28 December 2008

End of blog_2008

This is my last post before New Year's eve. I've just finished reviewing the changes in the site and I think that everything is ready for publishing. I don't know when I am going to upload the new pages but I suppose that I'll do it on the 31st or maybe on January 1st. Probably the latter since I want to start the 2009 blog with the 2008 statistics of

The renewed will include my personal profile and a new section of class notes. I hope to post on the blog on a weekly basis and keep on updating the site monthly as usual. I may include visit statistics for each month too.

Happy new year!!!

ps: Today is Holy Innocents' Day but I didn't remember.

20 December 2008


Last Sunday I was visiting Fedoraproject's site and I was drawn to the section "Who uses Fedora?"  I was amazed to learn there that the Nasa uses Gnu/Linux in their servers. Fantastic news!!!

It's also interesting to know that Linus Torvalds (If you follow the link and read the interview) has never used pure Debian because he prefers Fedora's ease of use. Well it's not bad at all, everyone using Debian knows a lot about package dependencies and compiling from source. There might be millions of reasons to use Debian but I can't imagine any better reason than having all dependencies resolved.

Anyway I downloaded Fedora 10 liveCD and I must admit that I like it a lot. I have been using it for a week on my laptop and on my ultra-portable and it works fine. It is perfect as desktop OS; it is capable of dealing with most day to day jobs. The repository is very good and complete (There are 7264 available packages)

But still I am not sure whether it is suited to stand hard work as a powerful Debian workstation does.  To begin with I wasn't able to locate the apache software using yum's gui. Yes, I downloaded the desktop edition, but still I missed the package.

09 December 2008

Thoughts on music

I have always liked music. At least as far as I can remember. That's why I can't comprehend why some people simply don't mind music at all. How is that possible? How can someone not care at all about music?

Well this question has remained unanswered for so long that I had almost forgotten. But now that I don't like music myself I can perfectly understand. But I need to explain this a bit further. Perhaps I should have said, now I do not simply like music, now I do love it and that's because I enjoy it like never before. When I was younger music (mainly hard rock) was powerful and fun but as I grow older music is still powerful and fun but it is also (or at least more than before to me) feeling. Pure feeling, and when you feel it deep in your veins you just can never let go of it. It's got you forever.

04 December 2008

I'm new in and I must say that I love it. It's out of this world. I used to listen to Virgin Radio (UK) everyday in the afternoons. They have recently changed their name into Absolute radio but it doesn't matter. I still like it but since I discovered I just can't do without it. Still some days I miss Leona Graham's voice and have to tune in.

But I haven't been able to find any group or even listened to any of Mark Free's songs. (One of my favourite singers ever) If you say you want to listen to Mark Free, you are connected to Mark Free's radio and listen to similar artists but never get the real thing.

I'll keep on trying and maybe some day...Maybe it would be a good idea to type one of the bands he was in. King Kobra, Signal or Unruly Child. I'm gonna try right now ...

03 December 2008

Cloud computing

Cloud computing is about using software as an online service rather than on your own personal computer. The problem with that is that the information is stored on a remote server being exposed to security issues. I understand why some people like for example Mr.Richard Stallman consider it a complete stupidity, but I would like to give this matter a twist.

A big part of our computing time is spent online, many of the services we use are server based. So if we are so server dependent, what is the real difference? We upload our files to our web servers, the information thus made public, but still is stored out of our control.

I think that web based applications are cheap, easy to use and very handy. It is also true that there is no real need to use say, a web calendar when you probably have one installed by default in your system. But that information can only be edited on that computer, however, being online you can access it from anywhere.

Let's find a middle ground position and let's use these applications when they are useful but let's be especially careful what kind of information we put at risk.