I've reached 200 photos on Flickr….

April 25th, 2006 by Daniele Muscetta

….and now I would LOVE a Pro Account.
Only I am not sure I will actually purchase one. Why ? Because even if it's cheap, I really have to save every penny or I'll get covered in debts. I just don't make it.

So far, just not to loose visibility of the old pictures I've posted there, I've decided to cross-post the photos that are on Flickr to my MSN Space. Check them out there…. (I am still in the process of posting them, as I write this, so that is not complete yet, but it will eventually be).

Capodanno Bengalese a Roma

April 24th, 2006 by Daniele Muscetta
Capodanno Bengalese a Roma

Yesterday evening we've been to the event that the Bangladesh, Indian, Pakistan, and other Asian people that live in Rome hold every year to celebrate the beginning of their year – according to an old traditional calendar of those places.

It is absolutely fantastic, it was like being in a piece of India inside Rome. People were extremely friendly and the food was delicious.

In case you are in Rome and you're interested, this still goes on till tomorrow, you can find more information here (in italian):


Dusting my feeds

April 18th, 2006 by Daniele Muscetta

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 :-)

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 :-(
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 :-)

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 :-) Night!

Flickr Story

March 11th, 2006 by Daniele Muscetta

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

January 15th, 2006 by Daniele Muscetta
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 :-)
I even found official information about this:


January 6th, 2006 by Daniele Muscetta


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)

January 1st, 2006 by Daniele Muscetta

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 :-)

Last weekend in Veneto, B&B and SSH

December 7th, 2005 by Daniele Muscetta

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 on my server (the one hosting this blog you are reading) 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….

Sorrento's lemons

August 25th, 2005 by Daniele Muscetta

While coming back from holiday we thought of using the day itself we were travelling to stop here and there and see some more.
So I took m family to Amalfi which was roughly half-way through.
In that area you can also find Sorrento, which is famous for its lemons…. you can see Joshua is holding one:

Joshua with a Lemon

Back from America, going on Holiday now

August 7th, 2005 by Daniele Muscetta

I'm just back from Seattle, where I have been for training purposes, and I am going on Holiday to the South of Italy as from tomorrow morning.


Peter Pan's place ?

July 28th, 2005 by Daniele Muscetta

They actually stand on a beach not far from Rome.
I found them cool to see. A Pirate Flag and a Totem :-)

Pirate Flag


Enjoying the Sea

June 23rd, 2005 by Daniele Muscetta

Not me now. No, now I am at work. But the past weekends we have been going quite often to the seaside.
Kids enjoyed it very much.

Enjoying the Sea

BlackHat Europe 2005

April 21st, 2005 by Daniele Muscetta

In my holidays I've been to BlackHat Europe conference as PRESS for the friends at "IT Virtual Community" also this year.
Report of the conference, and an interview to "the grugq" here (link to pages in ITALIAN):



May 10th, 2004 by Daniele Muscetta

I have been invited on Orkut. It is cool. It simply totally rocks.
BESA says it is taking my soul !! – ROTFL