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VLC pulled from Apple app store

Matthew Humphries at geek.com informs us that Apple has excluded VLC player form Apple store due to supposed terms of licence under GNU (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/vlc-media-player-pulled-from-the-app-store-2011018/).

Could be for this or to avoid that the service for renting and selling films is put under discussion by the ability to read divx films inside Apple devices?

I really love iPhone, iPad and Mac, though I use mainly Linux and windows for work. But is not with this kind of things (or by trying to exclude porn) that Apple can reinforce the position against competitors.

This post as a comment also at  http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/vlc-media-player-pulled-from-the-app-store-2011018/comment-page-1/#comment-3968386


Linux is…

…like a tipi (or teepee): No gates, no windows and apache inside. (full article at geeks are sexy http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/11/25/linux-is-like-a-tipi and at Make use of http://www.makeuseof.com/tech-fun/linux-is-like-a-tipi/)

Really a good one! 🙂

See the picture below

linux apache

linux apache


Breaking into Windows more or less complex, depends on you

Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker reports some different ways to break into windows or prevent others from doing so, ranging from using a Linux liveCD to access files to more complex passsword attacks (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5674972/how-to-break-into-a-windows-pc-and-prevent-it-from-happening-to-you).

Nicely written and usefull, at least to understand a little more.


Ubuntu 10.10 Final release

Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker reports the Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com/) announcement that Ubuntu 10.10 Final is ready for release (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5660245/ubuntu-1010-final-release-now-available).

I agree that it has no big changes, but definitely is a good fine tuning.

This post as a comment also at http://lifehacker.com/5660245/ubuntu-1010-final-release-now-available


Storage and laziness

Chris Jacob at Gizmodo writes an article on storage evolution, from floppy drives to terabyted storage (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5414337/man-weve-come-a-long-way-from-floppies?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29 , original photo bt Curtiss Spontelli at Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/7979419@N02/4131812966/sizes/l/).

It’ really amazing the step forward we, as technologized people, made in a bunch of years.

Seems to me like yesterday (well maybe the day before yesterday 😉 ) when i was staring fascinated in front of a noisy ZX48 spectrum loading games from a cassette recorder.

Unfortunately the wider the space, the laziest we become.

When only 48kb of RAM where available, little masterpieces were born (e.g. Jetpac). When memory and storage become cheaper, those masterpieces of optimization were more beautiful than ever (remember sensible soccer  for amiga or stunt driver?).

And then storage and memory were for all. We are reasoning in terms of Teras, graphic is the best ever seen since so far, but, IMHO, no masterpiece of smart coding is seing the light.

Of course gaming is not all, but is a (limited) indicator of how we are acting. Imagine what could have been done with same smart coding of good old times and all these space.

Linux I suppose…. 🙂

This post as a comment also at http://gizmodo.com/5414337/man-weve-come-a-long-way-from-floppies?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29


Microsoft fears of Linux?

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome informs us of some Microsoft filings to SEC wher Linux is depicted as a possible threat (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/05/does-microsoft-fear-that-their-cash-cow-is-in-danger/).

I think that in a world like ours dominated by hysteric search for results, especially on a financial point of view, Microsoft has put hands ahhead. Linux, in my opinion is not an immediate threat, but it’s gaining market shares (or at least isn’t loosing them), and so are Firefox and other softwares doing.

And this could be difficult to understand for financial anaysts.

I interpret Microsoft filings as a warining more than a real problem.

This post as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/05/does-microsoft-fear-that-their-cash-cow-is-in-danger/#comment-187835


Microsoft and the approach in doing things

Matt Hartley at Lockergnome writes an article on possible Microsoft option to change the way they do things (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2009/07/23/does-microsoft-need-to-rethink-their-niche/).

In my opinion Microsoft approached the market by a monopolistic point of view.

Due to their position they were able to influence and in some way drive both technology and hardware changes.

Now market is changing and new players (see Google and Linux), are entering with a wider market share.

This, as an effect, brings a necessary shift in market and organization approach.

In my opinion Its’s not an option for Microsoft to take this challenge.

This post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2009/07/23/does-microsoft-need-to-rethink-their-niche/#comment-178175


Microsoft predominancy is over? Long live to Microsoft

Rick Hodgin at Geek.com (http://www.geek.com/users/RickGeek/) writes an article asking if Microsoft days as a predominant player are over (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/linux/opinion-microsofts-days-as-king-are-ending-2009079/).

