February 28

A XII-a noapte

Bravo Mircea :)

Autor: William Shakespeare
Regizor: Mihai Constantin
Distributie: Steliana
Balacianu / Nicoleta Hancu, Dan Radulescu / Andrei Runcanu, Alina Vior
/ Irina Ungureanu, Andrei Seusan, Ilinca Manolache, Darius Daradici,
Cristian Tataru, Thomas Ciocsirescu, Mihai Nita, Marius Miron, Mihai
Muntenita, Grigore Bechet, Silviu Bertalan, Alexandru Suciu
Descriere: Productie a Universitatii Nationale de Arta Teatrala si Cinematografica “I.L. Caragiale” din Bucuresti
       
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February 28

Cum iubeste cealalta jumatate


Am ras cu lacrimi, o piesa absolut criminala, din pacate am fost la ultima reprezentatie ca altfel as mai fi mers o data :)

“Cum iubeste cealalta jumatate” este o poveste despre trei cupluri unite printr-un adulter si diferentiate prin statut. Cuplurile sunt
reprezentative pentru clasa de mijloc. Ceea ce au in comun familiile
Phillips, Foster si Featherstone este faptul ca nici unul din membrii
lor nu este fericit. Fiona Foster si Bob Phillips au o aventura si
cuplul Featherstone – un amarat de contabil si sotia lui – devine
alibiul perfect. In fapt, piesa dezbate problema raului, vorbind despre
cum reusesc oamenii sa se raneasca unii pe altii in incercarea
disperata de a-si ascunde propriile slabiciuni. Teatrul Mic da anii
inapoi si reactualizeaza spectaculos un faimos succes de casa,
“Pluralul englezesc”. Vizionand “Cum iubeste cealalta jumatate” veti
putea constata daca “a love affaire” este la fel in Romania ca in
Anglia.

Teatru Mic

February 18

De ce nu mai sunt comunitati linux

Un articol f interesant despre comunitatile linux:

Unde sunt comunitatile noastre sau ce de rahat suntem

Am citit un articol recent care deplange ca multe inaintea lui degradarea comunitatilor dedicate Linuxului. Constat cu oarecare satisfactie ca RLUG e inca considerat un grup “elitist”. O iau ca pe un compliment.

Problema e simpla: a trecut valul revolutiei, Linux e la orice pas, e mainstream. Discutam cu un amic motociclist care constata ca de vreo 2-3 ani a crescut fenomenal numarul de motociclete in Bucuresti, ceea ce a dus la diluarea comunitatii care se intalnea in fiecare miercuri la Arc. La fel se intampla si cu miscarea “noi , bloggerii”. Cum ar suna “comunitatea ochelaristilor”? Sau “comunitatea fumatorilor”? Comunitatile stranse sunt o caracteristica a minoritatilor si a categoriilor sociale marginalizate. Dupa cum zicea un batran colistas, lipsa de entuziasm privind comunitatea e un semn ca revolutia a fost castigata.

Sunt membru RLUG dinainte ca revolutia sa fie castigata, de prin 2000 (putin dupa ce s-a infiintat cu acest nume, doritorii de istorie pot sa vada pe wiki mai multe detalii). Pe atunci verva era mult mai mare, dar constat ca nucleul e relativ acelasi. Mi-am racit gura aparand diversele “vedete plictisite” sau “inginerasi expirati” de pe acolo si enumerand meritele celor mai rasariti dintre ei. Cine are urechi de auzit, aude. Ma bucur ca si unii dintre cei mai noi aparuti au vederi compatibile, inseamna ca nu ne-am ramolit de tot.

Cand eram junior pe lista visam sa facem diverse chestii pentru comunitate, de la install festuri la free shell accounts. Acu am posibilitatea sa fac unele din ele dar realizez ca nu-i mai pasa nimanui. Ura, suntem mainstream. Oh well, ma bucur ca am trait sa vad utilizarea Linux ca fiind mainstream si comunitatile Linux o resursa obsolete si ca am avut si eu cateva mici contributii in chestia asta.

Cat despre indignarea referitoare la cum sunt tratati unii membri “marcanti” ai comunitatii… De cand stiu, s-a pus mare pret pe documentul lui ESR despre “Cum sa pui intrebari inteligente” si stiu ca m-am straduit in repetate randuri sa explic de ce nu e in regula sa te dai cocos cand inca n-ai toti fulgii la tine. Dar si eforturile acelea, ca si orice alte eforturi de a explica cum sta cu adevarat situatia, sunt inutile.


