Dusting my feeds

For easter I have been going around in nice places, seen historical buildings in Rome that have just been restructured, and visited some archeological etrurian sites.

Today, for the first time in months, I had some time to go through several unread posts in several of the blogs and sites that I keep in my aggregator.
Some random things I found interesting (not all, just some – maybe I should consider sharing links with stuff like delicious os similar….):

Dare's comment of simplicity (I oversimplify it now, but I really like his comments: this is not the first, won't be the last, good good, I enjoy them, I really do). Here is the part I liked most:
"[…] how one should build RESTful applications is actually different from how the Web works. Few web applications support HTTP methods other than GET and POST, few web applications send out the correct MIME types when sending data to clients, many Web applications use cookies for storing application state instead of allowing hypermedia to be the engine of application state (i.e. keeping the state in the URL)
and in a suprisingly large number of cases the markup in documents being transmitted is invalid or malformed in some ways. However the Web still works. […]"

Scoble (and others) talking of relaxing, simplyfying your life, taking it easy, disconnect, unsubscribe from mailing lists, etc.
Sure, I know what it means. The problem for me is that information IS addictive, so even if I leave the
information flow go for a while (because I'm too busy actually *working*, for example), after a while I feel the urge to catch up. Like today.

Another interesting thing I read today is Jesper Johansson blog post about a discussion on risk management with his son.
Quite amusing, it happens to do some of those discussions with my kids as well, sometimes.
Well, really, so far only with the older one of my two kids, of course, since the younger one IS THE threat/risk himself πŸ™‚

Another useful thing I found out today is that some VB.Net books are available for download in PDF format. Nice.

Then I figured out my most excellent colleague Luca Bandinelli had been mentioned by Arpan Shah, so I told him that, and he asked me "why are you looking for my name on the Internet?". No, really, the honest answer to this is that I was already subscribed to Arpan's blog, again.

Coming back home I saw a wonderful rainbow on top of Albano's lake, ranging from one side to the other, but of course I did not have my camera with me πŸ™
I've heard once in India that seeing a rainbow has to be considered a blessing. Well, in this case this was a HUGE one πŸ™‚

On a side note, while dusting my feeds I also found out why I could not get updates on my beloved "Calvin & Hobbes" strip.
Since the original site has apparently asked not to redistribute those strips, I suspect I will have to set up my own copy of phpGrabComics to get that. I probably will.

Well, now I am going to watch this video on MOM, then collapse πŸ™‚ Night!

Flickr Story

Haven't posted in a while, and won't write much this time either. The truth is that I have been too busy lately – working, family, and beta testing Windows Vista. But that's another story and I might have time to tell yuo that another time I get time and will to blog.

What I wanted to write now, instead, is a link to an article I just read and wanted to share, which is quite interesting as it tells a bit of the story of how Flickr has born. Quite interesting.

Especially, the two things I linked here make you think of the "top-down" vs. "bottom-up" kind of approach.

Roma Wireless

Roma wireless

Seems like the Rome council is setting up public wifi hotspots in parks!
I haven't personally tried if they actually even *work* but nonethless this is cool πŸ™‚
I even found official information about this:
www.comune.roma.it/was/repository/ContentManagement/infor…

Befana

Befana

La Befana vien di notte
con le calze tutte rotte
con le toppe alla sottana
viva viva la Befana!

We have been spending the "Befana" holiday of the 6th of January in the area "pigneto" where the people of the cafeteria/bookshop "lo Yeti" were doing a nice initiative for kids and for the people of the area.

Happy New Year ! ( + Lazio Picture)

Happy New Year everybody!!!!!
I hope this will bring everybody what they want and what they deserve, I really do hope so. Those I know, those I don't know, just everybody.
Most people usually wish all the best things to all the people they know and care about, but I don't think this is enough.
There's too many people in the world who are wonderful people even if I don't and of course CAN'T know all of them, some (many) of which might be suffering. And they should get what's best for them too! The entire world is our family.

Now I am usually not very good in this kind of things, so I'll leave it here and won't try to make it longer. But those who know me will know that I am sincere in writing this.

Now there is one more thing I wanted to blog about but I forgot to do it some time ago, and it came to mind now, so I'll do it now:
This photo I made of Villa Adriana in Tivoli

Villa Adriana

has been sent by my wife to Italie.nl, a dutch site that talks about Italy (for turists, or for people who want to come live here in Italy, or who are Ital-crazy in general…) and they republished that photo of mine on this page about the region LAZIO. Cool, nice ! I like that πŸ™‚

Last weekend in Veneto, B&B and SSH

We have been guests of some very nice friends who have a nice "Bed and Breakfast" in Veneto (btw if you want to visit them, you'll find them at www.il-tulipano.it).

Good that they had a computer, because while I was away the Apache server onΒ my server (the one hosting this blog you are reading)Β decided it had to continuosly crash those two days I was there.
In fact from that Mac I could SSH and pull it back up….