Gioorgi Frangar, non flectar

Dal nostro presidentre

Il motto del Gioorgi è Frangar, non flectar (“mi spezzerò, ma non mi piegherò”).
I tifosi che ci seguono sanno che non riunceremo al rischio per la soddisfazione dei nostri fan!

Non importa quanti giocatori dovremo allenare, ma Gioorgi crescerà forte e solido, anche a costo di dolorse rinunce e debiti consistenti.
In questa ottica va visto l’acquisto lampo di Dirck Gross, finalizzatosi poche ore prima dell’inizio della partita, e che ha sicuramente sorpreso la squadra

L’ultimo match del Gioorgi è stata una sconfitta spettacolare: un fragroso 3 a 4 al fulmicotone, che ci ha regalato emozioni e sorprese.

Nonostante questo l’incasso ha tenuto buoni i finanziatori, e il nostro presidente promette nuove ed emozionanti sorprese!

La prossima sfida è l’amichevole del 16 marzo “Gioorgi – Hurameshi team“: tenetevi forte!

Hattrick » Gioorgi!

Da qualche settimana ho sperimentato Hattrick, un gioco manageriale di calcio on line.

Farò una serie di articoli per decantare la mia squadra, il Gioorgi e per darvi le mie impressioni ed i miei suggerimenti

Se volete partecipare anche voi, leggete questa guida introduttiva, per focalizzarvi sugli aspetti di allineamento

Il Gioorgi inizia la stagione con un investimento potente sugli aspetti tecnici, una focalizzazione della ‘Regia’ ed una formazione tipica 5-3-2

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DRM: a trouble, not a solution

“With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM.”

via Slashdot | Ubisoft’s Authentication Servers Go Down.

So, if you plan to protect your software, DRM is a bad choice.
Please help Apple, to do a better product: sign the petition to avoid iPad DRM.

Asus EEE-PC better then Mac Air?

Finally I managed to buy a Asus EEE PC 700  this week. I would thanks a lot Next Store and its kindly clerks, which I will prefer in future to Mediaword :)
If you are at Milan and you plan to buy it, Next Store is a good choice.

There are a lot of sites and articles around the net about the EEE-PC, because it is a very new article in the IT consumer world.

The EEE PC is the First  full featured PC sold at 300 euros. The Register tries also to compare it with the Mac Air, and we'll see why this is not a so crazy idea.
In these days in Italy was launched an overpriced version (320 euros) with Windows XP preinstalled. We are waiting also the more powerful version (EEEPC 900) at 400 euros. Anyway, what do the product is the 300 euro price: powerful and richer model at an higher price are no so stunning as the EEE PC 700.

Introduction: the hardware

The Asus EEE PC come with 3-usb 2.0 ports, and one SD Card reader. It is expandable a lot, considering it has the same usb ports of my Lenovo Thinkpad R60.  It has no DVD reader, but it is very small and tight. The  battery charger is similar to that of a GSM phone, and it sounds great because of its reduced weight.
The screen is tiny, but very very bright, so it can work if you are not too much greedy as me.

Even if the keyboard is too small, and the fan is noisy, for the rest EEEPC looks well.
With an external monitor&keyboard attached,  your trouble are reduced, at least at home.
You can compare it to a Mac Mini, sold at 600 euros, which has a similar but powerful hardware: so having half the ram for the EEEPC is not a surprise.
But the EEEPC 701 is easy to expand, and on Internet some guys managed to install 2Gb of RAM.
And it is not shipped by deafult with windows but with a linux operating system… another big news, isn't it?


I code every day. So in my spare time, at home, I have two priorities: my girlfriends, and games.
And EEE-PC come with some funny games like Frozen Bubble, so it is definitively a very good machine.

 Vodafone & EEE-PC

In Italy, Telecom Italia sells a branded version of EEE-PC, with its USB connect key. If you have a Vodafone Connect Key, I have found an italian article to try to connect it. I will do some tests, and then translate it in English if it is worth of it.

The Software…

The operating system is a commercial version of Linux. Anyway it is well packaged, and it is reasonable fast. The File Manager does not start in a snap, but it could be worst.

…the ideas

Because is  heavly focused on software development, I am searching a set of article to how build a small cluster of EEE-PC, for doing small distributed computing. The cluster should be easy to set up, with no installation of new operating system, and should have decent performance.
I will report  my experiments in the next month.

Hacking it [Update on 11 june 2008]

Ubuntu has relased a specilized version of ubuntu linux

Conclusion: Why it is great

All these stuff fit in about 300 euros, and there is no decent PDA  at this price…even a good Nokia GSM phone is difficult to find for a such price. The EEE-PC weights less then 1 Kg, and it is very easy to carry on. The webcam is good if you have sufficient light to give it, and you can record at 44.1 khz your voice.
Skype comes preinstalled, giving you a lot of freedom with its VoiceOverIP technology.