Technical difficulties all around

It appears that this is a day of technical difficulties. After a thunderstorm seems to have taken out part of FSFE’s infrastructure in Sweden, leaving FSFE with a lost day of email connectivity, I took a look at, usually a good source of entertainment. I wasn’t disappointed.

As it turns out, BoingBoing reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, now has a weblog. In a place of internet censorship, that alone has a certain sad twist of irony to it. But trying to look at the blog was an even more interesting experience:

Ahmadinejad having a Microsoft moment
Mahmoud Ahmadinejads blog experiencing unexpected popularity.

I guess this could be summarised as

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has no problem being dependent on US software, which in turn has no problem failing on him.

and considering all the back-doors and vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, one cannot help but think about

    > telnet
    Connected to
    Escape character is '^]'.
    nuclear reactor online, weapons of mass destruction at 33%
    > disarm
    disarming weapons of mass destruction
    nuclear reactor online, weapons of mass destruction at 0%
    > shutdown -h now
    nuclear reactor offline.
    have a nice day.
    Connection closed.


About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is a technologist and entrepreneur. Background as a software developer and physicist. Head of product development and Chairman at Vereign AG. Founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Previously president and CEO at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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