Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | December 21, 2014

Relax + Chill Out = Chillax for the Holidays

Cancer and an uncomfortable death are the end results of Stress.

Yet stress is what we all live with, as a modicum of inducement and motivation to help us achieve our goals, live within Society’s rules, and succeed in our material life.

And we try to keep a balance… making and managing stress a the absentee Landlord, ever watching, ever observing, ever convulsing our Life.

It becomes a habit.

But as we grow in strength in our spiritual life, we give up the habit of worrying.

We come to recognize that stress serves no purpose other than to make us feel tense and miserable.

Am speaking from experience because when I stop fretting about things that are beyond my control, and focus instead on generating optimistic and kind thoughts — my life can begins to flow anew, in ever more positive directions.

Such a light and easy approach to life enables me to take everything in my stride.

And eventually I sport a constant smile on my face.

Can you say the same about a smile on your mug?






The secret of Life.

Please Don’t Stress — it’s not worth it.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | December 21, 2014

Who’s Your Daddy — Remember?

As we go looking for our ideal life into this world, here is a list of things to remember and to put in motion in our regular life — in order to get us covered as part of the ultimate insurance policy that is the understanding that we are part and parcel of the physical realm that supports our world.

When we remember that – then we are permanently insured against all manners of Loss and Disappointment.

Number One: Remember our place as being part of the natural world, because in the last couple of hundred years we have detached ourselves from nature. We have exploited, ravaged, consumed and attempted to control nature to appease our greed driven by self-absorbed madness. We tried to distance ourselves from the natural circle of life. We forgot how to listen to and understand the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth – its signs and languages. We forgot to follow nature’s path and live in balance with it.

Number Two: Remember our connection to life and the environment, because by detaching ourselves from nature, we forgot that we are deeply connected to it and to the cycles of the seasons, climate, and nature, as expressed in the movement of this Earth through the year around our solar system. Some tribes intentionally living on the outskirts of this civilisation, who still follow ancestral ways, have preserved this connection with respect and reverence. We, on the other hand have instilled a sense of separateness which drove us out of balance, into disharmony, and disease. We forgot how all consciousness is interconnected and weaved into a delicate and beautiful dance.

Number Three: Remember our ancient wisdom, because we forgot our ancestral wisdom. In the quest to gain scientific knowledge through the rationalisation of our mind, we forgot the wisdom through the opening of our heart. We forgot the ancient stories and folk wisdom that was handed down from the seers and wise men of antiquity who lived in harmony with Earth’s Natural cycles and with the universe’s  rhythms.

Number Four: Remember our path and our dreams because by stirring away from our inner path we forgot to dream the dream of life. More importantly we forgot how to awake in that dream and see our true nature as co-creators of life – as the dreamers. We forgot that we have the power to weave dreams and use our power of intention to direct those dreams into manifestation.

Number Five: Remember our purpose, because with so much chatter, noise, and distractions in this dense reality we forgot what we came here to do. We forgot our purpose. We are caught in the mass trance of fabricated consensual reality. We lost sight of our authenticity, that inner spark that drives us towards our happiness and self-realisation. We forgot that we are here to be realised as spiritual beings embodied in a physical form and embedded in a congenial universe.

Number Six: Remember that everything is Love, because this is perhaps the deepest mystery of all that only some gifted teachers came to understand it as an all-embracing truth. That truth however is hidden somewhere deep inside of us. We knew it at some point but have lost touch with it. We forgot that everything is ultimately energy and consciousness and that love is the fundamental fabric of existence that runs through all energy and consciousness.

Number Seven: Remember to Forgive, because by being made to believe that we are separate and disconnected from the others and from everything else, we forgot to forgive. In its deepest sense forgiveness is the act of reminding ourselves that we are one with everyone and everything and that there is no victim or perpetrator. It’s just all of us together moving together in a dynamic web we call life.

Number Eight: Remember to be Free, because we need to remind ourselves one thing everyday: “We were made to be free. We were born and raised in a ‘reality’ where freedom is only a concept. We were bound through the shackles of fear, uncertainty and doubt, to the wall of Plato’s cave because our head is full of misconceptions, false ideologies, material stick & carrot rewards, and we were held for ransom to rules and laws laid down to safeguard the interest of the very few, at the expense of the many. We were thus became serfs, servants, & slaves, and made to forget that we are free agents of change. We are free to be who we are without fear or guilt.

