La respuesta ejemplar de un joven a una oferta de prácticas sin remunerar – Yahoo! Finanzas

Leo la noticia publicada referente referente a un joven becario que se niega niega a trabajar gratis para la empresa empresa empresa Bloom y me pregunto: cuando esta empresa empezó a trabajar, ¿cobraba por sus proyectos o trabajaba gratis?

Being angry

Aristotle once said: “Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy.”

Skype, VoIP and proprietary solutions

This post is mostly a rant about Skype, the current state of VoIP solutions and proprietary solutions.

For quite a while I’ve owned an Android device. I don’t like proprietary solutions that force the customer into another’s hidden agenda. I don’t like proprietary solutions that change licensing or pricing unidirectionally without consensus. And I don’t like proprietary solutions that server a monitory instead of a majority. I use Skype because I make lot of calls to land lines in other countries. I haven’t been able to find any other VoIP provider that is easy to use and supports multiple devices (the only one close to this is Google Voice, but Google Voice is not yet available outside the US). They have PC software and software for iPhone and iPad, with little or no restrictions. But I am still waiting on Skype to release a native Android application for it (besides the existing one that only works on a very limited set of devices in the Verizon US wireless network).

I tried to come up with a non-imaginative, reliable solution to this. I tried Fring, but Fring does not support Skype anymore. I also tried Nimbuzz but Skype support does not work at all on Android Froyo (2.2). So the next natural thing to try was SIPdroid and SIP for Skype. Unfortunately, and contributing to my overall disappointment, SIP for Skype does not support subscriptions and, additionally, you have to run a business. Using SIP for Skype requires buying a channel subscription to allow for outbound calls (you will need as many channel subscriptions as simultaneous outbound calls you want to support), but channels do not support subscriptions, like unlimited calls to landlines, and they have their own credit line. When a Skype user places a call over SIP, the credit is withdrawn directly from the channel, and not from the user’s credit (the SIP credentials used are the channel’s not the user’s). Hence, even if the Skype user has a subscription plan, call to landlines will still have a variable cost.

Why does Skype limit support to Verizon US wireless network? Verizon Wireless states they have 70.8 million customers. The global wireless market, according to a research topped at 3.3 billion subscribers by the end of 2007. That means that Verizon was roughly 2.15% of the total mobile market at that time. Even if Android market share in the US is just a mere 9% according to Nielsen, it means there are lots of customers that are not on Verizon but using Android and still are incapable of using Skype.

So please, Skype, release Skype for Android now, with no artificial limitations based on some murky, strange and obscure requirements from the Telcos. And stop blaming other’s like Fring. No one else but Skype is damaging the Skype brand for not supporting all platforms, unrestrictedly. Remember that Skype makes money because of its customers, and not anyone else. Serving your customers should be Skype’s only mission.

Ubuntu 10.04 and Apple Bluetooth keyboard problems

After installing Ubuntu 10.04, I have always consistently had the problem where, after reboot, my Apple keyboard wasn’t automatically reconnected. My Apple Bluetooth mouse, however, was reconnected automatically. Besides the obvious solution of manually disconnecting the keyboard using GNOME Bluetooth Manager, I found a solution by reading Ubuntu’s forums. A comment form jeroen as read in Apple bluetooth keyboard non-responsive after reboot (9.10 alpha thru final) that reads:

I didn’t investigate fully but it seems the hid_apple driver wants to be loaded *before* the bluez connection is setup. If not the “parse failed” message shows up in the kernel log.
To solve this I put “hid_apple” in my /etc/modules.conf and regenerated the initrd (don’t know if this is realy needed)

Turns out that looking for parse failed error message in the output of dmesg revealed I might have the same problem. So, I did:

# echo hid_apple > /etc/modules
# mkinitramfs -o /boot/initrd.img-$(uname -r)
# reboot

And that did the trick. My Apple keyboard did reconnect automatically and the parse failed message was gone from the kernel logs 🙂

Microsoft, TechNet and transparent communication

While trying to decide whether to buy a TechNet subscription, I needed to
Compare TechNet Subscription Offerings. The TechNet Standard subscription lists the following restriction:

Includes most MS commercial software including Beta and RC releases. Does not include some Enterprise or Dynamics software.

Whatever some Enterprise or Dynamics software means. Does it mean Windows Server is excluded? SQL Server?

Microsoft, as open and transparent as always.

"Digital divide"

Ya he leído en numerosos sitios y en numerosas ocasiones que la barrera o división digital (digital divide) — esa línea imaginaria que separa a aquellos con conexión a la red de aquellos que no la tienen — supone gravísimos problemas para el ciudadano común. Incluso alguno se atreve a decir que la dificultad o imposibilidad de acceder a la tecología por falta de medios económicos genera en muchos casos una sensación de ansiedad. Leído así, parece haber sido pronunciado por un tecnodependiente, un adicto a la tecnología o un extremista digital.

La realidad es que conozco gente que no tiene, ni ha tenido nunca, acceso a la red. Y probablemente no tengan nunca. Son gente sencilla, rica de espíritu, con sabiduría y paciencia, que son felices con la vida que llevan. Normalmente viven en un pueblo o aldea, aunque conozco algún reticente que vive a las afueras de una gran ciudad. Algunos han trabajado la tierra y lo hacen con la única tecnología que supone un tractor. Todos cuidan de sus familias. Cuando hablas con ellos, uno se da cuenta de que son plenamente felices, con muy poco. No están hiperconectados. Solo consumen lo imprescindible y necesario. No están inundados diariamente por noticias, publicidad o programas basura de televisión. Algunos ni siquiera tienen teléfono móvil. Viven al margen de las economías del superconsumo, la globalización, Internet o las redes sociales, el correo electrónico o la mensajería instantánea, el iPad o el último teléfono móvil. La realidad es que son felices con muy poco. Una buena comida, un paseo por el campo, una puesta de sol, una partida a las cartas o pasar un rato con la familia y los amigos. Esto significa algo: cuanto menos se tiene, menos se necesita.

Esta sociedad superconsumista y egocéntrica, ¿está abocada a destruirse o a destruirnos? La única división que yo veo no es la digital. Es aquella entre los que consumen lo que necesitan o los que consumen en exceso. Entre los que son felices y viven una vida plena y los que no.

Better collaborative tools for commenting in Blogs and social networks

As a casual reader of Blogs, I usually find very difficult to address a particular user’s comment, specially on Blog entries that have a very large list of participants. What I usually do is creating a new comment and adding a “@userid” tag to address the user, but the lack of threading makes it very hard to follow or create a conversation. GMail solved this more or less elegantly for e-mails. Wave has also solved this more or less, but few use it.

It would be nice to implement a system, like Slashdot’s, where one can easily comment on another user’s comment. The same holds true for wall posts in Facebook, where comments from users are not threaded but mixed.

Am I the only one that usability when commenting in Blogs and social networks can be improved?