Sunday, September 16, 2007

If you're...

...updating your blog using html editor instate of using the built-in WYSIWYG editor and having a lot of fun while at it.

Then you might be a geek. :D

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Too much freedom?

Not long ago I blogged that MICT lifted its ban on YouTube. Well, it turns out that not only did they stop blocking YouTube, they also unblock other websites that previously have been blocked as well.

Other than YouTube, Thailand have been banning various websites for quite a while. Aside from obvious target such as pornography sites, other websites such as Bittorrent tracker, proxy server and various anonymity software websites have also been on the banning list. This, however, is no longer the case, as all of the banned sites can now be accessed directly without any use of proxy or tunneling.

While this may seems like a good news and a cause for celebration, this is not the first time that 'the powers that be' lifts its ban on the internet. The last time that G-man lifted the ban was way back in late 2006 (I don't remember the exact date). The lift was only temporary, however, as the authorities quickly, and quietly, going on a banning spree not long afterward, banning the same websites that it had blocked before and adding more sites to the list (even imageshack got banned, for some reason). And don't forget that, before YouTube got banned for almost 4 months, YouTube was inaccessible due to 'technical glitches' for a couple of days, despite the fact that during that time it was perfectly accessible using proxy network. (Coincident? You decided).

So, who knows what will happen this time? Maybe they'll stop blocking these websites (and more) for real. Maybe they are just waiting for... something, before resuming their self-righteous crusade again.

Only time will tell, it seems.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Good one

Today xkcd is simply hilarious.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

ISO says no to OOXML

Did my eyes deceived me? Am I dreaming? Well, since half of the web say so, then it must be true: ISO voted no to OOXML.

The official voting result can be seen on Groklaw.

And you know what's that really makes my day? Look at who voted no to OOXML:



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Thailand - TISI - O Member - Disapproval
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(Source: Groklaw)


I have never been so proud of my country before. :-) Thanks to all those involve in the voting process. It's really glad to see Thailand did not falls into Microsoft lobbying campaign.

But it is not over yet, because there will be another round of voting in the early next year. But for now, it is good to see that yes, there is still something in this world that money cannot buy. :D

Tuesday Links

Sorry for not posting much lately. I've been very busy with my graduation ceremony preparation & practice since last week.

Anyway, since all that is done (for now), I should have some free time to do more blogging this week. In the mean time, here are some interesting stories I've found on the web. Enjoy!



How will Microsoft respond to Linux success?

Interesting post on Tristan Rhodes's blog. Be sure to give your 2 cents on the matter.



Chinese military hacked into Pentagon

Wait... For real?



Microsoft accused of more OOXML standards fiddling

The OOXML vs. The World saga continues. What amazed me is that Thailand also got a fair share of Microsoft FUD campaign despite the fact that most people here don't have any idea (or even care) what OOXML is.



KDE 4.0 release delayed by two months

Personally, I don't have any problems with this and in fact are even encourage by the news. My experience with KDE in Kubuntu was greatly marred by numerous crashes and various little bugs so it is great to hear that they are taking their time to polish 4.0.