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Site is back up and a happy new year!

January 1, 2010

I finally managed to acquire my domain transfer authorization codes and transferred all gTLD domains to a new provider. I still need to find a DENIC accredited hosting provider that allows me to use wildcard CNAME entries, though. If anyone knows one, let me know. I need to move those DE domains, too.

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How do you hide your friends on Facebook?

October 16, 2009

Guess what, today someone asked me that. Let me answer that real quick:

I don’t have any, isn’t that obvious? :)
No, just kidding.

Go to Settings in the upper right corner of the page, select Privacy -> Profile or go straight to
Here in the drop down menu for Friends, select Customize….
Untick the checkbox for Everyone on Facebook
Under Friends select the radio button for Only Friends
Under Networks select None of My Networks
And finally under Except These People add a friend list to which you add all your friends. In my case, I sort my friends in friend lists to companies, gender and age groups anyway, so I just add those friend lists there.

Update: Since the rollout of the new privacy settings, this doesn’t work anymore.

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Intel’s Data Center Efficiency Challenge winners

September 19, 2009

Intel now officially named the winners of the Data Center Efficiency Challenge on Facebook,which kicked off on March 30th 2009 with the launch of the Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 series. Of the submissions received, the judges chose CEETHERM Data Center at Georgia Tech University in the Enterprise category and me as the Small Business winner.

I submitted a written proposal, and the related email conversation can be found here.
Please be aware that Intel and Burson-Marsteller may own certain privileges towards the content of those emails. Publication is for informational purposes only and you may not use the contents of those emails for business or marketing purposes unless you are one of either of those companies.

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New (old) server

June 4, 2009

I got an IBM eServer xSeries 336 today. Ok, new isn’t really the right word for an IBM eServer xSeries 336 after all it’s more than three years old. None the less, it’s fine for running web and email services, which is what I am going to use it for. It’s annoyingly load, though and I’ve got to find a way to make it quiet.

Know some way to silence a 1U server? Maybe you can suggest something.

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Server HDDs died

March 27, 2009

The hard disk drives in my server died. I had to restore everything from a backup. Though, what annoys me about such things is, they always seem to happen right after I completed a large chunk of work, right before the scheduled backup is made. Backups my a**, they’re not any use.

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My sites are down

March 5, 2009

Lycos Europe ended their webhosting services and it was necessary to change the service provider. Lycos suggested the provider STRATO, whereas all domains have been transferred there in late December 2008. However, STRATO does not provide any means to change the DNS server settings for the hostname aliases WWW and . so that it is impossible to point the domains to another name server. It is also not possible to use the dynamic DNS service provided, because it requires an update for every single fully qualified domain name that should point to a server that is using a dynamic IP address. The approach previously used to resolve the DNS was to use a wildcard CNAME entry to a single host that is updated through the No-IP service. STRATO and the registrar, under which name STRATO registers domain names have been asked to manually change the DNS settings. Both do not answer to those requests, nor did change the settings, yet.
A solution to this matter would have thus been to transfer the domains once again to another provider 60 days later. Both, the ICANN accredited registrar CRONON and STRATO have been asked to provide the domain transfer authorization codes. They refused the request and/or have not met the ICANN regulations to provide the authorization codes within the 5 day limit. This means, it is impossible for an unknown time span to provide you with any of the affected websites, including this one, because an internet service provider refuses to comply with both customer requests and ICANN regulations. This is an illegal violation of contracts signed by all accredited internet services authorities.

I’ll contact ICANN and see what can be done to resolve this issue.

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Lycos Europe went bankrupt

December 25, 2008

Lycos Europe went bankrupt some few weeks ago. Since they are my current DNS provider, I’ll be moving my domains to the hosting provider they suggested. This may cause all domains to be unavailable for 1 or two days. I hope that this gets resolved quickly and everything goes back to normal.

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Share something?

November 29, 2008

Since this blog is about weird stuff in general and most importantly about me, I’ll post a Facebook conversation thread with someone on here. No edits, changes, except for the name were made. The conversation is provided AS IS including but not limited to all typos and whatnot errors in it.

Tough, I want to get a few things straight before you read it.

