal files, plus now teh TROM Main folder. And this X folder is now being synced to this new external tromcloud hard drive. All of it. 2-3TB. I will then remove the TROM Main folder from the server disk so I free up 60GB, and leave all only on this external one cause this external one is "infinite" - as much money as you can pay :D. I'll try to limit it to 2-3TB. I will have to pay no more than 20 Euros a month for it I hope. I'll remove my dropbox + pixton accounts that are both around the same amount a month. So that I don't spend more money because I am still broke :D. But if all works well, and it should, then I'll die of happiness seeing all of my backups being stored in 2 places: offline and online. And the online place to be tromcloud. Plus the main TROM folder to be easilly synced and access from tormcloud. We are getting there....but so many files it takes a while to upload...
Seb
Just finished the audiobook 'Eating the world and ourselves' by Tio - another really great book. It will be released a little later. Definitely improving the quality of the auiobooks - even though there might be some imperfections at times :)
Tio
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Tio
Added Aaron's channel to TROM Curated videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixI-MHsSya0 ;) - he's gonna do some cool videos! And helpful for TROM!
Tio
Oh yeah, and the same sync contains all of our website's backups (so, both online and offline storage) + tromjaro iso + more. Yah! :) - i need simplicity in my life, 'alright!?
Tio
I have begun a massive restructuring of my backups and tromcloud files. Basically I am gonna change dropbox for tromcloud + external storage. Around 2-3TB in total. I want my computer to have backups to my external 4TB HDD + these to sync with TROMcloud. So, to have them all in 2 locations. Plus, because of the external HDD that I'm adding to TROMcloud I'll be able to share the FULL TROM Main folder with all of our files. We still didn't solve the issue with tromcloud downloads :( - but maybe we will. I don't know what else to do honestly....but anyways it will take 2-3 weeks for all of the migration to happen bcs there are TB of data to sync. I wanted to do this for a while now. I like simplicity and "smartness". Like I have my computer with all of my files (everything) - that backups to my external HDD as encrypted files, and then it also goes to tromcloud. And is automatic. Plus all of the TROM Main folder shared via tromcloud and the books and audio files streaming on tromsite.com from the same folder, same tromcloud. Same tromcloud and same single sync of my external 4TB HDD allows me to share the trade-free website's files, the past translated books, and more. ;) - COOL
Tio
Starting the work on tromjaro is not as easy....i need to set up my brain to that :( - I got into some errors with the new iso and such. Well, when you are a one-man band then you have to play all of the instruments, manage the band, and organize concerts. So, I have to do a lot alone. I wish we had the resources to bring Roma back :D and keep him here so he can deal with tromjaro full time. With a few thousand euros a month TROM could do a shit ton of stuff, fully sporting a bunch of people to work full time on making awesome trade-free services. Many people in this world spend thousands of euros a month on shitty things. At least if we had a few boxes to live in, a bunch of us, cause then we could pay for the rest. Just a few out of millions that are empty out there. But we don't....so I have to struggle to play all of the instruments at the same time, and then whoever can help, whoever can have some free time, to help play some instruments from time to time.
Tio
WOrking on tromjaro now. :P
Tio
ok. all is back now. should work. but our issue with tromcloud is still there. downloads that take more than 9 min fail :(
Tio
We work on the server. Some books and audiobooks may not work. Patience ;) - trying to fix the tromcloud issue...
Aaron
So I am starting to make english videos from now on. I just finished the first one today and it's about how to translate the entire tromsite with this cool tool called tiddly wiki: https://archive.org/download/howtotranslatetrommaterials/how to translate tromsite.com.mp4 I will also upload them on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbAMmNh0j-_Tg6g6xPOspNA
Tio
My plans right now: release a new tromjaro iso with a few fixed bugs + new apps + a few features; then add several apps to tromjaro.com. And try to create new pages for apps with Elementor - I can't redo the entire website because we would lose all of the translations. It's ok. Once tromjaro is released and we add a bunch of apps to the site, I am focusing on videoneat: I'll reconstruct it with Elementor and add new documentaries and lectures to it. Can't wait. So, I want to "fix" and improve these two projects before I move on to new projects, like the trade-free directory ;) - le'go!
Tio
Replied to a bunch of emails :). Why so early in the morning tho? I had a visit to the hospital today but they canceled it. So...I'll go to sleep now. Hospital visit another day :). All good.
Tio
New FAQ "Why are there no subtitles for videos?"

Answer: We removed all of the translated materials (including subtitles) from tromsite.com because we created a special tromsite page that is designed for translators. Anyone can start translating the entire project and its files now. Go here https://www.tromsite.com/translation.html to read the instructions, and here https://www.tromsite.com/translation.html#Instructions:Instructions you will find that special page. There is little to no use to add some subtitles for some of our videos for our English based website, and it was also a very time consuming task. And, if anyone wishes to see our videos with subtitles, then they can visit the translation page where all of the subtitles from amara.org are displayed automatically.
