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About IdeaFarm (tm) City


IdeaFarm (tm) City is an experiment and a demostration. On the Internet of today, anonymous persons can do evil with no accountability, while persons who are not anonymous can be hunted down and harmed. Identifiability encourages and facilitates some kinds of evil, while anonymity encourages and facilitates other kinds of evil. IdeaFarm (tm) City is an experiment and a demonstration of an approach to reducing both kinds of evil. In IdeaFarm (tm) City, each "identity" is both completely anonymous and completely accountable.

You are viewing an IdeaFarm (tm) Knowledge Tree. IdeaFarm (tm) Knowledge Trees present plain text in a tree organization rather than in the conventional "linear" organization. Conventional text is read from beginning to end. An IdeaFarm (tm) Knowledge Tree is read by "climbing" up into the tree. Within an IdeaFarm (tm) Knowledge Tree, each sentence is called a "branch". Climbing is done by clicking on a branch (sentence) for more detail. The branch (sentence) that you click will be the title of the page that appears. To "climb down" out of detail, click "down1" or "down2".

Give yourself a minute to try this by clicking on branches (sentences) within this paragraph. In IdeaFarm (tm) City, all textual (and other) information is presented using IdeaFarm (tm) Knowledge Trees. Learn to read them by climbing up into, and exploring, the following branches. Note that "branch 3" cannot be selected. The green vertical line at the end of each branch (sentence) indicates that you can "climb up" into that branch. When you do so, the green line will become red. When you click on the italicized first sentence of a paragraph, you will "climb up" one level. When you click on a detail sentence (any sentence other than the first), you will "climb up" two levels. Branch 1. Branch 2. Branch 3. Branch 4.

IdeaFarm (tm) City is being developed somewhat secretly. Everyone worldwide is welcome to participate in the development of IdeaFarm (tm) City. But to participate, you must serve as an "alpha tester" for an open source software application bundle. Participating is the only way to learn about IdeaFarm (tm) City during its "secret" development.

IdeaFarm (tm) Bundle. IdeaFarm (tm) Bundle is a bundle of software applications. IdeaFarm (tm) Bundle can be installed on any computer that runs Microsoft Windows. IdeaFarm (tm) Bundle is "barterware" in that you may use it freely and anonymously in exchange for providing computation resources (primarily file storage) to the global IdeaFarm (tm) Bundle system. IdeaFarm (tm) Bundle is, as of January 27, 2023, ready for "alpha user" testing.

IdeaFarm (tm) Archive Healer. IdeaFarm (tm) Archive Healer looks for every folder named "ideafarm.archives" in the root folder of every device that is mapped to a device letter. For example, it will find "c:\ideafarm.archives" and "d:\ideafarm.archives" but not e:\myfolder\ideafarm.archives". Then IdeaFarm (tm) Archive Healer inspects all of those folders to ensure that their contents are identical. IdeaFarm (tm) Archive Healer uses a safe approach that never involves deleting a file. Files that are rejected are moved to either "x:\ideafarm.archives.rejected" or "x:\ideafarm.archives.lonely". File dates and times are compared, and every byte of the file's contents is compared.

IdeaFarm (tm) Archive Healer has no known capacity limits. Your "ideafarm.archives" folders can have an unlimited number of archives, named such as "x:\ideafarm.archives\myPersonalArchive". The folder for each archive must contain only "year folders", named such as "x:\ideafarm.archives\myPersonalArchive\2023". Within each year folder, you can have an unlimited number of files, of unlimited size, but no folders. (Any folders found in a year folder will be ignored.) IdeaFarm (tm) Archive Healer runs automatically as part of IdeaFarm (tm) Bundle, which is a Windows service (daemon).

To participate, you will need a personal computer running MS Windows and you will need IPv6 Internet access. For example, a Windows laptop tethered (connected via Wi-Fi) to a smartphone will likely work. To verify that your Windows computer has IPv6 connectivity, open a command prompt and run "ipconfig /all". Look for a line that begins with exactly just "IPv6 Address". For example, ignore any line that begins with "Link-local IPv6 Address"; that doesn't count!

If your Windows computer has IPv6 connectivity, and you want to learn more about IdeaFarm (tm) City, send an email to the address displayed below. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can participate and is welcome. Software craftwork expertise is not required. If you are familiar with Github and have an interest, your first step will be to "clone" a Github repository and build it. Otherwise, you will just receive two installation files via email along with instructions. The minimum requirement for participation is that you serve as an "alpha tester" by installing the open source application program onto at least one Windows personal computer so that it runs in the background.

IdeaFarm (tm) City development is only secret in the sense that there is no attempt to inform people who are not participating in its development. This is an open source project administered by Wo Of Ideafarm, a citizen of the United States of America and an alumnus of the University of Chicago. Development of IdeaFarm (tm) City proceeds transparently. Sending an email to the address below creates no obligation, and we will be happy to respond to any security or other concerns or other questions. Anyone who has a Windows personal computer can participate, and all participants are appreciated.

Send an email to: software.craftwork.private@ideafarm.com