Number Nine: Remember our real powers, because living in fear has made us forget how powerful we are. We forgot the massive power of our will and intention to change our reality. We have been tranced into sleepwalking and following the ready made signs leading us to certain death — like automatons and sleepwalkers.

Number Ten: Remember our lessons from history, because if there is something that history has taught us is how quick we are at forgetting our lessons. Time and time again we keep on repeating the same mistakes, stuck in the same patterns of greed and self-destruction. We cannot be blamed individually for the mistakes done by humanity in the past but we are responsible as individuals to to remind ourselves of the past mistakes and pass it on to the collective psyche.

Number Eleven: Remember to be simple, because human life has gotten far more complex, busy, and complicated, in the last few years. We are seduced by the glitter of more and not by the power of less. We forgot to be simple and discounted the very meaning of simplicity. Life is simple really. Simplicity means discarding all the inessential stuff and ideas that clutter the view to our life purpose and the other truths we have forgotten.

Number Twelve: Remember to trust, believe and wonder, because we lost our enchantment with the world. We forgot to wonder at the sight of the everyday miracle of life. We do not stand in awe at the majesty of Life anymore. We’ve been jaded. We’ve become cynical and lost.
Our skepticism and cynical view of the world has made us lose trust in ourselves and the magic of the universe. We forgot how to believe. This is perhaps the biggest tragedy of all, because it weakened our spirit and impoverished our soul.



Number Thirteen: Remember to notice things, because the more I ponder about life, the more I notice the details and the small things. The baby steps necessary to realize the importance of accepting our place in the present World, and our responsibility of keeping this World operational and functional for the future.

And it’s hard to remember our purpose here — because for most people, our ego driven consciousness is on a mission to break the link to our being part of the whole and subject to the interconnected web of life and this causes us to forget our universal consciousness.

But on a collective level, this forgetfulness as perpetuated and reinforced by social and cultural means – mainly by people being brainwashed into a reality of unconscious consumerism, inauthentic lifestyles, and unsustainable materialistic mindsets — is crumbling and collapsing all around us.

Thus we are awaking to this fallacy and the giant disconnect from the “Commons” and we are slowly getting to a place of wisdom and positive action.

The brighter side of it is that we all have the chance to remember and to reconnect ourselves with the universe at large, because the power of remembering is at the centre of the spiritual path to self-discovery and realisation.

And that’s how we transform ourselves from human beings born from the earth into human spirits borne upon the stars.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | December 18, 2014

Humour is a great liberator

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | December 18, 2014

Kindness is the lever of humanity

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | December 17, 2014

Never believe…

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Never believe anyone who says we cannot change.

We surely can and do change all the time.

But there is a secret as always…

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Vision is the one secret of personal transformation.

From Paul of Tarsus extraordinary vision, to your nightly apparitions and everything in between — the world i full of example of vision led change.

Magnificent change.

Change brought forth by extraordinary vision.

Vision is the ultimate medium, because vision is both the redeemer and the harbinger of change.

We are all creative visionaries, because our minds are the vast arena of creation and vision of what we are constantly creating.




See what is the vision of yourself today and that’s where You’ll be going.

Head that way and if you are patient, You shall get all that your heart desires and You will avoid all that your mind craves.

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So be creative – and sense deeply what your patience look like, feels like, and thu you might observe what you are doing that is different when you are patient and you are expressing your power to be calm and wait.

Remember that CHANGE always starts with vision not action.

See it and you will be it.

Be it and you will do it.

We don’t ‘get a life’ as some would cynically say.

Instead – we create our Life.

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | December 17, 2014

Dirty Dozen

Being in San Francisco it strikes me as a vacation from reality.

There is a clear divide between Silicon Valley and San Fran and it could only just be bridged by weirdness, levity, and folly.  And the Burner culture i also contributing strongly to the mix making it utterly impossible to distinguish what is real and what is the theatre of Life.

Money is sloshing here and there and I hear all of my friends getting shitloads of VC cash to pursue their dreams and create valuable businesses and move the needle on growth.

All manner of technological advancements are made possible in this ebullient space and time. But above all else the situation on high jinks is increasing too.

