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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
11:07 pm
A few years ago, I started making donations to open source projects every Christmas. This year, I donated to the Internet Archive (arguably not an open source project, admittedly), Calibre and Sigil, all of which are related to my purchase of a Kindle earlier this year.

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Monday, March 29th, 2010
10:11 pm
А вы хотите зарабатывать с блога?
Всем привет!

Недавно заметил в блоге Игоря Бигдана рекламный баннер, где он предлагает рекламу в своем блоге. И тоже задумался над тем, как бы получить хотя бы небольшую копеечку со своего увлечения.

Наткнулся на форуме блоггеров http://www.bloggers.su/forum/ на раздел о монетизации блогов http://www.bloggers.su/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=29, там обсуждаются многие вопросы, смысл которых мне непонятен. Тем не менее, некоторые из участников озвучивали цифры, и у некоторых якобы доход с блога был такой, что с основной работы можно было уйти... я бы тоже так хотел...

Особенно заинтересовала тема: Как начать зарабатывать на блоге? В ней новичкам, в т.ч. и мне, объясняют как найти рекламодателей для блога, какими способами вообще можно заработать... короче интересно блин и перспективно, как мне кажется.

А вы что думаете об этом?
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
10:26 am
Confused.com (in)security
People in the UK have probably seen Confused.com's TV advert, telling us how wonderful and easy to use the new site is. I signed up for an account recently, but when I entered a password, a message popped up to say:
"Password must be 6 to 8 characters, with no spaces, commas, hyphens or numbers"
Although they don't specifically say so, I discovered that underscores aren't allowed either.

Further experimentation revealed that the password isn't case-sensitive, so it's obviously not stored as a hash. The password I entered when I signed up had both upper and lower case characters, but I've been able to log in using the same combination, with all lower-case, all upper-case, and with the cases swapped.

I did a bit more poking around, and wrote a simple script to try 100 wrong passwords, then the correct one. I ran it from a server with a fast internet connection, and it took about 5 seconds to run, getting a successful login on the 101st try. It would appear, therefore, that they have no defence against brute-force attacks.

Luckily, their security page explains that I have nothing to worry about, because they use 128-bit encryption and:
"As a further commitment to security, our site was submitted for approval by Thawte, the acknowledged experts in web security. Thawte authenticated Confused.com as being secure and awarded us a universally recognised digital ID certificate."
As far as I can tell, all that really means is that they bought an SSL certificate from Thawte.
Monday, July 21st, 2008
4:28 pm
Open Rights Group Needs You!
The Open Rights Group (ORG) is a UK organisation which exists to protect civil liberties wherever they are threatened by the poor implementation and regulation of digital technology.

In the May 2008 elections for the London Mayor, ORG deployed 27 volunteer election observers, officially accredited by the Electoral Commission, to observe the e-count. ORG concluded that:

"There is insufficient evidence available to allow independent observers to state reliably whether the results declared in the May 2008 elections for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly are an accurate representation of voters' intentions."

In other words, we can't be sure that the current London Mayor is the man that Londoners actually voted for. They reached a similar conclusion after observing the use of e-voting and e-counting technologies in elections in England and Scotland during the May 2007 elections (and the Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission agreed).

This is serious stuff. We like to think that we live in a democracy, and that our vote counts for something. But what about when your vote isn't counted the way it should be, and the wrong people get elected?

On top of that, they've also fought DRM, helping the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group make sensible recommendations, instead of simply repeating what the record labels tell them, and they helped ensure that the Gowers review into intellectual property law made sensible recommendations, like A recommendation that private users be allowed to copy music from a CD to their MP3 player (it's currently illegal in the UK).

This is all important stuff, and ORG is currently trying to recruit more supporters, so that they can do more of it. If you agree that these things are important, please download the standing order form and set up a standing order for £5 a month.
4:16 pm
LugRadio Live UK 2008
On Saturday, we went to LugRadio Live. In the morning, we talked to the Open Rights Group people, discovered that our £5/month is spent on maltesers to give away at expos, and got a copy of the May 2007 election report for my sister (an electoral services officer, and firmly opposed to e-voting and e-counting).

