JUN
17
2008

UEFA is being cheated by NOS

The Dutch like it cheap. We do not like rules. That's just the way we are. The people at NOS are no different. They have a contract with UEFA (or so they say) which requires them to broadcast the games of the European Championship only in DRM format.
NOS is using this as an excuse to pendel Microsoft malware.

Well, guess what? They also broadcast it without DRM. The stream is a proprietary protocol, but it is not encrypted. You can even play it under Linux.
We call this 'van twee walletjes eten' (eating from two dykes) or 'pappen en nathouden'.

JUN
17
2008

Oranje scores for Microsoft, Dutch goverment says: 'Use Silverlight'

Today, the Dutch minister for Education and Culture, Plasterk, has defended the Dutch broadcaster NOS. NOS is broadcasting the games of the European Championship football using Microsoft malware Silverlight. This means that in order to view this broadcast you need to install this software on your computer. You can only install the software on computers with Microsoft Windows or on Apple computers.

JUN
7
2008

Using the European championship to spread malware

Microsoft is pushing their evil SilverLight platform very hard. They want to make sure that providers of cross-platform software for delivering rich applications via the web browser are thwarted. This is normal behavior for a monopolistic company and certainly for Microsoft. To accomplish this goal they are throwing around bucketloads of money and FUD to get content providers to use the Microsoft malware Silverlight exclusively.

JUN
6
2008

Spot the heron

Please mail me if you see him.

Video by motion on a Logitech Sphere.

MAY
16
2008

Chilling in Prague

Today is day one of FOSSCamp. FOSSCamp is an unconference, which means there is no set program. The program consists of writing entries into the empty program grid. This is refreshing approach which seems to work rather well for one particular use case: recognizing and fixing problems.

APR
24
2008

Hardy Heron Alert!

So long and thanks for all the fish

Near where I live there's a pond. Actually it is right outside of my living room. In this pond there used to be many a goldfish. Until this week.

MAR
27
2008

Running with the devel

Google Summer of Code has started taking student proposals. This year Strigi is joining the KDE project in Google Summer of Code again. For students looking for a nice project in information technology in the true sense of the word, Strigi is the project to join.

MAR
4
2008

Logging out of KDE 4 in 5 easy stops

Today we are helping novice KDE users to log out of KDE 4. Logging out of KDE 4 is nowhere near as hard as with some other popular programs. Here you do not need esoteric keyboard commands like '<esc>:q!' or 'ctrl-X followed by ctrl-c'. In KDE 4 you can easily log out by using your mouse.

Step 1

Stop 1: move you mouse to the bottom left of your desktop and click on the picture of the K in the cogwheel.


Step 2

FEB
7
2008

Thinking about quitting

When logging out of your desktop session, you want all programs to shut down quickly. Strigi is one of the programs that can linger while it is analyzing a file. I've done some work to improve this latency and have measured the current latency after some improvements to analyzers that can potentially take long on some files.

Here is a graph with the analyzer latencies of my current version:

strigi latency

You can see that there is a 5% chance that stopping an analysis takes more than one second.

JAN
28
2008

digesting the Trolltech acquisition

What a surprise we had today! A coworker came to my desk and told me 'Guess what Nokia has done.' I thought for a bit and tried to infer Nokia's move from my colleagues demeanor. 'They decided to use Windows mobile on their telephones.' was my guess. As you all know by now, the right answer was much more interesting and much less gloomy.

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