  1. You will most likely waste your time with it
  2. I do not claim to be a philosopher or whatsoever
  3. I just copied and pasted it, removed that person’s last name for you being most likely unable to identify it.
  4. I don’t know if that is weird, stupid and whatnot, and I don’t care, because most likely it is ‘different’.
  5. Don’t try to understand me based on it, that’s supposed to be hard, because I dont want to be.




August 2 at 12:25pm

The days of our life on earth are numbered and we can do nothing to overcome death. If we wish to overcome the power of death on us and receive eternal life, we will have to take the help of the Almighty God who is the Creator and our Provider.
You and I and most of us (not excluding you) have a lot of worldly knowledge but lack spiritual knowledge. So I suggest you go to this link, read a little and in your free time give me your comments:
Looking forward to your reply excitedly.

Dorian Muthig

August 2 at 6:19pm

lol, stop trying, you won’t get me converted anyway, lol :D
As we can overcome death for some time, we already did by living on this earth anyway. We should however not intend to try to live eternally. It can be very frustrating to have to live forever. Think about it how it’d be for you if you could not die in whatever circumstances.
Oh, and I’m sure a person that can read the mind of others is way spiritual enough… In case you understand. :P
If just wouldn’t already be registered I’d put a copy of ” ‘where does it go to god?’ asked the little piglet” on there :D


August 7 at 12:24pm

Thank you, Dorian, for sharing your inner thoughts with me so openly.
About eternal life, don’t you worry. In the next world there is no more pain, no sorrow, only love, joy and peace, which is beyond understaning and imagination. So, my friend, don’t make the mistake of depriving yourslef of it.
Happy to know that you can read the mind of others. That’s a gift from God. Thank Him for it and enjoy the privilege not given to all.

Dorian Muthig

August 7 at 8:13pm

Eternal life cannot be always without pain, sorrows, hate and dreadfulness. As life constrains around the mind the mind may want a change which aparently never comes. It cannot be, as everything, beyond undstanding and imagination. The human mind can only see what it can imagine and understand and yet may not understand at its fullest.
I don’t want eternal life, it will cause a lot of boredom. If I want to, I would like to be able to make it an end, when it is time. An eternal and definite end. So that whatever there comes cannot bring me back and won’t involve with me at all.
Well, I am not happy to be able to do so, because it’s not reading but more like everyone talking and you just can’t overhear it. And you can only hear what the think but not dig in their minds. It’s an annoyance no priviledge, but we always don’t want what we have and want what we don’t have, so I guess I’m just plain normal there.


August 8 at 9:18am

Your views on life are very interesting.
Our wanting or not wanting eternal life cannot change our destinies. All of us have a Master whom we may choose to obey or disobey.
If we obey, we go to heaven, if we don’t we go to hell.
However normal or abnormal we may be we will go to where we deserve to go which is determined not by our actions but by our faith in Him.

Dorian Muthig

August 8 at 4:22pm

I am my own master, which in this case mean I only need to obey to myself, which then again should not be that hard, should it? :P
There’s no heaven or hell as you may refer to. When we die we’re gone for good for the maggots to be in clover with our remains.
Faith in whom? ;)
I can’t believe into something that I cannot prove existence of, and that does not want me to know it existed in the first place by showing me the fact that is. In whatever reasonable way. But I think I told you before.


August 8 at 7:16pm

Obeying yourself is the easiest thing to do. It seems you are not interested in doing hard work. Never mind that.
You seem to believe in the philosophy of eat-and-drink-and-be-happy. I believe in the next world too.
Yes, Dorian, I know that you do not believe in God but that does not make Him non-existent. It is just that you reject his preseence just because you do not feel it. Feeling and seeing, by the way, can be deceptive. I have no desire to compel you to believe in what I believe nor can you make me believe in the false philosophy of non-extistence of God.
Hope to hear from you on this matter again, if you so desire.

Dorian Muthig

August 9 at 12:27am

I do not have the urge to obey anything else but me, clearly by defining myself as my master.
No I don’t. But I don’t believe in the next world. It’s a proven scientific fact, that some electro stuff is leaving the corpse of dead animals (it’s not been tested on human bodies cause it’s illegal and maybe immoral) the moment they die, but that’s it. It does not prove a next world or rebirth whatsoever.
God does not exist. If a god would be willing to have me believing in it, it should convince me of its very own existence in the first place, if it doesn’t it’s not there for me. That proof doesn’t have to be me being able to see it, cause emotions can’t be seen either, but they’re there. It’s pure logic revolving around known facts. I know a lot but even more knowledge there always is, of which I know nothing. When time comes I will know better, but aslong as the knowledge does not want to let me know it, the knowledge cannot exist for me as it is, in whatsoever shape and form.


