I set up a Drupal Meetup 2 weeks ago and so far 13 people have joined up!
To sum up the video for those too lazy to watch it or too confused by it, Carrier IQ is an app that logs keystrokes, browser queries and who knows what else to either archive or transmit these somewhere. While other apps can normally be deactivated the usual way, CIQ is apparently designed to embed itself into the OS and cannot be disabled or removed via normal methods.
Why is this scary or illegal?
Yesterday I decided to give in and upgrade to (the very strangely and unfortunately named) Oneriric Ocelot aka Ubuntu 11.10, from 10.10. Unlike my last upgrade (10.04 to 10.10), this wasn't nearly as pleasant, because other than changing a whole lot of things I had already gotten used to and therefore placing a learning curve where I didn't want one, it took 6 hours instead of the 2 it took the last time!
(Reposted from here.)
I'm very happy to announce the following enhancements to www.linux.org.ph.
Feeds Now Working Great -
The site is subscribed to the following gentlemen's feeds with their blessings: Chin Wong, Ron Artos, Ag Alcantara, Aneurin Diaz, r3d3ye, myself, Noel Bautista, Manny Amador and Mr. Ian Dexter. Every 3 hours the site searches these member's blogs for posts that fall under the category 'open source' (or equivalent, varies). The titles of these are then posted on the front page of the site linked directly to the post themselves.
The future: Clearly we are looking for more local tech bloggers who are developers, businessmen, etc. who write about open source. Email me if you'd like to join your blog. Company or organisation blogs are also welcome. Merely adopt the practice of properly tagging your content as 'open source', 'linux', or whichever is applicable and submit your rss feed. Your content must be original.
Imagine what would happen if you gave a talented programmer with a strong imagination and intermediate social skills a ton of money. That's what I think of Mark Zuckerberg and the resulting product, Facebook. And although that might sound harsh, I'd also like to add that I empathize many times with him and his occasional attempts to treat people like they were just data - a common feeling a programmer gets whenever he deals with rows and rows of user submitted personal details.
Stats.wordpress.com is one of the features used by Wordpress.com, a free blogging platform. When you load the site, Chrome (the browser I'm using), displays very quickly, as part of the loading process, the servers where files are being retrieved. The above screenshot happens just a quick half second before the site fully loads, so when I caught it the first time I was ready to press the printscreen button when I re-loaded it a second time.
The article starts out explaining that the person who has the password to edit the website is out of the country, and so a decision was made to disable it instead.
First of all, let me tell you I've never been excited about anything in a long time. 4 years ago, I made a post on my old blog re how I thought Google would eventually release their own OS. Obviously that didn't happen immediately, but I never gave up on the idea because it always made sense to me that they should. They certainly have the resources plus the following to get it going, and after 4 years they've developed even more web apps that a centralized app, such as an os, just to connect to these would make sense.
And to me, that's what it's all about. Which surprises me that so much news about Google's OS has it pitted against Microsoft, which is beside the point if not completely outside it altogether.
I first learned about the giant merger yesterday but preferred to write about it now if only to let it sink in and learn more. Well, it's morning, and here're what's primary on my mind:
Good: In one fell swoop, another giant is at large, and a very powerful one with fingers in both hardware and software pies. The impact may mostly be on the Corporate side of IT, but I think that's only at the onset. With a player that has both Oracle's expertise (not to mention Larry Ellison's ego), plus Sun's hardware, the threat to IBM is most imminent. But after the dust has settled, I think there will be impact on the consumer market as well.
This is good for us as it gives us another player with a different mindset, a different way of doing things, and hopefully introducing a fresh perspective. See for the most part, I really believe we haven't really explored what computers can do. Pioneering efforts into the field require great inputs of cash and effort that can only be produced by giants such as Intel, Oracle, Sun, Microsoft, IBM, etc. - not only individually, but working as a group. Oracle + Sun is the merger of two greats in their particular fields, so the potential for innovative stuff exists.