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Some open source advocacy is starting to be succesfull... later more...

In an reginal dutch news paper there was an article about usage of opensource by Municipalities. The articel mentioned that
they save about 450 euro fot every desktop. One worrying thing is that there perception is to much Linux=Opensource.
Anyway some tests where successfull.

Yesterday I tried to use KDevelop. It looks nice, but i'm not enthusiastic. I din't use the Project Mangager
correcty wich gave me lot of problems. Some of those problems are bugs I think. I need to investigate this futher.

found an interesting article here. About how Stanislav Petrov saved the world for disaster.
Really scary. It shows also IMHO how dangeres it is to depend on computers.

21 Sep 2004 (updated 21 Sep 2004 at 21:41 UTC) »
kayaking

Not many people ever heard of canoe polo (for example here).
We allways have canoe polo training a monday's night, normaly after 7 O'Clock. In the summer we train outside in a small lake. In the winter we do train in a swimming pool. Until now we could train outside, but in a few weeks that is impossible because then it is getting dark at 6 O'clock. The canoe club does many other thinks like whitewater and flat water touring. Since few months I'am the web master of the club. Currently I'am redesigning the site. I think I make a CMS system for it (I can use an existing one but it is just more fun to make your own).(Btw it is not the new zealand site I gave before. It is a dutch site actually)

Secure programming part I

I'am not a software safety expert but there are some few things I can say about it.

First, it is inportant that there are about 4 different kind of safety bugs in software:
1) User/Admin errors
2) Bugs
3) Wrong protocols
4) A mixture of 2 and 3.

Second there a some things you can do avoiding security bugs:

1) Look at the kind of softare your are going to build:
Every type of software has his own rules how to build safe software

2) Look at every bit of the software where security bugs can appear.

For example when a buffer is used, ask your self are there any buffer overflows.
3) Wich data the program is used is untrusted? How can I make this data trusted when I need it.

4) How can I use mine toolset save? What kind of errors I can make.

5) Build your program in such way that it is easy to check where security bugs are(TODO: how).


That are a few things what came on mine mind when I though about how to make a secure software. Hmm need to search Internet if other had wrote about this... I think there is much more, but I have used mine brain to much today so i'am stopping....

g'night

I installed a new version of Thunderbird. It has now a rss feed reader. verry use full.

I'm pushing opensource at the organisation where I work for. We are allready using PHP and MySql. For the last 2 day's i'm installing php, apache and a open source Document Management System (sadly) on a win2000 box. It is used for a communication 'hub' ( I don't know if it is the good word), between different organisation. The communcation is through a private VPN network. I wrote some extentions to the DMS system ,and it is looking fine. Hopefull everything works out fine.

I also put mine new private web site online. Not much really. I used it mainly for a photo album (Mountain hike trips and some other stuff). The pictures doesn't look verry good. I think I need to rescan them.
Link to web site:here
Picture of last hike in norway:here

anyway....

Just came back from Norway, Mountain hiking.
Saw that Advogato was back up :)... needed to write something

Some comments about opensource software

When many people talke about opensource/free software, they talk about the license and the development proces. And when it is about free software also about fsf ethics.

I think there are far more inportant things thant the one just mentiont.

Many opensource software is developed by anything between a single software developer or a large group of programmers. That more and more companies starting to write opensource software should be inportant in wider acceptance of opensource software, but that is one thing what i'am not finding inportant. One of the things where i'am really interesting in is software not developen by a comercial company interesting in $$$, but a group of people doing something because they just like it. It will call that 'social software groups'. It doesn't matter if its opensource of freesoftware, they both have much in common. It is just a good antidote against the arrogance of big companies. It is a kind of social (r)evolution.

Big companies are dominating society to much, wich is sad because they are too much care about self interest and not because of ethical reasons. Those 'social software groups' can give some power back to the common people. Yeah but that is the fsf about, freedom of software? No! I find the fsf filosofie rather limited. It is not about freedom but about civilised behaviour.