August 11 at 6:48pm

By obeying only yourself, you are not only disobeying the Almighty God, you are also going against the universal law of Nature. This way you will land yourself in great trouble. How I wish that God gave you His wisdom to avoid self-induced problems.
Hope you will room for doubt in what you beleive as the absolute truth.
God bless you with His widsom and peace that I cannot give you but He alone can.


August 12 at 6:49am

We walk by faith not by sight. It is natural human tendency to use our physical eyes than walk by faith. In our spiritual life we are asked to walk by faith than with our physical eyes. Jesus is no more seen through human eyes; and it is well, for faith’s sight is saving, instructing, transforming. When Samaritan woman questioned Jesus, ”On which mountain we shall worship?” Jesus answered her, “Neither in this mountain nor in that do we worship God.” We now see God (who is invisible) spiritually; yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Jesus’ going away leaves a clear field for faith; it throws us necessarily upon a spiritual life, the center of our faith, hope, and love. It is poor believing which needs to put its finger into the nail-prints; but blessed is he who has not seen and yet has believed. In an unseen Savior we fix our trust, and derive our joy. So must you, my friend.

Dorian Muthig

August 15 at 3:55pm

I obey only myself, as for the fact that I doubt into anything unforseen or unknown. I trust only into things I know about from a self verified source. And I live thoroughly antiauthoritarian. If in any event I should comply with any law or authority, it is the pure kindness of myself, or intelligent thought to circumvent hassle, that will make me do so.
As said, I will live and think as if a god does not exist, aslong as the entity called god wishes by itself to prove its existance. It aparently doesn’t, whereas the most feasible truth is, in fact that it does not exist in that present time I tend to live in. As I have no verified knowledge about the past and future, I cannot tell. However I have verified knowledge, that if it should exist, and has influence it has influence on past, present and future, and that my actions whatsoever are part of that influence or that influence does not exist at all in whatsoever kind.
Concluding from that I derive the knowledge that it is absolutely pointless to obey anything that does not want me to obey by itself.
Jesus was just a pathetic drug addicted plant collector… really… the bible consists of stories that have passed through several centuries by oral transmission. The stories have been altered through that. Also, Jesus himself was not able toread and write. The new testament was written by some jerk which’s name is unknown around 150 a.d. Furthermore, the vatican and the orthodox churches reject a part of the original writing whatsoever because it’s bad for the ‘church business’.
Anyways, if God really exists, he must be an asshole (Jesus, too). ;)
I guess you know why.


August 16 at 8:47am

Dorian, please tell me why you consider Jesus to be “an asshole”? To me Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Dorian Muthig

August 16 at 5:26pm

Simple. God is an asshole casue if it is and exists it’s letting all the bad things happen. Jesus for him is one because he promoted that thing called god as the ‘best thing ever’ and it being of all good, which it apparently isn’t.


August 17 at 1:17pm

What is it about God that you hate so much? In what way has He offended you or anybody else? You will have to explain what according to you is good and bad.
Hope you will write back on the matter about which you seem to be wrong.

Dorian Muthig

August 21 at 12:51am

It’s not god itself offending me, it’s what people made out of their ‘invention’.
If there is a god, and it stands still watching people die in horrible ways, what kind of good thing would that be?
And if a god exists, and it has full control and influence on everything aswell as is always around us, then it must be that it wants everything to be the way it just happens, happened and will happen. Bad things including good things. But the good things aren’t for everyone. Neither are the bad things. It’s not balanced and if it’s not balanced, something goes terribly wrong. In whatever matter that might be. If it distorts too much it will eventually break. Break the illusion of what’s not there, or is there, only in doubt or belief to haunt us over and over again until we refuse to let it be or die. Whichever comes first.


