La festa della cultura informatica

Sabato prossimo 25 Ottobre l’Italia celebra il LinuxDay, la giornata di promozione del sistema GNU/Linux e del software libero. Quest’anno la manifestazione è diventata tanto importante da meritare l’attenzione del Presidente della Repubblica Italiana! Complimenti a Davide Dozza e Michele Dalla Silvestra. Sarò all’edizione di Cinisello Balsamo a Villa Ghirlanda, organizzata dal LIFOS parlando di…

Software patents will not pass in Europe

The last lesson of the MBA was about patents, how to use them strategically for your business. The professor was really good at explaining all the steps that you must follow before you start any innovation process and what traps expect you at each step you make.’  Funny enough, all his lesson confirmed me that…

How Apple will dramatically increase revenues

My architecture professors repeated ad infinitum that an image is worth a thousand words. Following is a pictures that clearly shows how Apple will dramatically increase its revenues in the next year: [caption id="attachment_678" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="MacBook internals (source: iFixIt.com)"][/caption] It’s not (only) the cool design or the (un)cool software: it’s mainly the reduced (~60%)…

Firefox 3.1 beta 1 adds support for OGG formats

Big boost to the PlayOGG campaign coming from Firefox: This is the first beta from Mozilla to include support for <video> and the <audio> elements. This beta includes support for the OGG Theora and OGG Vorbis formats on all platforms. It’s going to be easier to use this format if millions of users will be…

School ending, still little free time

I’m done with class, no more crossing the city to attend lessons. The two years of this EMBA are coming to an end, finally 🙂 I still have little free time, though, because MIP Politecnico in the end is still an Italian school, with the exams happening months after classes have ended.’  I have to…

My high priority free software list

[caption id="attachment_664" align="alignleft" width="189" caption="Help FSF build the fund"][/caption] The FSF has rebooted the list of High Priority Free Software Projects with a $10,000 grant donated from WordLabel.com. The list contains software that is considered useful by the Foundation to keep computer users away from non-free software. In the past the FSF has maintained such…

Mac OS X vs GNU: my personal summary (3/3)

After two days bashing Apple, here is the good stuff as promised. iWorks is good stuff. Keynote is simply amazing: everything is where it should be, the templates are gorgeous, animations are fluid, automatic aligning of pasted items is superb. Pages is beyond any wordprocessor out there. I haven’t used Numbers enough because I don’t…

Mac OS X vs GNU: my personal summary (2/3)

Yesterday I described the bad things I found with my year experience with a Mac. Today it’s the day of the ugly stuff. The ALT-TAB (or CMD-TAB, in Mac world) has the stupidest behavior ever. It cycles through the open applications, not the open windows. For being an OS based on the documents, not the…

Mac OS X vs GNU: my personal summary (1/3)

When I started working at Funambol, Hal asked me what kind of computer I wanted, PC or Mac? At that time I had suffered some frustration with my usual setup, using GNOME. I was especially frustrated by the mail program Evolution while using GnuPG encryption and its lack of support for ‘discussions’ like Gmail. Also,…