Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hi5 and other networks

They seem to be all over the place. One could say the same for blogs I guess but that's a bit different. I don't get emails every other day to join some blog or the other.

So I get an invitation [several actually] recently to join some group or other. This one and that. Would I like to join so and so on the coolest scene there is. It's touching to realise that someone knows I exist, and thought to invite me. I click on the link, with a touch of apprehension. I'm immediately confronted with a registration page. I hate having to register for anything on the web. I completely refuse to register to read newspapers. Not that I actually read news, but anyway. This dislike for the registration process probably goes back to my days in campus, and initial encounters with the Internet. All those XXX sites that promised free access, if only I registered. Let's just say I suffered irreparable damage. Anyway. I don't typically register for stuff and am wary of stuff that's labeled "free". Unless it's open source of course. [I wonder if there's open source porn]

So let's say I do register. Am I meant to give my real world names, address, photo and the like? Is it just me, or am I paranoid. And once you're in, what kind of things does one do. Chat, trade photos? If I joined all those 10 networks I'd have to be taking loads of photos. Probably make lots more friends but I'd have to be spending a lot of time on the web. My excuses are lame as always but if I get an invite and don't oblige, si kwa ubaya.


Blogger 0.5 said...

MSFT is trying to strong arm OpenSource by going after the big players (or the big sponsors if you will) like Redhat, Novell and IBM.

Their argument is that Linux violates 235 MSFT patents. So their legal guys "demonstrate" to these guys (behind closed doors) how Linux has violated these patents and blackmail them into a distribution-license kind of deal.

The legalese is above my head but the full article is here. Richard Stallman, is writing a new GNU license.We are living in interesting times

By the way a pal of mine is running Ubuntu on his machine and I did not even realize it until I asked him to open media player. Guess there is reason for MSFT to be afraid

Thursday, May 31, 2007 9:17:00 AM  
Blogger matejivu said...

Got a chic who does this service too. Only that hers is special-no costs, no pics. Its the real thing. She has a list of professional galfriends who are looking. She even arranges some meetings @ antonios once in a while.
I guess that's closer than the web. I actually got introduced once- by her. but couldn't kick off.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Samborera said...

0.5 - I'd read somewhere that the issue of patents is like MAD. Everyone has loads of them but don't press the issue cause the results would be catastrophic.

matejivu - Where were you when guys were asking where they can meet people. No costs? Professional galfriends? Interesting stuff.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:52:00 PM  
Blogger Samborera said...

Just got another one. Too bad about that registration thing.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 7:27:00 AM  

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