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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Inspiring quotes by Jeff Bezoz


Inspiring quotes by Jeff Bezoz:

“Your margin is my opportunity.”

“The balance of power is shifting toward consumers and away from companies… The right way to respond to this if you are a company is to put the vast majority of your energy, attention, and dollars into building a great product or service and put a smaller amount into shouting about it, marketing it.”

“If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness.”

“If you decide that you’re going to do only the things you know are going to work, you’re going to leave a lot of opportunity on the table.”

“You have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”

“Frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”

“The great thing about fact-based decisions is that they overrule the hierarchy.”

Asus Transformer T100 – Unprofessional Review – Part 2



The hardware

It’s plastic big time. But it’s rather a good one. It’s definitely well assembled, although I had a small misfortune with the volume buttons: they remained pressed down taking ownership of the UI and making the whole thing unusable. Well believe me or not, it “fixed itself on its own” while i was already on the phone with Amazon to have the item replaced:

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Asus Transformer T100 – Unprofessional Review – Part 1



I have recently decided to give Windows8.1 a serious go.

I had previously tried a developers’ release on a regular desktop PC and had experienced the harsh unreadiness of Windows8 for the desktop and the corporate use as whole.

Still Windows8 has some good to show.

First, it’s fast. Used to the ever increasing sluggishness of every windows release I was stunned by the snappy boot time and the extreme responsiveness of the UI.

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Be Geek – Chapter 3 – Getting it to work, and the last word.


Fist thing to do is to update the firmware:


Then, assuming you booted up in the Debian derivative for Raspberry you should update the packages, and this is gonna take forever.

To edit desktop, here there’s all you need:


Then I have installed all the goodies I needed like GPartED and configured the auto-device mount to quickly handles plugged discs. Continue reading