No they aren’t for the following reasons:

  • Transition to new OSes is not so easy for the average user and installed base is big.
  • Companies are the largest Microsoft users and Open Source is percieved oftenly as no so reliable
  • Other Micrososft products (like office) are a “de facto” standard and cannot be changed so easily

This article also as a comment at http://www.geek.com/articles/linux/opinion-microsofts-days-as-king-are-ending-2009079/comment-page-1/#comment-1667921


Geekness inside

Anton Olsen at Wired built a list on 100 essential skills for Geeks (full article at http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/07/100-basic-geek-skills-for-geeks/).

My comment “Really great.
Seems perfects also for engineers 🙂
Mmhhhh!? Why me that I’m an economist do I fit quite an all of these?”

My answers.

  1. Properly secure a wireless router.  Yep.
  2. Crack the WEP key on a wireless router.  YEP!
  3. Leech Wifi from your neighbor. Yep, also if I don’t need this and because I’m polite 😉
  4. Screw with Wifi leeches.  Yes.
  5. Setup and use a VPN.  Too much VPNs in my life.
  6. Work from home or a coffee shop as effectively as you do at the office. Yes, but coffee at home is free
  7. Wire your own home with Ethernet cable.  Did it twice in two different homes, much better than Wifi
  8. Turn a web camera into security camera.  Yes.
  9. Use your 3G phone as a Wi-Fi access point. Yes, where’s the challenge?
  10. Understand what “There’s no Place Like 127.0.0.1” means. The best kept secret in the world after area 51.
  11. Identify key-loggers. Yes
  12. Properly connect a TV, Tivo, XBox, Wii, and Apple TV so they all work together with the one remote. Yes, thanks to my universal remote for existing
  13. Program a universal remote. Took a little bit, but also macros are supported
  14. Swap out the battery on your iPod/iPhone. Never tried.
  15. Benchmark Your Computer. Yes, and benchmarked with my office one
  16. Identify all computer components on sight. Tricky, but ok.
  17. Know which parts to order from NewEgg.com, and how to assemble them into a working PC.  YEP!
  18. Troubleshoot any computer/gadget problem, over the phone. Yes, sometimes people abuse of this..
  19. Use any piece of technology intuitively, without instruction or prior knowledge. Yes.
  20. How to irrecoverably protect data. And how to revover irrecoverrably protected data
  21. Recover data from a dead hard drive. Unfortunately I did it once. What I cannot manage is when electric motor is gone 😉
  22. Share a printer between a Mac and a PC on a network. Never tried
  23. Install a Linux distribution. (Hint: Ubuntu 9.04 is easier than installing Windows). Long live to Linux.
  24. Remove a virus from a computer. Did it. Not funny but working.
  25. Dual (or more) boot a computer. Dual boot is enough forme. Better virtualizing.
  26. Boot a computer off a thumb drive. Did it, now I’ll try different fingers (LOL 🙂 )
  27. Boot a computer off a network drive. Yes.
  28. Replace or repair a laptop keyboard. Yes. Time has passed since my first laptop with external keyboard.
  29. Run more than two monitors on a single computer. Easy one.
  30. Successfully disassemble and reassemble a laptop. Did it. Depends how deep you dissassemble
  31. Know at least 10 software easter eggs off the top of your head. Taking notes is permitted?
  32. Bypass a computer password on all major operating systems. Windows, Mac, Linux Win and Linux done, Mac not available.
  33. Carrying a computer cleaning arsenal on your USB drive. Yes. Thanks God for external usb drives.
  34. Bypass content filters on public computers. Yes, with some restrictions.
  35. Protect your privacy when using a public computer. Yes.
  36. Surf the web anonymously from home. Yes, but who really knows ho much are anonymous?
  37. Buy a domain, configure bind, apache, MySQL, php, and WordPress without Googling a how-to. Never tried, but as a project seems not much complicated 
  38. Basic *nix command shell knowledge with the ability to edit and save a file with vi. Yes.
  39. Create a web site using vi. Nope. This is really Geek next level.
  40. Transcode a DVD to play on a portable device. Yes.
  41. Hide a file in an image using steganography. Yes.
  42. Knowing the answer to life, the universe and everything. And where is this little thumb drive gone….
  43. Share a single keyboard and mouse between multiple computers without a KVM switch. Never tried
  44. Google obscure facts in under 3 searches. Bonus point if you can use I Feel Lucky. And double points if you have access to Google voice.
  45. Build amazing structures with LEGO and invent a compelling back story for the creation. Yes. The only problem is my quite 3 years daughter stealing my bricks… 🙂
  46. Understand that it is LEGO, not Lego, Legos, or Lego’s. It’s LEGO and it’s Danish like butter cookies.
  47. Build a two story house out of LEGO, in monochrome, with a balcony. Yes. Tried once with more than two stories. Collapsed.
