If you want to stay up to date with everything we do for this project, you can check these live updates from any tromsite.com page. You can also click people's names to go to their personal online places (websites).
Tio Changed the covers at https://www.tromsite.com/books/ - to remove the author cause it is on the 2nd page alongside the others who have helped creating the book itself. Also optimized and stuff. I found a simple and neat program that lets you convert pdf to images and select what pages you want, so it was easy to extract a photo of the cover for each book. I cannot wait to add tons of apps to tromjaro.com/apps - I am waiting for Roma to come here and visit us in 2 days, so we can update the new tromjaro release with that neat feature of installing directly from the website. Also, just came back from the hospital (had to provide some urine samples) - we are investigating the blood-in-urine phenomenon ;) - 2 more "investigations" to to this month, one is inserting a camera through the male organ up till the holy gallbladder. Not that excited about that one, but if you change your mindset and don't see these as: hospitals and tests, but investigations and mysteries, then you see it differently. It is us, humans, looking at our bodies in detail trying to solve mysteries and keep ourselves healthier and living longer. It is like a mighty power that we have with today's knowledge and tech. ;)
Tio Also I am monitoring the new upgraded server. We are at the limit with 4GB or RAM. But so far the server didn't crash. ofc thats great, but also expensive...need to ask for recurring help to be able to manage this....
Tio Fixed a bunch of typos and errors for several trom books. Uploading them now. Need to change the covers a bit, for the books page. Doing the things on my list. Is good. So far so good.
Tio Oh you will love the tromsite translation page. Super smart move. It is in your face. You will be able to take 100% control of translating tromsite with little knowledge of webdesign or webdevelopment. You will be able to transalte the text, faqs, videos, books, whatever you want. And all without asking anyone. You TAKE CHARGE! I love it. It is some 80% done or more. Alexio is brilliant. We will make a live: me, Alexio and Aaron to show you live how to edit/translate it and host. I am so so so happy about this.
Tio We are working on something super cool for translators thanks to Alexio. SO: I am overworked like crazy. I simply cannot deal with the amount of stuff I have to deal with and is very tough for me. One aspect that puts a toll on me is "translations". It is simply too much to manage: subtitles, voice overs, books, the website... The great part is that people are doing these things, but I am also in their way cause I can't focus on this anymore. So, what's the solution? Not so easy! For subtitles is easy now: people can use amara to make subtitles for all of our videos - once done, Rafa uploads them on tromsite.com. SO, our documentary or videos, will be updated with subtitles thanks to these awesome people and Rafa! Rafa, great great human being! What about videos that re dubbed? Well that's tricky but from now on we will recommend to people to use arhive.org (trade-free) and upload them there. For books, we make them available as Draw format and PDF + Plain Text. So anyone can translate them. But how are they gonna host them? Again, archive.org saves us. And now the cool part. Thanks to Alexio and this project called TiddlyWiki, we are creating ONE SINGLE web page with all that tromsite.com contains: text, videos, audio files, books, etc. We will host it on tromsite.com and anyone, without any account, can go to that page and start editing it: translate, change links, remove stuff. Anything they want in a super easy and graphical way. They can host content on archive.org and embed it on this page. Once done, click save and they will save it on their computer and they can either host it themselves anywhere they want (we will give them trade-free solutions), or send to us and we will simply host at tromsite.com. FINALLY people will have 100% control over translating trosmite.com in any language. Yes, it will not look the same as tromsite.com; Yes it will not have some cool tools that we have like curated stuff, BUT BOY this is a huge step forward. You will SEE! :)
Tio The end of 4 colored section of TROM documentary has come....it was the design I made since I released TROM in 2011 and tried to keep it the same till now, but it was impractical. I changed the documentary page to this https://www.tromsite.com/documentary/ - it is much easier to navigate it and select what voice you want ;) - next is to add the subtitles to it! So....I am saying goodby to that awesome (in my view) design - i love you buddy. You've been great! farewell ! You can still see how tromsite.com evolved over the years - go here https://web.archive.org/web/20110112211116/https://tromsite.com/ :) - again I loved that design idea and I feel sorry for finally giving up on it...but is time...
Tio I spent the past 3+ hours working on the server and tromsite.com. At tromsite we have a ton of plugins and custom css and js. So, something made the site super slow to the point of being non-usable. I had to trial and error like nuts. Maybe, finally, I found teh culprit: 2 plugins were fucking each other up....one of tehm is this module we use for our updates that we really need. I also optimized the database and more. I need to keep an eye on the site to make sure it works well + I need to work on other stuff for it today. Is ok, i like it. Not 100%, but is fine ;).
