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I'm sick of Mexico

And I love Mexico, I've lived all my life here and all except the last 5 years have been good years, but I really think Mexico is doomed.

The problem that I see in Mexico is basically a social issue, a issue that can be fixed with just one thing: Education, but there is a problem with that solution, most people don't want to be educated. That's why most people prefer to watch the TV, Facebook, or spend the day at WhatsApp instead of reading a book, talking to each other, or listening good music, tasting, dancing, doing sports, nap, most people just want to do whatever gives them pleasure with no effort.

But to get pleasure you may need money, and also, many people just don't want to work and do the obvious when you don't want to work but want to get money: steal.

I was stolen about a month ago, a guy got into the our business with a knife and steal some money and my cellphone, luckily nobody got hurt. A couple of days ago my brother business got a visit from people like this, but they went at night, and steal about 12 computers, money and some other stuff, needless to say how frustrating is to work and see that all the efforts you are doing vanish in just some minutes.

The police?. Well, that thing is almost inexistent here, there is the Municipal Police, but it is just a joke, I believe they are untrained, there is the state police, but also, they are either not here or ever answer when you call them. There is no federal police, and the military party that from time come to "see" how is the town has taken some kind of vacations because I haven't seem them in a while.

Things are getting worse every day here, and I believe is the whole state (Puebla) and because of that I'm planning to move to another state. Still I believe that the whole country is condemned. The reason, well, you know, the new laws about Oil, Energy, Communications, etc... Mexico is not going in a good path. I believe that would make me move to another country at some point, not today, not tomorrow but I know I want something better for my family.

Fight for Mexico?. Is there any logic on that?, why would I fight for a land that I do not own?, even if I own it, it is just land, I have no attachment with the country, I'm not a Nationalist and I don't think that dying for this country would make any better to my family. I prefer to live somewhere else where I could be in peace, where my kids could be safe, where they can grow in a good environment, with no fear to be robbed, kidnapped or killed for some coins. I just don't want to live in Mexico anymore.

What's Happening in Mexico? A global call for freedom #EPNvsInternet

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This video pretty much resumes what's happening with Mexico in terms of Internet and other ways of communications, the government states that "for security reasons" they want to be able to shut down internet and any other way to communicate (cellphones, land lines, TV, Radio). With just one "competitive authority" that ask it , the communication providers must shut down the service on some sectors or even in the whole country.

The President Enrique Peña Nieto is bay far the one of the most hated presidents in history, I know, many if not all Mexican presidents have been hated. But this one in particular because we all believe he is dump. C'mon, he couldn't tell the title of three different books that made a mark in his life!!!.

The "LeyTelecom" also means that ISP can charge for service that are by now free, this includes accessing to services that are not property of the ISP, like Youtube, Netflix, Spotify, Grooveshark or any other, just imagine having to pay for a VIP account in order to have access to Youtube.

What's more important to me, well, youtube is important to me, but what will happen with me that I need, but I really mean it, I need internet to wrok. What if they decide that in order to avoid people using VPN's to workaround their filters decide to shut down all the freaking ports and leave nothing but 80, 443 and the IMAP/SMTP ports?.

I don't wanna have to pay more just to work, I'm already paying a lot just to work (IVA, ISR), I do not want to pay any more.

I'm really worried about this, if this law is approved then we all Mexicans can forget about getting a better Mexico, we will be in a fairy tale.

Maybe it is just the right time to move to another country?. Who wants a handsome Mexican that can also write code?

Diego, his first year

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Just to let a note here, a year ago, about 8:14am my son, Diego was born. There are no words in any language to explain how much I love my boy and this year of being awake at nights, worries but most importantly happiness is one of the best years of my life, thanks to my family.

I don't know if Diego is going to read this at some point, quite probably he won't but just in case, Diego, congratulations for your first year, I'm sorry for not being with you today but you know that I love you and aside from today I'll always be there for you.

Can we travel in time?

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Warning: Personal thoughts this is not the wikipedia.

A friend ask me yesterday if time travel is possible, I answered: Sure we can!, in fact, we are doing it right now!. We can for sure travel in time, we are in present now, but it was our future a second ago, so, we are going to the future.

Then he asked, but, can we travel to the future, like 20 years and still remain young?. Well, I think we can, it is just a theory, but if we travel at the speed of light we can go to somewhere and five minutes later get back, when we get back we will be at the future. Of course, in all that time you weren't here, in order to travel in time you need to travel in space too, so you have to go somewhere if you want to "speed the clock" here.

Can we go back in the past?. Absolutely no, we can't. Traveling implies moving, even if you go backwards you are moving forward (yes, you are moving to your back, but in fact it doesn't matter where you where moving to, you are moving).

So, if I stand still I will stop time?. I guess, but as far as I know you can't be completely still, not even a stone can, of course it is still, but it is moving in space so, can't stop time ;-).

Security in the Open Source world

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This post is, as all posts in this blog, personal, and does not represent the point view of my employer. Also, you may have read about this topic in another blog, nothing new, I just want to put in my blog something that have been in my mind for around a week, since all the CarrierIQ issue.

A person that I used to follow in twitter was mocking, no, he was not mocking, he was blaming to Android and the Open Source way it is distributed the fact that there is software preinstalled by the carriers that monitors all user interactions with the device, all the messages he sends, site he visit even if they are over a secure layer, or which app is the user running and which keys does he press. He said something like "There it is, you wanted open source.. you got it".

