Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Je Suis Charlie, Je Suis Gaza, Je Suis Afghanistan, Je Suis Syria...

and the list of victims of international, NATO-sponsored terrorism could go on for pages...

I have just installed the new version of Notepad++, and I go this message at my first run:
Freedom of expression is like the air we breathe, we don't feel it, until people take it away from us.

For this reason, Je suis Charlie, not because I endorse everything they published, but because I 
cherish the right to speak out freely without risk even when it offends others.
And no, you cannot just take someone's life for whatever he/she expressed.

Hence this "Je suis Charlie" edition.
- #JeSuisCharlie

Now, if after 13 years the 9/11 event you still believe the official narrative of these facts, despite the dozens of books and documentaries disproving every single detail of the story, that's really your problem, you have chosen to live life the conformant, go-with-the-flow, "I din't know Jews were actually being gassed in Auschwitz" kind of attidude very popular in Nazi Germany.

I am not an Islamophobic neo-Nazi and for this reason I refuse to watch the pile of anti-islamic histeric lies broadcast by TV.

However, I am very disturbed that this kind of attitude is being pushed to me even in my professional life.

So, please go and look at the list of intellectuals and journalists killed in Iraq since the beginning of the US occupation, and tell me if any one of them has ever been seen on your TV screen. If you really care about freedom of expression, go and demonstrate also for them.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

JVM Troubleshooting Guide

I am going through a couple of interesting documents:

This one contains many word of wisdom about strategic approach to parametrization of the JVM...

for instance it's valuable the advice to distinguish applications where mostly short-lived object are created (most Service Bus applications are like that) from Applications which keep long lived objects - for instance HTTP sessions. In the first case, you should adjust the Heap to give more space to the Young generation space. In the second case, give more space to the Tenured space.

This document also contains valuable tips and tools:

Friday, January 9, 2015

Vodafone uk possibly the worst support for offshore customers ever encountered

My pay-as-you-go number all of a sudden can't connect any longer to any network,

I have tried several times to connect to My Vodafone web application, always got "invalid login or password", or very weird error messages showing some internal ADF error code...

Index: 0, Size: 0

ADF_FACES-60097:For more information, please see the server's error log for an entry beginning with:

ADF_FACES-60096:Server Exception during PPR, #14

tried several times to reset the password to no avail

tried reaching for many days in a row the online help chat, it always shows as unavailable:

Live Chat. When you want. Chat to us without having to use your phone. Our support advisers are available online - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

spent some 35 minutes calling (international call!) the +447836191919, always getting the "we are really busy at the moment, sorry for the delay" recorded message....

You would expect such %&"#! support from some really obscure brand, not from one of the major mobile networks... if I were in the UK I would run immediately to the competition... I think I will simply forgo my UK number at this point...

PS I forgot one more hurdle: if you don't have a Credit Card with a billing address in UK, forget about being able to topup...

Ah of course there is no way to simply drop an email or send a message with a web form... it would be too simple...