Tianjin after the explosion

Cosa c’era a Tianjin?



700 tonnellate di cianuro di sodio. Circa 70 volte il limite consentito dalle norme di sicurezza hanno causato un’esplosione avvertita a 160km di distanza.

Il cianuro di sodio è usato industrialmente per estrarre le tracce d’oro dalla pirite.

Oltre al controvalore di quasi 700 milioni di dollari in auto nuove andate in fumo, chi patirà il danno più importante è l’industria estrattiva “underground”.

A Tianjin c’è un ComEx:


Il deposito era vicino al porto di Tianjin. Le principali miniere cinesi sono distandi decine di ore di treno da Tianjin, difficile che vi si lavorassero terre di pirite provnienti dalla Cina. Più probabile che venissero raffinate terre importate i cui prodotti venivano poi commercializzati tramite il ComEx di Tianjin.

Il tutto con un certo Chinese-Twist… visto che il depostio di cianuro di sodio era clandestino.

The Chinese sense for gold:



The one and only trick that will get you any job!


There isn’t.

Sorry if I disappointed you. There is no such thing.

I could link here hundreds if not thousands of such pieces – and I won’t – in short, whenever and where ever you find an article or a book titled like «The one secret that…whatever» that-sold-million-copies-but-it’s-a-secret, I can assure you, it’s pure junk.

When and if you are job hunting, there’s just one thing to be aware of:«there are no tricks», full-stop.

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What’s the matter with Microsoft?


Determined to give Windows8 family a serious go about 18 months ago I sold on eBay my midrange Android smartphone – of which I was completely satisfied – to buy the first NOKIA with WindowsPhone8.

Shortly afterwards I set my iPad aside to switch over an ASUS T-100 Transformer Book powered by Windows8.

I have never returned to Android neither iOS so fascinated I am with the challenge that Microsoft had undertaken.

I soon realized that Windows8 was – and still is – by far the most innovative and in many ways truly new OS platform on the market. It was, and largely is, immune to all the monkeying that had characterized the growth of iOS and Android and beside a few hints gathered from the other OS it has its own “vision” and path. Plus MSFT has learned the lesson. A hard learned lesson, far too late – it took MSFT nearly seven years to do the homework – but the outcome is great. Therefore, for an absolute geek technologist like me, it is definitely an unmissable journey to see how MSFT gets out of the corner and I was anxiously waiting foran announcement like this:

We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes

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Dark clouds on the cloud


Foreword: the role and the limits of government scope and influence in surveillance and security is an extraordinarily complex and wide topic, I don’t have the goal to unfold all of its implications. What urges me is point out a few interconnected factors and unintended effects of the current immaturity of the legal framework ruling on data ownership and data collection.

Two things can’t be first

At minute 26 of this fascinating debate, moderator Thomas Friedman asks Satya Nadella what he thinks the US Govern should do to help the business of companies like Microsoft (HP and Intel). Nadella’s answer is “reform of the surveillance regime”. Or “scale down spying” as he stated elsewhere.

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Twelve years without TV – You are what You eat.

Things change

I had moved in my partially furnished new home less than a month before, and, on July the 2nd, the old TV set I found in it, ceased working.

At that time I didn’t have any money. Dried up by the expenses, decided to postone the purchase of e a new TV set.

In my to-do-list the entry “Buy a new TV” was classified:“NTM”, Not-This-Month.

Night 1

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