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How Many Years to Buy a Copy of WinXP?

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Boing Boing had a link to this article about the “case for open source in developing countries”: http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue8_12/ghosh/index.html If I understand correctly, an average Pakistani would have to work approximately 16 months to be able to afford a Microsoft license for Windows XP, while an Ethiopian would require about 71 months (or 6 years). If […]

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Keeping Spammer Servers Busy

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Stuart just sent me this link about keeping the connection open to spammer’s mail servers to help bring them down. Kind of an “Acceptance of Service” attack you could say: http://www.iks-jena.de/mitarb/lutz/usenet/teergrube.en.html Unfortunately, when Stuart said, “the guy kept a spammer tied up for days”, he didn’t mean literally. Reading the article took away the only […]

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Asian Weblog Awards

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Read about the awards from Anti-pixel which is one of the nominees for the Best Japanese Blog. Glad to see others that I know on the list and doing quite well. Good luck fellow bloggers. Now, if you think my blog is the best Pakistani blog (one can always dream right?), head on over to: […]

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Dubya Google Bombed

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Try searching for ‘ miserable failure‘ on Google and look at the first result. Hmm, I should add Google bombing to the list of things to try for pulling my company out of the red (yes, still in the red after 5 months). It is after all the best linux consultant and one of the […]

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Another Lingo and a Ranking of World Languages

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I’ll soon be starting an evening language class at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and just for fun, I tried searching for a st@tistics of the most widely spoken languages of the world. This is what I found: http://www.globallanguages.com/knowledge/languages.html Some very interesting results though the page fails to mention how it got the […]

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Increasing Data Downloads

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Last month, I exceeded the 2GB data limit on my DSL connection by a few hundred MBs and was duly charged for it. After some calculations, I concluded that with an additional 24-hour 56Kbps dialup connection, I could increase the total data downloaded by approximately 12GB per month. That’s about 20 CDs on standard dialup. […]

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Brazil’s Linux Cybercafes

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The Brazilian government is setting these up to improve conditions for poor Brazilians: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3250876.stm It would be interesting to see similar projects in other poor parts of the world.

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The Iranian Vice President’s Blog

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It seems that Mr. Mohammad Ali Abtahi has joined the world of bloggers, though the blog is in Farsi. Here is some info in English: http://www.webnevesht.com/en/about.asp Until recently, I thought Iran was pretty backwards when it came to information technology, but looking at the huge number of Persian blogs and the activity on tech mailing […]

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Good Coffee, Pepsi and the Tea Menace

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It was about 3 years ago that I got hooked on Starbucks’s coffee while at Vanguard. One of us would call the office on the way to work and take an order from everyone present. Not only did the coffee help us get through the day, it was an incentive to come in early enough […]