Some basic facts about this guy, he is an Apple Fanboy, which could be fine, but he is the kind of guy that don't anybody else to buy anything else that does not come from Apple, so, probably he refuse his parents because they are not Apple branded and probably he doesn't have any kid because obviously, he can't have an iKid.

So, the guy believes that closed source is more secure, at least that's what I understood on what he said. The fact: totally wrong. you Just can't say which one is more or less secure, there is closed source software that is the hell secure, the best you can get, and other that you can't trust. The same happens with open source software, there are goods and bads.

But, I believe that Open Source software by its nature tend to be more secure that closed source, this is why:

Open Source Software is builded to let the user know that is the software doing, learn from it modify it and distribute if you are using a GPL license, In some other ways, there is nothing to hide, and if there is a flaw there is a chance to see it and remove it. Something that is hard to do in closed source.

But, what happened to Android?. Well, that's also part of the Open Source nature, there are some licenses like the Apache or BSD license that let you get the code, modify it and distribute it closing it's source. Something that Android had to do in order to get the attention of the device makers and carriers, they have the ability to get open source software, something from the community, tune it up, and distribute it without letting the user know the "modified" code.

At the base, it is Android (An open source operating system with the code released to the public), but the carrier could insert some couple of lines or install software that make X or Y things that don't want the user to remove, or to know..

So, Open Source is insecure, it let the "bad" guys do what we don't!. Wrong Open Source Software gives you Freedom, freedom to use the software you want to. The carrier/vendor want to use it in that way, and sell it to you in that way, it is not the issue of the Open Source Software, is the carrier/vendor.

Let's see, if it were a fact of the Open Source Software, or just Android, why are there devices that don't have CarrierIQ installed (Any Google Nexus phone [with the original software] don't include that tracking software)?, Why is CIQ installed in other closed source device operating systems like iOS or BlackBerry, even in Symbian which at some time was Open Source?.

One way to avoid this kind of things is buy Open Source Software from a trustful source, or get a custom operating system that get this shit removed. If you are a developer, don't let the source to be closed and use a GPL compliant license, if you use GPL the better.

So, please, don't blame Open Source nature if you get a shitty software, blame the authors, they are the ones that are not doing a good job. And if it is closed source... just try to avoid it.

It is still here



Yeap, it is still here, the MacBook Pro 2010 is still with me, mostly because I didn't put my best to sell it months ago. If you are interested or if you know somebody that want a MacBook Pro in excellent state and at a lower price, please let him know.

If you want more details you can Check this link (Sorry it is in spanish) it contains more pictures of the computer and what is in the box.

My experience with Ubuntu 11.10 and the MacBook Pro 2011

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I've bought a MacBook Pro 2011 on March this year, and one of the plans for this computer was to use aside with Mac OS X, Ubuntu.

I have Linux already installed in the MacBook Pro 2010 that I've bought in November 2010, it runs like a charm, everything was working out of the box, with some minor changes and MacFanctld that required to be installed in order to slow down the fan when it is not required.

That's the computer that my parents will have now, and will use as long as the computer live (I really hope it lasts more than the Compaq, that was only 1 year with them).

The 2011 model comes with an intel Core i5 and a 320 GB hard drive, more than enough to me, basically, when I have to store a lot of data that I'm not going to use too frequently I store it in an external hard drive, that hard drive is a 1.5TB and also works as my time machine storage.

One of the features of the 2011 MBP is that it comes with a recent model of the Broadcom's 43xx wireless card. This card hasn't support in linux by the time I bought it, so, to me it was useless. Until the kernel 3.1 was released, then, I compiled and installed, and the wifi works pretty good.

But, there are things that I need to fix to get a fully working Ubuntu station on this Apple hardware: Battery life is pretty bad, I mean, really bad, with OS X it last for 5-7 hours, depending on what I'm doing, with Linux I get at most 3 hours (doing nothing), this is what annoys me most, Linux hackers should really make the battery experience be better, now that everyone is leaving desktops in favor of mobile devices.

Another thing that bothers to me is that I can't use the external monitor, I use it to work, I don't really know if it is because of the intel HD3000 or because of the thunderbold display adapter, but I think is the former. I guess there is a misconfiguration somewhere.

Well, I'll try to post my configurations and experience of Ubuntu on the MBP 2011 here.

So sad



A butterfly flies around another that was crushed on the road. My wife was about to start crying when she saw it.

We lost a big pointer

Dennis Ritchie

What makes Ubuntu 11.10 so great?



I've been a Ubuntu user since late 2007, when I stop using Slackware to use a more friendly Linux distribution, and with friendly I don't meant the wizards and click next next next next all the time, I usually don't like such interfaces unless they are well designed. I meant the easy that it is to install new applications.

OS X of course have an easy way to install applications (drag and drop and some install wizards) but ubuntu is even easier. Not only to install but to keep them updated. Well, that's one reason why I moved to Ubuntu on that time.

Ubuntu has been evolving, from the "pretty and updated Debian" to be a more unique Linux distribution, it is still based on Debian and takes much of the work being done in that great and nobel project, but also develop a branch in the user interface, that makes ubuntu a bit unique. Unity and the whole Ayatana project are making that difference.

I'm waiting for Ubuntu 11.10 and the Linux kernel 3.1 to be released as stable, I need the Linux kernel 3.1 to use the Broadcom 4331 wireless card.
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