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12 Feb 2011
So yesterday Nokia announced its strategic partnership with Microsoft. It brought quite a disturbance on the industry and users, especially the free software community. As owner and main driver of the Qt Framework and driver of the free and Linux based smart phone operating systems Maemo and MeeGo, of course Symbian too, this will have quite an impact on the development and future of those products. With Microsoft breathing down Nokia's neck it is clear, that it will not be bright in this context. And moreover there is also a social impact. Let's take a look on the different aspects one by one:

Qt

Qt as a cross platform framework has most value for Nokia. Though I am not sure if it is compatible with Windows Mobile 7, it would make sense to develop the compatibility. If only to write applications only once, for Symbian, MeeGo and that Win stuff. Symbian will still be used in the low price segment and MeeGo phones, computers i mean, are not abandoned, yet. Well, you can have your doubts on this [1]:
31 Dec 2010

27C3 Day 4

Submitted by blizzz

This has been the last day of a packed congress with amazing people and talks. Let me highlight the session I attented today, before i get to a short conclusion.

We come in peace, slogan of 27C327C3's slogan: We come in peace

Which freedom do you choose?

The very first and excellent session dealt with Political Philosophy in FOSS. Adam Obeng roughly introduced Politics (on power) and Philosophy (on thinking really hard) as well as their combination, which takes the methods of philosophy and the subject matters of politics. The main part followed, in which he discussed freedom as used in the most popular FOSS licenses GPL and BSD on this base. He was very good in making clear how hard it is to find a definition of desirable freedom, because there is always a hook. The GPL on one side uses a "focuses freedom", because it is focused on the people as a group. As a restrictive license there are rules, that need to be followed, like redistributing software under a compatible license (copyleft). BSD, on the other hand, focuses on the freedom of a single person: take it and do whatever you want. For a better comparison the gave the example of "The General Slavery License" where people needed to provide work measured in LOC or time. This could leed to great software, brings forward the freedom of all users, but limits the freedoms of the programmers.

30 Dec 2010

27C3 Day 3

Submitted by blizzz

So this has been the third day of 27C3 and as such three fourth of the conference have passed. Absolutely a pity on the one side, on the other i am looking forward to catch up with my sleep demand. At least i have not too much blood in my caffeinstream. Today, i enqueued to the people who toppled down one or two times Mate bottles, which causes the famous and original hacker conference background sound. The talks I attended this day were unlike the day before more society related. But read for yourself:

Daniel Domscheit-Berg on Iceland Modern Media Initiative at 27C3Daniel Domscheit-Berg on his talk about IMMI at 27C3

A look on 2010

The first appearance today made Constanze Kurz, Frank Rieger, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Andreas Bogk from CCC in giving a retrospect of 2010. When they presented the development of member numbers as first thing by tradition, they welcomed the CCC's (basically a German club) first member from India. It followed a long, but entertaining report of the months, including (besides other)

29 Dec 2010

27C3 Day 2

Submitted by blizzz

So, today I reexperienced that picking out talks that are more or less above my skill level in combination with a lack of sleep is not an ideal situation here. Nevertheless i am sure i can draw a picture of what has happened, even if not too extensively.

Number crunching with FPGAs

I made it just in time to this talk (problem: with only one consumed cup of coffee). I was rather curious on how things go ("for the masses" in the title gave that impression), but if you have no real knowledge in electro-technics it is a bit like magic. So, what Felix Domke did was to show how a DES cipher could be brute forced in a certain time (~1 week) with a certain budget (~1k €). Usual ways of doing so (e.g. with CPUs, GPUs) are too expensive as loads of them are used to achieve the goal in the specified time. So, what he did was to buy some used boards with FPGAs on ebay and program them. Therefore he made use of the project Copacobana - short for cost-optimized parallel code breaker. Furthermore he is interested in sharing the calculation power. An opportunity is the Dreambox receiver which is fitted with FPGAs and can be used while on standby.

28 Dec 2010

27C3 Day 1

Submitted by blizzz

In Berlin's winter the 27th Chaos Communication Congress started again at the bcc, next to Alexanderplatz. Hence the available amount of tickets was a lot higher than demand i am happy that i got a full ticket in the presale. And luckily, i made it through the unusual strong winter from my family, where i spent christmas, back to Berlin in time, thanks to two guys from Duisburg, who offered me a ride.

27c3 at bcc in berlin27C3 at Berlin Congress Center (bcc)

Just like last year, I want to sum up what i have heard and seen at 27C3 each day.

