Saturday, July 14, 2007

It is okay to control people's hardware

I was going through the news online and this is what really caught my eye.
Torvalds said the Free Software Foundation's position on Tivoization is one reason he won't license his Linux kernel under GPLv3. "The GPLv3 doesn’t match what I think is morally where I want to be," Torvalds wrote. "I think it is okay to control people's hardware, I do it myself," he continued.

Till now Trovalds did not have a problem with GPL2 'cause it did not hurt his own interest. Its just about having double standards. If Linus can give away software for free (Linux) whats the problem in the same thing being applied to hardware. The company Linus works for earns its money from hardware and not the software that runs it. Thats a simple thing to understand. Till now it was in his interest to give out software for free as it did not take away the edge he had. But with the adoption of GPL3 it just might end up hurting his own interest and that is where the problem crops up.

So its perfectly right to starve people in software but its a whole different ballgame when the same happens with the people designing the hardware. I might be a little harsh but GPL 2 or 3 or for that matter any version makes no sense at all. Its just a stupid license by a little boy who never grew up. Since he did not get his software free and he could not change the source code he thought of throwing a tantrum and that so called tantrum is the GPL license. The so called GNU Hurdis nowhere to be seen. Guess most people don't even know about it. Linux came up at the right time, the OS that would save us from the evil empire. Since GNU hurd would not be completed in the next 1000+ years the Linux kernel was the chosen one to fight the battle. The battle was with the evil empire as it was a s/w only company which did not give away the source code to the little child who threw the tantrum. At that time circa (1991+) Mr. Linus did not have much to loose so he got into the bandwagon and got the publicly he wanted. He joined a company that made hardware so even if he made free software it did not hurt his own interest as the main source with which he earned his money was not the software but the hardware on which it worked.

To many people Mr. Trovalds is like a hero who is fighting against the evil empire but this month the little boy throwing tantrum (the kid who never grew up) changed the license to GPL3. The reason why this little kid made amendments to the GPL license was 'cause he could not change the software in his TiVo. Even though TiVo gives out the complete source code according to the GPL2 you still cannot do much as the software is controlled by the hardware and you cannot do much with the source code. This is when this little kid thought of a new cool word Tivoization and new clauses were added into the GPL3 to make sure no more Tivoization was possible with GPL3 licensed code.

But the big question would be why does TiVo use Linux and not allow us to change the software as it under GPL. The simple answer which the little kid would never understand is that people need to earn money to feed themselves. They use linux in TiVo as its cheap and makes sense to use it but if they allow people to use that and make there own TiVo's they would loose revenue which would not be good for them and the people who are making it might not get the money they are trying to earn. But only if the little kid had a family to support would he understand this simple concept of work and getting paid for it.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Photographs by Sanjay Austa

Taj Moonlight
Originally uploaded by Sanjay Austa

Leaf in the Jungle
Originally uploaded by Sanjay Austa
I was just surfing the net when I came across these photographs by Sanjay Austa. You really need to see the level of detail in his photographs. I was really amazed the first time I saw them. I have never really appreciated art or photographs nor do I understand how people go on and on about Art and Photography. But these pictures certainly tell a story and you need to check them out to believe it.

Invites for pownce

I have some invites for pownce in case you want one leave a message in the comments and I will sent you an invite. I have not used it so cannot say if its good or bad. Will try and write a review once I use it.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

First impression of the Mac Book

This is the first time I am using OSX. The last mac I used was based on Mac OS 7.xx. Having used a windows machine all this time it seems so different using this. The first thing that one sees is the the build quality of the machine and on that front there is nothing I can complain about. Everything just feels right in terms of the hardware. I am in love with the keyboard and I just wish my laptop had this keyboard. As far as the mouse/trackpad is concerned I simply hate it. Where is the second button????, its a mess holding down the ctrl to simulate a right click.

Safari as a browser seems so different and just not something I could ever get used to. The fonts look a little to dark and a little out of place. The other thing I still could not figure out is how I can maximize a window. Maybe these are silly things but I don't feel I can change my habits all of a sudden. Just downloaded Opera and Yahoo! Messenger and the size of the installers is 2-3 times compared to the windows installers of the same programs.

The one good thing I really liked is the talking clock that tells you the time every 15 minutes. It is something that makes a lot of sense. This is just my first impression of this machine. Overall if I buy another machine I would rather buy something that is not a mac. I just don't feel at right working on this machine. Its different and I don't like it. Lets see if my impression changes after a few days.

Finally realized to open a new tab in th browsers its the key with the Apple, I think its the command key plus 'T'. So in a way Ctrl == Command key. I could be wrong calling it the command key but WTH.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Orange Sky with the E61i

The sky really looks awesome. Have been taking quite a lot of pics of clouds and sky. You can check them out at they are really random and the quality is not great but I still love the fact that I can snap a pic every now and then. All these pics have been captured using the E61i. These days I have been using Shozu quite a lot and whatever I click is normally online in less than a minute.

The application is really easy to use and gets the work done. Just click a pic and it gives you the option to directly upload the pic to flickr. The other application that I have been using is kyte its like a live version of my life. The pics and the videos are all live.

Got loads of work

I have so much work to do and more piling up. Lets see by when I can finish of my current load of work. I know my handwriting sucks big time but cannot help it the boards all upside down.

Just hoping for things to improve by this weekend. But then again its another story if it does not.