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They Should Have Used Freenet

Wednesday a blogger in Nuevo Laredo that was known on social networking sites only by his nickname – Rascatripas (or Belly Scratcher) became the fourth Mexican blogger since early September to be killed.

According to the news report that I read he helped moderate “En vivo” a site that posts news about shootouts and other illegal activities of the Zetas a narcotics and extortion gang that pretty much controls the city.

His head had been cut off

Why would somebody do this?  The answer to that is in a note that was found with his headless body.

“This happened to me for not understanding that I shouldn’t report on the social networks,”

Simply put, the Zetas were trying to not only shut him up but also to send a message to anyone else that would report on their activities.

In late September another blogger who had also been beheaded was found in the same location.  Earlier that month a man and woman were hung from an overpass.  There was a sign left with them saying that they had been killed because of their activity in social media.

Had they used Fcon they might well all still be alive today.

Using Fcon (freenet classic opennet) they could have posted their information anonymously within the network where it could then have been picked up and re-posted by people operating outside the reach of the Zetas and the corrupt government officials that help them.

so if you’ve ever asked yourself why you should run Fcon, this is one good example.  Had Fcon been large enough and these people had known about it, using it could well have saved their lives and allowed them to continue working to expose the Zetas.

In memory of those murdered for their internet activities trying to expose and stop injustice, Download Fcon and get your node set up today.

Who knows, maybe your doing so will save a life.  Isn’t even the remote possibility of that worth the little bit of effort it takes to set up and run an Fcon node?  I certainly think so.

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FCON FAQ #1 Why Use FCON Instead of Freenet 0.7.5?

Over the last few years I have seen a number of answers to that question that go in to considerable technical detail but I think that the main reason to use Freenet Classic Opennet (FCON) [which I will refer to as “freenet” or “freenet 0.5”] is a simple trust issue.

You see the current 0.7.5 version is built around the concept of a “darknet”.  In such a darknet your node connects to other nodes that you trust. The problem with this “trust based” connection system is that when it comes right down to brass tacks you have absolutely no reason to trust most if not all operators of other nodes.

It is unlikely in the extreme that you have met any of them or that you ever will.  Even if you do manage to meet even one, it is extremely unlikely that you will spend enough time with them and get to know them well enough to decide they are trustworthy enough to connect to them in 0.7.5’s darknet.

Basing security on trust is all fine and dandy if you have some basis on which to determine an acceptable reason to trust any particular operator but with an anonymous system like freenet there is zero basis on which to determine trust to a degree that is acceptable for such a system.

Freenet 0.5 however doesn’t work that way.  The system does NOT ask you to assume that you can trust any node operator.

It is better to assume that there are “bad guys” using the network that would, given the opportunity, compromise anyone’s anonymity and determine what files a given person is inserting into or requesting from the network.

By not basing any of it’s security on the concept of trusting other node operators Freenet 0.5 has a clear advantage over 0.7.5.

To install Freenet 0.5 simply follow these five easy steps

Once you have it installed it is a very good idea to install Frost which is a text messaging system similar to Usenet that operates within freenet.  Freenet help can be had on the “newbie-help”, “public” and “freenet” boards on Frost.

You can also publish an anonymous website using the Freesite Insertion Wizard that, as long as you are careful not to include identifying information, will be 100% anonymous.  Also, another advantage of publishing on freesites (websites that exist entirely within freenet 0.5) is that you don’t have to pay for hosting or a domain name and you can for the most part make this site as large as you want.  (there’s *some* limitations but you could easily have a freesite that is made up of dozens, even hundreds of pages of text and images.)

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Been Wanting To See The “Raw” me?  Here It Is

It’s no secret that one of the things that I haven’t made a real big habit of is writing about myself and my life (sans the stuff that involves Nutjob Hills).

In fact more and more frequently both in comments on my youtube videos and in PM’s in various places I have been encouraged by quite the growing number of people to talk more about myself and my life.

Well, I’ve finally decided to start doing exactly that.  On another blog of mine, Tinfoil Chef I have created a new category called “Raw TFC”.  Posts written in that category will be exactly what people have been wanting… all about me, my life, problems, successes, failures and so on.

I’ve decided to make that blog the place I talk about all the assorted things going on in my life.  You’ll get to see what I think of things, people and events.  You’ll see some of the inside of various and sundry problems I’ve been trying desperately to deal with and so on.

Because I intend “Raw TFC” to be totally blunt and as bleeding edge raw as it gets it will not be for everyone.

I’m not going to be pulling any punches in “Raw TFC”.  You’ll get what I really think about stuff with no “nice filter” applied to any of it.  I don’t plan to go out of my way to be nasty but I’m not going to pretty any of it up either.  This means that there’s going to occasionally be language that “isn’t safe for young minds” and my opinions expressed there are going to be as blunt as they come.

