iPhone: lo scandalo italiano

Proprio oggi, nel giorno annunciato della commercializzazione dell’Apple iPhone 3G, lo “spirito competitivo” italiano ha colpito ancora: pare che Vodafone e TIM si siano “accordate” per mantenere i prezzi dell’iPhone ridicolmente alti; per fortuna qualcuno se n’è accorto ed la cosa è stata segnalata all’antitrust, che ora verificherà eventuali violazioni della legge: TLC. I-phone, Antitrust apre pre-istruttoria su Tim e Vodafone dopo esposto presentato dal Movimento Difesa del Cittadino (MDC).

Molte persone stanno protestando (come si può vedere cercando sui motori di ricerca), ed in particolare il sito melamorsicata.it ha lanciato la petizione online iPhoneAffossato, che dovrebbe aiutare a diffondere maggiormente l’informazione tra il pubblico.

Nonostante il costo troppo elevato rispetto agli altri Paesi, l’iPhone sta vendendo bene (almeno a giudicare dai numeri dello shop Vodafone, sempre che siano veri…) e probabilmente il boicottaggio, suggerito da più parti, non avrà l’efficacia necessaria per far tornare le due aziende sui loro passi: speriamo nell’offerta di Tre?

Supporto bilingue

Da oggi il mio blog supporta più di una lingua, per la precisione l’Inglese e l’Italiano.

Il punto è che mi sono sentito un po’ a disagio scrivendo solo in Inglese alcuni articoli che vorrei fossero letti anche nella mia lingua, per supportare la diffusione delle tecnologie e delle idee che ritengo importanti anche nel Paese in cui vivo e lavoro.

La scelta della lingua avviene selezionandola nella home page in alto a destra. Ho aggiunto il supporto multilingua a WordPress installando il plugin qTranslate, molto ben fatto anche se con qualche piccolo difetto.

Buona lettura!

A Case of Architectural Refactoring

Some weeks ago one of my customers decided that one of its biggest ASP.NET web intranet projects needed a sort of architectural revision, mainly to support better its customers with built-in fault tolerance but also to unchain development of the various sub-projects through better separation between software modules.

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Clouds Evolve: Dealing with Infrastructure Complexity

As expected, at least by me, Amazon EC2 is evolving in a more “concrete” platform good for web hosting; in fact, some time ago I received a mail from AWS announcing two new features: Elastic IP Addresses and Availability Zones (you read for sure the news also on Slashdot: Amazon EC2 Now More Ready for Application Hosting, isn’t it?)

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Amazon EC2 will get persistent storage

Only a small note to let you know that Amazon is hearing us and added a new feature to EC2: persistent storage.

As a subscriber of AWS services yesterday I received an email in which Amazon announces that we “will be able to create volumes ranging in size from 1 GB to 1 TB, and will be able to attach multiple volumes to a single instance. Volumes are designed for high throughput, low latency access from Amazon EC2, and can be attached to any running EC2 instance where they will show up as a device inside of the instance…“.

The mail ends saying that the new functionality “will be publicly available later this year” and offers a link to request to join the private beta program; I subscribed it and will let you now as soon as I’ll put my hands on it.

More on the [Computing] Clouds

Recently I stumbled upon a couple of articles1,2 and, remembering my experience with EC2, I discovered that utility computing was not what I was searching for: I was searching for something that helped me without adding complexity, but I was not happy with simple web hosting offers, I wanted also complete control over my infrastructure to have the technical freedom that I could need and because, when I think about my customers’ data, I trust no one.

Continua a leggere More on the [Computing] Clouds

Helping Improve Virtualmin

Only a small note to let you know that Virtualmin (from version 3.54) can be used for serious work when importing websites from Plesk backups: I tried the previous version with some web sites but it was too buggy, so I decided to help authors in debugging and testing it; I think that now Virtualmin can import the backups in a rather complete way.

BTW, Plesk is a good product, full of features, but I prefer Webmin/Virtualmin because they let me have full control of the server, instead of the way of Plesk that is too automatic in my opinion and offers less choices, impositions that I feel too strong (one for all: Plesk comes and works only with QMail).

Pidgin Portable 2.4.0

Updated with Pidgin 2.4.0. You can find it here.

Note that some time ago Windows in no more my main operating system, so I do not use Pidgin Portable every day: please let me know if you have any problem.