Volunia is alive and kicking

Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first call promising.
(Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise)

The Italian social search engine Volunia by Massimo Marchiori raised eyebrows during this launch of February 2012: some considered it  stillborn. The usual ill-fated comparison (e.g “the Google killer”) fuelled the debate further.
08/06/2012 Update: it seems there are some problems…read at bottom
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Compiling Google Android for x86 with VMWARE & Ubuntu Linux on Windows

You have Windows but you want to compile Android as well. You can, providing you install VmPlayer and a linux vm appliance. I will not get into this.  I will assume you have an up-t0-date Vmware appliance up and running with reasonable virtual RAM (>1GB) and disk space (>8GB).

Credits for compiling Android in x86 go to the guys at virtuallyshocking.com
Disclaimer: you can break, erase, burn, incinerate your gear while attempting the steps outlined below. Restrain from following them if you don’t feel confident. Moreover:  THIS WILL wipe whatever you have installed on your PC and  THIS IS at a rather experimental stage, so don’t expect everything to function appropriately (quoting virtuallyshocking.com). Beware:The build process produces an installer, not a live image!Read More »

Una Luna un pò italiana

Google Ansari X prize

L’Ansari X-Prize, il premio messo in palio da Google inc. e dalla X prize Foundation destinerà 30 milioni di dollari al team che riuscirà a proporre un valido progetto per un robot autonomo in grado di essere inviato sulla Luna, muoversi, riprendere e inviare immagini del paesaggio.
Fra i primi 10 team che sono stati selezionati, troviamo i colleghi italiani del Team Italia (pagina ufficiale del Team Italia), guidati dalla Prof.ssa Amalia Ercoli Finzi.
Il Team Italia e’ composto da elementi dei due Politecnici (Milano e Torino) e delle Universita’ La Sapienza di Roma e Federico II di Napoli, col supporto di alcuni tra i maggiori gruppi aerospaziali del nostro paese.
Mi piacerebbe vedere sventolare una modesta bandierina italiana sulla Luna.
Non resta che augurargli in bocca al lupo, o come da tradizione, Godspeed.

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not only because they are easy, but because they are hard (John F. Kennedy)”

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No good company

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I’m not against Microsoft, I’m not against Google, and I don’t work for them.

Google, is not going to come and rescue anyone but itself. Nor the poor Yahoo,neither the poor Flickr users.

Flickr powered by Vista(tm) is not pleasant. I can see that.

Going against Microsoft is not unreasonable, may sound very cool, but it’s starting to feel very common-place and old-fashioned.

The biggest problem, the way I see it, is not Microsoft buying Yahoo.
There’s no Good Company in this story, so our chances of a pretty ending are scarce.

Information, time has teached us, is valuable as much as you can find it when you need it.
Whoever has the search engine monopoly has the power to present the information the way he likes, and if it likes to.
Whoever buys Yahoo, will get a positive advantage against other search engine.
Maybe Microsoft buying Yahoo is not the scariest scenario.
What if…
And that’s very scary, way much more than Flickr being powered by Windows CE.
Maybe it’s not time to stand for Flickr, but time to go against anyone who gets the total monopoly of search engines. The World and the Internet we wish and we used to know may be much more important that our bunch of photos.
Just my 2 cents.