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All posts by Riccardo Spagni

I want you to close your eyes for a moment and picture a scene with me. Imagine a ninja. Now imagine he has incredibly hairy arms and legs. Now imagine he has a penchant for medium bodied red blends. Now imagine he has six dogs. Now imagine he married a German in order to learn obedience. That, in a nutshell, is Riccardo. Having grown up in Joburg, Riccardo left the concrete jungle for the lush beaches of Cape Town at the tender age of 25, where he has made a name for himself as "that guy that tore the ligaments in his ankle at the top of Lion's Head and had to get carried down by the mountain men." In his spare time he likes long walks on the beach, making fires and beating himself on the chest every time he succeeds, and pretending he knows more about rowing then he actually does. His IT skills are equally impressive, and range from "can recite Pi to 36 decimal places" all the way to "has read every single Douglas Adams book." His areas of interest are virtualisation, databases, security, random internet memes, guerrilla marketing, and buying pointless gadgets that he'll probably never use but simply has to have anyway.
  • Apple slaps Open Source Amahi with ‘app store’ cease and desist

    Many of today’s Technorati veer towards multiple computers and devices at home. Any home network worth shaking a stick at will have some sort of server, whether it is a standalone NAS device, a little firewall powered by Smoothwall, or the somewhat disappointing Windows Home Server. The past few years have seen the rise of a fantastic open source alternative to Windows Home Server, the Amahi Linux Home Server. It provides a set of common features for the home network: VPN access, media streaming, backups, shared calendars, centralised file storage and so on. It is also highly extensible through...

  • Our future lies in the cloud

    It seems that every article you read about some new web development contains at least four references to cloud technology. Everyone is hopping on the bandwagon -- even Apple is following the herd with their move from MobileMe to iCloud. Clearly, cloud-based computing systems are here to stay. Just as the world moved from mainframe architecture to personal computing, it seems that this is the start of a shift towards offloading certain aspects of personal computing to the cloud. So what’s next? And since we’re obsessing over ridiculously overused buzzwords, what will become of this paradigm shift? Well, let’s start...