Friday Rant: Viruses, Malware – what happened to due diligence?

Every friday I will try to post a rant on a specific topic. Today I’m venting on journalism on the Failboat.

Dear journalists.

Let’s take the current Conficker Mania. Now I know that Microsoft Windows has a huge marketshare on desktops. However – not everyone is using Windows. Still, you journalists ignore this fact over and over again.

Dear journalist, could you start warning the *right* people by adding “Windows-PCs” to your articles? All of these viruses, malware, trojans are aiming at Windows machines. People using Linux are usually safe.

Same goes for all these “warnings” on keyloggers etc. I am NOT saying that Linux is secure, I am NOT saying that Microsoft is bad (although I have a personal opinion on that) – I am ONLY asking to state the correct facts. And the fact is that 99% of your warnings and horror stories affect Windows-PCs ONLY.

I know the world has accepted the fact that Windows can only be used with virus scanners etc that eat up your CPU ressources, slow down your browsing and file opening.

But PLEASE stop shouting that everyone is at risk when in fact it is a Windows only thing. I don’t ask you to start bashing on Microsoft. I only ask you to write your articles in a way that make them factually correct.


Kadushin – Open Design

Ronen Kadushin, famous designer in Berlin decides to do something quite interesting. He puts some of his designs under Creative Commons license.

So you can download the Autocad files and building instructions directly from his website. You can build, change, hack his designs. However – no commercial usage. Ask the designer if you want to do that.

If you ever were in doubt about this Open Source movement thingy, here you get another example of how to do it right.

Furniture hobbyists – unite! High quality designs for everyone!

Cool stuff: JBoss Developer Studio 2.0

Red Hat has released the new JBoss Developer studio. Find more details here and here. Why do I think this is important? Well – first of all I am proud of the company I work for and I am proud of the products we release.

But i n this case it is more. If you see what is included at this price, you will see why I am so fascinated.

Let me just quote Rich Sharples:

The second thing we’re announcing is a change to our developer subscription and the introduction of JBoss Developer Studio – Portfolio Edition (or JBDS-PE). This new suite reflects the fact that JBDS has grown from being just a Seam / Java EE focussed tool set to now cover the whole JBoss portfolio – specifically that means the addition of some pretty sophisticated tooling for SOA and Portal development.

JBDS-PE gives you access to JBDS and all the JBoss run-times you need to develop against, access to Red Hat Network for updates   – all for $99 / year.

See – that is Open Source. Ofcourse you can also get all components for free, that is not the problem. But if you want to work in an environment that saves you the trouble of getting it all set up in a decent way, an envirionment that allows you to easily deploy on your JBoss production systems – this is defintely worth the bucks.

Happy hacking!

Sunday Wrapup

I will try every sunday to wrap up the topics that kept me busy over the last week. Sort of like a braindump to make sure I capture those loose ends that otherwise get lost.

  • IBM buys SUN: Now this caught me by surprise. Watching SUN over the last few months was quite interesting. It was all about Open Source etc. However, I still believe that SUN has for more to offer in the hardware area. Yes, SPARC is effectively dying, following PA-RISC. The x86 architecture looks like the Big Winner, however I do have my problems with it. But back on topic – what does this possible takeover mean? Well, IMHO it is dinosaurs uniting. Both SUN and IBM have been fighting over the same accounts for almost twenty years. IBM wants to stoöp this and make the Big Deals a bit cozier. However, seeing how IBM has a lot of inside competition (Power v zSeries v xSeries) I am not convinced. OTOH SUN has decent offerings in the storage area. They are working on some very interesting stuff. Maybe that is the real driver? Time will tell.
  • TomTom v MSFT: The underdog strikes back. Remember how TomTom informed the rest of the world that they spend more money on Patent Stuff as on actual R&D? Maybe it helps them now.  However, MSFT has again proven to be not that friendly towards Open Source.

That’s enough for a starter. Expect more to come as I slowly adapt to being a blogger 🙂