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Changing genomes: The size problem

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The idea There are enough of science fiction stories where a virus transfers to the cells of some character an entirely different genome, causing him or her to change accordingly. Nice idea, eh? Well, replacing cell genome with a different one will not always automatically introduce deep changes in the organism – for example, it […]

My Tablet

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I have seen a lot of tablets recently, but none won my real appreciation. A lot of them are digital handcuffs, fluffy pink on outside and hardened steel on inside – and I’m not a BDSM freak, sorry. Others lack the carefully designed lure into restraint and submission, but still are far from what my […]

Linux or GNU/Linux? Or… GNU?

Monday, May 28th, 2012

An old flamewar. Typically, with much heat and little light. Some arguments are needed, I believe. There are a lot of arguments in favor of ‘Linux’. It is hard to deny that it is far shorter and more memorable than ‘GNU/Linux’. It is a name that can be remembered even by a non-techie. A name […]

A permissive bubble?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Many years ago, I found an absolutely outstanding archiving program. It was able to compress to about 10% of the original size any type of file – including its own archives. I understood then nothing of the math behind the data compression. So, my first thought was: “At last, a compression properly done!”. However, doubts […]

Apibot 0.32

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

The next version of Apibot is available. Actually, it is just a bugfix. A critical bug in the continue_query() functionality was found and fixed. Happy botting! 🙂

My Dream Desktop

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Novadays, there is a lot of desktop hatred around. KDE3 vs. KDE4, GNOME2 vs. GNOME3, KDE vs. GNOME vs. XFCE vs. you-name-it… Everyone hates something. Especially when it comes to new things. I will describe instead what I would love – my dream of a desktop. All modern desktops are the old Xerox-born 2D paradigm. […]

A Filesharing Virus?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Almost two years ago I received a very strange spam. It contained an account (with a password) to a site billed as “the best black board around”. (If you don’t know what this is, the black boards are the Internet underground – sites dedicated to, and run by the cybercrime.) The curiosity quickly took over, […]

Apibot 0.31

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The next version of Apibot is ready. You can find it on the Apibot site, or to download it from this link. It was intended primarily as a bugfix release, and a lot of bugs were squashed indeed. However, you will find some new things, too. The first is the ability to use HTTP over […]

Cleaning wiki spam!

Monday, August 1st, 2011

There is a lot of wiki spam novadays. The wikis I host were close to being rendered useless by the amount of e-trash pumped in by spambots. Naturally, I had to do something. The first idea was to install a captcha extension. There are plenty for MediaWiki (all my wikis are powered by it). However, […]

Winning the war for Wikileaks

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Will Wikileaks win this war, if left alone? No. Their adversaries are all governments bent on obtaining authoritarian power – which includes most governments in the world. Too strong an enemy for a small volunteer organization. Should they win this war? They should. Yes, they are not perfect. Some of their actions may raise doubts, […]