We then went to see Andy Robinson's talk about OpenStreetMap, which was better attended than I or the organisers had expected - the lightning talk room was packed. It was an interesting talk, and seemed to generate quite a bit of interest, which is all to the good.

In the afternoon, I talked to the guys on the OSM stand, saw the Gong-a-Thong Lightbulb Talk Extravaganza, and Mr Ben's talk on supporting open source, before the recording of LugRadio Live and Unleashed, where it was announced that they'd decided to keep running LugRadio Live, even though they're not recording LugRadio any more. The presenters made predictions, one of which was that OSM would have completely mapped England by this time next year. I'd like to think that will come true, but LugRadio has an almost 100% failure rate when it comes to predictions, so I'm now less optimistic about that than I was before the weekend ;-)

As is now traditional, there was a party in the evening. Unfortunately, Jen & I were kicked out by an overly aggressive bar manager, which put a bit of a damper on the day. With that one exception, though, LRL was exactly what I've come to expect, and a lot of fun.

I have some photos on Flickr, as do many other people.
Saturday, July 5th, 2008
10:04 am
LugRadio Live Coming Soon!
LugRadio Live UK 2008, at The Lighthouse Media Center, Fryer St., Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT

LugRadio Live UK 2008, the most popular community Open Source event in the UK takes place in Wolverhampton on the 19th and 20th and features three stages full of 25+ speakers including Chris DiBona (Google), Max Spevack (Red Hat), Steve Lamb (Microsoft), Robert Collins (Canonical), Benjamin Otte (GNOME), Rob McQueen (Collabora), Edward Hervey (Collabora Multimedia), James Hooker, Kevin Sandom, Barbie (MessageLabs), Daniel James, Emma Jane Hogbin, Bruno Bord, Ben Thorp, Rufus Pollock (FFFI) Sam Birchall, John Carr, William J Giddings and many more...

In addition to this the show will feature over 20 exhibitors, special debate sessions, the legendary Gong-a-thong Lightbulb Talk Extravaganza (read: a series of small talk chaired by a man in a very small pair of pants and a very large gong - not to be missed!), parties on the Friday and Saturday evenings and much, much more.

All of this is just £5, and there are even a raft of hotel deals available to make your trip simple and cost effective. Head over to www.lugradio.org/live to find out more.
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
12:11 am

© Photo courtesy of Larry Ewing, Simon Budig and Anja Gerwinski.

Disclaimer: Цель данного поста — дать людям возможность попробовать что-то новое, а вовсе не начать новую волну флейма linux vs. windows.

1. Linux бесплатен
Это значит, что за большинство дистрибутивов не надо платить. Вообще. Их можно абсолютно легально скачать в Интернете или купить на рынке и установить на любое количество компьютеров.
Лицензия GNU GPL, распространяющаяся на Linux, предоставляет следующие права:

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Monday, February 18th, 2008
10:08 pm
I'd like to extend an open invitation to any Tcl-ers to involve
themselves in TransProCalc, a FOSS translation project management
program for translators.
Thursday, January 24th, 2008
5:42 pm
Eee, it's a tiny little PC
This isn't a full review of the Eee PC (if you want a full review, I'm sure Google will find lots), it's just some thoughts based on using it more or less daily for about three weeks. I'll try to cover the less-obvious points where possible.

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Monday, July 9th, 2007
12:32 pm
LUG Radio Live 2007
This weekend, I was at LUG Radio Live 2007. Those of you who have ever heard LUG Radio will probably realise that this was not a typical Linux expo.

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And that was it. Another fun-filled weekend in Wolverhampton. Many thanks to all who made it possible. It was a great event.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
2:13 pm
Virgin Radio Classic Rock
For those who don't know, Virgin Radio Classic Rock offer streaming music over the internet. Nothing new there, most radio stations do, but what is unusual is that the streams page offers a variety of different codecs, including Ogg Vorbis.

Current Mood: pleased
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