Sunday, November 26, 2006

MS reduced functionality.

In MS Windows Vista and Office 2007 there will be a sort of reduced functionality mode, such that when you run an unregistered product it cuts out some important functionalities. (i.e. you can't create a new document etc).

I hope the things works well. I hope they've put their best engineers in programming that, so that it is very difficult to crack and it's working flawlessly: will people start using OpenOffice and/or install Linux, rather than mess around with cracks and patches?

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Mounting college h drive.

Mounting college H drive under linux it's easy!

mount -t cifs // /mnt/hdrive
gid=users,file_mode=0660,dir_mode=0770 0 0

Where is your username, is your username on your computer, and the address for the h drive is given here (no newlines)

Friday, November 17, 2006

Novel + Ms.

More importantly, Microsoft announced today that it will not assert its patents against individual, non-commercial developers. Novell has secured an irrevocable promise from Microsoft to allow individual and non-commercial contributors the freedom to continue open source development, free from any concern of Microsoft patent lawsuits. That's right, Microsoft wants you to keep hacking.

I don't quite understand that sentence. Where is the "individual and non commercial" coming from? Who the * are they to decide what other people can do with OUR code?

By the way, commercial contributors are very welcome in the Open Source world: they bring the money.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Sono andato a vedere Borat, 8.3 su imdb, mi aspettavo meglio. Fa ridere, si, fa abbastanza ridere, ma Fantozzi 1 fa piu' ridere (nel '75). A dire il vero e' un film un po' scontato, sta in piedi solo perche' lui ha un accento (molto) ridicolo e dice cose (non molto ridicole) in un modo (molto) ridicolo.

Spettacolare i titoli di inizio e di coda, la colonna sonora, alcune gag (tipo quella nel rodeo...)

Comunque consigliato, ma bisogna partire con poche aspettative.


After putting 4 amps of current in a 10mA socket I've discovered there was a sign of warning. Too late, it was only good for the picture!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Top 10 linux games.

If you are on linux, and want to try some great games, here's a list.

(I probably got that on digg or ./ or somewhere else, but I don't remember).

Moto v3 AT commands.

Tonight I started working on the AT commands supported by the motorola V3x. The idea is to be able to save my phonebook, and sync it back and forward with thunderbird/gmail/whatever, complete with multiple phone addresses, categories, etc. The key is AT+CLAC (List All Commands) and a bit of "engineering".

I found no reference on this, but the king command seems to be AT+MPBRE (Motorola Phone Book Read Entry? Read Extended? ) That returns something like

+MPBRE: 62,1,"+391232312213",145,"BBBBAAAA",1,0,255,0,1,1,255,0,4,"",0,0,"","","","","","","","","",""

I can explain it as follows:
62: serial number in memory
1: number in the record. If I have more than 1 record per "person", then I will have 62,2 and 62,3
"+22": number
145: type of number, in this case international. 129 is normal, 128 is unknown. (from g20 reference found on
"BBBBAAA" name+surname, all in one entry, no space
1, type of number. 0 => "Work", 1 => "Home", 2 => "Main", 3 => "Mobile", 4 => "Fax", 5 => "Pager", 6 => "Email". I think. 11 other. Not sure
0,255,0,1,1,255 no idea yet
0 no full idea, working on it
4: length of the name!!! used to split the text field in name + surname. That's the key!! Previous field is 0, otherwise 1.
"",0,0,"","","","","","","","","","" no idea yet. I guess emails etc. The 4th is "nick name".

WOW, I am excited, will continue tomorrow. Now gotta go to bed!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

8.6 Gpx.

La spacciano per la foto digitale piu' grande del mondo, non so se sia davvero cosi', comunque potete ammirare Santa Maria delle grazie alla risoluzione di 8.6 Gpx. Sembra che sia stata fatta per Novara, da stampare all'ingresso della Cattedrale, in occasione della settimana santa.

La cosa piu' strana e' che Slashdot!!!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Nuovi negozi.

Hanno aperto qua vicino (di fianco al piccolo Sainsbury's, per cui conosce) un negozio di poltrone. Buddabag. Avete presente i sacchi della spazzatura riempiti di polistirolo? Ecco, questi costano sulle 1000 sterline (poltrona grande).

200 le poltroncine.


In queste sere mi sono mangiato delle cose cosi':

non so quantificare in grammi, ma un po'.


Oggi qui c'erano 6 gradi.