Many advanced degrees of education are pursued and in typical San Francisco fashion some of them are outright ridiculous.

Example is the female and male “Take Off” technique known as One Taste or OM [Orgasmic Meditation] or otherwise known as getting a Doctoral Dissertation on masturbation.

Getting each other off. This is where San Francisco might seem fit to hold and stroke… but it goes far beyond this.

Still it is the most popular continuing education theme n San Fran to stroke each other till Kingdom Come.

And based on how the definition of self stands – it’s applicable for men and women too. A veritable free for all with some ill defined rules. But rules there are and their definition changes with the weather.

Still all “aboriginal San Francisco natives” flock to learn how to get off themselves and other people — in the comfort of a giant conference hall running around without their pants on — in front of a room full of Strangers.

And they invite these strangers to play with their private bits and make them go “Ahh” “Ahh” and “That’s it” “Hold it right there big boy” — until they swoon as if there is no tomorrow.

Welcome to America.

Here people get help to masturbate and they are calling it an investment in scientific education.

In San Fransisco, getting each other off is called research.


Research as in Scientific research. And going to a giant meeting hall, where strangers finger the “Clit” and get women to scream is called “Higher Education”

Believe me.

Am not making this shit up…

It’s actually a Start Up well financed and heavy on the Oumph…

In San Francisco it’s all about helping each other in a Shared Economy way — to get off…

This kind of Rocketry is not exactly what my friend Ellon Musk is involved into, but there are many other who are knee deep into it.  This modern rocketry is more like what Nicole Daedone is involved into, and it has got “something” to do with masturbating each other till the cow come home.


Or “Come What It May”

Still it is a very helpful culture when you see the “natives” who want to be so hospitable that they start by jerking you off, right the first moment they meet You.

All in the interest of science and scientific education. Am just saying…

Still I must remind you that I don’t write about “Help”. Self Help or Other People’s Help.  I call it Bullshit.

I think that is a hugely entertaining BS industry.

Coaching is BS too.

Getting you off by fingering the shit out of your clit is also BS.

So is psychotherapy and Sigmund Freud’s “Yo Momma Is A Bitch” Theory…

But let’s keep it civil here, because this is a serious blog — most of the time — but I reckon, it’s hard enough to help ourselves, let alone help others.

It’s especially difficult helping others when they are laying helpless on the couch mentally masturbating about their sorry Life.

I’ve got one thing to say to You:

“You’ve got to get off the couch and fight man.”

That’s All.

That’s the END of this Blog.

Goodbye now.


Want more?


Go ahead and Fight to get the juice flowing. Fight against evil and fight against injustice, and fight against the Man… or the machine… or whatever “comes” at you first.

Because for all of us, most of the time, every day is a battle against the things that will take us down.

I know. I speak from experience.

Cause I’ve fallen so much — I’ve come up with a comprehensive list of the twelve primary ways you can fail and thus destroy your life.

A list to end all lists.

And if you fail to sink your ship through the following dirty dozen best methods — I’ve got two words for you:

“Scapa Flow.”

But in the interest of human species Survival, I am keen to keep you around and therefore I have to warn You that as long as you avoid these Ten things, you will probably jump from lily pad to lily pad across the pond and make it to the other side, without becoming frog legs garniture in a French Chef’s dish.

So unless you love being the subject of Haute French Cuisine — as in saute frog legs — please don’t do these :


Please dont…


Avoid at all costs.


See Above and Bellow. Should You decide to indulge, please do this at your own risk and consult the Catholic Church manual on sin.


Sometimes it’s not your fault if your sick. But, don’t fool yourself – most of the time it’s 100% your fault.

When my stomach hurts it might mean I had too much hot and spicy Indian food the night before or my lover got me to drink a bit too much whiskey to calm me down and ride me, or I was way too stressed the day before. Too little sleep is also linked to sickness. It turns out that too much “Maladie Imaginaire” is linked to more complaining about health. See Moliere’s play if you don’t believe me.

Still, You can make many choices to prevent sickness and improve health. You already know what they are. You don’t need to read them in a book.


