I’d like to congratulate all Debian folks out there. Lenny is finally stable, Squeeze is born and everyone is happy. More details are available at the official announcement.
I have to admit this is not rocket science, but this idea hadn’t crossed my mind until recently. My SSH public key has been hosted on the net for a while now, and I’ve been using Off-the-Record messaging for my Instant Messaging communications for ages. However, for a third party to trust that those keys were actually mine has been a painful process most of the time. The tool to make my life easier has always been at the palm of my hand: PGP.
I’ve completely destroyed my Blog on Thursday. Not only I overwrote the directory where it’s held, but also dropped the entire database. I even think I temporarily lost the sub-domain in which it’s hosted. This, added to the fact that I’m having a stressful workweek led for it to be off-line for about 48 hours. When I realized the huge mistake I’ve done, I tried to get it back online the wrong way: reinstalled everything from scratch, and searched through caches and stuff to get all posts back, which I then pasted as new ones, editing the publishing date.
I’ve recently read on an IRC channel’s topic about this nice tool to avoid flooding by pasting some large file’s contents or the like. Instead, it allows you to paste the whole stuff into an html text box, and gives you a unique URL to access it for 24 hours. It even provides highlighting for several known languages. Since I first saw this, I’ve been using it not only for IRC, but for all other IM solutions.
Some russian researchers have published this new software which uses NVIDIA GPUs to crack a WPA password about 100 times faster than it was possible until now, so they say. I’ve done some reading in this regard, and I think it’s not so much of an issue. A simple password is already easy to break. This application will make it easier. On the other hand, a complex passphrase is hard to decipher, and all this does is make it a little easier, but it seems, still not viable.
Dear maintainers of tz-data across the world: Argentina is not as predictable as anyone may think. To deal with us, you shouldn’t make assumptions such as “if they said that DST applies on the first Sunday of October last year, it will happen again this year”. This is not something I particularly enjoy. In fact, I hope you all read this as a critic on our stupid government. I now find myself exactly as last year, only this time my computers' time is one hour ahead from the official argentinian time.
From their release notes, I can see some cool improvements, such as Ekiga 3.0, which has a very nice new look; or the enhancements to the Deskbar applet. However, the most expected feature, at least for myself, would be the screen resolution controls. If only I hadn’t bought an NVIDIA card… On the downside, either I don’t understand or I dislike the idea of Empathy. It is pretty much like Pidgin except… it isn’t named Pidgin?
I’ve been reading some stuff about Google’s Chrome, their new web browser. Now, the browser looks cool. It is also developed with some really cool features, also. But the thing that really surprised me the most was the way they decided to publish all of these news: via a comicbook on Google Books. It turned out to be quite didactic. I even showed it to some people who have no clue whatsoever of what a computer is, beyond their email client and web browser of choice, and they understood most of it.
Ok, we’re closing on the end of DebConf8. Quite some cool debates for today. For starters, LessWatts packaging is surely something most welcome by all us laptop users. Sulamita García, an Intel representative, said in very convincing words that these tools allow Linux to greatly increase its energy efficiency. I’m looking forward to trying them. The OpenSSL BoF was not what I expected. It all went around how to track Debian patches to upstream, and I have to agree with Martin Krafft, this is exactly what he was talking about when he gave the vcs-pkg.
No post yesterday, I know. I couldn’t attend any of the events, that’s why. Today, on the other hand, has been great. The talk about Debian’s OpenSSL issue was a very complete one (though I learned almost nothing new), and the Keysigning Party went excellent. Jacobo Tarrío even brought a blacklight and everything! Also, we took the group photo. Hundreds of geeks on a beach, inside a carefully delimited frame, with a pirate flag waving at the wind.