Tio Trying to fix our websites....we have too little RAM memory so the server crashes many times a day and today it went completely boom. I was forced to buy a new plan, at least for a month to see how that is. We went from 30$ a month to 60$ a month and I'm crying inside :D. I tried to find better hosting plans but all have trade-offs and all are kinda charlatans. So, let's see how it is with this new upgrade....if all is fine then I will have to ask for monetary support....all the websites from musikwave, tromsite, tromjaro and so forth are on this one single server. ALL. :( - we will manage it is fine.
Tio Thank you Roma you beautiful soul for the 65 Euros donation and this wonderful message: "Awesome new book For-profit Entertainment is here and available for no price. It's Trade-free, babe! Being looked through only slightly by me, the book makes strong impression about the status of our Entertainment industry and how poisoned it is by the "all for profit" approach. Just can't wait to read it all! Thank you from a bottom of my heart for all your hard work on design and special kudos to Dima for excellent writing. " - and thank you for your help with TROM. Can't wait to meet you in less than a week!
Tio Created a new tromjaro iso today to test stuff. but i need roma's help. when he comes here we will work on some cool stuff. ;) - i also set up a server at home, with arron, from computer hard drive left-overs. actually ill post about the server on tromjaro feedback in a bit! :)
Dima I am professional musician and use TROM-JARO for audio recording, video and photo editing, safe internet browsing, it's my main and the only OS I have. It's working great and fast, without ads. All software on my PC is either open source or trade free. I can't imagine to switch back to Windows anymore. Any application, program or utility can be easily found and installed in software center for free.
Tio Implemented! Tested! Works! Ofc now I have to see how to better add this to the iso. As soon as I have the iso done I'll add the install button to all tromjaro.com apps! It is easy-easy! And I am happy-happy!
Tio soooo.....we can now add that install button on tromjaro.com :D so that people can install apps directly from tromjaro.com!!! i really wanted that! and it is here! working on implementing it!
Tio Vicky and Rafa left today. Amazing people. Super friendly! I Love them. On another note, as some may remember I posted about some of my medical issues that I had in may when we had the TROM meeting. I started peeing a lot of blood. Lots of tests. Today I had an appointment with a specialist and now I need to to a lot more tests. So I will be busy with these and a bit stressed. That would affect my overall work on TROM. So far we don't know why I am bleeding- for the past 1 month or more I didn't pee blood visibly, but apparently I still bleed inside (the tests say) - so they'll have to "go deeper" and investigate. I did a cancer test to see if they detect cancerous cells in urine and was negative (thank fuck) but I will repeat it (not sure if for the same reasons - probably not, but to look at something else), then I'll also have a camera up my urinary tract....and some other stuff. In May so many people visited me and half of that meeting was ruined by my medical problems. Now, in August, same happens with a bunch of people visiting me and now I have to do a bunch of tests that will kinda ruin the experience for me. It is what it is...I feel great physically so that's good. I will keep people posted about my health form time to time ;) .
Tio I've also prepared stuff for Rafa to help with all translations and add them to all of our videos in a super easy manner. Luckily he's here and I can show him tomorrow after I wake up cause is almost 6am and I am sleepy like a dead person is dead. 100% so. And we will release a Greek tromsite page soon!
Tio Now you can embed our video players into your website. Go here https://www.tromsite.com/videos/ click play for any video then click the embed link. Now add it to your website. How awesome is that? And you can also do it with our books tho for a proper way I contacted the dev, If they implement it would be fantastic since you can embed these books into your blogs or whenevr. Like Sasha writes about TROM books many times and would be cool if people can read the books from her website directly. Another super-mega feature is that we may finally have a search function WITHIN the books themselves! That would be super cool. We are going to test that for the developers of this plugin. This is such a MUST feature alongside the ability to copy text from our books. ofc im talking about our online viewer. As for the video embedding it works with playlists if there is a playlist, so you cant just embed a singular video....still super cool feature!
Tio Today I, Aaron, Rafa and VIcky went out with the telescope to show people Saturn, Jupiter and the Moon. It was a blast! So many people wanted to see and a lot of them were amazed! So fantastic! We also got to talk a bout about what we do with a few of them adn gave 1 a flyer with TROM. I want to make some super cool flyers with TROM, like small cards, and when we go with the telescope to give them. Be like, hey we also do a shit ton of educational stuff! And is trade free!! I'll post a few photos now - hard to take photos in such low light tho....