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February 18

Linux – the curse of being free

inux isn’t very popular on the desktop. It’s a far third behind OS
X, which is a very far second behind Windows. Most people cite
pre-installed operating systems as the reason. But as a student of
psychology, I see something most people don’t. There’s one big factor
in why Linux isn’t popular on the desktop. Linux is free. I know this sounds like complete dog’s bollocks, but hear me out before judging my sanity.

We
can all remember the story of Tom Sawyer. At one point, Tom had to
whitewash a fence. When one of his friends happened along, Tom tried to
persuade and bribe the friend to help him. Needless to say, it didn’t
work.

A few moments later, as Tom was unhappily whitewashing the
fence, another friend stumbled along to jeer at Tom’s misfortune. This
time Tom decided on a cunning plan. He ignored the friend, and seemed
very absorbed in the whitewashing. Soon the friend became intrigued,
because what could be more interesting than talking to a friend?
Shortly thereafter, he started begging Tom to let him whitewash a bit
of the fence. Tom wouldn’t give in.

The friend offered Tom some
of his most valuable possessions if Tom would just let him whitewash a
little bit. Tom reluctantly agreed, secretly jumping with joy on the
inside. More friends happened along, coming to laugh at Tom for having
to whitewash a fence. Tom simply did his act, and they all stayed to
help whitewash, and paid for the privilege!

The above story
illustrates a basic human nature. We don’t value things we can get
easily. Yet we’d climb mountains, cross rivers and travel across
deserts just to reach something we can’t easily get our hands on.

The computer world

The
same thing applies in the world of computers. Humans are naturally
suspicious of that which comes too easily. Imagine you were promoting
an expensive brand of champagne. If you were running around forcing
free samples into people’s hands, they would be very wary. But if you
set up a stand where you would offer small samples for $10 each
(“Special promotional price! Normally costs three times as much!”),
people would see your champagne as posh and valuable.

It’s still the same champagne. Yet your presentation radically changes people’s perception of it.

Which brings me to Linux. There’s one problem with Linux getting to new users. It’s free.

That’s right. Linux being free is a problem in reaching new customers.

Why Windows pwnz Linux – an imaginary case study

Let me show you an example where Windows is better than Linux (I don’t mean better as in actually better :p).

Ignore
for a moment all the crap about Windows being pre-installed and such.
Let’s say you have a computer-newbie friend, called Compy McNewb, who’s
just bought a new computer and is getting ready to install an OS.

He’s got two computer-savvy friends. You, who urges him to use Linux. And another friend, who urges him to use Windows.

Which one will Compy pick? Let’s go through the reasoning.

  • Linux is being offered for free. Good.
  • He can get a pirated copy of Windows from his friend. Also for free. Good.
  • But Windows is sold for over three hundred dollars, while Linux is offered for free.

Here’s
what Compy McNewb sees. He can get both OS’s for free. But one of them
is worth over three hundred dollars, while the other one is worth
nothing.

“That’s not true!” I hear you scream. “Linux is worth a
lot! It’s just being offered for free!” I know it’s not true that Linux
is worth less than Windows. It’s far more valuable to the end user in
terms of getting things done.

But that’s not what Average Joe
Computer Newbie sees. He sees a free product versus a
three-hundred-dollar product he can get free. It’s all about the
perception!

In the 1970’s, a record label in Britain
was selling albums containing cover versions of contemporary songs.
Although the records sold for less than a pound a copy, hardly anyone
bought them and the record company was suffering.

A whizz-kid
joined the board and announced he wanted to more than double the price
of the records. The other executives were shocked, but eventually
agreed to his plan. Within a few weeks, the records were flying off the
shelves.

When the records didn’t cost much, people didn’t value
them. The record company was saved by redefining people’s perception of
their product.

Taking Action

So here I am, wondering how to turn the tables around.

And
I’ve got an idea. In the past, I tried to convert people to Linux
(specifically Ubuntu). None of them really stuck. Back then I focused
on all those great aspects of Linux. Being purely factual and objective.

But
I have since learned people don’t act rationally. They act based on
irrational emotions – like in the above examples. So here’s the
question. Could I turn the perception around? What if I presented Linux
in a way that makes people drool? Make it look more expensive than
Windows, more cool than a Mac, more posh than a ten-million-dollar
villa in the Caribbean?