I know David Sedaris and we got to talking in England in a Men’s Club. Not the kind of club you are imagining, but I like the way you are thinking even though perverted… It is a classic private club where men have lunch or dinner with their friends. And he said that when he goes to a dinner party, many of the people talk about the books they have no time to write. The dinner might go until well past midnight. No wonder they have no time to write their books.

So he takes out his notepad, and starts writing every night on the dinner party circuit, and thus have some cool material to collate in the morning.

A story each night. At the club, at the dinner table, at the bathroom — whatever. In a month he has his novel done. If it becomes a bestseller — he take a holiday. If not… well He writes another one. So while everyone else is gropping each other under the table, and then sleeping off all the alcohol the next day — he writes. About all the people and the things discussed all around him.

He is now on the hundredth short story and on the tenth novel this far…


I started a company on the fly back in 1999, but for some reason I did not do any competitive research. I just assumed my company was the only company on earth at the time on my space of the Universe, doing what I liked best.

It turned out I had about five hundred competitors, some significantly more advanced than mine. I started to sweat. I didn’t know what to do.

But I knew I had more passion for the project and more knowledge than any of my competitors but I was very afraid they would “defeat” me.

When you pour your soul into something, it turns the sweet milk tea made of boiling water and a herb — into nuclear energy.

I have never doubted since then that when I pour everything I have into a project that it will turn into a nuclear project. If I write down ten ideas on how to make my business better, then it will become better.

Eighteen months later I sold that business. All of my competition went out of business.


It’s important to actually DO the best YOU can in every situation and give it One Hundred Percent.


One time my cofounder pitched our tech company to a good Angel who was also a long time friend that I really wanted to work with.

His people said no.

I said to him, email him, call him, or even take him out to lunch and ask him why.

He did and the guys on the other end “hung up” on him.

Then the “Angel” called me back and said, “if you ever tell me to do this review of our “No” again — then that’s the last conversation we have.”

It turned out that’s the last conversation we had.

He had been my “Angel” for about two decades. He had made a lot of money because of me and this was the first time he was talking back to me in anger…

So I called other Angels and VCs in the Bay area and on “SandHill Road” and turned the “no” into a “yes” pretty quick. I wrote the Business Plan that people said, “yes” to and defend it with awesome pitch, and it worked.

You get careless when you don’t check every angle. When you get carved into a routine that is destined to be a road to nowhere, this exactly where You’ll end up.

So do the opposite of that…


I wasted a whole year of my life once trying to write a book. And then someone next to me died and I wrote the book in six weeks. People offered me great CEO jobs and I didn’t feel ready to take any of them. I thought I had to write a novel. To be the man who wrote the novel that spoke of our angst. And I did it grandly.

I sequestered myself in the middle of the winter in the Archers’ village in the midst of Hungary on the plains with a horse and started writing. It was absolutely cold, lonely, and serene. But I lived through it because I had decided to do it.

The book came out. And my decision proved right. To this day I remember riding out every morning in the snow fields, white as far as the eye can see, and coming back to make a fire and write…

It was a good decision.

Keep in mind that there’s no right or wrong decisions. It’s just

There’s just decisions. You either make them or you wait to make them. And while you are waiting, everything in your life goes on hold.


I started a Social Network once. Or twice. Many times actually. I had this obsession with starting People’s Networks. Wireless Networks. The first ever Wi-Fi networks. The first community network sites. I did it all. Again and again and again. I think it was a Community Social fantasy that I wanted to help people meet each other and create a better world with each other.

In any case, I never made too much progress on any of those networks because we would be shut down by the big companies who “owned” the internet back then.

But I always had this dream that the Social Network would work. Still, when there’s no forward motion I shut it all down pretty quickly.

Why not? If you are writing down twelve ideas a day there are many more things to explore.


One time I had a discussion with a CEO who was building a Pipe dream factory for humus. The earth soil variety of it. And he thought there was not enough of that shit to go around this earth and wanted my investment on it…

You now he had to make things more interesting so they built the factory in the deserts of Egypt inside fvckin Cairo. And as if there is not enough sand in the desert they went ahead to producing more…

That’s an extreme case of course, but I get each and every day, business plans from people who think their business is the one business that will change the world forever.

I got a plan the other day that was a social dating network for the cheating Mormon people. Like a Mormon Tinder App. Go figure. That’s an extreme example — but I believed it would fly because Mormons have this Magic Underwear thing going on. .

