The idea it was named after

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I found an easter egg in SUSE /Yast !

Hey folks, follow the instructions:

Right click in the clock applet (in the bottom-right of the screen), select "Adjust Date & Time". Enter the superuser password. The Yast module window for that. Prepared? Press F5!

Note: apparently, sometimes the screen only flickers to some people instead of showing the easter egg. If are not running SuSE or can't see the easter egg for some reasons, this is what happens: after pressing F5, the screens is filled and then unfilled gradually with rounded coloured boxes all over the place, like those in this screenshot:

How did I discover it? I pressed F5 in order to update the date & time showed, but it seems that it's a feature not implemented yet, or at least somewhat buggy =). Oh and let me tell you it's certain - don't even ask me why I know that - that there are more mysterious easter eggs waiting for being discovered, in a SUSE next to you!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

It's unofficial: Microsoft bets business on Linux

The next time Bill Gates sends an e-mail through Microsoft's shiny new Wireless LAN it will be passed through a behind-the-scenes Linux-based network appliance.

Earlier this year Microsoft and Aruba Networks jointly announced the two companies will work to replace Microsoft's existing Cisco wireless network with Aruba's centrally-managed infrastructure, which eliminates the need for individual changes on the access points.

Aruba Networks was selected to provide the networking equipment for what is considered to be one of the world's largest next-generation wireless LANs, serving more than 25,000 simultaneous users a day in some 60 countries. According to an Aruba press statement, Microsoft's new WLAN will be deployed in 277 buildings covering more than 17 million square feet using Aruba mobility controllers, mobility software and some 5000 wireless access points.

What the press statement didn't mention is that Aruba mobility controllers run the Linux operating system which Microsoft has aggressively targeted as being inferior to Windows as part of its Get the Facts marketing campaign.

Mark Robards, Aruba Network's Asia-Pacific vice president, said:
the company's mobility controller switches provide integrated security, including a firewall, VPN, and hardware encryption, and they are all Linux-based.

Robards said the network rollout with Microsoft is going well and is likely to take two years to complete and will contain as many as 7000 access points. Indeed, Aruba is recruiting Linux developers to work on its mobility controller software. In an advertisement on the company's Web site, Aruba is seeking a senior Linux software engineer with "expert knowledge of Linux and extensive Linux kernel experience".

Sunjeev Pandey, senior director of Microsoft IT, said the company is "pleased to be partnering with Aruba in the upgrade of Microsoft's next-generation wireless LAN".

This partnership will allow Microsoft to leverage a cutting-edge wireless and mobility platform that provides us the scalability, performance and security that our environment demands,
Pandey said.

Pandey's appraisal of Aruba's technology is in stark contrast to Microsoft's "Get the Facts" rhetoric which places Windows as a more secure, and higher-performing choice over Linux.

Source: ComputerWorld

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Robin Hood Gates

Bill Gates is donating bast amounts of his own money to fight malaria. In fact, he founded the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation to help the poor people some time ago, and he has been putting money from his own pocket on it since then.

You can't argue with things like that. At the end of 2004, 107 countries and territories had areas at risk of malaria transmission. About 3.2 billion people lived in areas at risk of malaria transmission. An estimated 350-500 million clinical malaria episodes occur annually. At least 2.7 million die per year from Malaria.

Malaria is responsible for one in four global child deaths. These deaths could be prevented by means which are simple, effective and available. Malaria is almost overlooked in the media with all the focus on AIDS, cancer, avian flu, anthrax threats, etc... That's because malaria, unlike those listed, typically occurs somewhere far away, or simply in places none cares about. Billy is pumping money into fighting a disease that is known as a killer of the poor.

According to, Ted Turner set an example for Gates:

Ted Turner, the founder of Cable News Network, set an admirable example when he pledged $1 billion over 10 years to support United Nations programs aiding refugees and children, clearing mines and fighting diseases.

Likewise, Rockefeller was despised because of his monopoly. Now he is best remembered for his generous donations for National Parks, libraries, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Being so rich, it doesn't seem so difficult to donate a fraction of your fortune. But before doing such a critic, ask yourself, how much time and money have you philantropically donated yourself to a good cause? In contrast, Paul Allen spent $200 million on a yacht that has two helicopters. It costs him $20 million a year to keep the thing and he's never on it. Gates has given $20 billion to fight AIDS and now this to malaria. Of the two, who would you fault as the selfish bastard?

Others could argue that these good deeds are just for good publicity or any other reason. It might be true, but who cares if so? No one suffering from malaria cares at all why he made the donation, or whether he is rewarded in some way.

I don't like the means he used to obtain so much money. Lies, coercion, traps, monopoly, antitrust are words that just come to mind. But he is robbing the rich (basically everyone on the planet who is 'rich' enough to pay for software and derivatives), and giving the money off to the poor. A modern day Robbing Hood if you will. I'm sure that those rich people he stole the money from wouldn't have spent their money so well. Taking all into account, it's clear to me now that, sometimes, the end justify the means...

And I take my hat off to him, he´s done an excellent job!