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Declaration of Internet Freedom
July 3rd, 2012 under Digital Rights, Life, Media, Politics, rengolin, rvincoletto, World. [ Comments: 1 ]

We stand for a free and open Internet.

We support transparent and participatory processes for making Internet policy and the establishment of five basic principles:

  • Expression: Don’t censor the Internet.
  • Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.
  • Openness: Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create and innovate.
  • Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don’t block new technologies, and don’t punish innovators for their users’ actions.
  • Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used.

Don’t get it? You should be more informed on the power of the internet and what governments around the world have been doing to it.

Good starting places are: Avaaz, Ars Technica, Electronic Frontier Foundation, End Software Patents, Piratpartiet and the excellent Case for Copyright Reform.

Source: http://www.internetdeclaration.org/freedom

Google knows what you searched last summer
March 3rd, 2012 under InfoSec, rvincoletto, Web, World. [ Comments: 3 ]

Despise all the controversy, Google started his new Privacy Policy last Thursday and whether you like it or not, you are being watched.

Being realistic, this is not far from what they were already doing: Google already tracked your searches, what you are watching on Youtube or your emails.

But before March, 1st, Google Plus, Youtube, Gmail and almost 60 Google products, were in different databases. With this change, Google guys are giving themselves the right to put all those products in just one big place, put one and one and one together to build a better and more complete online behaviour of YOU. And use it to chase YOU with their ads.

And you can’t opt out. If you want to use any Google product you are under their privacy policy.

It should be nonsense for me to tell you to stop using Google products. Almost everything you do in the internet today, from searches and emails, to finding a street and comparing products’ prices, is somehow through a Google product or related to it.

But you can at least reduce the amount of information that Google will be able to collect from you.

You can, for instance, delete your Google history going to https://www.google.com/history/ and clicking the button “Remove all Web History”

You can also configure your advertising settings here:  https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/ads/preferences/

You can edit your settings or even opt out.


Another way to “confuse” Google is creating a different account for each Google service (if you can keep up with all usernames and passwords).

Or, when watching a video on Youtube or searching the Web, make sure you are not logged in to your Google account.

There is also the possibility to use browser plugins that work to protect your data, or even anonymous proxies.

But, the truth is, as soon as you type into your computer, click anything, visit at a page, talk through Skype, or even talk on a telephone, (mobile or fixed), those who want to, can spy on you.

At least now Google is coming clear and telling you that they are spying on you. It makes better sense to me than living in a fool’s paradise, where you still believe that you have control over your life.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has arrived
October 14th, 2009 under Fun, Gadgtes, Hardware, rvincoletto. [ Comments: 1 ]

The Wikimedia Foundation has just launched the first release of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I hope the next version they’ll use sub-etha to update the contents automatically. It could also come with a babel fish or a Federation tricorder…

Ready to send Exchange Server to trash?
April 11th, 2009 under rvincoletto, Technology. [ Comments: none ]

I’ve been testing a few options to replace Exchange+Outlook without losing functionalities users are used to.

Until now my best solution is this one. Please let me know what do you think and what you are using.


Google Apps as mail server

Mozilla Thunderbird as Mail client

Mozilla Sunbird as Calendar client


Google contacts to synchronize contacts


Lighting to add Sunbird to Thunderbird



Install Thunderbird and create your email account with the instructions from Google help page: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=77662

To set up your Thunderbird client to work with Gmail:

  1. Enable IMAP in Gmail. Make sure you click Save Changes when you’re done.
  2. Open Thunderbird, and select Tools > Account Settings.
  3. Click Add Account.
  4. Select the Email account radio button and click Next. The Identity screen appears.
  5. Enter your full name in the Your Name field. Enter your Gmail address (username@gmail.com) in the Email Address field, and click Next. Google Apps users, enter your full address in the format username@your_domain.com
  6. Select IMAP as the type of incoming server you are using. Enter imap.gmail.com in the Incoming Server field.
  7. Set the Outgoing Server to smtp.gmail.com and click Next.
  8. Enter your full email address (including @gmail.com @your_domain.com) in the Incoming User Name and Outgoing User Name fields, and click Next.
  9. Enter a name for your email account in the Account Name field, and click Next.
  10. Verify your account information in the dialog box, and click Finish.
  11. Select Server Settings from the folder list below your new account.
  12. Update the Port value to 993.
  13. In the Security Settings section, select SSL from the Use secure connection options.
  14. Select the ‘Check for messages at startup’ checkbox and the ‘Check for new messages every 10 minutes’ checkbox.
  15. Click Outgoing Server (SMTP) in the folder list.
  16. Select the smtp.gmail.com (Default) entry from the list and click Edit. The SMTP Server page appears.
  17. Enter smtp.gmail.com as the Server Name and set the Port to 587.
  18. Select User name and password and enter your full email address (including @gmail.com or @your_domain.com) in the User Name field.
  19. Select TLS from the Use secure connection radio buttons and click OK.
  20. Click OK to save your changes and exit the Account Settings dialog.
  21. Check our recommended client settings, and adjust your client’s settings as needed.
  22. Install Sunbird.
  23. Install Ligthing.
  24. Restart Thunderbird.
  25. Now in your Thunderbird you can see your Calendar as well.
  26. Open the Calendar tab and under the “home” Calendar, click with the right button of your mouse and select “New Calendar”
  27. Select On the Network and click Next.
  28. Select the CalDAV format option.
  29. In the Location field, enter [ https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/ [ your Google Calendar email address ] /events ] and click Next.For example, if the email address used to access your Google Calendar is calendarfriend@gmail.com, the Location field should contain https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/calendarfriend@gmail.com/events
    Be sure to use https in your URL, as an http address will not work.
  30. Enter a name and select a color for your calendar.
  31. In the pop-up screen, enter the following information:Username: This is the complete email address you use with Google Calendar (including the part after the @ sign). If you’re using Google Apps, be sure to enter your Google Apps email address.
    Password: This is the password you use to sign in to Google Calendar
  32. Click OK.
  33. Your Google Calendar will now appear in the Calendar tab of Mozilla Sunbird, and Sunbird will sync any changes to and from Google Calendar.
  34. Now got to Thunderbird add-on tab and install Google Contacts add-on
  35. Restart Thunderbird
  36. Configure Google Contacts to synchronize with the server and that’s it.

Search the Web and send a girl to school
October 12th, 2008 under Media, Politics, rvincoletto, Web, World. [ Comments: 2 ]


“Most of us wish we could give more, now we can. Everyclick is a really simple way to raise money for free, just by doing something you already do” said Polly Gowers CEO, co- founder and winner of the WEBA Ethical Entrepreneur of the year 2007. “As we see it, every search that is not raising money for charity is a search wasted.”

 Everyclick.com works just like any other search engine, but allows the users to choose the charity they would like to benefit from their searching. The revenue generated for charities comes from companies that advertise on the site. There is no sign up fee or hidden charge to the user or the charity, it’s free giving.

 Charities of all sizes are benefiting from this new fundraising service; they range from Cancer Research to small village schools. If 10% of the UK online population used Everyclick.com for their searches, an additional £172,000 would be raised for charity every day.

How to raise more money for Camfed using Everyclick:

About Everyclick Charity Challenge

The Everyclick Charity Challenge enables us to raise more money and have the chance to win a poster campaign on 1500 Clear Channel Outdoor sites that will be viewed an estimated 192 million times.

The challenge runs from 15th October 2008 to 1 March 2009 during which time we will have a range of innovative ways to raise money online.

Shortlist for Computer Awards Announced
September 15th, 2008 under rvincoletto, Technology. [ Comments: 2 ]

Just a quick note to say Computer Awards has announced their shortlist for this year… and guess what… they think I deserve to be between the eight finalists…

Who knows… The winners will be announced at a glittering prize-giving ceremony to be held on 5 November.

Fingers crossed!

Pangea day – girls in Africa need your vote!
February 18th, 2008 under rvincoletto, World. [ Comments: 1 ]

Pangea Day aims to ‘tap into the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future’.

Twenty films will be selected to be shown on 10th May 2008 all around the world. Each film selected will receive $3,000 and the opportunity to pitch to Participant Productions (Jeff Skoll’s company). The winner will receive $20,000 to develop their treatment. This would be great for Camfed! (Yes, where I work ! )

If you haven’t already joined up to www.youtube.com, then please do so and view and vote for our film – ‘Two Friends: The Promise of Africa’s Future’ – which can be found here: ‘Two Friends

The more votes and the more hits, the greater possibility our film will be noticed! And please get your friends to vote too!


