Archive for the 'In English' Category

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, […]

On the Moral Superiority

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

There are a lot of news about the leaked Afghan War documents. And a lot of descriptions of Wikileaks as a threat to the US national and military security. Which reminds me a lot of things. The Cold War Most Westerners are convinced that Ronald Reagan won it, by raising the military expenses of USA […]

So you want me to turn my AdBlock off?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Hi there, In a blog post (interview, press release, please substitute the correct place) you complained that ad blocking software is harming your business. You explained, in polite and courteous terms, that the existence of your site depends on the income from the ads. That you use them sparingly, that you provide meaningful and useful […]

Of Debian and Mono

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Some time ago, the Debian Developers decided to include Mono in the default Debian installation. This move was controversial, and provoked a discussion. After considering the different opinions, I decided to voice mine. The situation Mono is an open source implementation of the Microsoft .NET platform. Since it is licensed under a DFSG-compatible license, it […]

A Free Technology License

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

We have free software licenses for already a lot of time. And without them we would be nowhere near the richness and the quality of the wealth of free software we have now. Their role, especially that of the copyleft ones, was crucial for the creation of this wealth. Since much sooner, we already have […]

Daily Spam

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

The spam could be not only the biggest Internet nuisance, but also an excellent opportunity for jokes. Here is a (part of) the reply to a spam that I received today: —8< --- > Lately, we obtained for our development plans. But, as you are the owner of > .net, we first decided to […]