Posts filed under 'Operating Systems'

Why free software shouldn’t depend on Mono or C#

Some days ago, the Free Software Foundation published a short, very interesting article by Richard Stallman that claims, as summarized in the title, that the FOSS community should not pursue the patent-encumbered way of the compatibility with closed minds.

This is not to say that implementing C# is a bad thing. Free C# implementations permit users to run their C# programs on free platforms, which is good. […] The problem is not in the C# implementations, but rather in Tomboy and other applications written in C#. If we lose the use of C#, we will lose them too. That doesn’t make them unethical, but it means that writing them and using them is taking a gratuitous risk.

Full article here:

2 comments June 29th, 2009

Personal Gentoo overlay on

It’s a few weeks now that I’m keeping my personal Gentoo overlay on github. I’m uploading there some ebuilds that I need, usually to fix bugs corrected only on Bugzilla, to bump recent packages or anything that is not yet in the official Portage tree or in any of the popular overlays that I use.

If you wish to use it, just clone it somewhere in your disk with
git clone git://
and add the fetched folder to your PORTDIR_OVERLAY.
If you have any comments, please let me know 😉

Add comment June 20th, 2009

UNIX time about to reach 1234567890

In a few days, the UNIX time will reach quota 1234567890.
You can try and see the exact second in which this event will happen on your machine by running in a shell:
perl -e 'print scalar localtime(1234567890),"\n";'
For all of those (like me) who live in GMT+1 (CET) the output should be:

$ perl -e ‘print scalar localtime(1234567890),”\n”;’
Sat Feb 14 00:31:30 2009

I assure you that I will be eagerly waiting for that moment.
(whatever the reason)

Thanks Slashdot for reminding me.

Add comment February 9th, 2009

Windows Vista voice recognition failure

Maybe the world is not ready yet for a voice-only interaction between human beings and computers. Let’s see why.

4 comments February 15th, 2007

Vista limited edition

OMFG… it’s true.

At the first look, I kept staring at it for minutes. I didn’t believe that the story was true, or that someone could even think of buying that crap. What am I talking about, you say? Give a look here, for example.

And, yes, I could write posts more often, if only exams gave me a break, and someone stopped bugging me every ten seconds 🙂 .

Add comment January 22nd, 2007

How to get a refund for your unwanted copy of Windows

I’ve recently read an interesting article about how having back the money you’ve paid for the preinstalled Windows copy that is bundled with many personal computers. I know that this is an old story and almost everyone has ever read/heard about one million different ways to accomplish the goal. Anyway, I’m posting the link because the author of this article, while confirming that the refund call is long and tedious (if not useless, sometimes), has written down a small quantity of common you-cant-get-your-money excuses, along with the appropriate responses.

The full article is here:


Add comment January 6th, 2007



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