]> gerry's blog http://www.cluecan.ca/blog/1 en Fighting Software Piracy http://www.cluecan.ca/node/642 <p>I know it has been a while since I last posted but Anti-piracy ads on the radio have prompted me to say that there is no reason to use pirated software. We, meaning CLUE members and affiliates, use F/LOSS but I think that we do not do enough to get our message to the general public. As a result, Microsoft Office, one of MS's best money generators, it is also one of the most pirated suites. </p> CLUE blogs Wed, 04 Apr 2007 15:09:21 -0400 e-gov in Canada is a myth http://www.cluecan.ca/node/434 <p>Today I received two pieces of information. One was my copy of Computerworld in which there was an article about how Michigan aims to emulate Canadaƛ e-gov. The second piece of information was in a note from Russell McOrmond about the slow response to petitioning against Bill C-60.</p> Patents & Copyrights Wed, 11 Oct 2006 22:32:43 -0400 [discuss] Re: Site will be off-line for a critical upgrade today http://www.cluecan.ca/node/263 <p>On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 10:26 -0400, G. Roderick Singleton wrote:<br /> &gt; There is a critical upgrade required for our drupal installation. This<br /> &gt; message is fair warning that during the upgrade the site will have to be<br /> &gt; shutdown. At the same time, we will also attempt to correct whatever<br /> &gt; was done to the frontpage node of cluecan.ca so that it again will<br /> &gt; adjust the centre column for various sizes of browser displays. If any<br /> &gt; of you know the secret to correcting this an email will be appreciated.</p> <p>Upgrade completed for www.cluecan.ca and we found the cause of the wide<br /> middle panel. Thanks to Bill Traynor who took time to track down the</p> Thu, 25 May 2006 18:42:59 -0400 [discuss] Re: Site will be off-line for a critical upgrade today http://www.cluecan.ca/node/265 <br /> Thu, 25 May 2006 18:42:59 -0400 [volunteers] Re: Site will be off-line for a critical upgrade today http://www.cluecan.ca/node/266 <p>On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 10:26 -0400, G. Roderick Singleton wrote:<br /> &gt; There is a critical upgrade required for our drupal installation. This<br /> &gt; message is fair warning that during the upgrade the site will have to be<br /> &gt; shutdown. At the same time, we will also attempt to correct whatever<br /> &gt; was done to the frontpage node of cluecan.ca so that it again will<br /> &gt; adjust the centre column for various sizes of browser displays. If any<br /> &gt; of you know the secret to correcting this an email will be appreciated.</p> <p>Upgrade completed for www.cluecan.ca and we found the cause of the wide<br /> middle panel. Thanks to Bill Traynor who took time to track down the</p> Thu, 25 May 2006 18:42:57 -0400 [volunteers] Re: Site will be off-line for a critical upgrade today http://www.cluecan.ca/node/267 <p>On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 10:26 -0400, G. Roderick Singleton wrote:<br /> &gt; There is a critical upgrade required for our drupal installation. This<br /> &gt; message is fair warning that during the upgrade the site will have to be<br /> &gt; shutdown. At the same time, we will also attempt to correct whatever<br /> &gt; was done to the frontpage node of cluecan.ca so that it again will<br /> &gt; adjust the centre column for various sizes of browser displays. If any<br /> &gt; of you know the secret to correcting this an email will be appreciated.</p> <p>Upgrade completed for www.cluecan.ca and we found the cause of the wide<br /> middle panel. Thanks to Bill Traynor who took time to track down the</p> Thu, 25 May 2006 18:42:57 -0400 Re: [discuss] don't use lengthy text strings for displayed links please http://www.cluecan.ca/node/262 <p>On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 18:02 -0400, G. Matthew Rice wrote:<br /> &gt; Evan Leibovitch writes:<br /> &gt; &gt; &gt; There's always tinyurl, shorturl, ...<br /> &gt; &gt; &gt;<br /> &gt; &gt; Doesn't help. The problem isn't in the length of the URL but the text<br /> &gt; &gt; between <a > and </a>. If that is a long, unbreakable "word", most<br /> &gt; &gt; browsers will scroll to acommodate. Thus the longer and unshrinkable<br /> &gt; &gt; middle column.<br /> &gt; &gt;<br /> &gt; &gt; Going to tinyurl is only useful here if you care about reading the raw<br /> &gt; &gt; HTML or really want to use the URL in the displayed text.<br /> &gt;<br /> &gt; Wasn't Bill's problem a URL _as_ the text? Anything in a language</p> Thu, 25 May 2006 18:36:03 -0400 Re: [discuss] don't use lengthy text strings for displayed links please http://www.cluecan.ca/node/264 <p>On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 18:02 -0400, G. Matthew Rice wrote:<br /> &gt; Evan Leibovitch writes:<br /> &gt; &gt; &gt; There's always tinyurl, shorturl, ...