August 21 at 9:29am

Hi Dorian,
Thanks for your reply in which you expressed your anger against God and His ‘inventors’. Your logic is very sound and convincing. The best thing about you is that you are honest, fearless, frank and indeed a young firebrand. I appreciate everything about you. You are like that because you are very, very young. When you mellow a little with passing of years and experience, you will realize the beauty of Jesus, who is the visible representation of the invisible God. After you have matured in years and experience you will find yourself speaking a different language. You will yourself (by the grace of the Holy Spirit) become a changed person beyond your own imagination and expectation. I will wait until then to hear from you again.
In the meanwhile, please do not hesitate to give vent to your feelings. It is healthy to speak out, even if such shouting disturbs others. It is better to be an outspoken unbeliever than a silent believer who is not moved by his unbelieving friends.

Dorian Muthig

August 22 at 5:22pm

My mental self is not as young as you might think it is. ;)
I simply can’t rely on things that aren’t proovable.


August 22 at 5:36pm

That’s not right, my boy. You are confident, rather over-confident that you know everything at your tender age.That cannot be. Facts of life and experience go hand in hand. Your attitude to believe only on things provable is unhealthy and will leave you an unhappy man.
It will be a shame if you refused to believe that you are your father’s son unless and until it is proved by DNA tests.
I hope I am not being harsh. I am concerned about you and your welfare.

Dorian Muthig

August 22 at 6:13pm

I don’t know everything. I am fully aware of that. It is not possible to know everything. However impossible is nothing. Thus it’s the current condition and the current circumstances causing that fact to be.
Secondly, I never said I am happy about it.
I also do not trust anyone claiming to be my father, because I do not know my father. I also doubt my mother to be my mother, as well as I even doubt the world I live in to be ‘not the real thing’ but an illusion we tend to call the current reality. It sounds crazy I know, but who really knows what’s out there. Who knows that noone manipulates our minds and the past we think we yet lived through is just an idea of someone and it has never been?
You know, the mind is complicated the way it is. And even more complicated it is to understand it, manage it and manipulate it.
I do not believe, I assume it is not and define it as the more feasible truth until convinced of it being otherwise, which in whatever event is not likely to happen. And additionally I doubt everything I cannot be certain of. I outweigh, think and then logically decide for feasibility.
What I achieve is what I declare to be my truth, even if it results in a ‘fact not determined and unknown’ thing.


August 23 at 3:02pm

I hope that you will soon realize why you are not happy. You are not happy because you do not believe, you only doubt. Doubt does not lead to truth and if for some Godforsaken reason you do find it you will again doubt the very truth you yourself discovered. So, my friend, I will stop the discussion here with the hope that you will read this and find some solace:

Dorian Muthig

August 24 at 12:18am

No, I’m happy about being able to fully control and decide about my consciousness. ;)
I don’t need a god which doesn’t even care about what I’m doing. If there is a god and it doesn’t want me to do what I’m doing it shat stop me doing it. As it apparently doesn’t I can care less.
In a percentage of likeliness that no god or superior being exists which values at 92% I do define it doesn’t and live that way.


August 24 at 6:44am

You don’t need a god, fine. Do you want Satan? If not also a satan, then perhaps a friend? If not even a friend, why are you in Facebook? Examine your heart, my friend.

Dorian Muthig

August 24 at 8:57pm

No, Satan doesn’t exist either. The Satan you refer to was also invented by human kind to explain all the bad occurences, to have someone to blame for. Nothing more.
Hey, you know, a friend is not a superior being that does not want me to see it, know it exists and whatnot. A true friend is there for you when you need him/her. That’s a lame comparison. The god you call your friend is never there for you, it doesn’t cheer you up and it does not even care if you feel bad. There is nothing wrong with my heart either…


August 25 at 5:07am

That’s where you are absolutely wrong, my friend. My God is always with me. He never leaves me or forsakes me. He will do the same with you if you accept Him as your personal Friend. Unlike our unfaithful earthly friends, our faithful heavenly Friend, Jesus cheers us up and He weeps when we weep.
You have admitted that nothing is wrong with your heart. That cannot be. Every human heart is corrupt. That is why we need to convert it into a pure one and for that we need Jesus who can do it for us. If you accept Jesus as your intimate and best Friend and let Him into your heart you will enjoy love, joy and peace which Jesus and Jesus alone can give you, not I or anyone else can.
Read this booklet which I found in the link below and you will have the truth you are seeking:

Dorian Muthig

August 25 at 4:56pm

No I’m not wrong. If you think I am wrong it’s because of your personal belief I don’t care about and maybe don’t share with you. You should accept that and stop trying to convert me.
There is no god there for anywone if you want to talk to it, it never answers. If you want some company it’s never there. If you give it a present it won’t take it. If you’re injured/hurt/sad it doesn’t come over to cheer you up with some kind words. If you’re dead it won’t show up on your funeral, clothed black to express sadness.
And if my heart is corrupt like that of anyone else, then that’s the right thing and how it should be. Perfectly fine, nothing to worry about.
And I don’t want Jesus as my intimate friend… I’m not gay, and even if I was, he’d not the kind of living person… ah well you know…
Be with your imaginary friend, but know, only children that are very lonely or outsiders do have their imaginary friends. Usually their disappear some day, when they don’t need that imaginary invisible friend anymore, because they trust into something more sophisticated and real. Think about that.


August 29 at 5:16pm

How I look at it
Most of the people who doubt the existence of God are people like you: normal and rational. For doubters and believers alike, I have a story to tell you, a story about a man who went to a barbershop and discuss on the subject of God with a barber.
Barber: I don’t believe that God exists. Go out into the street and you will realize that God doesn’t exist. If God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine a loving God allowing all of these things.
Just after the customer left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, unwashed hair and an untrimmed beard and looked dirty and unkempt. The customer returned to the barbershop.
Customer: You know what? Barbers do not exist.
Barber: How can you say that? I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you.
Customer: No, barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like the man outside.
Barber: Ah, but barbers DO exist! That’s what happens when people do not come to me.
Customer: Exactly! That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! That’s what happens when people do not go to Him and don’t look to Him for help. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering. If we surrender ourselves to GOD and kill our ego completely, we will find God within us.
Who is the Christ?


August 31 at 9:41am

What is the biggest problem for an atheist like you?
No one to talk to during orgasm.

Dorian Muthig

August 31 at 11:05am

I’m sorry, but this doesn’t make any sense… You can’t compare a god with a barber… the barber answers, a non-existent god doesn’t, you see ;)
According to some things in the bible, god is everywhere, right? That means I don’t have to go to any other place to talk to it. Apparently, it never answers, does not grant any wishes, nor names any prices for any of such wishes, we might have.
The barber on the other hand, can be seen, he answers when you talk to him and he gives you a shave if you ask for it and pay him.
That’s the whole difference.
And you must be pathetic if you need to talk during an orgasm… really, I mean what do you focus on if not the orgasm itself?


September 1 at 2:43pm

You do not seem to know the difference between a joke and serious talk, between reality and the world of fantasy and between…..well, the less said about your understanding of facts of life the better. Grow up, my boy. In the meanwhile read this booklet, which will help you know the difference between the world of your imagination and greed and that of the one made by God:
What will it Profit a Man, if he Gains the Whole World, but Loses his Soul?


September 1 at 5:52pm

THE WISE SAGE…(Wisdom man)
There once was a wise sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who told him of a sick child nearby. She begged him to help this child.
So the sage came to the village, and a crowd gathered around him, for such a man was a rare sight. One woman brought the sick child to him, and he said a prayer over her.
“Do you really think your prayer will help her, when medicine has failed?” yelled a man from the crowd.
“You know nothing of such things! You are a stupid fool!” said the sage to the man.
The man became very angry with these words and his face grew hot and red. He was about to say something, or perhaps strike out, when the sage walked over to him and said: “If one word has such power as to make you so angry and hot, may not another have the power to heal?”
And thus, the sage healed two people that day.
Have a nice week !
Sabby, a Facebook pal of mine sent me the above item. OMAR


September 1 at 5:54pm

Thanks again, Sabby, for the wisdom-filled story.

Dorian Muthig

September 2 at 7:47pm

Dude, stop trying to convert me, you will not succeed, nor gain anything from doing so. God doesn’t pay you (I don’t know if the church does, though) and you won’t get to heaven, neither hell anyway. When you die, it’s like sleeping without a dream, you just never wake up, you wouldn’t know.
I heard enough of the whole ‘god exists with all his kindness crap tales’.
I think you should consider watching a real sophisticated movie, when you’ve got some time off. But if you still want me to believe a god exists, then go to it, take a photo and show it to me, oh and mark the god in it, transparent gods don’t count.


