Every app Mono is an app Wasted

Eventually, every mono-app out there, every bit of it has to be thrown in the bin, paid for by licensing or coded again.
If useful apps like Banshee and F-Spot would have used TRUE free-as-in-freedom languages and platforms to begin with, they would have been useful examples for others to follow.
Instead their developers are only wasting time and efforts to nurture MS’es wet-dream of trying to pwn the GNU/Linux desktop…

“Those who don’t learn from the past are damned to repeat it.”


The Main Advantage of OpenSource

The biggest advantage of Free/OpenSource-Software is one you don’t necessarly think of :

Breaking dependancies!

Say what?!

Yes, that’s right: Coping with the inevatible obstacle of moving forward: Breaking old habits and open up for new territory.

In Microsoft-Land, everything’s tied up and interwoven,
so even the slightest change can virtually rip everything apart and the mess is to fix for MS alone.

There lies the beauty of “Adapt or die” and plays out as the biggest strength of OpenSource:
All projects (that matter) get up(dated) and running in the shortest possible time,
no matter how harsh the environment changes they live in.

Take Firefox:
The more widespread a plugin has become the more likely it is to be adapted for the newest version.

OpenSource makes it possible, even if the old code-maintainer has no interest himself,
anyone can pick up and take it to the next level.

That enables to try out and go beyond, where Windows is stuck on same-old, same-old.
KDE 4 is another example, where all things related will adapt until everything plays nicely again.

So the whole ecosystem of free software evolves and adapts (as in nature),
no matter how rough and fast the surroundings change – FLOSS is here to stay!


Guantanamo: A Modern Concentration Camp?!

After seeing more and more pictures and videos from the inside of the camp,
I really have to wonder how it is possible that the U.S.-people can tolerate such
a symbol of injustice and immorality and inhumanity as Guantanamo is today similar to what concentration camps have been in the past.


And much like the people inside a nazi-camp, the people in Guantanamo also do not to know when (or if) they will ever going to leave…



A new initiative could be labelled “Don’t convert – SAVE ODF!”.


With the newly released ODF-Plugin for Office from Sun, one should do some nice buttons and spread them all over the (web)place!


Name Thing

“Open” Standards with regards to Documents does raise some unconsious security-alerts.
Maybe better call it “Uniform” Standards with free technical garantee of implementation.

German : “Einheitliche Standards” or “Genormte Standards” is better than “Offene Standards”.


Microsoft takes on the Free World _or_ The Last Fight of a Failing Empire

It has begun, yes it has:


You cannot steal what does not exist.
You cannot collect money for things that do not exist.
Forcing someone to pay money for something called “IP” should be called by its real name:
Indulgency Payment!

Or as Matthew Aslett put it:
“If you sell protection against fires caused by others, than that is called fire insurance.
If you sell insurance against fires you threaten (indirectly of course) to start yourself if people don’t subscribe to your insurance, then you are running a protection racket, not an insurance company.”

Sorry Steve and Bill, you didn’t invent NOTHING!!
Just stealing ideas and calling them your own doesn’t make it so!


Where Microsoft already lost

Here I have the pleasure of presenting you 5 things where Microshit already lost some vital battles in the ongoing fight of control over the future:

5. Google

Google continues to be the number 1 portal to connect to the net.
With the power to steer a massive userbase to just the right things and tools (Google Maps, Mozilla Firefox) while keeping them away from Microshit, one can smell the air of chairs flying in Googles direction.

4. Ubuntu

Hardly anywhere else you find such a well-organised community.
Anytime a user wants to explore the possibilities of this wonderful operating-system called GNU/Linux, here comes the support of thousands of equal-minded people = a free-as-freedom-AND-beer community! It’s already an exceptional and fast-growing knowledge-base which is getting bigger and bigger everyday.

This article shows how well things go together in FOSS-Land
and brings us right to spot number 3:

3. JAVA, AJAX and Mozilla aka “The Web2.0-Technology”
MS has fought this revolution from becoming reality since day one:
Incompatibility, sabotaging standards, trying to make protocols and infrastructure of the web propriatary, etc.
Because it enables to share, to cooperate and to educate the masses:
It brings us such wonderful things like GNU/Linux, Mozilla, Free-Software, Wikipedia, AJAX, Youtube and a gazillion other things Microshit hates and fears.

Slowly creeping in and feasting on that monopoly (with the help of Google), 25% in Europe already use a program formerly known as Netscape: Firefox.

