Monday, May 31, 2004

Antitrust

Random selection from my DVD library provided Antitrust (2001) as the movie for tonight.

It's a very fun movie. Nice score. Nice cast. And it's of course utterly pathetic in it's try to propagate Open Source and vilify Micros...eh...Nurv as the one big evil software corporation. But just Nurv. All the others are good, and Sun's Scott McNealy - who we see handing some price to one of the protagonists in one scene - isn't a bad greedy monopolis as Bill...i mean...Gary Winston (awesomely played by Tim Robbins). Of course not. He's not just out to reap the benefits of what open source is laying in his lap. No Sir. The world is just so much easier if it's black and white.

What ticks me off about Open Source Freaks (aka Penguins) is that they take a perfectly great and honorable concept (yes, the big bad C word), and just utterly and completey fail to understand it. Thinking they can apply it to just one nice market (and software, of all things). Right to basic needs for living, nourishment and health care? Fuck that. We love america and we love capitalism. But sourcecode! Hey, that has to be free for everyone. What kind of world would we be living in, otherwise?

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Enterprise

James Robertson just complained about Enterprise and mentioned that "the original Star Trek did better in those situations". Very very true, and actually the reason i stopped watching Enterprise mid-Season 3 after the umpteenth dialog that went "i hate the Xindi as much as the next guy...".

Original Star Trek (as in, pre-Enterprise) tried to raise issues and bring balanced views on current political issues - Enterprise in comparison felt like a cheap and unquestioning advertisement for the american "War on Terror", including but not limited to the token race we're being taught to hate unconditionally (whether Xindi on Enterprise or Arabs/"Islamists" in the real world).

It used to be that Star Trek stood for enlightened views and a world without racism, not for propagating it. But it seems that just as the show is placed closer to the present time than previous Star Trek series, so have the creators and writers become stuck in the 20th century, far far behind Gene Roddenberry. Sad, but true. (Interestingly, the same tendencies tend to shimmer thru in selected episodes of the otherwise excellent The Dead Zone, which is also in the hands of Michael Pillar. Coincidence?)

Here's to hoping that the franchise will recover from the mistake that was Enterprise, and the future will treat us to more gems like TNG or DS9.

That said, i fully agree with you on being sad to see the Buffyverse leave the screen (though i have yet to see the final Angel episode; later tonight ;-). It will be dearly missed, and few (if any) worthy replacements seem to be on the horizon...

Don't Leave Home Without It

This one would start to come in handy more and more, lately...

Thanx to Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants for the link!

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Borland Product Activation

It's rant time.

While preparing a new beta build of our upcoming poduct, it hits me that a good idea might be to bring the Borland C#Builder project files that we include with the installer up to date. So i fire up C#B, which i thankfully didn't have to touch in months, and what happens? Any guesses? Yes, our friend the "Registration Wizard" pops up to make my day. Just when i started to miss that friendly little guy.

Reluctantly, i cancel it, figuring since i activated C#B ca 378 times before, i might get away with it this time, but no luck: i get a friendly message from the License Manager that "No valid license information" can found.

Ok, running the registration Wizard again. Digging out my "Licensed Software.xls" file. Copy/pasting the serial number. Sending... "Your community account cannot be found". Double-checking 3 times. No avail. No C#Builder for me, today :-(

Go figure.

Luckily, using C#Builder doesn't matter to me that much, so opening the .bdsproj in notepad and adjusting it there will do. But imagine those poor fellows that actually rely on it to develop...

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Welcome/Test

Welcome to the dwarfland.

As with all blogs, over time this one will be filled with random rants and ramblings that no-body wants to know about, really.

It might also - once in a while - impose upon you unwanted words of wisdom from whatever work is keeping me busy at the moment, recommendations for movies you won't like anyway or complaints about the state of the world in general and lack of - say - namespace support in Delphi 8.

Currently reading: Chomsky: Hegemony or Survival, West: Object Thinking.