<br /> &gt; &gt; &gt;<br /> &gt; &gt; Doesn't help. The problem isn't in the length of the URL but the text<br /> &gt; &gt; between <a > and </a>. If that is a long, unbreakable "word", most<br /> &gt; &gt; browsers will scroll to acommodate. Thus the longer and unshrinkable<br /> &gt; &gt; middle column.<br /> &gt; &gt;<br /> &gt; &gt; Going to tinyurl is only useful here if you care about reading the raw<br /> &gt; &gt; HTML or really want to use the URL in the displayed text.<br /> &gt;<br /> &gt; Wasn't Bill's problem a URL _as_ the text? Anything in a language</p> Thu, 25 May 2006 18:36:03 -0400 More on Phishing epidemic http://www.cluecan.ca/node/257 <p>As a followup to yesterday's thought on phishing, I thought a quick review of how to check if a message is phishing or not might be useful. </p> <ol > <li >What is "phishing"? The best answer I found was <a href="http://tinyurl.com/s9ehz">this google link</a></li> <li >What to look for? Well links that ask for updates to personal information, accounts or memberships et cetera.</li> <li >Check any links offered to see if they actually belong to the company perportedly asking for the information. In yesterday's email example the link to developer.bellmobility.ca turned out to be in other IP space.</li> CLUE blogs Introductory/General Thu, 25 May 2006 10:22:19 -0400 Phishing epidemic? http://www.cluecan.ca/node/254 <p>For the second time in two days I have received a phishing email. It is puportedly from Bell.ca but a little research shows that it is really out of the IP space of Speedware.com a Montreal based company that develops and sells business intelligence solutions. Most annoying especially after reporting to abuse@bell.ca yesterday and getting no response.</p> <p>So what to do? I found no Canadian sites collecting data on phihing exercises but I did find a couple elsewhere:<br /> http://www.antiphishing.org/index.html and<br /> http://wiki.castlecops.com/PIRT<br /> I reported to both.</p> <p>So be warned, the attempts are getting more and more sohistcated. By way of example, here's an excerpt from the messages I received:</p> CLUE blogs Introductory/General Wed, 24 May 2006 16:21:27 -0400 More Political and Policy Advocacy http://www.cluecan.ca/node/248 <p>The census debacle is illustrative of how entrenched propietary software is in our public servvice. My question now becomes, "How much money is changing hands?" </p> <p>We have an obligation to ourselves and our countrymen to try to ensure there is no re-occurrance of this problem. We have an obligation to enusre that our public servants work for our benefit and not their owm. Perhaps we can get our pariliamentarians to have a look at the deparmental budgetary processess and ensure the bureaucrats are working for our benefit. One way would be to make purchase of proprietary software a "show cause" where there are alternatives. Imagine public servants obliged to do the right thing or be fired.</p> FOSS in the News Sat, 13 May 2006 10:43:24 -0400 An Introduction http://www.cluecan.ca/node/96 <p>I guess I should have done this first but better late than never. </p> <p>Sometime ago, I was invited to be a policy coordinator, working for CLUE to advance political awareness. My focus will be on the provincial government and policy. This requires collaborating with other CLUE members on other levels of government as well.</p> CLUE Projects Sun, 05 Mar 2006 18:06:39 -0500 Political and Policy Advocacy http://www.cluecan.ca/node/93 <p>I thought that this being my first foray into the blog world that I would like to address something that is important not only to CLUE but also to other FOSS projects. I am most familiar with OpenOffice.org and its deployment via the Ontario Ministry of Education. This is a significant change for the government to go to Open Source after initially choosing StarOffice. </p> <p>Okay now to get to the point which is that the Ontario government itself is not considering using OpenOffice.org but is sticking with MSO. To me this is a waste of your and my tax dollars and should be remedied. How? By each of us who use and work with Open Source to lobby our government representives. I started with my MPP, David Caplan, some time ago and will meet again with him, even though I moved from the constituency, to give him charts and spreadsheets that demonstrate that the cost of moving in this direction would cost about half of what it costs annually with the present choice.</p> CLUE blogs About the Community Wed, 01 Mar 2006 19:07:16 -0500