There are sincere revolutions

This revolution is an US, EU, communist, capitalist, etc… propaganda

The position of the cynic is that he alone holds some piece of terrible, unvarnished wisdom. The paradigmatic cynic tells you privately, in a confidential low-key voice: “But don’t you get it that it is all really about (money/power/sex), that all high principles and values are just empty phrases which count for nothing?” What the cynics don’t see is their own naivety, the naivety of their cynical wisdom that ignores the power of illusions.
~ Slavoj Žižek, “Why cynics are wrong?”

The popular stand “self-aware” and “truth loving” inhabitants of our little planet tend to take towards smaller and bigger revolutions these days seems to be utterly cynical view how no act will change a thing. Continue reading There are sincere revolutions

Codility actually rocks…

I’m passing through guided programming courses on Codility these weekends, as much as time allows me.

Couple of notes connected to that experience…

First, the practices are excellent. They start off gently and then get to really interesting problems. I am writing this under the influence of unexpected solution to the one of them which I didn’t see coming for a while as I was banging my head on the desk. :-) That’s the good part.

The bad part? Continue reading Codility actually rocks…

Python SAR (sysstat) parsing module (pre) released

And now something completely different and as unexpected as the Spanish inquisition! Another release of Python module to PyPi and GitHub.

This time it’s a SAR (sysstat service) log file parser. If you are a UNIX/linux sysadmin and not sure what SAR is, head on here, and here for introduction on the subject. Continue reading Python SAR (sysstat) parsing module (pre) released

Python packages deployed to PyPi

I am very pleased to announce that Python packages Axigen-API and software_versions are now available through PyPi. They should have been from the start but… :-)

Of course, Github repositories are at the same place (Axigen-API @ github, software_versions @ github), with the reorganized codebase so now you can pull them and do usual python setup procedure.

Anatomy of PHP Shells – my talk at FSEC conference

You can check out my latest talk at FSEC, regional security conference (held at FOI university in Varaždin, Croatia) here at SlideShare.

Please leave a comment if you are interested in seeing the slides and SlideShare is not good enough for you, for any reason. :-)

Holding a talk at FSEC conference was a pleasant experience. Great talks, excellent crew, even better audience, extremely pretty town. I hope I see you all next year.

Obligatory credit: the talk was co-authored by my young colleague Ivan Špoljarić.

Few thoughts on Syria, US interventionism and all that stuff

This basically started as a comment to a Facebook status of one friend who lives in US. I felt a need to make it a blog post, despite my wish to keep politics out of this blog.

Kelly asked a really good question, concerning US intervention in Syria but also a generally very good question about our democratic systems of rule:

[…] I have some questions for all of you to consider and would love to know your thoughts…

In reality, Congress is in the crosshairs on this, not the president (see above). If the polls are to be believed, roughly 80% of Americans are against military action in Syria, for a host of reasons. This week, John McCain, and many others in both houses, faced town halls filled with angry constituents, including their supporters, wanting to know why he wasn’t listening to them when they told him to vote no.

This is an extremely important question in any democracy.

If elected representatives vote against the wishes of their constituents – particularly when it appears to be a majority of those constituents who have very vocally made their wishes known – do we still have a democracy?

(I’ve edited the question, discarded 2 additional questions which have no connection to this blog post).

My comment to that post turned into 3 separate comments ranging from direct answer to Kelly’s question and all the way to why I consider intervention (or lack of it) in Syria crucial for the future of Arab world. Continue reading Few thoughts on Syria, US interventionism and all that stuff

Weekend Python+Django project: Quotes

Woo-hoo! It’s that time of the year when heat is wearing off, people get back to work and programmers do new weekend projects. :-)

Meet Quotes @ Krivokuca.eu, my latest open source effort.  It is written to demonstrate my skills in modern technologies (Django MVC Python web framework, mobile-first adaptive design methodology, understanding of relational and nosql database concepts, comfortability of working with modern javascript libraries like jQuery…).

It is also made to show off how I’m more cool than you, hence what I read is way more cool than your recently-read library. :-)

It’s not a big thing, but it took me 2 weekends to write it and start filling up its databases with entries.

Oh yes, it’s open source also!

This should be periodic on any blog: Search Queries Answers :-)

So, every now and then I am throughly surprised by search engine queries people use to bump on my blog. It had occured to me that every decent blog should have periodic Q&A post concerning those.

So, here are some of the best, in one way or another, questions my visitors asked the almighty Google: Continue reading This should be periodic on any blog: Search Queries Answers :-)

Kindle 4 owner’s take on the Paperwhite

Yeah, obviously, as soon as I’ve realized Paperwhite actually ships to Croatia, I’ve ordered one in order to upgrade my Kindle-istic experience of bookreading. I’m writing this short “review” as a user who previously used (and at the time of writing this still owns) Kindle 4 (black one, 2012 edition).

Paperwhite comes packages in literally the same kind of the box as all the older Kindles. Existing owners will have a general idea what I’m talking about and for new buyers – packaging is excellent. You can be fairly sure your Kindle will survive all the odds of the travel, even across the world.

Continue reading Kindle 4 owner’s take on the Paperwhite