Tio
Optimized our tromsite transaltion website by 50% - much better now and added the new trom poem there https://www.tromsite.com/translation.html#Where are you from? (poem):HOME VIDEOS [[Watch Videos]] POEMS [[Where are you from? (poem)]] - ready for subtitling. I love this translation thing. I am giving to people all they need for the job. And it is up to them to translate stuff ;)
Tio
cleaned up our server a bit - removed some 10Gb of unused files
Tio
Also, new adiobook "Volunteering around the world" - https://www.tromsite.com/books/audio/
Tio
New TROM Poem: Where are you from? https://www.tromsite.com/videos/#fvp_176,0s - awesome work by Seb!
Tio
now it is working again. still, no way to downlaod big files from tormcloud....those that take more than 9 min to download. ill say big files over 1GB in size....will continue our work tomorrow
Tio
we are working on tromcloud so some stuff may not work on tromsite. so you know
Tio
And Sofie may start some cool new videos about our life and work here, in spain, for trom :) - lets see :P
Tio
I am still restoring the trom files...may take a while... :( - and we are still in the process of setting up tromcloud...there is a bloody error/thing when you download for more than 9 minutes a file, it simply stops downloading. so big files or slow internet speeds are out of luck with tromcloud. if we fix that problem, we get into another - namely we can't "steam" from tromcloud. and we need that to stream our books and audiofiles....it is super frustrating!
Tio
i optimized https://www.tromsite.com for all screens and i still hate people with phones....what can i do... :D - but now i deleted by mistake all of the TROM videos....from our TORM Main folder bcs of lack of online storage and such....luckly i have backups so im restoring them....bloody hell
Aaron
The video- & audiobook "rethinking education" is now available in german: https://www.tromsite.de/#Bildung neu denken (Videobuch) - I also optimized the german tromsite from 37MB down to 2,9MB -> www.tromsite.de
Tio
I finally managed to finish that blog post :P - I am too tired to do anything else now but tomorrow I'll update tromsite.com with the latest Seb0s goodies and I'll have the time to deal with stuff.
Tio
"The best/worst time of my life. " A new blog post about me, TROM, and more https://www.tiotrom.com/2019/09/the-best-worst-time-of-my-life/
Seb
Just finished a new audiobook on Tio's 'Volunteering around the world' - it will be released soon :)
Tio
bailed on tromcast again. i feel a bit sick so i dont want to push myself... :( - sorry.
Sasha
Also, I forgot to share this one here- https://www.bigworldsmallsasha.com/2019/09/13/why-i-left-the-venus-project/ "Why I Left the Venus Project" The conclusion of this blog is that society changes through problem solving, not through envisioning or demoing a better world, and I embedded the origin of most problems at the end :).
Tio
oh and ill post the new poem on tromsite tomorrow cause i want to do it properly with tromcloud and such. amazing video by Seb. the guy is back-to-making-videos. so awesome! and maybe ill have time to upadte everyone about our new trom life cause a bunch of us moved into the same city...we have some plans to make videos about and such. anyways GO TO SLEEP!
Tio
oh, so you know i fixed a bunch of bugs by simply replacing that old-smelling theme :D - like https://www.tromsite.com/tools/news/ now works properly. before the cards merged with one another.....ok. go to sleep tio cause you'dying :D
Tio
ooooh booy....i think i am done with tromsite.com rebuilding and such....wow! 6am. tired as fuck. but damn i did a lot more than i thought. so: 1. the big switch; 2. the big cleanup; 3. the big adaptation; 4. the big uniformization. 1. Changing the MAIN tromsite theme: I paid for a custom theme in 2013 and in 2014 the developers dropped the support for it so basically for the past 4-5 years we were using a very old theme that was prove to lots of bugs and hacks - in fact we are lucky we didn't get hacked. to change the theme was anything but easy becuase we had so many things integrated with it. 2. our css and js custom code became a mess becuase we added so muchs tuff - i cleaned it up a bit and deleted big chunks of it. it still needs a HUGE cleanup. 3. we need to adapt this website for multiple screens (fuck you people with phones :) ), and now it is a LOT easier - I still have to fix some stuff to properly adapt it but it is a lot easier now. i also changed the website builder so that helps a shit ton. 4. i finally managed to properly uniformize the entire website in a proper way (still may need some improvements) - but fonts, colors, and such, are kinda all great now. ok folks, so i am happy and tired. tomorrow is tromcast. will update more tomorroe about stuff... :P
Tio
trying something new for the faq and contact page so you may see it messed up now
Tio
FAQs page done https://www.tromsite.com/faqs/ - also fixed a bunch of bugs for the previous pages that didnt work on chrome
Seb
New Trom Poem out - 'Where are you from?': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5MV4sQWzLw It's been a while but I'm back at it - excited to write and make more poems with more authentic footage. It'll be uploaded to tromsite later today. Some may prefer to just read them, so I will make that available on my website soon :-)
Tio
worked a bunch on teh faq page, wanted to build a new better one but i kinda failed....anyways...i really hope tomorrow im done with tromsite.com rebuilding :D - im tire...
