Browsers - Part II (11/03/2006)
Browsers - Part II (11/03/2006)
I use for the last months the SeaMonkey
web browser and I more than impressed. Kudos to its developers, for
their excellent work. I have always preferred the Mozilla
Application Suite and the SeaMonkey
than the mainstream and popular Firefox,
but I couldn't describe the reasons for my preference very well, since
both projects share a very large part of their code-base. I think that
I found the explanation at http://slashdot.org/articles/06/01/31/1917251.shtml
Check also this excellent link - http://www.ie7.com/
- for those who might want to give Internet Explorer another chance.
Three Albums!!!! (11/03/2006)
The story with the Sony
imported rootkit (named with the fancy name XPC -eXtreme Copy
Protection) reminds me a recent research that demonstrated that the
majority of users would reveal their password for a chocolate. Now
Sony offers to any of the half-million of infected users three
downloadable cd albums of their choice for free. After all it seems
like a bargain to me, to have your computer infected with a
completely hidden and quite impossible to remove rootkit for three cd
albums. I was wondering though how many of those people would accept
to handle the keys of their home for three cd albums, which appears
pretty much the same to me if you take in to account that is not
unusual to store in PCs valuable personal and financial information?
major problem with
security is not only technical but also social. Now that broadband
connections becoming the norm a few hundred infected PCs can bring
large part of our digital infrastructure to halt, so a bare minimum
of computer knowledge should be required before anyone plug his
system to the net.
to conclude with
I am sure that they can find much better ways to protect their
intellectual properties than this one. Most importantly by offering
incentives and additional motives to people to look for legal music.
Reasonable pricing and extra services are, at least for me, much more
effective than rootkits.
On Web Browsers (18/11/2005)
As an old linux user since 1998 I still remember these days when it was
extremely difficult to find a decent browser for our favorite OS.
Netscape Communicator was rapidly loosing market share from Internet
Explorer and Netscape was struggling to survive the competition from
Microsoft. Nonetheless the linux version of the Communicator was never
a great product. It was constantly crashing, support to other languages
was practically non-existent (still remember the horrible procedure to
install Greek fonts) and it was far from trivial to install various
plug ins such as Java.
a couple of years came Mozilla, derived from Communicators' source
code, which was never actually used except the code for the SSL. I used
it from the very beginning (M16) and I was really impressed. Now the
situation changed dramatically as we have a number of first class
browsers for linux such as Firefox,
Application Suite, Opera,
While I have nothing against the Mozilla
Foundation, their decision to abandon completely
Application Suite in the favor of Firefox, was a real disappointment
for me. The idea to discontinue the product that make them known in
most linux users seems to me a very bad one. I still have Mozilla as my
main browser and I was really happy to see that some brave hacks
decided to continue the development of SeaMonkey
as it was mozillas' original name. I am sure the will come with a great
browser in a few months and I would like to suggest to any Mozilla user
to keep an eye to their excellent efforts.
Keep up the good work guys!
On Window Managers (23/10/2005)
A week ago Vasilis
Karakoidas, a colleague and very good friend of
He was really impressed with
the improvements of the KDE, which surprised me a lot. Not because I
don't believe that KDE is an excellent environment, but because it took
him so long to find it. This guy is an excellent software engineer and
as most of us has a number of boxes, but he kept installing on every
single one of them GNOME as he found sometimes long ago that it was
better than KDE.
I have a totally different philosophy on that issue. I am trying
constantly new things. So recently I got an old 550MHz Celeron notebook
and installed on it Mandriva
10.2 with GNOME as the primary window manager just
to give it a
try. My main system is powered by a SUSE
10 Linux with KDE as the main graphical environment
and I use
also a Mac
Mini in my
office. I believe that in our field nothing is static and things change
rapidly. In other disciplines this doesn't happen almost at all, but in
ours if someone wants to do research he also should use the bleeding
edge of the existent technology. To conclude I don't argue that we
should install in our systems every beta release of every known or
unknown project, but my opinion is that we should never install the
same applications twice, because that way we loose an opportunity to
try and test possible better solutions.
On Blogs (22/10/2005)
I was never a blog reader or writer till very recently. Fortunately
most of my colleagues and my Professor
use to have blogs in their homepages and most of them are very
interesting so I decided to try it my self. Please bear in mind that
what you read here are personal views and you may find them offensive,
stupid, useless or anything else. If you want to read further do it at
your on risk. Furthermore as I am not a native English speaker you
should probably go to another page if you want to improve your English
skills as you may encounter any possible grammar or syntax error.
Finally since I don't expect this blog to gain much popularity I will
not add to this page RSS Feeder or anything similar for the time. Just
plain static HTML. If you find it interesting check for new posts by
yourself and If you want to comment on something do it with the
traditional way - drop me a mail and I will post your comments.