Tio Fixed a bunch (almost 600kg) of typos and other errors for the latest book. Thx to Fra and Sasha for reporting them. Updated the book!
Tio So these next 7 days Vicky adn Rafa are here visiting us so I'll be busy with these beautiful people :) - won't spent as much time on other projects. Lots of great news for tromjaro and such. I'll work here and there. I am now fixing typos and other stuff for TROM ebooks. We havea big list of those. ;)
Tio FPE book updated with a bunch of fixes...some ytb videos didnt play in the popup or were blocked + some typos + otehr stuff. and yes it is 7am now....need to sleep!
Tio Ok the new book is done and available: For-Profit Entertainment https://www.tromsite.com/books/#dflip-df_9908 - If I would have to describe today's entertainment in just 3 words that would be: attention, competition & adverts. Our modern trade-based society forces artists, athletes and creators to compete with each other for people’s attention. Why? Because brands and companies can sell their stuff through advertising. Professional music, sports, gaming, dancing, etc. exist only because those who practice them (the “professionals”) can do things faster, stronger and in a more exciting way than the average person. This gets people’s attention and in turn, creates catchy advertisements and increases sales, but decreases joy, meaning, value and cooperation. In this book we will explore why this is happening, where it leads and what solutions we might have to offer for experiencing fulfilling, meaningful and joyful entertainment.
Tio All TROM media files that we had to save, cause the internet censors them, are here now https://archive.org/details/trombooksmediafiles - we will replace the links from our books with the links from IA. Soon. Lots of work. Working to release the book in a bit
Tio When we give up Vimeo I swear I'll give the same amount of money to archive.org. Because they are boss. I prefer donating to them to keep their website trade-free rather than to the Vimeo-Company. Interestingly they too get this idea with trade it seems. See bellow:
Tio Big thanks to everyone who donates via Patreon and Liberapay every week/month. This was by far the biggest financial help we received for the past years and the most constant one. If only 50 people would donate 10 Euros a month we would achieve our minimum support goal and alleviate a lot of stress. That's as much as a Spotify subscription or Netflix subscription - we would need 50 Spotify subscriptions :D - we have musikwave.com that has more music available than Spotify and VideoNeat.com that has better and maybe more documentaries than Netflix. Plus all of the other tools that we have: books, videos, documentaries, quizzes, operating system, curated news/videos/podcasts/software, and more. We do all of this with some 500 Euros a month. 1.000 Euros a month would alleviate a lot of stress. Thus, if anyone can afford to support all of our projects please do it here https://www.tromsite.com/donate/ - we always kept them trade-free and always will, so you are the only ones who can help us keep them like that. Thank you again for your ongoing support.
Tio And I'll show you the cool stuff Roma did for the trade-free.org translation after we release the book!
Tio And I bloody love the custom player that we have for videos! Now I was able to enable options for individual playlists. So most playlists have a simple play/pause and stop after you watch a video. But TROMcast has both autoplay - can be useful for people who want to watch one after the other + a speed button for those who want to speed it up. So cool! And the fact that they stream from archive.org makes me bloody happy!
Tiohttps://www.tromsite.com/documentary/ now streams fully from archive.org! The downside is that I cannot make it work in popups with our player....so it uses the default browser player. Not that bad...but it means I cannot add subtitles....I will think of something. Thing is we need to move away from Vimeo. Archive.org works better and is trade-free.
Tio We will probably release the book tomorrow. It is a very big one and Dima only managed to check 50% or so of it. The good part is that he really likes the design! :D
Tio I made https://www.tromjaro.com available for translation for anyone. You don't need an account anymore. Select the language then select edit (after it reloads) - underneath the language. And start translating. Super mega easy. But I will only add a new language if someone requests that, so we make sure at least someone works on it. Also, Roma finished the script for translating trade-free.org in a super easy manner. I will post about it tomorrow. I am super tired. I finished the book design but could not check it all - links and stuff. Will do so tomorrow. Night!
Tio Book design DONE! Can you believe it? haha. Awesome! and finally"!!! Now I have to create the cover and check it all. Then send to Dima for design-review and probably tomorrow will release. 334 pages in total!
