I'm stumbling over lots of interesting KDE stuff lately. First, I'm a long-time happy user of akregator, a very nice KDE RSS Reader, which I use for my daily blog and news reading. Second, I'm using KOrganizer (calendar + organizer) on a regular basis for about 3-4 weeks now, and I'm quite content with that, too.
Fresh from Planet Debian: Isaac Clerencia reports that KDE and Wikipedia announced a cooperation. They're planning a Webservices API which allows KDE (and other) applications to query Wikipedia content and embed it into the applications (e.g. a music player could display information from Wikipedia about the artist performing the currently played song).
My Unmaintained Free Software wiki is down since yesterday. I don't know what happened, but I cannot ssh into the VServer where I host the site anymore. The server also hosts Holsham Traders, which is down, too (the SourceForge project page still works, fortunately).
Of course I stupidly neglected regular backups long enough, so that this could turn out to be a major problem...
I asked the hoster of the VServer what the problem is and what I can do to get my sites running again. The answer: "Reinstall the server". Upon reading that, I didn't know whether to laugh, cry, or simply terminate my contract with them immediately.
I mean - come on - that's a fucking Debian box running there, not some not so stable operating system, which needs regular reinstalls.
I basically told them so in another email and asked them to at least send me tarballs of /var/www and other relevant directories plus a dump of the MySQL database. No answer so far.
I'm really curious how this will all end — if one of their disks crashed or their servers burnt down or something, I'm screwed.
Software patents were stopped in India. We can prevent them in Europe, too. But we need to act. Now.
grep "idiot" *in the source code and similar searches (which do reveal some hits, although the code was cleaned before the release), are being discussed on Slashdot and elsewhere. My personal favourite is this comment in the code:
Update: The above quote is from the GRUB source code (included in OpenSolaris), not from the original OpenSolaris code. Thanks for the corrections. Also, Linux has 4.2 MLOC, not 4.2 LOC (yay, I spotted that one myself ;-).
That may sound like a stupid idea, and many years lots of security-minded people tried to educate users not to do that. But I think they have a point. Someone who uses the Internet regularly accumulates a whole bunch of accounts and passwords for all sorts of sites, servers etc. It's simply too hard to remember all of them. Thus far I agree.
But, I don't think writing down passwords on small pieces of paper and carrying those around in your wallet is a particularly good idea. It happens too easy that you lose your wallet, it gets stolen, or you lose the pieces of paper. Not to mention all kinds of social engineering activities, which are simplified a lot by this approach...
I do propose to write your passwords down. But do it in a computer file on a box where you're the only one with an account (your home PC or laptop). Encrypt that file with GnuPG and your're reasonably safe. Every time you need a password, decrypt the file, read and use the password, then wipe the decrypted plain-text file.
No more pieces of paper - help save the environment.