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Danske Bank – For those of us who likes being told what to do with our computers!

On Monday at roughly 11:10 AM, I came home from a weekend trip to London, England. I went to visit a friend of mine, whom I had, up until Friday last week, only spoken to over the Internet, never met in real life. Well, that’s no longer the case, and the trip was by far one of the best vacations (The first one in close to 8 years) I’ve ever had.

While in England, I used my VISA card quite a lot, so when I came home I wanted to use my bank’s (Danske Bank) online banking facilities to get an overview of all the transactions that had occurred while I was in England. But guess what! A few days before I went to England, Danske Bank decided to “improve” the security features of their online banking, and now it no longer works with my computers. Their online banking requires Java, and they specifically mention Sun’s Java. However, for me, the IcedTea JDK, which is shipped with Fedora 8 (The GNU/Linux distribution that I use) had been working really nicely until they made their little “improvement”, in fact it was working better (The fonts and Java GUI stuff, looked better!) than Sun’s non-free proprietary Java platform, but with this bullshit “improvement” of theirs, it does not work at all. And in addition to that, which in the first place pissed me off, they also check what version of Java you use and start bitching if you don’t use Sun’s Java. That really upset me, because I pay them for a service, and they fucking dare telling me what I can and cannot use!!! That’s just utterly retarded, and is intolerable. Yesterday I sent them an email, wherein I acknowledged that the Java I use is not a “official Sun Java”, but made the point that it was working fine before, in fact better than Sun’s Java, and that their “improvement” (Sarcasm!) was a huge regression for me. After that they changed their stuff a little, so that it’s possible to bypass that stupid-ass Java “check” of theirs, which was actually forcing everybody to use Sun’s Java to use the online banking. This is, in my opinion, vendor lock-in, in other words, Microsoft’s specialty, which I cannot tolerate being subjected to.
My argument is not that they should test their system with every implementation of Java in the world, but if something works well, but they make a change and break it for me, that is just bullshit! This is the kind of shit some retarded, moronic fool with an MSCE certificate would do! Luckily I am not using GNU/Linux on PowerPC as my primary platform, because if that had been the case, I would have been completely stuck, as Sun’s Java platform is not technically available for GNU/Linux on PowerPC, and GNU Classpath would have been rejected by Danske Bank’s Java “check”. I use a standard x86 PC, so in theory I could install Sun’s proprietary Java, but why should I have to? The license conditions are not acceptable to me, IcedTea is included and integrated, in and by my distribution, and for fuck’s sake it was working fine before the idiots at Danske Bank “improved” their system. Ugh! Frustrating!!!

I can see that I am not the only one who has had trouble with Danske Bank’s retarded “improvement”:
http://home.coming.dk/index.php/2008/02/07/p774
http://home.coming.dk/index.php/2008/02/13/p776

So hopefully these morons will fix their shit! They have a few more days, and then I’m switching to a better bank, because this is just intolerable and extremely absurd!

A new look!

A few days ago, I finally got around to publishing the article about FreeBSD jails, that I wrote late last year. However to make a HOWTO article, like this one properly readable on this site, I needed a new layout for my blog. The reason being that, the amount of space for the actual page content in the WordPress theme that I was using previously (Almost Spring by Becca Wei), was too small to fit the configuration file examples in the article. So I poked around at themes.wordpress.net, and found the theme Classic Beauty by Ei Sabai Nyo. When I noticed that it was licensed under the GNU General Public License, I installed it, and liked it a lot, and it worked perfectly for my article on FreeBSD jails. I fixed a few bugs related to full W3C compliance, cleaned up the header bits and fixed a hard-coded path. I emailed the author all the changes, in the classic free software way, in case she was interested, as of writing I have not gotten a response.

Anyway, if you’re interested in FreeBSD, and don’t already know about the kick-ass jail feature, you might want to consider taking a look at my article titled Security, Process Isolation and Virtual Hosting with FreeBSD Jails.

Happy Hacking! 😀

!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

As 2008 is getting closer and closer by the second (Yes, not even by the minute), I’m once again sitting here on my office chair, in my room, in front of my screen, chatting with some dork (You know who you are! 😉 ) on the Internet, and wondering what the next 365 days, or year, is gonna be like. It’s really somewhat fascinating, when you sit down and think about it. Time is always an interesting thing, especially when we talk about time and space together, what do we have then? I say we have reality …. the reality that we, and our universe, exists in.

Anyway, to everybody…

Happy New Year! (English)
Godt Nytår! (Danish)
Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu! (Japanese)
Glückliches neues Jahr! (German)

(Those are the language that I either know, know a little bit of, or are working on learning)

I’ll see you all on the other side! 🙂

Was Santa nice to you?

Because he certainly wasn’t mean to me! 😛

Yet another Christmas has passed, and yet more billions of the world’s various currencies, have been spent on presents. This year I got a good new book to read, Essential System Administration by Æleen Frisch, published by O’Reilly. It’s a huge, thick 1152-page book on UNIX system administration, covering GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Tru64, AIX and Solaris. The book is from 2002, so it’s a little old, but I figure that system administration can’t change fundamentally that quickly, you have still have to be paranoid about security and all those sorts of things. I also got a bunch of cash, which will come in handy, because I’ve been meaning to start saving up for a new computer for a while and have not gotten around to it. I also got a cool new shirt, plus three pairs of socks. Also I got small fun things like a little dark-blue, glass dolphin, and various sorts of stuff.

To anyone reading this, hopefully you got something nice for Christmas as well!

Christmas holidays … only a few days left! :D

German class is over for this year on Friday this week, so I’m looking forward to that! Mathematics ends next Monday, exactly a week from now. Which will be really great!
My social science and religion classes will end on the 21st of December, although those I don’t really mind.

Since I usually have to order my own Christmas presents on my mother’s behalf (If I didn’t I might ask for “Essential System Administration” and get something in the range of “Windows Vista Administration”), and I’ll be getting Essential System Administration by Æleen Frisch. It’s a 1152-page book on UNIX system administration, it covers both GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, AIX and IRIX. It’s from 2002, but I read some really positive, recent reviews on Amazon, so I’m thinking the general sense of the information is not out of date at all. Should be a really good read. Even though I might never get a computer related education, I still want to be a really good system administrator in case a friend, who knows my skillset, wants to hire me.

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the Christmas holidays so that I’ll have a lot of time to play Pokémon Diamond, Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, should be a lot of fun! 😀

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