Tio Not much work on the design today....I spent the last 3 or so hours "debating" on manjaro forums about the importance of open source. Unfortunately people don't seem to understand the problem of closed-source software and they drift away from that. Manjaro exists because of this open source idea that let them grow and build their distro. But now they start to promote closed-source software in their instalations - for trade reasons of course. They get more exposure with it, more financial benefits, etc.. Luckily TROM-Jaro is trade-free. And will always remain as such ;) - next 3 days I'll finish and release the book. Going to sleep earlier so tomorrow I can wake up earlier and work on the design!
Tio I bought tradefreemedia.org !! It will be a great portal of trade-free videos, photos, and audio (music). We will start by submitting a lot of great drone footage, timelapses, and nature photos. And will be made so that anyone can contribute to the project. How cool! Of course I also need to do other things in the meantime. My plan right now: in 3-4 days 100% finish and release the next trom book; thats some over 300 pages book. Then prepare everything for the Trade documentary that I want us to make - to start writing for the script, to start testing some ideas. Then in parallel to start the trade-free directory where anyone can post goods and services that are trade-free. I need to figure out how to do this properly because it will rely 100% on users submitting and rating these goods and services. Only when the trade-free directory is done I can start working on the tradefreemedia.org website. LOTS of plans folks, lots. I will have to, in this meantime, do some "screaming" about getting more funds for TROM cause we barely keep this afloat.
Tio 80% design done. I also had to spend some time today doing other TROM-related things. Now I am at a different part of the book that might be faster to design! Let's see!
Tio Postponed tromcast. For one I am tired and a bit money-depressed :D (cause well thats life in this trade-society), but also bcs others could not participate. It's ok :) - more time for me to work on the book design. Next week we'll do one about this very interesting book!
Tio I also helped Roma a bit with testing some stuff for a script he makes so us are able to easily transversal trade-free.org. It is something brilliant and Roma worked so much on that. And it is kinda done....he needs to fix a few things here and there but it is tested. Basically it will work this way: people will have access to a simple text document with the english text and they translate the text to their language + add the links for their language (simply replace urls in the same text file). 1 text file, That's all. No need to know any programming or anything. Once that is translated we will make it so it automatically goes to trade-free.org. Like if you put DE after trade-free.org/de it picks up this translated german text and translates the entire website and replaces the links (videos). Well it is brilliant you'll see. Amazing Roma!
Tio Tomorrow I aim 80% done with the book! :) - lets see
Tio So today I only managed some 4% for the book design...you see, some days I am super efficient, some I'm not :( - but I plan tomorrow to go well beyond 70%.
Tio Over 59% of the book design done! Yes! I was supper efficient today! It is going faster and faster....love it! In total the designed book will be around 350 pages long...which is a lot. But very interesting book! :) - enough for today! I am also trying to finish very soon because in August it will be a crazy month :D - crazy good though. A bunch of people are visiting the TROM Office :)) -I and Aaron are the TROM Office for now (missing Sasha - I'll mention later). So from 7 to 14 Vicky and Rafa come to visit us. In the meantime Sofie comes here earlier to stay up until she and Seb find a place to finally move here. From 21 Roma comes for a week. And from 24 Seb comes. Busy month. Interesting month! More offline kind of month. Sadly Sasha had to go to UK because the tribes in this world won't let some people live on this planet. She is from teh US tribe and the European tribe says: you are only allowed to stay here 3 months... So she has to go out of Europe for 3 more months then she can come back for 3 months again. But when she'll come back we will hack the system so she can stay for good in Spain. She wants to finish her book about her 10 years of traveling - I am sure it will be a super interesting book and she also talks about trom and trade-free! :) - It is sad that she had to go and not be able to finish her book - she needs to find work now to make some money to then be able to focus on her book. I am helping her as much as I can and we released this gofundme campaign https://www.gofundme.com/f/big-world-small-sasha-the-book - if I had the money I would help her in a heartbeat. Ironically she helped me with money (a lot of) when I didn't have enough to stay in Spain and finish The origin of most problems book. Now she doesn't have money to finish hers and I feel bad about that :D . Anyways, she'll get back and the TROM Office will be made of 5 people living in 2 apartments: Seb and Sofie, Aaron Tio and Sasha. :) - I have BIG plans for the following year! BIG. You'll see ;)
Tio Simona just became a $5 patron! -Thank you so much Simona! So happy to see people being able to financially support TROM and its sister projects so we keep them trade-free and relevant! :) https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
Tio I contacted more people yesterday about TROM-Jaro ;) - linux-oriented podcasts and websites. Let's see if they pay attention to it and to this trade-free idea ;) - I am curious