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Ten signs your son might be a hacker January 31, 2009

Posted by Matsu in Fun, Humor, Information Technology, Open Source, Security.
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hacker-installing-linuxYes, you read correctly. There are ten (10) signs that your son (or daughter) might be a hacker.

This is from an old post that’s been around a while, but I just happened to stumble across it today.

My favorite is sign number eight, which is:

8. Is your son obsessed with “Lunix”?

BSD, Lunix, Debian and Mandrake are all versions of an illegal hacker operation system, invented by a Soviet computer hacker named Linyos Torovoltos, before the Russians lost the Cold War.

It is based on a program called “xenix“, which was written by Microsoft for the US government. These programs are used by hackers to break into other people’s computer systems to steal credit card numbers. They may also be used to break into people’s stereos to steal their music, using the “mp3” program.

Torovoltos is a notorious hacker, responsible for writing many hacker programs, such as “telnet”, which is used by hackers to connect to machines on the internet without using a telephone.

You can read all ten signs that your child may be a hacker on this website. They are very funny.

Practice Poll – Tell me your favorite season December 5, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Open Source, Software, Technology, Web, Weblog, WordPress.
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WordPress acquired a simple web polling product called Poll Daddy (sound familiar? GoDaddy?) and released it on WordPress.com for all of their bloggers to try out. So, I’m trying it out.

This is one of the pre-designed polling templates they provided:

What do you think of the polling software? Impressed? Not so impressed? And, what do you think the distribution for the answers will be? Evenly distributed (25% for each season)? Or, do you think that winter will get frozen out and people won’t choose it as much as they will summer, spring, and fall?

I guess we will see over time, as visitors answer the poll. If you haven’t, please give it a try so I can have some real data to work with.

To Dallas and back – lessons for a CIO September 18, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Management, Open Source, Technology, Uncategorized.
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Texas - The Lone Star State

This week I attended a conference in Dallas, Texas (USA) for CIO’s — also known as Chief Information Officers. As corny as this may sound, it has changed me, professionally.

Many of the sessions were led by Gartner research analysts. They gave me a lot of “food for thought.” In fact, I filled an entire legal pad of paper with my notes from just the Gartner sessions.

I have begun to see my role as CIO and my job where I work as far more strategic. I almost never have time (or take time) to conduct strategic planning — yet, that is my job. I must rethink what I do and how I do it in order to do what’s important — my job.

In one of the opening keynote addresses the speaker quoted Charles Darwin. I haven’t looked this up and verified it, but I will do that before too many days pass. Anyway, here is the quote:

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”

There certainly seems to be a lot of truth to that when it comes to technology and IT projects and support.

On a positive note, I took the Gartner CIO leadership survey and scored very high, compared with my peers (other CIO’s across all industries who took the survey). Of course, I have areas where I am weak and all areas could use work and improvement, but I was pleasantly surprised that my overall results were significantly better than the norm. To quote my friend, Stuart, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me.”

I guess I’m at least going in the right direction.

Microsoft Releases Open Source Exchange Server February 3, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Microsoft, Open Source, Software, Technology, Windows/Microsoft.
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Zimbra logoNow, that’s a headline that you are unlikely to read any time soon. Though, if Microsoft is successful in their $44 billion bid to purchase Yahoo then something will have to change if Microsoft isn’t going to make that headline a reality. Why? Because last year Yahoo bought Zimbra for $350 million and now owns and supports Zimbra, the open source Exchange-server-compatible e-mail system

If Zimbra is truly an open source product and if it is in direct competition with Microsoft and their Exchange server product, then will Microsoft kill Zimbra as soon as the Yahoo acquisition becomes final? Can they kill it? Will they provide an open source alternative to their commercial product? Will they support and improve Zimbra as an alternative to their flagship e-mail server product? What do you think?

“Zimbra” and the Zimbra logo are trademarks of Zimbra, Inc.

Is this a WordPress.com image bug? January 21, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Open Source, Software, Weblog, WordPress.
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MySQL Logo 2Last week I wrote this blog post about Sun’s decision to buy MySQL. I included an image of the MySQL logo as part of that post. Only, today it’s an image of an infant in a high chair! Huh?

I went back to my photo library (in WordPress.com) and confirmed that the MySQL logo image was still there and was still correct. Then, I went back and looked at the image name in my older post and it was correct. But, when I put that logo image into this post, it shows the child, again! Something is very messed up with WordPress.com images! I had to reload the image and name it “MySQL Logo 2” for it to work correctly.

So, what gives WordPress.com? Are you now randomizing photos in the blogs to make things more interesting?Kid photo

Note: When I published this post the MySQL logo image reverted back to what it should be and the child in the high chair disappeared! But when I go to edit it goes back to the kid image. So, I did a screen capture so you can see the kid I’m seeing. Right now it’s switching back and forth for no good reason.

Wacky!

Sun acquires MySQL January 17, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Open Source, Technology.
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MySQL LogoWhoa! Is this press release for real? Did Sun Microsystems really buy the worlds most popular open source database company? Well, close enough.

They have announced an agreement that was struck to buy MySQL AB, the company that develops MySQL, for a cool $1 billion dollars, US.

This could be very interesting and possibly not all good. It reminds me a lot of Novell’s acquisition of Suse (and Suse Linux). That didn’t turn out too badly, but it did cause me to wonder what would happen to the many open source applications and Linux distribution made by Suse. So far, I don’t think Novell’s acquisition of Suse has negatively impacted the open source projects. Maybe that will also be true for Sun’s acquisition of MySQL.

To learn more, you can watch this video where the head of both companies talk about their plans and what it might mean for MySQL users.