I will NOT apologize for anything I write there.

Having been warned, feel free to drop by tinfoilchef.com and see what’s really going on behind the scenes in the life of the Tinfoil Chef.

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Having recently announced the release of build 5110, the first new build of Freenet Classic Opennet (FCon) in well over two years it has occurred to me that it would be a good idea to put together a brief walkthrough of the installation process.

Because I’m a windows user and have never installed it on a Linux machine these directions are specifically for windows.  When I am able to I’ll do another walkthrough for Linux.

Freenet’s hardware requirements are, in modern terms, pretty mild.

Minimum:

400MHz Pentium 2, with at least 192MB of RAM.

Recommended:
1GHz or more processor with 256MB RAM or more.

As you can see most modern computers will far exeed these requirements.

*Note*

Back around 2004 I actually managed to run freenet on a 200mhz Pentium with only 64mb of ram running Windows 98.  It was very slow and sluggish but it worked enough to view freesites or use FIW to insert new editions of freesites

On my laptop with a 2.1ghz cpu and 2gb of ram I am able to run Freenet while running cpu intensive tasks like rendering high definition video and neither process will suffer any noticeable performance drop at all.

These steps should work the same on Windows 98, xp, and seven.  Windows Vista will probably be more of a pain but I don’t have a vista machine to test on.

1 get or already have Java JRE 7 from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp

2 download the distribution archive at this url:

http://peculiarplace.com/freenet/downloads/freenet-0.5-build-5110.zip

and extract the archive to c:\freenet (or whatever directory you want.  I’m using c:\freenet for this example.)

3 use a plain text editor like notepad to edit flaunch.ini change the JavaExec= and Javaw= lines to point to where java.exe and javaw.exe are located. If you used the default install they will probably be in C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.7\bin\

4 edit freenet.ini

*note* remove the % from the beginning of any line you edit or freenet will ignore the change

You only need to edit these entries:

ipaddress=

If freenet cannot determine your IP address by itself, you will need to set it here.

listenport=

the port number that freenet will use to listen for incoming connections from other freenet nodes. You can change this to any number you like as long as it’s higher than 1024 and lower than 65535.  Do not use the same port number as another application

storeSize=

The size of the local data store.  The more space you allocate here the better.  It defaults to one gigabyte (1G) however you can increase this to however much space you can spare.

At this point you can save freenet.ini and close the editor.  It’s very likely that you could never need to edit this file again.

4-a make sure that incoming TCP traffic on listenport is forwarded to the computer freenet is running on (see your router or firewall docs for how to do this)

4-b optional (but very convenient), get a http://dyn.com/dns/dyndns-free/ domain name & use dynupdate to keep it pointed at your IP address, then put that name in ipaddress in freenet.ini

5 create a shortcut to “freenet.exe” and put it on your desktop, program menu or if you want freenet to start when the computer boots, put the shortcut in the “StartUp” entry of the program menu.

Double click on the freenet.exe shortcut to start freenet.  When Freenet starts, you’ll see the blue rabbit icon in your system tray by the clock.  Right-Click on it to start and stop Freenet.

To open the Freenet web interface you can either double click on the rabbit icon in the system tray, right click and select “open gateway” or just type http://127.0.0.1:8888 into your web browser.

*NOTE* The “Configure” option on that right click menu will try to run a utility called “Nodeconfig.exe” You are infinitely better off to simply stop freenet temporarily and edit freenet.ini yourself instead.  In most cases editing that file will be a VERY rare need.  Once Freenet is working you may well never need to edit it.

Because in my experience the “Nodeconfig.exe” utility has caused more problems than it’s worth by overwriting perfectly good freenet.ini files when all I wanted to do was tweak a setting I have elected not to include it in this distribution.

As a result, clicking “configure” will result in an error message because the program isn’t there.  Just dismiss the error message and use a plain text editor like notepad to edit freenet.ini directly.

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Updating My Freenet Site – A Project Within A Project

Since I’ve gotten started working with the Freenet 0.5 source code and getting ready to create a new build of freenet 0.5 I’ve realized that it’s going to be necessary to do some serious updating to my freenet page.

After giving it a lot of thought I have decided that what I’m going to do is set up a WordPress blog on that site and take advantage of the fact that WordPress really is a great Content Management System.  One that allows content to be very easily organized and updated.

What I’ll do is start getting the initial content written and the layout and I’ll do the design of the blog done on a separate test blog.  When I have enough content ready I’ll install the blog, apply the customized theme and start loading the pre-written content into it.  This way I can have the new site almost totally made ahead of time and the changeover from the current freenet site to the new blog-based layout in no more than a few hours.

I will, of course, be announcing on this blog when the site update is ready.

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