Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Steve Jobs hates you.

The iPhone and iPad don’t support Flash, and as much as it may annoy users, it doesn’t come near to how much it annoys Flash developers or website owners. McCann creative Mat Bisher at Mashable has built his site in Flash and thinks that Apple’s policy toward Flash “sucks.” He decided to send a hidden message to all iPhone and iPad users in a very special way — read the whole story here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Stock market for dummies.

How does the stockmarket work?

50 Places Running Linux That You Might Not Expect

Focus has posted a really interesting list of 50 places running Linux. Some of the companies and places on the list are obvious (although there are quite a few missing) but others just may surprise you. 
Linux is hovering just beneath 1% of the overall market share in operating systems. And although that might sound like a small number, Linux is far more than just a fringe OS. In fact, it's running in quite a few more places than you probably suspect. Here are fifty places Linux is running today in place of other OS's.


This one i just had to post, made me ROFL.

Is your son obsessed with "Lunix"?

BSD, Lunix, Debian and Mandrake are all versions of an illegal hacker operation system, invented by a Soviet computer hacker named Linyos Torovoltos, before the Russians lost the Cold War. It is based on a program called "xenix", which was written by Microsoft for the US government. These programs are used by hackers to break into other people's computer systems to steal credit card numbers. They may also be used to break into people's stereos to steal their music, using the "mp3" program. Torovoltos is a notorious hacker, responsible for writing many hacker programs, such as "telnet", which is used by hackers to connect to machines on the internet without using a telephone.

Your son may try to install "lunix" on your hard drive. If he is careful, you may not notice its presence, however, lunix is a capricious beast, and if handled incorrectly, your son may damage your computer, and even break it completely by deleting Windows, at which point you will have to have your computer repaired by a professional.

If you see the word "LILO" during your windows startup (just after you turn the machine on), your son has installed lunix. In order to get rid of it, you will have to send your computer back to the manufacturer, and have them fit a new hard drive. Lunix is extremely dangerous software, and cannot be removed without destroying part of your hard disk surface

University Professor puts Linux and Open Source down.

While looking around in the Ubuntu forum i found this now quite old thread about a very narrow-minded 'professor' trying to explain his students the 'disadvantages' of Linux and Open Source, it's quite long and old already but worth the reading.
Quote of the original post by Almumin:

While I was in class, a professor tried to hammer Ubuntu and Open Source with comments that I have added below. Anyone want to help me with some ammo to put a foot in his proprietary mouth?

The disadvantages of open source are:

  • Restricted choice - In virtually every area of software there are dozens if not hundreds choices for different commercial packages, but rarely are there more than one or two, if any, open source options.
  • Poor integration with Microsoft - Open source products tend to be created by people who do not want to work with other platforms like dot net, so as a result their products are poorly integrated with Microsoft products such as Windows, do not use Microsoft features well, and fail to take maximum advantage of the Windows environment.
  • Poor vertical integration - Open source products tend to be written by people who buy into the "software tools" idea of UNIX whereby one puts together an ultimate application by stringing together smaller applications like pearls on a string.
  • Poor interactive capabilities – there aren’t any or few open source packages with an interactive user interface as good as "average good" interactive packages in Windows. Packages like Adobe PhotoShop, Visual Studio, Microsoft Word and others have GUIs of extraordinary breadth and depth, all accomplished with care and attention to hundreds of thousands of details of the user interaction.
  • Difficult to use - Open source packages tend to be written by engineers for other engineers and for many of them it is accepted that ordinary function will involve creation of configuration files, writing scripts, or actually editing the source code and recompiling.
  • Higher cost of installation - Commercial vendors are forced by intense competition to configure their products for easy installation. Open source tends to have much higher installation costs because a much greater degree of expertise usually is required for installation.
  • Higher cost of operation - Open source products tend to require a much higher degree of technical expertise to operate and maintain, so they end up costing more.
  • Higher cost of technical support - Open source costs more to support because the software is typically self-supporting.
  • Lack of capabilities / features - Open software packages tend to have far fewer features and capabilities than commercial equivalents.
  • Poor customer response - A well-run commercial software company will immediately turn around customer requests for enhancements. With open source, if you don't do it yourself you are at the mercy of a disjoint community of developers.
  • Lack of innovation / codification of obsolete architectures - The glacially slow pace of development within open source movements and the design by committee, consensus process tends to assure that obsolete architectures get implemented within open source.
  • Exposure to Intellectual Property theft issues - If you buy an open source product you have no assurance whatsoever that you are not buying intellectual property that has been stolen from its rightful owners, or has been created illegally by people who are violating a nondisclosure contract.
  • Greater exposure to security problems - If your adversary knows your source code and your mechanism they have a big leg up on compromising your system.
  • No warranty - If you use open source you are on your own. There is no single company backing the product.
  • Fraudulent status as 'open' source - If one actually looks at where some of the 'free' open source was developed, one finds that it is not really open source but is the result of an enormous investment of funds, quite often by a poorly-managed public agency. The GIS example would be GRASS, which was developed at immense cost by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Read the rest of this hilarious thread here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

In memory of Ronnie James Dio

One of heavy metal foundations have passed away, but your legacy and music will stay with us forever, rest in peace master Dio.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Extremely cool powerbook

Has your hard drive ever died on you? you try to boot but once the Hd gets warm it just clicks and clicks and nothing happens? Adam Kempa has found a simple solution to this problem... throw your laptop in the fridge and close the door!! read his experience here, absolutely hilarious stuff :-)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Network manager issue on Kubuntu 10.04

Today i'll show you how to re-enable the network manager on Kubuntu 'Lucid' 
After upgrading to Kubuntu 10.04 a couple of weeks ago, everything worked just perfect, but today, as i switched on my notebook i couldn't get online, neither by wlan nor by cable, a situation i just couldn't understand because it was working just a few hours ago.
After a few minutes of Google search i found out that this issue is known as bug #524454 and thank the Ubuntu community there's a simple solution to it:
Open up a terminal and start dolphin as root 'sudo dolphin' then navigate to /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state, this is a text file that you can open in your favorite text editor, if you were victim of this bug your network setting should be NetworkingEnable=false, just change 'false' to 'true', save the file and then let the command 'sudo restart network-manager' work it's magic... voila!