How to prevent 1&1 and Vodafone to change HTML and Images

I was really annoyed when I switched to 1&1, and I noted that images where compressed and HTML and JavaScript were modified.  Especially, as the modification interfered with the functionality of those pages!

I understand why they do that – the idea is to accelerate web traffic, which, in theory, makes happier customers (and lower data traffic).  But I want to have control over this (especially if it breaks functionality).

Fortunately, this is possible (even though not widely announced).  For both Vodafone and 1&1 (which uses Vodafone’s network), this can be adjusted by visiting http://performance.vodafone.de/ from your mobile device.  Works as advertised!

Good grates for ReConf Talks

The Organizers of ReConf 2013 just distributed the results from the feedback sheets.  Participants had to rate presentations on a scale from 1 (very good) to 4 (mediocre).  The best grade of all talks was 1.35, the worst was 3.43.  I had two presentations.

Werkzeuggestützte Konsistenz zwischen Anforderungen und Spezifikation

Fachlichkeit

1,58

Vortragsstil

1,74

Qualität der Präsentation

1,63

Anspruch (hat der Vortrag Ihrem Anspruch genüge getan

1,95

Gesamteindruck

1,74

 

1,73

Eclipse RMF in Action

Fachlichkeit

1,52

Vortragsstil

1,43

Qualität der Präsentation

1,59

Anspruch (hat der Vortrag Ihrem Anspruch genüge getan

1,55

Gesamteindruck

1,54

 

1,53

 I am quite happy with these results.

ARcTIC 2012

In less than a month, the conference ARcTIC 2012 takes place in Bologna.  The final program has just been published on ARcTIC’s website, and is divided in the following three parts:

  • The ARcTIC symposium, that will open the event, discussing about innovation from an Academic perspective and presenting innovation possibilities coming from research.
  • The Tech-pull meeting in which important industry representatives will share their vision about the innovation challenges that could enable new rewarding opportunities, as well as new funding channels for applied research and technology transfer initiatives, in the next future.
  • The InnoTech session in which two round tables will be held in order to discuss good practices and intellectual property management in innovation projects and experiences and challenges of making innovation.

I am part of the the Program Committee.

Dijkstra – The Three Golden Rules for Successful Scientific Research

For personal reference posted here:

“Raise your quality standards as high as you can live with, avoid wasting your time on routine problems, and always try to work as closely as possible at the boundary of your abilities. Do this, because it is the only way of discovering how that boundary should be moved forward.”

“We all like our work to be socially relevant and scientifically sound. If we can find a topic satisfying both desires, we are lucky; if the two targets are in conflict with each other, let the requirement of scientific soundness prevail.”

“Never tackle a problem of which you can be pretty sure that (now or in the near future) it will be tackled by others who are, in relation to that problem, at least as competent and well-equipped as you.”

Source: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/transcriptions/EWD06xx/EWD637.html

Synaptics Touchpad & USB Mouse at the same time

While Touchpad and USB Mouse worked out of the box on my T61 running Ubuntu 8.04, I prefer the synaptics touchpad driver.  Installing it was a breeze, but it stopped my USB Mouse from working.

While there are a lot of fixes are on the internet, it took me a while to get it to work, mainly because my Kernel was too new.  Most fixes suggest to use the "AlwaysCore" Option in the "ServerLayout" section.  Eventually I found this link which suggests to use "SendCoreEvents" instead.  Now my xorg.conf looks like this:

Section "ServerLayout"
    ...
    InputDevice    "Touchpad0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "SendCoreEvents"
EndSection
...
Section "InputDevice"
    ...
    Option         "SendCoreEvents" "true"
EndSection
...
Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier      "Touchpad0"
    Driver          "synaptics"
    Option          "CorePointer"
    Option          "SendCoreEvents" "true"
    ...
EndSection