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Microsoft and LG sign patent agreement

Tectonic - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 11:36am
Continuing its campaign of signing patent deals with other companies, Microsoft has entered into a patent cross-license agreement with LG Electronics. This will see the software giant's products being implemented on various LG products, including Linux-based embedded devices.

md5 encryption at your fingertips

morphir.com - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 10:47am

I found my self in a dilemma here recently, I needed to generate my own md5 hash password on the fly (encryption).

So I found 3 ways to do this:


shell> php -r 'echo md5("test");'
--> 098f6bcd4621d373cade4e832627b4f6

mysql> select md5('test');
--> 098f6bcd4621d373cade4e832627b4f6

shell> echo -n test | md5sum
--> 098f6bcd4621d373cade4e832627b4f6

Learn more about md5 encryption here

Sourceforge adds wiki functionality

Tectonic - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 10:39am
SourceForge has teamed-up with Wikispaces to integrate wikis directly into SourceForge.net. The addition of wiki functionality into the open source software repository will allow the community to mass-author the documentation needed to support its open source projects.

Gnome Specimen bug tracker

uwstopia - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 10:21am

Some time ago I registered the Gnome Specimen product in Launchpad, mainly for these reasons:

Gnome Specimen

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala with the last word on aid

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 10:17am

Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the sort of visionary African leader everyone on stage and in the crowd would wish for Africa. She’s challenged with summing up four days of discussions on “Africa, the next chapter”.

Patrick Awuah’s pre-midlife crisis

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 10:16am

Patrick Awuah, founder of Ashesi University, tells us, “Like many of you here, I am trying to contribute to a renaissance in Africa.” He believes that, “Africa can only be transformed by enlightened leaders.” And his project is to help train those leaders to transform the continent.

Noah Samara and the power of information

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 10:15am

I’ve followed the work of Noah Samara with Worldspace satellite radio for almost a decade. I’d heard he was a passionate man, but I hadn’t realized how passionate until I had long discussion with him two nights ago - he got down on his knees to make a point to me, a point I’d already happily conceded. He’s one of the most charming and inspiring men I’ve met in recent years.

Dele Olejede and the stories we choose to tell

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 10:14am

Pulitzer-prize winning Nigerian journalist Dele Olejede tells us he’s glad there was a break between the conversations about aid and his talk because it’s given him a chance to calm down. “It’s too simplistic to dismiss aid as unneccesary,” he begins.

Believe, Begin, Become

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 10:12am

Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete took the stage with Dr. Larry Brilliant of Google.org and Bruce McNeighbor of Technoserve. Dr. Brilliant announces his support for “Believe, Begin, Become,” a national business plan competition, modeled on the successful experiment Google and Technoserve operated this past year in Ghana. He emphasizes the importance of job creation and business development as critical parts of economic development.

Baladi dance show on 12 June

The Arabist Network - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 9:54am

For those of you who live in Cairo, the French Cultural Center in Heliopolis is hosting a baladi dance show with live music on its rooftop on 12 June. See details after the jump.
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تماحيك

Nora Younis - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 9:53am

 

الحياة تماحيك

مش دايما سعيدة، ومش دايما النية خالصة

لكن بنفضل نتمحك في الدنيا وتتمحك فينا

Sponsorship of Debian Packages

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 9:41am

One of the worse things for a maintainer that happens not to be a DD (Heh!) is finding a sponsor for the packages.

SSH with authentication key instead of password

Debian Administration RSS - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 9:30am
SSH (http://www.openssh.com/" title="http://www.openssh.com/) is a must use tool for system administrators. However, residing access security on a human entered password is not very wise. Script kiddies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Script_kiddie" title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Script_kiddie) may break into your system due to a lazy user with a weak password. And

Secret rankings

A foreigner living in Finland - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 9:07am
The Finnish banks secretly classify their customers with either number or letter codes. Customers pay varied mortgage rates depending on how “good” a customer they are, how...

Blu-ray burning for Linux

Tectonic - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 9:06am
Nero Linux 3 includes Blu-ray and HD DVD burning capabilities and is now available in South Africa.

الكاميرا الخفية فى الثمانينات

Stochastic Rants - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 8:53am

Another nostalgic gem from youtube. Check it out..

Apparently, the editor of the program himself uploaded a significant number of episodes to youtube which you can find links to on the right :) . Pretty progressive for a TV employee.

The music and the keyboard solos are amazing!


الكاميرا الخفية فى الثمانينات

Stochastic Rants - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 8:53am

Another nostalgic gem from youtube. Check it out..

Apparently, the editor of the program himself uploaded a significant number of episodes to youtube which you can find links to on the right :) . Pretty progressive for a TV employee.

The music and the keyboard solos are amazing!


SA telecoms costs embarrassing - deputy president

Tectonic - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 8:47am
The South African government was embarrassed at the high cost of telephony in the country, South African deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told delegates at the 60th World Newspaper Congress in Cape Town this week.

MERIP roundtable on 1967

The Arabist Network - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 8:32am

MERIP has a roundtable of Israeli and Palestinian views on 1967. I thought this point by Samera Esmeir was particularly worth highlighting:

Mutawwa reigned in?

The Arabist Network - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 8:22am

After the jump is a story from the FT about pressure being brought on the mutawwa (religious police) in Saudi Arabia — worth reading.
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Egyptian pilot remembers 1967

The Arabist Network - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 8:20am

Interesting interview from the BBC of a former Egyptian pilot remember his dogfight with Israeli jets on 6 June 1967. Note that in terms of the technology used, it was basically Egyptians flying slower Soviet MiGs against Israelis in French Mystere and the newer Mirage jets. What comes across in this as in so many Egyptian testimonies is the inexcusable degree of unpreparedness for the attack, despite the high tensions at the time. No wonder the pilot has this to say:

President Kikwete at TED Global 2007

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 8:11am

Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete takes the stage and immediately removes his jacket, recognizing the informality of the affair. (His uniformed military aide instantly strides over to him and takes it.) The president starts by documenting his common ground with other TED speakers: “Talking to Bono, he speaks about the loneliness of sitting around a table where everyone works for you, travelling around in a private plane. I guess there’s some common ground between rock stars and presidents.”

“My dream is for my daugher to find her future in Africa”

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 8:10am

Ory Okolloh asks, “what’s image got to do with it?” She tells us that our images of Africa focus on the negative stuff - the poverty, the corruption and the disease. People assume that as a Harvard-educated African, these aren’t issues that are personal for her. But she tells us, “I know what it is to grow up without money.

James Shikwati, and crisis as opportunity

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Thu, 07/06/2007 - 8:07am

Economist James Shikwati is introduced a one-man Libertarian think-tank. Chris Anderson references his now-legendary interview in Spiegel, reported under the title, “For god’s sake, please stop the aid“. He is “shockingly misguided, amazingly wrong,” according to Jeffrey Sachs… which makes him very popular already with some of our audience.

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