Friday, 24 August 2007

Firefox gives you Better GMail

I use quite heavily GoogleReader and I love its keyboard shortcuts (thanks quijote for the advice ;). I was trying to find a way to improve the keyboard shortcuts in GMail also on the style of GReader. So I came across this incredible add-on for Firefox that gives to GMail just what it was missing. The extension is called Better GMail. Apparently it is out since April this year, but I haven't really heard that much about it. It's a collection of all the bests GMail greasemonkey scripts.Intrigued by the screenshots I installed it and, well I've been playing with it since 3 hours now and the usability improvement is really astonishing.
I'll list here the features that I like the most:

In addition to those ones there are many other features and, trust me, you want to try them ;)

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Google earth: Click on the sky button

Google does never finish to surprise me... you can now download the latest version of Google Earth and view not only the Earth bu also the sky... Just click on the sky button :)

Remember those nights when you could surprise your new chick telling her to watch the sky and explaining that this or that was that star or that constellation... well there will be many of you out there from now on ;)

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

V-day dalla Finlandia

V-day anche da una sperduta isola della finlandia :D

Saturday, 4 August 2007

The end of the internet

It's late and, I know, I should go to sleep, luckily I reached the end of the internet ... :D

E' tardi e, lo so, dovrei andare a dormire... per fortuna ho raggiunto la fine di internet ... :D

Thursday, 2 August 2007

webdav cadaver and SSL certificates

I ran today in a bit of a problem with cadaver (cmd line interface for WebDAV). I wanted to connect to a DAV share on a secure site that had a self-signed certificate and wanted to put the procedure in a script. Each time cadaver was asking to accept the certificate and this wasn't compatible with the fact of putting it in a script.
So after 1 hour of googling I found out that cadaver fetches the CA certs from an not well defined "ca-bundle.crt" file and that the version compiled in debian lenny (0.22.5-2) doesn't have it defined. And (what is worse) you can define the variable only at compilation time.

So if you run into the same problem. Just do this:

1) Get the cert:
echo "quit" | openssl s_client -connect host:port 2>&1 |\

2) Added the cert to the certificates bundle file:
cat cert >> /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt

3) Get cadaver sources:
apt-get source cadaver

4) Recompile them with the right options:
./configure --with-ca-bundle="/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt" --with-ssl && make

5) Use the compiled version instead of the installed one in your script (or make install to install it)

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

vita da parlamento

Così il nostro dipendente plurimazzettato Lorenzo Cesa (una piú dettagliata versione della sua carriera) propone di aumentare lo stipendio ai parlamentari fuori sede perché, poverelli, dato il duro lavoro che fanno che comporta lunghi periodi di assenza da casa e quindi di solitudine così potrebbero pagare almeno un appartamentino alla famiglia magari in centro e evitare di andare a mignotte.

Beh in effetti 15000 euro al mese sono pochi... poverelli. E i voli, i treni, i traghetti, gli autobus, le auto blu gratis non bastano. E i pranzi e il barbiere a due lire un dettaglio. E gli assegni di 3000 euro al mese per pagare a nero i collaboratori (spesso gli stessi familiari) non incidono.

Beh si in effetti io altri 4000 euro gleli darei, in fondo si fanno in quattro per noi. Lavorano sempre. Sempre. Fanno leggi su leggi e le fanno per noi!