Cuota de mercado en España de Google en Octubre 2016

¿Cuánto puede saber Google de nosotros? Me refiero a -casi- todos nosotros, no a ti o a mi individualmente.

Un ejemplo tomado al azar nos dice que la cuota global de Google en las búsquedas de Internet es del 94% en España en Octubre del 2016. La cantidad de información que recopila Google sobre nuestros intereses es inmensa.

No solamente sobre nuestros intereses, si has probado a utilizar NoScript, sabrás que además de las búsquedas que realizamos en el buscador, Google también recopila por otros medios información (los navegadores comparten sin advertirnos, información sobre nosotros). Por ejemplo, facilita librerías javascript para cualquier sitio web, integración con sus mapas y el resto de sus servicios, entre otras facilidades.

No es necesario mencionar Android y cómo Google presiona a los fabricantes de teléfonos móbiles para que incluyan las aplicaciones de su interés.

Es repetitivo pero no menos cierto que

Cuando algo es gratis, tú eres el producto

Así permanentement pagamos el precio de nuestra privacidad a cambio de lo que obtenemos de Google.

¿Hay alternativas a Google? Prueba https://duckduckgo.com y si al buscar no te parece igual que Google, ¿no será por qué Google ha educado tus hábitos?

FSF High Priority Projects List

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced a major update to its High Priority Free Software Projects (HPP) list.

I only quote this nowdays because I consider a really important focus on privacy the mobile ecosistem. The first item in the list is a Free phone operating system. There’re plenty of companies collecting information about our habits, purchases, preferences, and everything else, just in case.

It is not a conspirancy theory, it is really worthy to pay attention because information, your personal information, is gold for bussines, they pay you by offering someting you need (or they makes you believe that you need) and you loose your privacy.

A lot of people says they have nothing to hide, they’re no thieves, or evil people, or whatever, well, it’s true. Me neither. But pay attention to this: quite often, we share more personal information on social networks or with companies than with our neigbour, why? think about it.

Free Software is a plus in terms of security, privacy and open interaction. Please, consider -always- the Free Software Option for your personal uses.

The Best Linux Distros for 2016

Linux.com has publish its list “The best linux distros for 2016” with a surprise for me.

They point SuSE as the best enterprise server distribution, if I have to bet five cents for a distro I would have choose Red Hat, for sure. Even they remarks few items that makes though Red Hat it’s my choice, if we’re considering enterprise environments, not desktop or personal server, or my own development server, or anything else.

So, strengths for RHEL are (IMHO):

  • Enterprise support
  • Wide portfolio around the pure OS, such as application server, deployment tools, messaging server, integration with development main players and even certification for system administrators (BTW, maybe the best one)
  • Gartner consider RHEL in 2016 as a

    firmly positioned as the most successful open-source software vendor in terms of subscription model success and portfolio breadth

  • If you never had consider Linux as an option, please, do it. Don’t forget you’re using it right now since you’re browsing the web because most of the public Internet servers runs a Linux. In fact, most powerful computers; supercomputers runs Linux, too. You may find a linux distro for desktop in the link from Linux.com or alternatively try Fedora 😉

I recomend to visit this webpage, seriously

I recommend you to visit http://webkay.robinlinus.com/ since it make you know how much, how easy and how often are you sharing information about yourself via your browser. Thank your Robin for such an easy way to check what we share over the Internet, unconsciously?

Few time ago I was reading Dan Gillmore in Medium and it revamped my preference for FOOS.

Since I’m running a Cyanogen OS in my smartphone I’ve notice that many common apps asks permission for reading my whole contact list, SMS database or access constantly to my geolocalization. I’ve also realized that my normal browsing is shared among system browser and some apps, so if you wanna avoid unsolicited advertising you have to choose private browsing by default.

So please, visit webkay from Robin and, at least, you will know what permissions are granted in your browser by default. Your privacy matters, it’s all about you, finally.

Dnf update problems and how to solve them

One of my workstations runs Fedora for a quite long. I’ve been following practices from my previous technical job and take easy to upgrade the distro or to switch the “lates-what-ever-technology” you would imagine.

I’ve finally adopt dnf command instead of yum to manage the command lines. It has being going well but suddenly I’ve started to received this error message in the terminal:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/bin/dnf", line 36, in
main.user_main(sys.argv[1:], exit_code=True
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/dnf/cli/main.py", line 185, in user_main
errcode = main(args)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/dnf/cli/main.py", line 84, in main
return _main(base, args)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/dnf/cli/main.py", line 115, in _main
cli.configure(map(ucd, args))
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/dnf/cli/cli.py", line 981, in configure
self.optparser.usage = self.optparser.get_usage()
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/dnf/cli/option_parser.py", line 255, in get_usage
usage += "%-25s %s\n" % (name, summary)
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position 40: ordinal not in range(128)

So I decide to go back to the trusty well worker yum.

Finally I’ve found how to solve the problem, by typing this:

  1. export LANG=C
  2. dnf clean all
  3. … and then you may type dnf clean all just is case
  4. Finally, type dnf update and everything must be settled and done, and your system gonna work with dnf or yum, as you wish

Does MS (really) loves Linux?

Microsoft has redefined its targets and keep focus on three main areas:

  • Services
  • Cloud
  • Hardware

Any offer coming from MS may be put it into one of this areas. For instance, what about OS or Office? well, the new Office 365 is a Cloud app and it’s offered as a service.
According to this new approach MS is offering services based on Linux.

Things are so different from a couple of years that they have published a serie named Microsoft Loves Linux.

But don’t get fooled about it, they offer Linux as a service, as an OS built on MS services. So you gonna stay attached to MS.

Sentence from movie

Have fun is important, more than we used to consider. I’ve found that this sentence from Terminator Franchise in Wikipedia is worthy to be considered:

The future’s not set. There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.

Monkey, as an icon

Disclaimer: This post is strictly personal and nonsense.
I’ve just realized that I have a soft spot for the monkeys as an icon:

The main question remains unanswered, why do I like monkeys? Probably because we, humans, we are quite more monkeys that we thought about ourselves, aren’t we? Figure out yourself.

Gurú de Base de datos opina sobre Oracle y Facebook

Es difícil mejorar resúmen de la opiniones de Stonebraker que se hace en el post “Stonebraker: la base de datos Oracle está obsoleta y Facebook tiene el mayor problema de datos del mundo” así que lo enlazo e invito a que se lea y felicito a BigDataHispano por el trabajo. Prometen publicar más porque es el principio del artículo original publicado en Barron’s.

Trabajé con bases de datos relacionales, administré servicios ldap (no dejan de ser un almacén de datos jerarquico) por eso me ha interesado el artículo, aunque ahora me dedique profesionalmente a otras tareas (relacionadas con la captación de necesidades de clientes -internos o no- y prescripción de soluciones).

Pero hay más. El titular es un poco más escandaloso que el contenido de sus opinones, sensatas, argumentadas y provenientes de una persona que parece humilde, cualidad poco común hoy.

Las necesidades de acceso a datos actuales no son las mismas y justo por eso aparecen nuevas soluciones para nuevos problemas, BigData, consultas no SQL y sus derivados, análisis de datos con necesidades de cálculo y computación elevadas para poder obtener información relevante de tanto dato recopilado (a veces sin sentido, sin consentimiento y sin propósito previo).

Toujours Bach

Orginalment escrita per clave, encaixa en arpa. Sóc un ignorant musical però em sembla que el clave era un instrument de corda pulsada, potser per això aquesta versió en arpa també m’agrade.

Toujours Bach.