Most people fall for a cognitive bias called “Sunk cost bias” where because they’ve already invested a lot of energy into something, then it must be the greatest business possible.

Always take a step back and make sure you aren’t deluded. Are you solving an urgent problem for someone in a scalable fashion and is it showing forward progress.

Or, in a relationship, how many people do you know who are going out with men or women who are unavailable? Fact: 95% of relationships that start off with one person betraying another don’t work out.

Don’t be deluded.


I was talking…

This is where he could’ve fallen backwards and stopped writing one of my favorite movies ever.

Instead, he found a safety net where he could play out his ideas and work through his issues. He started doing stand up comedy. Then he finished the movie.

If a business is going bad: if you are losing clients or key employees, you can give up. That’s ok. But have your safety net. Your plan B.

Know that you can still do something productive and this will see you through to the other side, rather than caving in to feelings of failure and misery and “Why me?”

Writing ten ideas down every day, being healthy, being grateful and giving to others, will always give you the safety net where you can fall and then bounce higher than you’ve ever been before.

When you feel yourself falling backwards, remember that you are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.

But even more important, remember that you are the average of the five thoughts you have throughout the day. You can choose “anger” or “gratitude”. You can choose “regret” or “what did I learn?” You can choose, “I give up” or you can try standup comedy for awhile.

But above all else try this trick: Next time You feel like falling — Fall Forward.


The easiest way to help yourself is to have a compass and follow it’s bearings like a good boy scout, or girl scout — as the case might be.

Go boldly into the forest and don’t be afraid of the big bad ass wolf, just so long as You don’t hurt yourself. Cause if you hurt yourself then the wolves will smell the blood and the fear and tear you to pieces or just have you for the family’s celebrations as a Mexican Pinata.

o please don’t hurt yourself in any of the above mentioned ways unless you enjoy and like to be a sex toy for sick bastards out there.

So remember that nobody can do this but you. This is the meaning of “choose yourself”. Nothing else.

Later, I’m going to go to the FB campus. It’s a zoo out there. I like watching all the people trying to be hackers in style but in reality being hipsters with attitude. And money issues. Beautiful people. Ugly people. People with stories.

And we’ll look at them as if they were trees or animals. It’s a hugely educating and somewhat entertaining past time, teaching us the rigours of Buddhist gossip and fashion police game playing.

You should try it sometime.




And in case you think this post is utterly pessimistic — I must warn you again about the relationship between Smoking Crack and Scapa Flow.

The one leads to the other.

Or vice versa.

Yet as each one of us has carved out a piece of universe that was given to us when we are born — we are the fortunate children of inheriting the stars.

And all we have to do is carry these stars safely on their predetermined orbit, until the day we die.

We have to protect that piece of sky, to let it shine each day and night, so it can reflect and learn from everything that happens to us.

And that predetermination bit — it was just a tease to see if you are reading this far.

Because it’s all up to you to make something great here and now.

And much later we will all get together and laugh about it.

And when we meet and put the pieces back together, all we’ll talk is gonna be about sex.

Am sure then we’ll intercourse and make something new and beautiful together.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | December 14, 2014

Sunday Sermon

Be mindful of the changes we have during the seasons:

Because in the coming holidays — the best ornament is Humility.

In the comparative exhibition of human behaviour, your strongest power is serenity.

And in the constant competition for wealth — the richest wealth is Wisdom.

When in preparation for your battles – recall – the strongest weapon that is Patience.

As for the the best security there is nothing like Faith.

And then your Victories will look like mere Fortune.



And please don’t forget Humour and the corrosive power of Levity to straighten out the the Fools all around.

Obviously the show is on when you remember that the best tonic is Laughter.

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That kind of thought is what bugs your skull when the last Love walks out the room.

In dreamy moments like this — that is all You think about…

Hearing the rain hitting the attic roof tiles, makes me think of home. The woolen blanket brings me a cold shudder of remembrance, and the cocoon of enveloping rain praying all around navigates my spectrum of feelings.

The constant humdrum of rain is leading us all in emotional thoughts of dripping wisdom. This humming music emanating in the room, drives me unusually nostalgic for Nick Cave and Rufus Wainright.