Here’s my plan:

I’m going to
present Ubuntu as a very expensive posh OS. I’ll mention it sells for
upward of five hundred dollars in the States. I’ll say I managed to get
an illegal copy off a Polish guy I know over the internet.

Only
THEN will I mention all the positives. Multiple desktops, bullet-proof
security, stunning visual effects. Somehow all of it makes sense in the context of a super-expensive elitist OS. I’ll see how many people I can convert when advertising Linux this way.

I’ll post exactly a week from now, reporting back on how my Linux Preaching v2.0 went. Hi yo, Silver, AWAAAAY!

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February 14

Warren Buffet


There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second
richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:

1. He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!

2. He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.

3. He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.

4. He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.

5. He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world’s largest private jet company.

6. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only
one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals
for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis.
He has given his CEO’s only two rules.
Rule number 1: do not lose any of your share holder’s money.
Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.

7. He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch Television.

8. Bill Gates, the world’s richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.

9. Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.

His advice to young people: “Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself and
Remember:
A. Money doesn’t create man but it is the man who created money.
B. Live your life as simple as you are.
C. Don’t do what others say, just listen them, but do what you feel good.
D. Don’t go on brand name; just wear those things in which you feel comfortable.
E. Don’t waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on them who really in need rather.
F. After all it’s your life then why give chance to others to rule our life.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett

February 4

What is the coolest thing you can do using Linux that you can’t do with Windows or on a Mac?

by matthew, Saturday 2 February 2008 at; 17:58 :: Linux / Ubuntu :: #32 :: rss

Someone asked me this recently. I don’t have just one answer. I compiled a list of things I thought of and emailed it to my friend…then I thought I would post it here for future reference. Feel free to add to the list! There is also a forums thread on the same topic, that I remembered as I complied my thoughts, so I stole some of the ideas posted there.

1. Upgrade to the newest version legally and without paying money
2. Have the latest version of the operating system run faster than the previous version on the same hardware
3. Easily install and run different graphical interfaces if I don’t like the default setup
4. Install twenty programs with one command
5. Have the system automatically update all my installed programs for me.
6. Install the same copy of my OS (Ubuntu) on multiple computers without worrying about license restrictions or activation keys
7. Give away copies of the operating system and other programs that run on it without breaking any laws, governmental or ethical or moral, because it was all intended to be used this way
8. Have full control over my computer hardware and know that there are no secret back doors in my software, put there by malicious software companies or governments
9. Run without using a virus scanner, adware/spyware protection, and not reboot my computer for months, even when I do keep up with all of the latest security updates
10. Run my computer without needing to defragment my hard drive, ever
11. Try out software, decide I don’t like it, uninstall it, and know that it didn’t leave little bits of stuff in a registry that can build up and slow down my machine
12. Make a major mistake that requires a complete reinstallation and be able to do it in less than an hour, because I put all of my data on a separate partition from the operating system and program files
13. Boot into a desktop with flash and effects as cool as Windows Vista on a three year old computer…in less than 40 seconds, including the time it takes me to type my username and password to login
14. Customize anything I want, legally, including my favorite programs. I can even track down the software developers to ask them questions, contribute ideas, and get involved in the actual design/software writing process if I want to
15. Have 4+ word processor windows open working on papers, listen to music, play with flashy desktop effects, have contact with a largely happy community and have firefox, instant messaging, and email clients all open at the same time, without ever having had to beg someone for a code to make my os work, and without the system running so slow it is useless
16. Use the command “dpkg –get-selections > pkg.list” to make a full, detailed list of all software I have installed, backup my /etc and /home directories on a separate partition, and you are able to recover your system any time, easily
17. Run multiple desktops simultaneously, or even allow multiple users to log in and use the computer simultaneously
18. Resize a hard disk partition without having to delete it and without losing the data on it
19. Use the same hardware for more than 5 years before it really needs to be replaced…I have some hardware that is nearly 10 years old, running Linux, and still useful
20. Browse the web while the OS is being installed!
21. Use almost any hardware and have a driver for it included with the operating system…eliminating the need to scour the internet to find the hardware manufacturer’s website to locate one
22. Get the source code for almost anything, including the OS kernel and most of my applications

I could go on, but that’s long enough. :)

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