Freedom

Americans find there freedom (of speech) verry inportant. But what hapend is that civilisation is sometimes is sacrificed for freedom, and freedom is more motivated because of egoistic reasons and not ethics. Sometime ago I saw a report on television about concerns of sale of big cars to americans. Some people were only interesting in their 'freedom' to owne and use of such car, and couldn't bother the devistating effect of those things on the enviroment. I can't call that ethics, but more egocentric behaviour. It is about civilisation. It is not sacrificing freedom , but that people take their obligation to others and society. Respect the interests of the (software)users I would say! And that is much more than freedom.

I work in a office as softwaredevloper /application maintainer. The HQ of the organisation( the place where i work), is in the middle of a forest. Its such a remote plase that even a mobile phone doesn't often work verry wel. It is a beautyfull place. I just need to walk out the door and i can have a nice walk in the forest

I live at the other site of this forrest, about 7km from that place. When i go to mine work i prefer to go on foot.

Walking through the forrest is verry enjoyfull. Often you can see dear,squirrles or birds of pray. It is magnificence to see the geece flying over and hear that distinct sound. The last few days it has rained a lot. It has become verry mudy in the forest. That makes it only more interesting. In the winter, it is often verry dark when I go home through the forrest.

Elaya project

I'm trying to port it to NetBSD. Because i have not the machines on wich i can install NetBSD i use Bochs. I was able to setup bochs and NetBSD, so that i can compile the compiler and the RTL. Everything compiles fine but I need to change the RTL , because of some Link errors. The build system also need some changes to support full cross-compile of the compiler itself. Compiling everything under bochs takes to long.

15 Aug 2003 (updated 15 Aug 2003 at 19:38 UTC) »

It's has been a long time since I wrote somehting is this diary.
I have been walking in Norwegain mountains, it was a
unforgettable experience. It is something unique, being
alone in the middle of nowhere. I choose the maintains
south of Roros
It is quit there not spoiled by tourist and a
wild place. Mountains are beautyfull yellow because of
the moss/Empty and dessolate. It was sometimes cold and
freezing but a dry weather. It did snow even for a
while.

Book Tip


Baught Cache Lake Country form John J. Rowlands.
A musthave.
this is a book about living in the
wildernis of canada.
Good written and interesting
information

Also reading The Wind in the willows from Kennth
Graham. Got it from EM. Also good written and orginal
story.

Elaya project

Released a new version of compiler. To much back luck.
Source file packaged containted error after uploading. I
Could fixe it luckley. I also discoverd this morning that
i left out the documentation files in the windows
packages. The FRS of berlios didn't work eather...
Anyway.. I have now also a machine with 2.4 kernel
(Yeah SCO ) wich I can use for testing.

Life
Yes, I am still alive. Maybe not the most interesting remark,
but it matters to me.
Visited Amsterdam. Beside the usual things, I Visited the 
'Richeness of the Stroganov' exibition. The moral delimma is
that proberley most of the richeness is gathered at a cost 
of the ordinary people. At that most of time people lived in
verry pore condition in Rusia. To much honour for the Stroganovs

Elaya project Didn't do much. This wekend I changed the method ptr syntax, removing some ambuigity. This is proberly the last change before the next release.

6 Mar 2003 (updated 6 Mar 2003 at 12:03 UTC) »
Life
Someone I know is Dying..

opinion

Civilazation ?:

  • Bombining innocent people with napalm (by American army in Vietnam war)
  • Apartheid (in America some 30 years ago)
  • Repress people with other idea's (Comunists in America)

You can argue that above list are from some years ago. But considering the attitude of American govenement towards countries witch doesn't support the war on Irak, you can conclude that America hasn't changed in those years but only
the rest of the world.

Elaya compiler and language
There was no bug in virtual nested classes, but fixed some other small bugs.

It takes to long for running the test suit (1 day). I should consider some changes...

... planning futures development.

There is futher nothing interesting to mention.

28 Feb 2003 (updated 28 Feb 2003 at 10:12 UTC) »
I wish I wasn't where I am know.....
I am looking  forward when I go to Norway this sommer
(like Setesdal  previous year).
Someone I know, is going to New Zealand next month.  Sadly I can't go with here...

Elaya Compiler Project Fixing virtual nested classes. I hope this is the last bug. When this is true, the new release is next week I hope. The only thing to do is writing some documentation /

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