  48. Construct a costume for you or your kid out of scraps, duct tape, paper mâché, and imagination. Yes.
  49. Be able to pick a lock. Depends on lock type. Then thungsten carburum drill comes.
  50. Determine the combination of a Master combination padlock in under 10 minutes. On 4 digits.
  51. Assemble IKEA furniture without looking at the instructions. Bonus point if you don’t have to backtrack. Yes. Double points if don’t use provided tools.
  52. Use a digital SLR in full manual mode. I love reflex, but old styled ones.
  53. Do cool things to Altoids tins. Yes, when tins are available.
  54. Be able to construct paper craft versions of space ships. Difficult one: can I do only a little, stilized boat 🙂
  55. Origami! Bonus point for duct tape origami. (Ductigami). Really complex does a little stilized boat count?
  56. Fix anything with duct tape, chewing gum and wire. Yes, including curtains.
  57. Knowing how to avoid being eaten by a grue.  Run baby run… 🙂
  58. Know what a grue is. This big furry….nope bald……..nope little….mmmh what is a grue?
  59. Understand where XYZZY came from, and have used it. Is it a sharade?
  60. Play any SNES game on your computer through an emulator. Easy one.
  61. Burn the rope. Yes.
  62. Know the Konami code, and where to use it. Yes.
  63. Whistle, hum, or play on an iPhone, the Cantina song. Mmmmmh I’m disadvantaged on this, because I don’t know the song
  64. Learning to play the theme songs to the kids favorite TV shows. Yes.
  65. Solve a Rubik’s Cube. Never mastered without removing stickers.
  66. Calculate THAC0. Nope.
  67. Know the difference between skills and traits. Yes.
  68. Explain special relativity in terms an eight-year-old can grasp. Yes, but never tried.
  69. Recite pi to 10 places or more. 3.1415926535 no more.
  70. Be able to calculate tip and split the check, all in your head. Yes. Easy one.
  71. Explain that the colours in a rainbow are roygbiv. Yes.
  72. Understand the electromagnetic spectrum – xray, uv, visible, infrared, microwave, radio. Yes.
  73. Know the difference between radiation and radioactive contamination. Yes. Chernobil and 3MI teach.
  74. Understand basic electronics components like resistors, capacitors, inductors and transistors. I stop at transistors.
  75. Solder a circuit while bottle feeding an infant. (lead free solder please.). I assume I can. At next baby I’ll try.
  76. The meaning of technical acronyms. YEEEEEEEEEES!
  77. The coffee dash, blindfolded (or blurry eyed). Coffee <brew> [cream] [sugar]. In under a minute. Yes. As fast as my coffee machine is.
  78. Build a fighting robot. Yep
  79. Program a fighting robot. Nope
  80. Build a failsafe into a fighting robot so it doesn’t kill you. I’m dead!
  81. Be able to trace the Fellowship’s journey on a map of Middle Earth. Yes.
  82. Know all the names of the Dwarves in The Hobbit. Nope
  83. Understand the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel. Yes.
  84. Know where your towel is and why it is important. Yes.
  85. Re-enact the parrot sketch. Yes.
  86. Know the words to The Lumberjack Song. Nope
  87. Reciting key scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Yes.
  88. Be able to recite at least one Geek Movie word for word. Yes. Depends of which is considered a geek movie
  89. Know what the 8th Chevron does on a Stargate and how much power is required to get a lock. Nope
  90. Be able to explain why it’s important that Han shot first. Really important.
  91. Know why it is just wrong for Luke and Leia to kiss. Incest is enough?
  92. Stop talking Star Wars long enough to get laid. Yes.
  93. The ability to name actors, characters and plotlines from the majority of sci-fi movies produced since 1968. Nope.
  94. Cite Mythbusters when debunking a myth or urban legend. Yes.
  95. Sleep with a Cricket bat next to your bed. Nope.
  96. Have a documented plan on what to do during a zombie or robot uprising. yes, but I won’t share the plan, in case some zombies are around
  97. Identify evil alternate universe versions of friends, family, co-workers or self. Everybody.
  98. Be able to convince TSA that the electronic parts you are carrying are really not a threat to passengers. Hey! give me back my HD….
  99. Talk about things that aren’t tech related. Yes. And it’s the best part.
  100. Get something on the front page of Digg. Never mastered.

Google OS: a step forward or a step back?

Google os announced that in 2010 will release its own Operative system.

Seems a good news, because of a new Google release, a free OS and innvation for all.

To me, at first feel, seems we are moving a step back, with all the effort done since 80’s to have few well diffused OS and not having many councurrent challengers.

Weren’t Microsoft, Linux and MacOS enough?

The market is big, is growing and is attractive. Unfortunately there’s no place for all.

This post as a comment at http://smarterware.org/2430/just-a-little-excited-about-google-chrome-os


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