I want a law that forbids smoking inside offices and public
places, don't you?
A world without wars, death sentences, money, pullution,
monopolies, fanatisms and masters. A world where you don't do what
you don't like other people do it to you.
Sono solito chiedere alle persone: "Ti faresti amputare (in modo
indolore) il migliolo sinistro in cambio di un miliardo? A tal domanda
ho avuto le piu' svariate risposte: qualcuno mi ha
detto che lo farebbe anche per meno, altri solo per il mignolo destro
cosi' da poter continuare a suonare la chitarra. Un altro che sarei
doppiamente ..glione se dicessi di no e il giorno dopo perdessi il
dito chiudendolo nella portiera della macchina. Infine un'altro mi ha
rinfacciato: "se me ne dai due mi faccio amputare anche l'altro". E
"Basta soltanto avere di più, sempre di più,
allora non ci si annoia mai
L'unica cosa che importi nella vita è riuscire
in qualche cosa, arrivare ad essere qualcuno, possedere qualcosa.
Colui che arriva più in alto e diventa più importante
e possiede di più, avrà tutto il resto- e per giunta
gratis- cioè amicizia, amori, onori eccetera"
[Michael Ende, Momo]
L'unica cosa che puoi fare in un paese come questo
è stare sempre bene o diventare molto ricco, perchè
appena hai bisogno di qualcosa ti rendi conto di dove vivi
[A. De Carlo]
"Io cerco sempre di spuntare la spada del tiranno,
non opponendole un acciaio meglio affilato, ma deludendo la sua
attesa di vedermi offrirgli una resistenza fisica"
"Ieri ho sognato che vedevo Dio e che a Dio parlavo;
e ho sognato che Dio mi udiva... Poi ho sognato che sognavo"
Nel mio cammino verso la verità sono portato a dire
che Dio non esiste sebbene condivida diversi valori cristiani.
Ma ditemi: è più importante credere nel racconto della
vita di Gesù o nei valori in esso contenuti?
Berlusconi, you are a master of media and now you want
to become the master of Italy. No, thank you. Go home! Many people
dream your money and vote for you: I don't dream your money and I'll
never vote for you.
Open Source Software
My manifest pro Open Source
My manifest pro GNU software
My manifest pro Linux
My manifest against Microsoft
Why do you use Microsoft systems when you can have free operating
systems and software? The future is the Open Source software (Free Software Foundation, GNU, sourceforge,
freshmeat) because the quality
of its code is usually better than proprietary sw and you don't have to
pay for it!
The software is getting more and more important in our lives:
thanks to Microsoft now computers are more friendly but now Microsoft
is getting too dangerous, it has got too much power in its hands. You
ALWAYS write your private documents and you do internet banking using
EVERYTHING YOU DO WITH YOUR COMPUTER YOU DO WITH MICROSOFT
I don't want to become a slave. NO, I DON'T WANT! I DON'T
WANT! I WANT AN ALTERNATIVE, I NEED AN ALTERNATIVE!!!!!!!
Microsoft is too strong from the business point of view but
it's software is not as good as Bill Gates says.
Linux is faster than Windows (test ibm)
Microsoft Hotmail still runs on Unix systems (read it)
Microsoft is winning its fight against all the other sw companies
but it will NOT win against Open Source community.
Linux (LinuxDoc, Kernel, davecentral), FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD are free operating systems (you
can download them from the web!) and host most of the e-mail/web
servers of the world.
They are also good looking with KDE and GNOME. Gnome will be the default
window manager for the future releases of Sun Solaris and HP/UX.
There are several linux distributions, my favourites are:
Debian (a not commercial distribution,
the best!!! debianplanet ),
Slackware (linuxmafia),. Other distributions are: Mandrake (nice for a workstation, multimedia
or development box), Redhat, Suse,...
Have a look also at Free Standards and Open Source Development Lab (built
by Ibm, HP, Nec, Alcatel, Cisco, Nokia).