Dangerous Files you Have to Avoid
September 7th, 2007 under InfoSec, rvincoletto. [ Comments: none ]

Crackers like to use phishing to spread their malicious code. And actually, if you take care with just some file extensions you can avoid these dangerous codes.

If you receive an e-mail with the extensions .cmd, .bat, .exe or .scr, don’t open it, even if it comes from a secure source. And, as email servers are blocking these attached files, crackers are using telephone promotions, your bank account and other current subjects to direct you to a malicious link where a virus is downloaded. They develop sites almost identical to the original sites, “clones”, where the cracker has total control over your acts. It’s really common send scraps to Orkut users with these links.

Most files available to download in these websites are those kind mentioned in the beginning: .cmd, .bat, .scr or .exe.

The .cmd and .bat files are used to execute scripts known as batch files, to automate tasks. Crackers use these kind of files to steal user data. The .scr are screen saver files, and most users trust this kind of files, but the virus will be activated when the screen saver is executed.The most known, and still most used as phishing is .exe. Users know how dangerous these files are, but, most of time, they don’t pay attention to the extension they are downloading.

The files mentioned are Trojans and keyloggers. Trojans open your machine to the cracker and Keyloggers record everything you type. So, can you imagine the damage to your personal data?

Now that you know these dangerous files, what to do to protect your data? it’s always a good idea to have a firewall and other prevention methods that can identify these links and extensions. And don’t think you will notice that your computer was infected. The cracker don’t want to be noticed, he will be hidden, and quiet, to get all information he wants.

Take care with those files and links, check the extension, don’t open files from unknown sources and don’t execute anything in your computer that you are not sure what is. It’s not that hard to be safe on line.

The Simpsons Fever
August 18th, 2007 under Fun, rvincoletto. [ Comments: 3 ]

You, a huge Simpsons fan, can’t miss these ads from Burger King:

Or these funny Homer Gadgets:

Homer Simpson Talking Shower Radio

The Simpsons Doughnut Maker

Homer Talks and Moves with Incoming Calls with this Animated Talking Homer Simpson Telephone

Do you want to hear one of the wise man’s philosophies every hour? Think about this clock.

Simpson’s Homer Simpson Talking Wall Clock

Includes “Donuts—is there anything they can’t do,” “Marge, it takes 2 to lie—1 to lie and 1 to listen” and others

And at Amazon.co.uk I found these:

Simpson’s Talking Bar Buddies Alarm Clock

Let the buddies wake up you!

The Simpson’s Talking Cuckoo Clock

Woo Hoo’ each and every hour as Homer is ‘ejected’ from Moe’s Bar

Simpsonize you!

Oscar open-source 2007
August 4th, 2007 under Devel, rvincoletto, Technology. [ Comments: 1 ]

Last week was time for “SourceForge.net 2007 Community Choice Awards”, championing the best open source projects.

It’s a good place to start your Open Source life, and try some of the best free softwares.

SourceForge.net host 150.000 open source projects, and here you will find the Top 10 in 11 categories. All of them chosen by the SourceForge.net community.

The Awards is a great way to show off these 150.000 projects beyond the SourceForge.net community, with 1,6 million registered users.

First, the community nominated 10 projects for each one of those 11 categories, and them they voted for the best in each one.

The biggest winner was 7-Zip, Best Project and also Best technical Design.

Firebird also won two prizes: Best Project for the Enterprise and Best User Support.

Surprisingly as a Best New Project, SourceForge.net community chose eMule, a peer-to-peer (P2P) program published at SourceForge in 2002. Not so new. probably for that reason, SourceForge.net chose Launchy as a Honourable Mention in this category.

The award was a certainly geek statuette: Thingamagoop’s, by BleepLabs.

More winners:

Best Tool or Utility for Developers: TortoiseSVN

Best Project for Gamers: ScummVM

Best Project for Multimedia: Audacity

Best Project for Communications: phpBB

Best Tool or Utility for SysAdmins: phpMyAdmin

Most Collaborative Project: Azureus

If you want to see more and also the complete nominees list, click here.

They worth a visit.

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