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Free Speech on the Internet

 

Many people think of the Internet as an incredible system that let people of all nations communicate without a problem.

The fact is that governments are in control, as always.

The Internet was born in 1995 and, with it, cheap worldwide communications. The truth is that the Internet, very early, was used as much by programmers as it was by marketers and political minorities. This is where the problem started.

In 1997, France arrested 3 business men of a newly formed Internet company. The charges were: your website is displaying discriminatory information about Jews. They were ...

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2008

This year, 2008, I decided to register and go to LinuxWorld. It is in August and my kids are not at school so it was easy to manage. Also, I had to go to the French consulate to get a birth certificate for my daughter. In other words, I had the chance to do two things at once!

I found it quite interesting to hear that many people were not too excited about the event. Many of the people walking around are like me: they themselves sell their own Linux solution. In other words, they are not going to be customers. I had the chance to talk with Roger Levi, the Vice President of the Open Platform ...

AJAX, CSS, HTML, XML, SOAP, LAMP… and now Web 2.0?

Dear reader,

Yes. With all these terms, it is quite easy to get lost.

As a developer, my skills are quite extensive. I started with Logo, learned assembly language, BASIC, C, C++… and all these other languages in between, those that most people pass by such as Ada, Eiffel, Icon… And the languages you kind of have to learn because you’re in it: Bourne Shell, configuration files for 100 different software, Makefile, etc.

And once you know all of these languages, you think you’re done. Well… Not quite!

The web has got it’s own set of languages! It

RPATH not working in wxWidget

At my company we have the sandbox. This uses different free libraries that we compile within a specific directory (to not have problems with the system installation of a customer.) This means you need to include an RPATH in the binary (.ELF) files.

Most of the libraries that we use have a modern configure script that uses libtool. libtool knows how to automatically add the RPATH information to the libraries and binaries generated in a project.

Security Issues with the US government

Some people, I have noticed, have been skeptical about the amount of care taken by the US government and agencies in the last few years. Companies are also catching up. The security measures change every year, when not every semester, every month and for some, probably every day.

For sure, making sure that the most wanted information remains top-secret, you need top level security features on your network. I do not know how much data is of interest, but I found out today that there are hackers attacking the federal websites quite a bit…

“The Pentagon last month acknowledged ...

Is the Open Source costing us money?

More and more, enterprises make use of Open Source software. Why is this a good idea for your company as well?

Many people are scared to do the move. The result is very costly. When you use proprietary software, each time you need an upgrade, you need to pay for it. And in most cases, it is not just once, but a number of times equal to the number of computers you own or the number of staff that use the software. A $200 software may sound really cheap. But if you have 1000 staff, it makes it $200,000.

This is of course very good business for the vendors. However, many small companies just ...

Really… What is a goal?

I’m writing this blog after meeting with a few people with great experience at the NCAE networking group in Roseville.

I have been in business for quite some time now and I have read many things about goals. But what is a goal? How do you set a goal? How do you make sure that you reach your goals?

So, let’s start by setting a goal.

“I want a home worth $1.2 million dollars”

Ah! Is that really a goal?

The truth is that this is so blurry that it cannot be a realistic goal, at least not for most people. This does not mean you won’t be able to get the home of ...

PHP eFax available on our website!

 

I’m glad to announce that PHP eFax is now available for sale on our site. For only $95, you can send faxes within minutes.

It took me a whole week to program that object and a lot of testing. Yes, I sent a lot of faxes before to make it work properly.

If your company needs to send faxes via their website (or their customers website) it can easily save money here! By getting PHP eFax, you won’t need to program anything, really. All you need is to set the fax data in an object and call send(). In minutes you will be sending faxes. You can see a sample here:

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Made to Order Software announces PHP eFax

Made to Order Software created a new software package to support the eFax protocol using PHP.

eFax® is a strong and still growing company providing a very fast and reliable system to send faxes cheaply nearly anywhere worldwide. Their system works with the Internet and thus is accessible to your website.

PHP is a powerful language used to program Internet Websites. It has many features to handle dynamic pages as required by today's corporate world. PHP comes with very many free libraries and also many enhancements offered by companies.

Made to Order Software combined both: the eFax ...

Made to Order Software Consults with Volcano

Made to Order Software Corporation has just accepted a long term contract with Volcano Corporation, a $103 million company based in Rancho Cordova, California.

Volcano builds complex medical systems used to image venous canals using catheters. It helps save lives by making sure doctors use stents only when required. Made to Order Software is proud to help Volcano reach its goals with their embedded software systems.

Made to Order Software value added includes high quality technical documentation approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA and similar agencies in Japan and ...