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FSF: 5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G

Friday, August 15th, 2008

The Free Software Foundation has published an article that throws a big punch at Apple’s iPhone.

The 5 real reasons to avoid iPhone 3G:

  • iPhone completely blocks free software. Developers must pay a tax to Apple, who becomes the sole authority over what can and can’t be on everyone’s phones.
  • iPhone endorses and supports Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology.
  • iPhone exposes your whereabouts and provides ways for others to track you without your knowledge.
  • iPhone won’t play patent- and DRM-free formats like Ogg Vorbis and Theora.
  • iPhone is not the only option. There are better alternatives on the horizon that respect your freedom, don’t spy on you, play free media formats, and let you use free software — like the FreeRunner.

“This is the phone that has changed phones forever,” Mr. Jobs said.

We agree. A snake oil salesman not satisfied with his business of pushing proprietary software and Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology into your home, Jobs has set his sights on getting DRM and proprietary software into your pocket as well.

There is a reason so much emphasis was put on the visual design of the iPhone. There is a reason that Apple is so concerned about unsightly seams that they won’t even let you change the battery in your own phone.

Apple, through its marketing and visual design techniques, is manufacturing an illusion that merely buying an Apple makes you part of an alternative community. But the technology they use is explicitly chosen to divide people into separate digital cells, and to position Apple as sole warden. When your business depends on people paying for the privilege of being locked up, the prison better look and feel luxurious, and the bars better not be too visible.

Read the rest of the article at fsf.org:

Warp’s MathTest 1.0

Friday, August 15th, 2008

I realised this little game quiz from my old website was not published on my new website, so I decided to link to it, it is from 2002 and little project I made because I suck at calculation, however I must admit I did not use it very much as I hoped for, perhaps it is time for me to train that biological calulator of mine again..

Enjoy or fear the magnificent math test!!

Warp’s MathTest
Test or train your own biological calculator.

The code will be open sourced if anyone shows interest in it, not that there is much use for that code anymore, it is using somewhat outdated but well proven JavaScript techniques, but feel free to peek – afterall programming is more fun than calcuating numbers…

Cam Tracking: Wii Style

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008


CamSpace Creates a Wii For Everyone (Minus the Nintendo Console)

Denmark Protests OOXML ISO Certification

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

“The rumors of a fourth OOXML complaint turned out to be true. Denmark has become the fourth nation to protest the ISO’s acceptance of OOXML, and Groklaw has a translation of their complaint. They now join India, Brazil, and South Africa. There are going to be plenty of questions about deadlines, because people have been given two different deadlines for appeals, and the final DIS of OOXML was late in being distributed and not widely available. In fact, that seems to be one of Denmark’s complaints, along with missing XML schemas, contradictory wording, lack of interoperability, and troubles with the maintenance of DIS29500. In other words, we should expect a lot of wrangling over untested rules from here on out, and Microsoft knows how to deal with that.”

The Association for Open Source Vendors [OSL] hereby lodges a formal complaint to ISO over the certification process after the meetings in Dansk Standard‘s committee S-445 (former S-142/U34) as well as the decision to change the Danish vote to a yes in connection with the processing of DIS 29500. Thus I write to you in your capacity as vice president for ISO and as your capacity as executive director in Dansk Standard. I will send this complaint in English before the end of the month.

On the 22nd of May, the Association for Open Source Vendors made Dansk Standard aware that the Danish requirements for DIS29500 had not been fulfilled. We summarized our views in the following 5 main points (see attached letter)

1. Microsoft Office formats stand in the way of interoperability
2. XML schemas are missing
3. The finished specification is not available
4. Contradictory wording
5. The maintenance of DIS29500 has not been decided

Vodafone acquires ZYB

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

My former employee ZYB has been acquired by Vodafone Group, this is certainly is nice to see that all the hard work is finally beginning to fall into place with time and space. I worked there for seven months during 2007 and helped turning ZYB into a Web 2.0 social thingy, basically crunch time from start to finish – but I guess in retrospect it was well worth it! – I also initially made The official ZYB blog, so obviously has to mention that on my blog! Go go ZYB and the wonderful ZYB Crew!