Tio
now the books are working....but downloading big files from tromcloud does not work....like over 2GB in size. like tromjaro...we need to fix this but we may not be able to...damn...lets see
Tio
Books do not work on tromsite.com because they load from cloud.tromsite.com and we are debugging something. Hope it gets fixed super duper soon
Tio
some issues with some new tromsite pages on bloody chrome....damn....design wise....ill fix them but fuck you chrome!
Tio
Save page done! https://www.tromsite.com/save/ now we are adding "islands" there :) - want to know what a TROM-island is? go there, see the details ;) - ok, so the only pages left to do are: donate, FAQ, live, and contact. easy peasy :). as soon as it is done ill talk a bunch about our tromcloud. and the translations thing. i love tromcloud :D.
Tio
act page done https://www.tromsite.com/act/ - i also updated a bit the content there and fixed some typos
Tio
TBF and TROML pages cannot be rebuilt for now because, again, too complex. It's fine! I tried but too complex and I can break them. But is no problemos!
Tio
i would love to also improve the quizzes themselves....teh pages for them...but too many custom things we did there and im afraid ill fuck them up :D - so, for now...they'll have to wait..
Tio
the new curated search engine page is done https://www.tromsite.com/tools/search/ - simple. neat. to the point. hope you enjoy it ;)
Tio
today i was too tired....not much work...hopefully these days ill get more sleep and work more. i want that! ;)
Tio
I finished the curated news, videos, and podcasts. check podcasts. completely new thing :) - much much better. elementor is really awesome. i am also gonna make a separate page for our curated search engine and make it a bit better ;). curated news defaults to the cards design bcs of compatibility issues and other design issues. still the old one can be accessed via the old url. i also removed the description for the news cards since for one i dont think anyone read, and second it messed up the layout all the time. i may improve a bit the news section tomorrow. but check all of the 3 curated sections on our website. now they look a bit better and more alike. tomorrow i need to also make the quiz a bit + troml, then the contact form, faq a bit (not much or ill redo it ill see :D ), the donation page and the get involved page. not super difficult tbh. but i like doin them!
Tio
One day i'll also have to clean up our JS and CSS custom code cause thats a totally mess....we do so many custom things that I don't even know what can be removed and what not....
Tio
I remade all pages with elementor except: curated news, videos, podcasts; quiz main page, contact, faq, save, act, donate. Should not take me more than 1-2 days to finish them all. I absolutely love elementor! check the new tools page + the other ones. the logo on top, the one on the frontpage. are a bit different. after im done with it ill also check it on the bloody mobile and tablets since now it is much easier to fix the design for these tiny and awful screens :D
Tio
So I was using wpbakery builder to build all of the website i've built - in wordpress. it was great. and expensive. and now i found one called elementor. it is not trade free because they push "pro" features, but for teh free features (trade-free) they offer it is 10 times better than teh other one. i am so impressed by it that i am already rebuilding tromsite.com with it haha. im crazy i know. but i cant help it. so thats what im gonna to these days. the great thing is that it is super easy to do it. i may even finish it today. i already done the homepage and now it is massively easier to design for all screens - to make the website responsive. i have more news folks, but i dont have much time to talk about what we are doin' :D - but i will soon. more and more. stay tuned.
Aaron
So finally tromsite.de is online. I was working a lot on the german tromsite but it was super easy with tiddlywiki. Now you can share tromsite.de with any german speaking person you know :) We will improve that page for sure, probably add curated news (in german) and so forth but let's see. Now at least the basic structure is built. I will also make 1 more video in german and then start making videos in english. The first ones will probably be about translating trom-materials + the website and then let's see.
Tio
The memes for the For-Profit Entertainment book scheduled for the next 2 months ;) - super helpful that Dima made them!
Dima
I've upload a video about For Profit Entertainment book - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsFHpzaxVdQ
Tio
So. If anyone wants to translate tromsite.com we made a fucking great tool for that. See this https://www.tromsite.com/act/#translate-dub ! Want to trsnalte trade-free.org? Another great tool, see here https://www.cloud.tromsite.com/index.php/s/wQKGbgYtmZyJxk6 (oh wow thats from tromcloud... haha). I did so many things these past days I didn't have the time to update you all. But I'll spam you these days no worries ya cunts! :))
Tio
No tromcast today but we'll do it tomorrow or next week!
Tio
New AudioBook: "The Problem with Mental Illness" https://www.tromsite.com/books/audio/ - we are working on producing a lot more audiobooks now. Faster, clear and cleaner, and better recorder. All thanks to Seb! Fantastic job with this book!
Tio
So we made a TROM Cloud thats awesome - it is for our files and to collab better....i ma making the new transaltion thing for tromsite public tomorrow....we well talk about these all in the next tromcast this week! super awesome stuff but i am too tired to express my excitement.
Tio
Well I made a bunch of things these past several days. Super cool ones. But was so busy I can't even write about what I've been doing. Will post about the updates soon. I'd rather focus on doing more :D
Tio
Here's a cool illustration made by Sofie for TROM-Cast! :) If you want to be part of future illustrations, join our TROM-Cast every Thursday via Jitsi! We post the link at tromsite.com/live ! Chat image
Seb
Finished the audiobook on 'The Problem with Mental Illness' - we will release it soon. More audiobooks to come... also working on new poems :)