Raindrops falling-up from the sky hitting the roof give me goose bumps of clarity.

With the recent floods of San Francisco unarrived, we come to think of saving the animals from the flash floods of imagination, and media’s overblown attention to their wet primal fears.

When the rains come, whom do You want to save more than anyone else in the world?

Maybe your neighbouring soul? The point being is that there is no better animal to save than the human next to you. Your better version of the self…

Do this and then you can think of the masses of humans needing saving too. Maybe if there is energy left over — save someone from their own harmful actions.

And that’s fine One on One.

Yet collectively at the Environmental Parliament — we act hard and fight harder for saving them all. Saving all creation. Saving all of God’s beings and maybe in the process saving our own souls too.

But it start with a piece of paper signed between the majority of the 220 countrie out there. But because that is so theoretical — am gonna explain that we are actually doing something about it, down in Lima Peru.

It’s here that we negotiate the Diplomacy of Climate Change, talking about setting Climate targets, and limiting our CO2 emissions — and today closing in on a piece of paper agreement, while scurrying around like so many petri dish semen people looking to find an egg to penetrate.

But going through wet  & cold San Francisco, with the unarrived flash floods that unsettled all the people of the Bay area, still remaining “unarrived” — am thinking that Noah’s Ark should be arriving any moment now.

In this topsy turvy world full of Madonnas, Maria Magdalenes, and my favourite Kardashian Mairas, am walking amongst them unafraid of their charm, cause it’s hard to distinguish who is Noah coming to save your ass, and who is Cain coming to slay you.

My friend Francisco Pancho, is probably a bit of both…

He is a Master Slayer of those Illusions that don’t serve us anymore — and He is also the magnificent bearded Noah, carrying forth, and tending the Ark for those disillusioned Lost Souls out there.

And the ecologist hiding deep within all of us screams for the Climate Talks to advance yet as it stands today the Environmental Parliament advocating for all of the people and the People of this Earth and for all the developing countries — we are calling the current draft text from Lima’s Climate Conference: “A Real Disaster for People, Planet and the Poor”

Yet others are hopeful we will not a see a deal; Namely all the Fossil Fuel companies celebrating our inability to agree on anything written on 47 pages of innocuous text to curb our emissions.

And then the US and China are only gloating over past glories without a real effort for an agreement on sight.

Now all COP20 Negotiators have been asked to choose between three options on almost all of the Climate Change Text draft’s major issues, most of which are divided by one question:

How will developing and wealthy nations split the bill?

Meanwhile the nations participating in COP20, are also debating just what the draft will set out. The US and other industrialised countries want all countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Rich countries, the US among them, only want to commit to carbon cuts. Developing countries want them also to commit financing for climate adaptation, and renewable energy investment.

There is a solution to climate change, this is the thing that’s almost unbelievable about these negotiations. There are solution to fossil fuels, which are the main cause of climate change, in a shift to clean renewable energy.

It’s just that we’re out of time. Emissions need to peak within the transition and the transition has started. Emissions need to have peaked yesterday, but certainly within the next five years…

And that is not going to happen.

So this is a space where we cannot sit and wait for change to happen, it needs to happen here, it needs to happen in the 12 months to Paris, it needs to happen in Paris where COP21 will be held to sort this out…

So as am focused on Lima, Paris, and the Climate Conference — am beyond certain that we need both sides of Janus face today, more than ever.




Be Strong and Storm the Halls = That’s my Meditation for today.

And Be there today, cause we need all the help we can get.

And for those of you not in Lima and not following the Talks here is the Climate Negotiator App so you can keep up with documents and discussions live:

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | December 8, 2014

Open Wi-Fi

What is Open Wi-Fi?

Same as it has always been…

The easy way to connect seamlessly to the internet or to the local wireless network with any Wi-Fi enabled devise.

It’s the community way to connect to the “Commons” the digital commons of your neighborhood, in your home, in your office, or on the road.

You can find it and connect nearly everywhere, and even in the airport, and the port, of the little distant island of Borneo, where the Iban headhunting people still live.

Open WI-Fi is available in New York’s meatpacking district, or in the heart of Oakland’s tribal neighborhood, and even in the Badlands of North and South Dacotta inside the Rez.

