Week 2011-08-28 in review

Da leggere: per seppellire per sempre il mito di Tremonti severo guardiano del bilancio italiano http://t.co/bskSZow # "tutti sembriamo saggi ed intelligenti se ci confrontiamo con Renato Brunetta" LOL http://t.co/M93f3Gm # Lesson of the evening: "we're hiring" says everybody in #openstack community # Apple fanboys got it wrong. Samsung won in the NL, Europeans will…

Non linear presentation based on open standards

If you’re like me you’re going to love Dizzy.js. Like many, I think that PowerPoint and all its clones are very poor tools to express ideas in a compelling ways. A very interesting alternative for me is Prezi, I have two main issues with it: it’s based on proprietary software by Adobe (Flash) and it’s…

Samsung scores against Apple in NL

If you’ve been following the European version of Apple vs Samsung saga, here is a piece of news from a person I trust, the tl;dr version: Apple has LOST all claims wrt the european patent 2098948. The court thinks that the european patent 1964022 is worthless and will be thrown out in reexamination anyway as…

Week 2011-08-21 in review

http://t.co/Fr2wOpr definitely something worth reading today # !Ubuntu using Thunderbird as default email/calendar app on oneiric: does anybody know how it will sync data to mobile phones? # well said: GNOME 3 just wasn't designed with old-school Unix hackers in mind. http://j.mp/qMlJvn –Doesn't mean it's bad # Google bought Motorola but should ATT be allowed…

Google swallows Motorola for $12.5B

This is what Google buying Motorola is all about: Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies. via Official Google Blog: Supercharging Android: Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility.

Week 2011-08-14 in review

Two to read about Google, Software Patents and Microsoft http://t.co/oC3rasM http://t.co/FOn1Pef # ♺ @webmink: My round-up of OSCON (and why open source is not dead) on CWUK: http://wmk.me/rgrTPh # Nicole Martinelli http://lnkd.in/Gi3ATW # Ok, this is the news, try not to make a joke ♺ @bigthink: Sperm Made From Stem Cells http://bit.ly/mSsslm # watching London…

Convert OOXML to PDF from command line

Don’t you hate loading Open/LibreOffice.org? I do, so anything that helps to avoid the wait for the mammoth to load is good. Carlo Daffara shared a useful tip on Google+. to convert files to PDF using libreoffice from the command line, I use this: $ libreoffice –headless -convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export <filename> works quite well, and in…

IBM and its success across a century

I spent many months together with IBM Italy during the first years of their ‘Linux initiative’ and learned to appreciate this huge corporation. I worked with their engineers certifying the now-defunct Linux distribution MadeInLinux for IBM x86 servers and later in a big marketing nation-wide tour to demonstrate the power of Linux to their massive…

Week 2011-08-07 in review

Yes, keep it simple: "abolition of software patents is the right reform" http://j.mp/nzAMQZ # Black Hat 2011: Special conference coverage http://is.gd/Gev1Mr !freedombox # DOH ♺ @ZDNet: Skype + Facebook = critical security vulnerability http://zd.net/pKRxNx # #1 software is virtually alone in being eligible for both patent and copyright protection http://j.mp/nzAMQZ #swpat # #2 We don’t…

Patents, Google and people that don’t get it

John Gruber rants about Google ranting about patents and especially the campaign to attack Android based on the absurd US patent system. If it wasn’t Google asking for a reform of the patent system probably Gruber wouldn’t ask these questions: So if Google had acquired the rights to these patents, that would have been OK.…