Archive for April, 2008

Discover the world of creative commons…

April 30, 2008

A short animation film explaing the Creative Commons in a … unorthodox … way.

The film is licensed under the Creative Commons Australian Attribution-ShareAlike 2.1 licence. You can get the sources on their website.

Source: Creative Commons Australia

Legal torrent?!

April 29, 2008

LegalTorrents, “an online community created to discover and distribute Creative Commons licensed digital media”, has re-launched in exciting fashion. Originally founded in 2003 as a means to distribute “hand-picked .torrent files that were approved by content owners“, LegalTorrents revamped its infrastructure to be more friendly to content creators looking to spread their works far and wide, a goal which included a clear articulation of CC-licenses in relation to relevant torrent files. [More Information…]

Source: CreativeCommons.org

Interview with Donald Knuth

April 27, 2008

If you are a progammer chances are good that you have heard something about Donald Knuth creator of the books The Art of Computer Progamming.
InformIT.com has an interview with him.

Andrew Binstock and Donald Knuth converse on the success of open source, the problem with multicore architecture, the disappointing lack of interest in literate programming, the menace of reusable code, and that urban legend about winning a programming contest with a single compilation.

Source: Lwn.net

10 reasons why gnu/linux is great for businesses

April 25, 2008

If you have ever wondered how you can convince your manage to favor free and open source software over proprietary ones, in this case gnu/linux over microsoft windows there is an article for you on TechRepublic.

1. TCO is bunk
2. Linux is not just for servers
3. Security is the name of the game
4. Support is everywhere
5. Applications are key
6. The kernel is just for you
7. Virtualization is virtually everything
8. Updating is simple and fast
9. Administration is world wide
10. Linux is constantly gaining traction

I think the article is somewhat biased but has his truth.

Source: Lwn.net

MSN Music to shut down, leaving DRM customers in the lurch

April 24, 2008

Microsoft is ceasing support for its MSN Music service. After August 31, 2008, people who have bought music from the service will no longer be able to move that music to different computers, or even change the operating system on their current computers.

DefectiveByDesign.org reports what happens if one trusts companies selling proprietary software and non free codecs.

With restricted music, every time you move it to a new system, you have to get new approval. Microsoft is shutting down the servers that currently grant that approval, which leaves everyone who bought music from them holding locks with no keys, and no recourse.

This isn’t the first time people have had access to their music and movies revoked (we’re looking at you, MLB and Google Video), and it won’t be the last unfortunately. But thankfully, this mode of selling media is dying. It was one thing when the threat of revocation was just some fine print, but now that it’s become a demonstrated reality, people are voting with their dollars for DRM-free living.

Irony in action…

April 18, 2008

Right now Im sitting in the Ljubljana Park Hotel Lobby on a free Internet Station (sadly I can only use Internet Explorer). Some of you may ask, why the hell am i doing this on 11pm?
Why am I not going out with some of the others? The answer… I decided to go to bed early because I will have to get up at 7 o clock.
Next question: So why am I not in my bed? Answert: I.T.

The Park Hotel is using plastic cards (like credit cards) instead of normal keys. And of couse… the locks on the doors have BATTERIES (which genius decided to use locks which inevitable will be unusable after time.
And yeah, you might guess, my lock has a weak battery and so I cant access my room. Damn!

The Hotel DOES have a master key card.. which doesnt help anything with empty battery locks. So Im sitting and waiting for someone who will be able to get the battery changed.

And the irony? A perfect case study for an I.T. student.

The making of Wine

April 16, 2008

“We are completely rewriting the Windows operating system from the ground up,” he says. “Basically we took Microsoft’s crown jewel, that they’ve had billions of dollars to develop using tens of thousands of developers, and we, the open source community, have essentially re-implemented that. We are the scrappy underdogs. Here’s where the Hollywood music comes up.”

This is what White (the CEO of CodeWeavers) is telling about Wine.

Wine is a software application which aims to allow Unix-like computer operating systems on the x86 architecture to execute programs that were originally written for Microsoft Windows. Wine also provides a software library known as Winelib which developers can compile Windows applications against in order to port them to Unix-like systems.[1] (wikipedia)

The interviews goes on

So, in 2008, the 1.0 version will hit the streets and the timing could not be more perfect. White admits that not every Windows application will work flawlessly on Wine, but many a critical one for the enterprise has been specifically optimized. These include Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Project and Visio, graphics applications like Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, and Adobe Photoshop. Several Linux distros ship with Wine, too, White says.

As I’m using Wine now and then for windows programs (for example to test webpages with Internet Explorer on linux) I know how helpful wine can be.
Give it a try!

Source: Lwn.net

The hard life of video game characters

April 15, 2008

Source: www.mauvais-role.com

How to Fight the Information War

April 14, 2008

openparliament.eu

April 12, 2008

Citizens and stakeholder groups should not have to use the software of a single company in order to communicate with their elected officials or participate in the legislative process.

All companies should be given the chance to compete freely for contracts to supply ICT services to the European Parliament.

If you agree with this statements you may be interested in the openparliament.eu campaign and online petition.

I am a citizen of the EU, and I want the European Parliament to adopt the use of open standards and to promote interoperability in the ICT sector.

Sign the petition and show your support for open and free standards in the E.U.