That is Wi-Fi. Freedom to connect. Anywhere. And to have it open — the deal is simple: You allow others to connect to your router, and in turn, you connect to theirs.

Simple sharing exchange.

Only today things are a bit cloudy…

With Open Source, open code, open systems, Open Software, open stack, Open Internet Architecture, Open Cloud, and my all time favourite, whose name, term, and practice, I invented, the Open & Wireless Internet — Wi-Fi, we are all living out in the open.

And we occasionally enjoy the venerable and mighty community builder, the Open Wi-Fi, when and if we happen upon enlightened communities that care enough to built and maintain this Open Connection of the People’s Brains and Hearts for the benefit of the sharing and caring for each other’s betterment.

Yet today when it seems like everybody’s talking about “open” this or Open that — all the Wi-Fi is locked down with passwords and user names making it hard for anyone to get through.

People talk lots about Open nonsense, from Cisco making claims to open up it’s architecture, to new companies embracing open source code as a means of developing or accelerating their go-to-market strategies — but opening up their basic router of Wi-Fi to allow access to each other they don’t do.

Folks open up your Wi-Fi and unleash your power to share. That is true sharing economy because this is just the first act of your human kindness and it represents an invitation to connect. Open up your wi-fi to everybody and  you’ll see that it is a bit like smiling to the world and inviting the Goodness of the people to come in and converse.

Who doesn’t want that?

But we prefer to talk about open like good Christians, yet seldom do we practice that talk. And it has become a sort of nonsense, because it often confuses and obfuscated the real issue of our fear to tread and share, and that makes us unable to see what “open” really mean.

So what does Open truly mean?

Mind You “OS” as in “Open Source” doesn’t mean that anymore but it means Operating System as is commonly referred to today, when we confront OS in all the Tech literature…

The marketing muscle of all the software giants like Microsoft, Google and Apple, have usurped this term for their own. And as we all understand — the main challenge in using a broad amorphous term like “open” is that it can lead to confusion or as a consequence of corporate greenwash it can lead to a negative first impression that “this is just marketing.”

To get some perspective, let’s look back a bit and see how we got to this point of open and what the original intent was.

Open systems are computer systems that provide some combination of interoperability, portability, and open software standards. “Open” can also refer to specific installations that are configured to allow unrestricted access by people and/or other computers, and this meaning is where I come into using it for my innovation around Wi-Fi and Open Community Networks.

The term “open” was popularized in the early 1980s, mainly to describe systems based on Unix, especially in contrast to the more entrenched mainframes, minicomputers, and engineering workstations in use at that time. Unlike older legacy systems, the newer generation of Unix systems featured standardized programming interfaces and peripheral interconnects. Third party development of hardware and software was encouraged, which was a significant departure from the norm of the time. We saw companies such as Amdahl and Hitachi going to court for the right to sell systems and peripherals that were compatible with IBM’s mainframes.

The definition of “open system” became more formalized in the 1990s with the emergence of independently administered software standards such as The Open Group‘s Single UNIX Specification. As client/server networking took hold in the late 80s and early 90s, switching vendors followed this tightly-coupled design rationale. Every aspect of a vendor’s solution was designed around tight integration of the OS with components and subsystems, from memory allocation, to managing CPU utilization, to the forwarding ASICs. Differentiation was driven up from the system architecture designed around custom components.

In the late 90s, the component industry and “white box” or ODM (original device manufacturers) started to take more ownership of subsystem and system design. This started us back onto some degree of abstraction. Switches were being built that could have the CPU easily replaced; different types of memory components were another example.

Related to the above history, the mainframe to the PC transition, we discussed how the PC brought forth the idea of hardware and software abstraction. That brought us to the idea of the OS as something that could also be open, with a set of tools that fostered application development.

And then the server opened up. Over the last 15 years, much has changed.

On the server side, we have seen the transition from Microsoft to Linux and new business models evolving from companies like Red Hat. Then we saw abstraction re-emerge through server virtualization, and the idea of white box servers to drive the hardware agnostic thinking once again, similar to the PC

Now we are looking at a similar evolution on the network side. Some say SDN drives hardware-agnostic thinking. Having said that, many vendors still hold on to that mainframe idea that “my apps will only run best on my metal.”

