Liberating the cloud one block at the time

The issue is how to bring the values of free software community to the cloud. According to reports from Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), Bradley Kuhn’s speech has addressed the issue.’  I hope he will include it in the next episodes of the Software Freedom Law Show, the interesting podcasts he runs with SFLC counsel…

Pimp your addressbook with Avatargrabber

Who said that syncing is boring? Alfredo Morresi developed the ultimate time-wasting-syncing-social-tool to pimp your addressbook. Did you know that your phone and desktop addressbook can associate an icon to any of your entries? But, honestly, who has ever wanted to spend time associating a name with a picture? I didn’t, until Avatagrabber was released,…

How long will it take for spammers to harvest this address?

Collabnet updated its discussion service on Funambol Forge so that now the archives hide the full email addresses of members using a simple obfuscation in the html code through a javascript function.’  Apparently there is no silver bullet to stop 100% of spammers, but as in many cases ‘good enough’ is enough.’  For curiosity and…

Everybody loves forums… or do they really?

I often find web-based forums difficult to participate to. Most of the times the graphic interfaces are too rich, clogged with unnecessary information, visually tirening and distracting. Usually they have too many categories to chose from the start page, threads are difficult to follow, most of the time you can’t really tell who’s answering to…

Two days to comment on TLS-authz standard to IETF

Patent encumbered standards are the worst because they seem legit, but instead they can easily become incompatible with Free/Libre Open Source Software.’  Free Software Foundation campaign is alerting the community to act fast: Last January, the Free Software Foundation issued an alert to efforts at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to sneak a patent-encumbered…

links for 2009-02-05

Monty says: Time to move on MySQL founder leaves Sun. "The main reason for leaving was that I am not satisfied with the way the MySQL server has been developed" (tags: sun opensource development monty mysql) A job does not give life meaning | Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk People would be a lot happier…

links for 2009-02-03

Stimulus stimulates crowdsourced oversight, activism – Ars Technica We should setup something like this in Italy. (tags: government democrazia stimulus transparency democracy) Italian red-light cameras rigged with shorter yellow lights – Ars Technica Italians do everything better, scam included. "Italian red-light cameras rigged with shorter yellow lights" (tags: privacy italy scam traffic redlight t-red tred)…