Hypervisor-Based Workaround for GPLv3 Anti-Tivoization Bug

August 29, 2007

Check out this whitepaper which explains how a hypervisor can be used to run GPLv3 (or v2) software while complying with the anti-Tivoization requirement of the GPLv3.

It’s interesting how the workaround doesn’t apply to GPL-based hypervisors such as Xen. And possibly also to VMware, if recently reignited suspicions one day turn out to be correct.

Firefox Search Plugin for Scroogle.org

August 27, 2007

Few days ago I mentioned several ways of getting rid of Google’s local search results.

As Scroogle.org. seemed promising (and interesting), I created a simple Firefox search plugin for it. Save the file (as *.XML) into your Firefox “searchplugins” directory and restart the browser:

Getting Rid of Google Local Language Search Results

August 24, 2007

About a month ago I wrote about the Google language annoyance.

In the meantime I found time to take another look at this and:

  • http://www.google.com and Firefox search plugin automatically redirect to the stupid Google country page (with their stupid local results). You can hard-code the country URL you want inside your Firefox Google search plugin (~/searchplugins/google.xml) so redirection won’t happen.
  • You can get a replacement search plugin at http://www.StephsBlog.info and customize it some further.
  • You can use Scroogle.org (be careful – if you’re at work, don’t wander off to its dot-com namesake). It’s anonymous, add-free and therefore faster.

Update (Oct 02, 2007):

  • Need to correct myself on one point: Scroogle isn’t necessarily faster since it’s a proxy, but it is about equally fast. I noticed one downtime in the past month and the workaround was easy to implement (use Google.com for a little while).

MS IE 7 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 Administration Site Authentication

August 21, 2007

For many months now I’ve been re-entering username/password for MS Virtual Server Admin Web site many times a day. I thought I was too busy to fix it. All right, once or twice I did try to find a way, but I failed. Well, today I couldn’t take it any more.

I feel better about the thing now that I know I’m not the only one. They say “..while we were developing Virtual Server we actually tested out all the above [FQDN, hostname, localhost, loopback, that is] options – and each one had its own set of problems and edge cases where it wouldn’t work quite right. “. Perhaps, but how about offering some choices? And re-entering the darn password 20 times a day isn’t quite right either.

My environment: Virtual Server 2005 R2 (x86) host with all-default settings (except that it has MS Internet Explorer 7); this host is also Domain Controller. This is a one-computer test domain. I connect to it via RDP and then run MS IE to manage Virtual Server.

There’s a workaround that looks like it could work posted here.

Another one, which I use and does work for me, is to go to your Virtual Server’s Web site properties, uncheck (disable) Integrated Windows Authentication and check (enable) Basic Authentication. After you restart the site, MS IE 7.0 remembers the password – all it takes to proceed is to hit Enter. Yes, the username/password combo is transmitted in clear text, it’s a bad practice, but who cares – it’s just a personal test server on my LAN.