With JAVA being the backbone of the Net, now GPLed and running on GNU/Linux, this is a software-stack combo Microshit fears.

And with AJAX on top, it makes the whole Micro-V(irtual)B(ull)shit-Environment look like some stupid idea to base future code on.

Web 2.0 already becomes the future for most (if not all) software-GUIs and while nobody wants to get lured into the money-sucking-.net, FOSS gives any Microshit-Windozw-tied applications a very bleak future.

2. Apple + Itunes
The MP3-format came first and took over.
Then came the commercial version mp4 and Apple selling tunes over the net.
And so Itunes must be really one of Gates worst nightmares come true:
It makes a nice alternative to that horror-DRM-ridden-zune with all that WMA-crap, and whats worse: Now with the arrival of DRM-free songs, it makes Vista’s outlook dim to the point of irrelevance! (hence Silverlight to the rescue…? which makes me come to the Top spot…)

Read more about the impact of DRM-free-music here

And finally, here comes something Microshit hasn’t really seen it coming:

It’s cool, it’s hot, it comes with a short memorizable name Microsoft will never match!
This is becoming so hot so fast, it makes Microshit react in very short time and come up with some dull-sounding thing called “Silverlight” (as in “the light seen at the end of the road…”).

The technologie has built up before to become a defacto-standard by displaying annoying webads.
But nowadays, it has found a KILLER-use: in displaying videostreams!
It in fact makes streaming content so easily, it has established a defacto-standard for webvideos (like mp3 for audio) practically overnight!

And in return webvideos enable anyone to learn, learn, learn by watching and sharing knowledge visually (installing Linux, using flash (oh the irony…))

Flash was looming there before (nobody really noticed because of the misuse of displaying ads) and then: BAM! it suddenly (like Napster) busted into homes overnight with the help of the rise of Youtube.

Since then, new multimedia-sites pop up everyday and use FLASH as their prime technology:


This is what freaks the hell out of those shills at Redmond!

And whats best: It can happen again and again, everyday, with any future technology the more control Microsoft loses over the ongoing changes of computer and software landscape.

This renders Microsoft more and more helpless and practically unable to compete on their own.
The only option left is to try to abuse its monopoly or else surrender key-positions of emerging markets to competition.

These are 5 fine examples where Microshit’s deep in trouble and with every defeat the future looks even worse.
Reminds me of Germany around 1943: Suddenly the winter came and everything went downhill from there on…


Ghost-Debate “NetNeutrality”

I’m fed up with this whole thing called “NetNeutrality”…

This is a debate, which has absolutely nothing todo with reality,
and here is why:

I (like anyone else surfing the net) already pay for my internet-connection.
So do all the content-providers I connect to.
If I want a faster access to some content, I have to upgrade my connection and pay more.
If Google wants to deliver their content faster to anyone out there, they have to do the same:
They also pay for higher bandwith/traffic to send their content over the net.

Let’s take an example:
User Bob pays for a 1MBit/s-line and connects to Content-Provider X.
X streams content to the net with 10 Mbit/s.
All Bob can get is limited to a maximum of 1 Mbit/s (or: if more than 10 people connect to X with 1 Mbit/s or more, the maximum capacity of X is reached and the speedrate for Bob is less than 1 Mbit/s).

Then there is Alice, paying for a 5 Mbit/s-connection.
She also connects to Content-Provider X.
She has her content transferred faster than Bob,
if the connection of X hasn’t reached it’s limit.

If Content-Provider X has so much traffic, that it cannot satisfy all people connecting and streaming content, it has the option to upgrade to a higher bandwith (maybe 100Mbit/s) which sure will cost more.

So EVERY participant already pays for different connection speeds and therefore have the ability to send and/or receive digital content.
Everything’s perfectly paid for!

So where does the pseudo-idea come from, that there must be something like “net-neutrality”?

This “netneutrality”-debate is the stupidest thing I ever heard of!
It’s like hunting for some witch-soul or evil spirit/demon of the middleages, where most people nowadays know such things don’t exist. Go search for the ghost-in-the-machine…
Starting to discuss something “unreal” and eerie can only be seen as a lame attempt to ultimately trick the minds of the masses to restrict the freedom of anyone paying and having the ability to share and spread their opinions/content over an increasingly faster network!

Anyone discussing this NN on the assumption it has some facts based on reality must be seriously off their medication or has absolutly no knowledge of how the net actually built itself to what it is today…