September 11 at 9:11am

I regret to inform you that I cannot accede to your request but I am sure the following book in the link below will give you an idea of who God is:
Did God Appear in the Flesh ?

Dorian Muthig

September 14 at 6:51pm

your imaginary friend? :)


September 15 at 9:15am

You have not met me nor seen me. So am I not your friend? Do I not exist? We know each other by faith so is the case with God.

Dorian Muthig

September 18 at 4:52pm

Well, actually, I don’t know if you are my friend or just a stranger. I somehow even think you are not ‘real’ by looking at your name and judging from the way you talk about god. Maybe the church pays you to convice people to believe, I don’t know. Or maybe someday you come over hunting me down like peple did with vampires some centuries ago, who knows, but you? I am just guessing here and mentioning the worst case scenario. Also, I would not say I know you, knowing someone takes a lot mor than a conversation about theism or atheism.
My idea is, that god is your imaginary friend. :)
And my second one is, that religion is a war about who’s got the better imaginary friend. ;)


September 20 at 7:39am

When you can doubt me and my real being, I can understand why it is difficult – nay, impossible – for you to doubt the existence of God whom you cannot see.
See my profile and the photographs along with the letters of Mahatma Gandhi and the Prime Minister of India and you will know for sure that you are a slave to the Devil. I cannot save you nor can any other friend of yours except, of course, CHRIST JESUS.

Dorian Muthig

September 20 at 7:25pm

Yeah, but … is already dead, and I really highly doubt you are related to him, because I do not see any reason for you to add me on Facebook in that case. Get the bigger picture?
However, I do not doubt you are a real being, there is not any such advanced artificial intelligence as of yet, being able to at least partly understand a complex conversation.


September 21 at 9:56am

That … is dead is a stale and irrelevent news not worth anybody’s attention. However, I will accept it because it comes from the mouth of my friend named Dorian Muthig. By the way, who told you that I am related to that great man of God? How I wish I was!
As you doubt the existence of God so do you doubt everything, even my relationship with real people. Love covers all faults. My love for you will not take into account the grave faults of yours and overlook your ignorance.

Dorian Muthig

September 21 at 11:08am

As far as I know, there aren’t any children mentioned in the history books, … could have had, but I don’t know if he really had some or not. And it is quite likely that ones last name is the same as the one your parents had at the time when you were born. Thus, if … is your last name, or that is what you typed in upon Facebook signup, you either are related to him, had your name changed for an irrelevant sum of money, or made your name up, because you’d like to have that particular name for some reason, which might be related to your regiousity.
And I don’t doubt everything, only almost everything. And I always opt for the things that are more likely than others, by doing comparisons and calculations at the utmost exact amount and value I am able to, almost like computers do. For me believing in scientific facts is far more feasible than relying on the bible for example.
And I am very tolerant, as far as there may be probability for something else. Being ignorat would mean I would not even include such variables into my calculations, by simply assuming it is one way, setting that as a fact, for then calculating based on some wrong values for my variables. However, the way I calculate things, I sometimes have to wager according to probability and choose the more likely values to get to my result, that result which may change at a minimum later on due to the discovery of the right and exact value of said variable I didn’t have previously.


September 21 at 1:49pm

Wow, Dorian, you are awsome: unbelievably bright and intelligent. I think your country needs people like you. It is people like you that make the country great and lack of people like you make it small. It is hoped that you will do the needful for your beloved country – nay, for the whole world – and not live a life purely for your selfish ends.
Now back to my name. At the time I left Islam and embraced Christianity, my college-days hero Dr. …, Junior was assassinated. At the time of baptism I changed my name … to …. That’s the long and short of the story. Now stop cracking your head over my name which should not be of any importance to anybody.

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Apple Genius in iTunes is evil

October 28, 2008

There’s this new feature in iTunes 8. It’s called Genius. I tell you what: I don’t like it.

