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Short Film: Ai – Life in the Shadow of Death

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Interesting Samurai short film by Raffi Asdourian.

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Duvet-Dayz: More than 500,000 spam messages received and blocked

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Earlier this month we received our 500,000nd spam message and thanks to our spam filters it was blocked like the many others before.

And the winner is..

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Time: 1234567890

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Tonight we finally reached “1234567890″ as Unix time. If you run a Unix or Linux machine try the following command…

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UN: How not to manage IS/IT

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A metaphor / parable on how tax payers’ money is burned within some internationally (un)-coordinated organizations aka multinationals aka United Nations.

The underlying story is based on actual experiences in the field of Information Systems / Information Technology (IS/IT) within one of the largest UN organizations. While – as we hear – since then things got even worse, this short story not only tries to demonstrate the lack of professionalism in those organizations, but also what happens when people who “know what they are doing” come to those organizations without political protection by their own governments. The sad endings to these stories are often like in the underlying true case used for this metaphor.

With that case we know…

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Quote of the day: The last Poem

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This quote is from James Clavell’s well known novel Shogun:

The blue sky above the earth
White clouds rise towards heaven
Life is only a butterfly’s dream
Death the way to eternal life

Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell, 1924 – 1994, Shogun

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Video: FDR Inaugurated

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A video interesting in a few ways.

First historically of course, then because we will almost certainly hear a more or less similar speech in about a week, and third as times of today might turn out to be rather similar too.

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