The biggest computer companies (IBM, HP,...) think that Linux
is becoming a business and they have started giving support for it!
The new operating system of Apple (MacOS X) is FreeBSD inside..
Why do you use proprietary technologies (ASP and java) to develop
your web sites instead of free and universal languages such as PERL (CPAN), PHP,
Ruby and Python?
Look also at XML and EIDOLA
A Ruby library useful to download and manage Yahoo indexes,
symbols, quote data and then store them in a MySql database: yahoo-finance-0.6.0.tgz
There's also a previous release written in Perl: yahoo-finance-0.5.0.tgz
Insert a music cd and lunch this Perl script: it will get
from freedb.org all the information about the artist, title of the
album and the list of songs and then store it in a MySql database.
Broadcast Oracle Sql
A Python/Perl/Ruby script useful to submit a SQL statement to several
Oracle instances. Download it (
ruby-previous) There are several links to this
Web Site, linuxlinks
). Old releases: Perl release
and these samples (ts.sqlp
A (Ruby and Perl) script useful to extract
statistics from the upgrade log file R3up.log: I use it to compare the
duration of the phases of my current upgrade with the previous ones I
Powerful Word Generator
Fortune Photo album
Classic Photo Album
album.sh and album-dir.sh
eat_blanks.sh,no_comment_c.awk,no_comment_c++.awk, no_comment_unix.awk, readme, ren.sh
My thesis and other things: prolog progs
Zope is a very
powerful framework for building web applications. Zope comes with: a
Web server, a Web based interface, an object database, relational integration,
scripting language support.
Clustering & HI
Virtual Server (HI and load balancing) and OpenMosix Cluster
MySQL, PostgreSQL, Firebird (born from interbase source code), Sapdb
(NASA Acquisition Internet Service) left Oracle for a MySQL database
With Samba you can connect
your Unix box to a Windows network as a simple client or a server.
Yes, you can have a PDC running under unix without paying for any license.
YAHOO and HOTMAIL (now a Microsoft Company) and others
don't use Microsoft Exchange to manage milion of email boxes but
one of Sendmail, Courier, Postfix, Qmail
The Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) is a cross-platform printing solution
for all UNIX environments. It is based on the "Internet Printing Protocol"
and provides complete printing services to most PostScript and raster
printers. CUPS is provided under the GNU GPL...
One of the most famous proxy servers is squid. It is used, for instance, in
ENI group. You can use is as cache proxy, an httpd accellerator and
a transparent proxy.
The most popular web server is apache and not Microsoft IIS (see
You can add powerful statistcs about your web site's accesses
with Analog+ Report Magic
Microsoft Explorer is not The internet browser: have a
look at Mozilla (it was born from
Netscape Navigator source code and the latest releases of Netscape
are now built from mozilla code :-), Galeon and Konqueror.
wine is an
implementation of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs on top of X and
Unix. Wine does not requre Mirosoft Windows, as it is a completely
alternative implementation consisting of 100% Microsoft-free code,
but it can optionally use native system DLLs if they are available.
The GIMP (I use it to
build the titles of my web pages), Gphoto, Qcad
To convert your DVDs into DIVX files you can use drip and transcode
The most famous sw to burn your Cds are: cdrecord
and cdrdao. They are
very stable and powerful command line utilities ( see also mkisofs,
cdda2wav, cdparanoia) but if you prefer there are many graphical interfaces
to these tools.
Perhaps you don't know but there are several Office suites
(GnomeOffice, StarOffice, OpenOffice, Koffice) you can use for your Company
to read/write word, excel and powerpoint documents without paying
for them!!! You know that a Office license is not so cheap...
is a great client/server software package allowing remote network
access to graphical desktops. It is less eavy than PCAnywhere...
is an open source client for Windows NT Terminal Server and Windows
2000 Terminal Services, capable of natively speaking Remote Desktop
Protocol (RDP) in order to present the user's NT desktop