I’m all for this genre based music categorizing and all that stuff. It’s a great concept, really. The thing with Genius is just, that it’s indexing all your music, no matter what. I don’t get the part of creating hash values for all your files. Sure, you could have entered the wrong title, artist or album somewhere, right, very thoughtful, but Genius won’t tell you there’s something wrong with a particular song. It doesn’t even care. However, it does index and hash all your files. I don’t get it why it’s doing that. Since Genius is not intended to tell you which songs have the wrong name, it could just use data that has already been collected from songs, Apple sells in the iTunes store. Genius could simply use artist, album and title information to create the so called Genius playlists. Clearly it’s just the user’s fault if a title is wrong, right? I mean, Genius won’t even dare to correct you anyway. But Genius is hashing all your files. It’s hashing all files, for everyone. I am a little paranoid maybe, but my only explanation for this is file sharing prevention and discovery. There’s online stores everywhere, those files can have been hashed by Apple and indexed as ‘fine’. Then there’s the other files, users copied from their CDs to their computer. This is where the evil new Genius feature could make it’s turn. It hashes the files on every computer. This also means Apple is collecting the hash values for every file from every user to provide the Genius results directly from Apple. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Apple uses their servers for the complex algorithm that determines the songs in your library that match each other. It takes ages for huge libraries to collect the hash values and Apple collects them. This means Apple can count how many people have the same file in their libraries. Now there’s the deal:

Apple collects data from the record companies and the online stores, to determine which files are known to be widely spread. If the Apple Genius algorithm on the Apple servers now discovers a file, that has been shared and that is not amongst the files that are sold in online stores, Apple can guess at a certain amount of copies, that those aren’t based on the fair use scenario. Fair use of that media states that you can make copies, and you can even share them with your friends, however there’s a limit when the sharing with friends exceeds fair use. If Apple discovers such shared files, Apple could report them, or even have some revenue out of that, by selling that particular information. It makes the RIAA happy, doesn’t it? I dare to believe that this would be the case. It’s certainly clear that Apple doesn’t really need to hash everyone’s files for determining matching songs. Microsoft’s Zune service provides this song matching and recommendations as well. However, the Zune software does not feel too much of need to analyze and inspect all your files in your library to provide those recommendations for songs you could want to buy. Speaking of recommendations. All the Genius recommendations do is telling you about albums and songs from the selected song’s artist that aren’t in your library. If you already have everything, or if Genius can’t find the artist or album in the iTunes store, well, you just get the current download sales charts. Now that’s a really awesome feature. Apple Genius, it’s just big brother watching your habits, and dare you to download illegal music, big brother will find you! I don’t like it, because even if I don’t download illegal MP3s I might still have friends that send me music files, because they want me to listen to certain music they like. And maybe I will do the same with exactly the same file. That’s completely legal, and still, I don’t like some people watching every move and every step I take. It might sound paranoid, but we’re soon living in 1984 anyway. I think some people, especially if they work for larger companies like Apple, should consider if a certain approach of doing things is reasonable for their customers.

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The OS of the Future or from 1984 to year 3000

October 24, 2008

I think the OS of the future thinks itself, we may have devices that recognize our thinking (electromagnetic wave detectors) and we can just IMAGINE what we might want to get done with our PCs and it just skips ahead and it’s done. The OS will probably be completely unrelated to hardware specs, everything will JUST WORK (yeah, I hear people crying) but hey, for the freaks, we will have the tools to MAKE things even more WORKING. Everything on your computer will work like Lego. You’ll have pieces to put together that do the most ADVANCED things. And since our location won’t matter anymore, with implant AI chips in our palms we, the smart people, control the interest of the world by using our advanced brains and the interaction capabilities of modern supercomputers to wirelessly connect and hack other people’s brains. Brains might be the new ALIENATED storage. With multiple dozens of mirror copies of our worlds knowledge stored and synchronized all over the globe we have access to everything that is not protected. And protections will be gone, all states in high debts, since taxes were causing them to begin with. But the OS will keep us save, knowing where we will have to get our super healthy and efficient… ah wait I got lost.

The OS will be advanced in any way, thinking ahead of us, no matter what, computers may outdo the human brain with any calculation and bio system engineering will allow us to make us a new way to photoshop reality. Web search and cloud services will have been replaced with the ultimate galactic of information for 24 years already. Using your computer is no more, think, advance it, improve it, and make your thought real. Who needs input and software, when the PC will automatically build it and use self controlled actions to perform the tasks you want without any additional software. The OS gets smart, TOO smart. :)

PS: I’m bold lazy, think uppercase to bold. Hope I didn’t get too loose about… weird prospects. My mind was just floating out on the empty data grid in my neurons.

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