27 Oct 2010
Last weekend I hat some nice chats as well at Ubuntu Release Party in Berlin, as well as something like a talk circle. Out of those I like to share some application tipps with you:
  • style

    style is a command line utility that can analyse German and English texts and gives out a whole lot of statistics. Style differs among the parts readability, sentence info and sentence beginnings. From Camilla's point of view, who introduced this tool to us, the Flesch-value, which ranges from 0 to 100 (except for C language ;) ). This, some other rates and statistic information like number of long and short sentences are given and are useful to stylecheck your documents.
19 Oct 2010
Ein kurzer programmatischer Rückblick auf das letzte Wochenende und eine kurze Vorschau und Einladung zum kommenden Wochenende.

Ubucon 2010

Am letzten, für mich nur auf den Samstag reduziert, fand die Ubuntu Anwenderkonferenz Ubucon in Leipzig statt. Mit über 250 Besuchern und einem breiten Vortragsprogramm ist diese wohl ganz erfolgreich verlaufen. Von daher ist es schön, mit dem Vortrag zum KDE Plasma Desktop Teil des Programmes gewesen zu sein, als auch natürlich vor Ort gewesen zu sein. Nächstes Jahr schaffe ich es hoffentlich auch wieder über alle Veranstaltungstage da zu sein. Nicht nur wegen der Torte... Dazu möchte ich hier noch kurz meine Vortragsfolien zum Download anbieten. Durch die primäre Erstellung in HTML (es sollte unbedingt auf einer Aktivität im Webbrowser Widget laufen ;) ), brauchte der PDF Export etwas Überredung. Wunderhübsch sind sie so nicht, erfüllen aber Ihren Zweck. Sie sind auch den Ubucon-Organisatoren zur Verfügung gestellt und werden demnächst sicher auch über Vortragsseite zu haben sein.
21 Sep 2010

Mister Wong, ein deutschstämmiger Social Bookmarking Dienst (altdeutsch: eine Online Lesezeichenverwaltung mit sozialen Funktionen), hat bereits vor einigen vielen Wochen (das war so Mitte/Ende Juni) eine neue Version seiner Firefox Toolbar veröffentlicht. Auf Netzwertig werden die neuen Funktionen genauer beschrieben, im Prinzip ist sie um Bewertungs-, Stöber- und Verteilfunktionen ergänzt worden. In einem Absatz eines aktuellen Blogposts wird zudem fast beiläufig ein größerer Relaunch angekündigt.

Mister Wong Toolbar mit Identi.ca Erweiterung

Zurück zur Toolbar. Unter anderem kann man per Klick einen neuen Tweet erstellen, bei dem Titel und ggf. gekürzte URL voreingetragen werden. Genau, Tweet, Twitter... da fehlt doch was. Zum Glück sind Firefox Extensions letztlich nur Archive und der Code wurde hier nicht unleserlich gemacht. So ward es leicht möglich, dieses Funktion für die OpenSource Alternative identi.ca zu ergänzen: tatsächlich habe ich das bereits kurz nach der Veröffentlichung gemacht, nur das drüber reden hat auf sich warten lassen ;) Die modifizierte Variante stelle ich aber erst jetzt hier bereit: Wong Toolbar Identi.ca Edition herunterladen.

25 Aug 2010

For the fifth time, FrOSCon took place. I think i have been there now for four years now and is has always been a fun and interesting conference. Just like this weekend. Completed with Monika and mcas, we ran the Kubuntu booth, next to our friends from KDE and Amarok.

Kubuntu booth

But a little fraction we distributed all of our Kubuntu CDs, the local user group TroLUG and also KDE took over also good amounts for further sharing. Thus and because of the good conversations, FrOSCon has been a success for the German Kubuntu Community.

7 Mar 2010
Vor kurzem bin ich durch Markey zufällig auf einen Artikel gestoßen, der sich mit der Arbeit des Biologen Anthony Cashmore auseinandersetzt. Er vertritt die Ansicht, dass es den freien Willen nicht gibt. Jede Entscheidung und Handlung basiert auf der Genetik, das Umfeld sowie einer Portion Stochastik. Das Bewusstsein ist die Wahrnehmung bzw. Reflektion des unbewusst gesteuerten Handelns. Dabei werden noch weitere Aspekte verknüpft: Das Bewusstsein sei eine evolutionäre Entwicklung, die uns den freien Willen vorgaukelt, um Verantwortung zu fühlen und somit das Leben in einer Gemeinschaft als auch als Individuum führen zu können.

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