So to summarize our first idea, if the network follows this seemingly well-traveled path, just like we saw with early Unix systems, third party development of hardware and software was encouraged, which was a significant departure from the norm of the time.

Here’s what hardware agnostic thinking can bring to networks. First, like PCs and servers, hardware abstraction creates operational consistency. That drives down costs over time. The second thing it brings is transparency – you can look inside to see not only Intel, but gain better visibility to truly control your traffic. The idea of external programmability opens that Cisco Pandora’s box but in a good way. Now you can decide how and when to forward traffic that might need that level of granular control.

So to a large extent, the idea of open network hardware delivers freedom to choose the capacity, port configuration and even color of your “box.”

Now with those early Unix systems, there was another attribute: standardized programming interfaces. So let’s extend the idea of open to the network to the idea of programmability, and that takes us to the ability to tune the system, which is the goal of open-source projects like OpenStack.

So how do we tune an OS or a “stack?”

One means for all vendors to help here is to offer a variety of interfaces for programmability — so called application programming interfaces or APIs.

So called Open APIs, often referred to as OpenAPI new technology, is a phrase used to describe sets of technologies that enable devices, websites or applications to interact with each other by using REST, SOAP, JavaScript and other web technologies. Linux is also becoming a popular means to “program,” largely driven by the DevOps thinking we all see in cloud environments.

In the case of OpenStack, plugins for your network OS would ensure an OpenStack command is accepted and acted upon – the network can be programmed to conform to an application need. From the stack perspective, APIs at each level would help shape the degree of tuning you did to better suit your needs.

And that’s fine for your business and person, but on the grand scheme of things, you need to open up your connectivity via an Open Wi-Fi at both home and office. And the first global example of this when we start turning on the Open Oakland initiative of a fully Wi-Fi connected community.

This is what we envisioned when we built seattle Wireless. An Open Seattle.. And an Open City everywhere…

But all the Telcos attacked in unison like a pack of hungry hyenas and closed down all the Wi-Fi in that city, and started multimillion dollar lawsuits against me and against the people sharing their connection. And your truly fought hard and prevailed but the people got scared and shut down their routers… And the Cable companies and the Telcos killed Wi-Fi, but also went ahead and preconfigured all the new routers to be sent, bought, delivered, with passwords and user identification controls. And today in the era of “open” still all the cable boxes and wireless Internet routers — even when your choice for the Wi-Fi router is set to “Open” are all coming closed down.

The fear of the network carriers, the Telecom operators, and the Cable utilities, is thus served. And as if that is not enough that fear is served on a nicely decorated PR platter, to the people, causing paralysis, and in effect closing down the inherently free Wi-Fi depriving the community of the greatest asset ever.

That is the reason why the Wi-Fi networks, are now proprietary, thus fragmenting and outright shutting down the Wi-Fi communities we intended to built in the first place when Wi-Fi was envisioned.

But we are going to revolutionize Wi-Fi again. Because that is exactly what we have to do, since we lost our way. We have to reopen the Wi-Fi networks in order to serve ourselves and our communities. We will open up the Wi-Fi everywhere because it  the only way to serve us, as intended. And your router at home and work is key for this.

So Open Up your Router without password today in an act of revolutionary kindness and radical Love of Community building and you’ll never be alone anymore in building this Human brain on the global and hyper local scale too.

Do this for Christmas and you’ll receive many gift from the community all around you.

And Open is now the way to go.

In a few more years we’ll look back and recognize that there never should have been any other way, but for now let us enjoy the Light coming through the cracks that the slowly opening architecture of everything allows to seep through.




So to summarize this aspect of open, APIs can help support open source projects, where the standardization is the common set of APIs, with the result being a stack tuned to better meet your specific needs.

And from the network OS point of view, just like you tune a server OS to meet your needs, the idea of tuning the OS for specific application environments is something to consider.

If history repeats itself, we will see more hardware abstraction on the networking side, and we will see more and more agreement amongst vendors on a common set of APIs.

But am hoping that through my work the Open Wi-Fi will become the Global Standard for all of us and that way we shall all become part of the intelligent and mobile Global Brain…

That’s my fervent Wish — just saying — in case you are wondering what to send me for Christmas.

Turn your Wi-Fi router open without password and that will please me no end.

Maybe Santa Claus is hearing me.


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