Sunday, 13 February 2005

Interesting technical projects

Guerrilla.net is an interesting project site I found via 'hack a day' about a bunch of people aiming to set up global, wireless, secure internet, for free. To "ensure that the free flow of information is not obstructed, captured, analyzed, modified, or logged".

I'm totally for this, I think in the past few years there's been an alarmingly rising rate of internet censorship and spying. Anyway... they've got some interesting links to alternative power sources on their site (to power the nodes in their wireless network). I particularly found this article on home fuel cells interesting: homefuelcells.pdf

I saw the idea of hydrogen fuel cells being used to generate power on tv about 7 years ago - looks like they've really moved on now and there are now viable home generators being developed. Hopefully in a couple of years time we'll be able to buy these units to fit in our homes and never have to pay a single penny to the greedy electric company again! All you need is water - amazing. The other really cool thing about hyrdogen power cells is that they're totally environmentally friendly unlike other power stations which contribute to global warming.

If only the American government would plough as much money into research into alternative fuel sources like this than it did invading other countries - we'd have half the pollution we do today. Imagine a world where all the cars run on water.

Hack a day's got lots of other cool links on it - check it out - like this guy who took high-altitude weather balloon and attached a Linux box, webcam, GPS, parachute and long distance wireless network (amongst other things) to take some awesome pictures. Cool.

Monday, 7 February 2005

More Gates bulls***.

I was doing some research on Linux at www.linux.org and came across this link to a comment by Bill -f*** the customers- Gates:

Gates: 'Linux makes interoperability harder' - silicon.com

Ok, in English: "Interoperability, n. : (computer science) the ability to exchange and use information (usually in a large heterogeneous network made up of several local area networks)".

Bill is actually criticising Linux for not being good at enabling the exchange of data between different systems? Am I missing something here? Talk about flaming hypocrisy!

Yeah, there may be a few areas where Linux still can't handle the crazy sh** Microsoft has created, that's because Microsoft never f***ing sticks to standards - even it's own standards sometimes! - but for the most part, Linux is actually really good at coping with data from other systems - look at OpenOffice!

Remember the browser wars of the late 90s? Microsoft ignored the HTML standard and bastardised it so that many web pages would only be viewable in IE and not Netscape they also bundled their browser with their OS to force out the competition (doesn't sound so bad until you realise you can never uninstall the f***ing thing -even today). How is that promoting 'interoperability' if you exclude web sites from being viewable in other browsers?

Remember Sun taking Microsoft to court for bundling an implementation of Java with it's OS which (deliberately) didn't match the Sun specifications for Java in a pathetic attempt to burry the technology? That's pretty non-interoperable right there - bitch.

This is pure and blatant scare mongering by Microsoft aimed at managers who don't know any better. It's a sign of the times - they're getting desperate - with good reason. Fire fox is here to stay and more and more people are waking up to the fact that it's the only way to surf the net. I mean, who the hell wants ActiveX components compromising their system?

Microsoft actively strive to be incompatible with everyone else - it's their M.O. How else can they maintain their monopolistic hold on the market?

Haven't you got enough money yet Bill?

Keep trying to throw mud at Linux you sad little man.


Check out how they tried to sue some 17 year old kid called Mike Rowe for creating a web site called www.MikeRoweSoft.com. They obviously failed because the address still takes you to his site. Priceless.