Category Archives: Life

The end of an era

In 1999 i subscribed to a usenet provider named Newsfeeds, the following year i didn’t renew the account but they forgot about me, so i cheated the following 10 years without paying a cent.
Thank you Newsfeeds, it’s been a huge joy downloading 10 years of binaries for free, too bad today it’s all gone, and not because they remembered about me.

This week marks the end of an era for one of the earliest pieces of Internet history, which got its start at Duke University more than 30 years ago. On May 20, Duke will shut down its Usenet server, which provides access to a worldwide electronic discussion network of newsgroups started in 1979 by two Duke graduate students, Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis.

News of the day is also the shutdown of the British Usenet indexer Newzbin today; the site sank under the weight of a lawsuit and outstanding debt. Merge these stories with the recent news of Microsoft shuttering its newsgroups, along with otherrecentstories, and the picture does not look bright for Usenet.

A Sense Of Purpose

I hate to say it, but i knew it…
Today i had my first listen to “A Sense Of Purpose”, the latest release from one of my all-time favourite bands: In Flames. How disappointed…

Contrary to what most ignorant people say i considered the evolution started with Colony as a road to perfection, flawlessly covered until the reach of their absolute masterpiece “Come Clarity”.

What happened now? Very predictable songs that sound all the same, Anders sings (badly) the same way from the first playing seconds to the end of the record, and the overall sound doesn’t convince me at all.

Definitely a bad day in my musical life :(

Oversea’s insanity infects Switzerland

I always loved my country for being quite free and “different”, just like most people living here i guess. This time, instead, it seems something went wrong.

It looks like Switzerland is going to adopt the DMCA copyright law like Canada did time ago, which would bring only hassles to the most important part of this wicked business machine: the consumers.

Luckily, according to swiss laws collecting at least 50.000 signatures would result in a referendum, that’s why anyone who cares about his/her rights should pay a visit to and spread the word.

We already pay a tax on every kind of blank support we buy to refund a potential copyright infringement we will do with them, do we also need DMCA?

Think different™

Finally, WordPress

After wasting time and efforts trying several so-called “blogging platforms” i finally found an intuitive, affordable, solid and full(y working)-featured software which suits my needs.

This site has no special purpose but to publish some of the stuff i’d like to make public but can’t find a suitable space for.
There will be some articles (mostly tutorials) i enjoy writing from time to time, i think they could be of some interest for someone so here they are. Most of them are Linux related, since it’s the operating system of my choice, but you can find miscellaneous topics as well.

This is a personal site so don’t expect lots of updates or tons of new articles coming every day. Suggestions, help, comments and critics are of course always welcome.