Month: February 2010

  • BBC activates iPlayer Flash verification – Locking out open source

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  • New Python shell is a DreamPie

    This article on H-Open reports on a nicer python shell.

  • Novell wants to be a big player in the mobile business

    Novell’s “open source .NET development environment MonoDevelop will now support development of Meego applications” (not quite “yet another” mobile platform) according to an article on H-Open. This article also reminds us, that MonoDevelop already supports iPhone and Google Android development.

  • another column-oriented database: Apache Cassandra

    I came across an article at H-Open on Apache Cassandra. The Cassandra project was actually started by Facebook, but then open sourced and “donated” to Apache, and Facebook got a Gold Sponsor of Apache. The article also includes a hint on Google’s BigTable. “Cassandra¬†is used by a number of other companies, such as Cisco, Twitter, […]

  • Firefox-3.6 and certain extensions

    Whenever we are offered another nice major release of Firefox, I always fear, certain extensions won’t run any more and I have to find replacements for them. Now, when 3.6 and it RCs got released, there were a couple of weeks of big uncertainty (at least for me), during which I really didn’t know, whether […]

  • Facebook Chat moves to XMPP/Jabber standard

    If you are heavily interested in Instant Messaging and also Facebook, then you may want to read this article on

  • three-finger salutes on computers

    The most famous three-finger salute is Control-Alt-Delete.Today I came across another one: Control-Shift-Escape — that one starts the Task Manager on various Windows-s.

  • Linux freezing with kernel “”

    after migrating from openSUSE-11.1 to openSUSE-11.2 together with a few further online updates including a kernel upgrade to, my system started freezing a couple of times for two days. I made up my mind googling for “linux freeze”, found a hint saying, that causes trouble, fell back to, “et voila”: the problem […]

  • column-oriented databases

    I read this article on InfiniDB, and I thought, it would help at least myself, if I took a note on it here. The centrepiece of InfiniDB is a column-oriented back end (“engine”) . MySQL database 5.1.39 serves as the basis of InfiniDB and comes linked to the back end. Since there is no indication […]