Unmaintained Free Software Wiki online

The Unmaintained Free Software wiki is now online and has been declared by me to be the authoritative source for unmaintained or orphaned Free Software projects. The old website is gone, but I will port the old contents to the wiki step by step. Please bear with me.

The wiki can be reached from either http://www.unmaintained-free-software.org or http://www.unmaintained-free-software.org/wiki/, so no need to change any bookmarks.

All content of the wiki is licensed unter the terms of the GNU FDL.

Again, if you know of any unmaintained project or want to take over maintenance of a currently unmaintained project, go ahead.

My shiny new del.icio.us account

After reading del.icio.us for a while now and being quite content with it, I decided I could as well get an account, too.
You can now view what I'm bookmarking on my del.icio.us page, del.icio.us/uwe. Have fun.

Cryptanalysis of SHA-1

Following up on the recent SHA-1 broken! rumours, Bruce Schneier has posted a follow-up article with a more in-depth cryptanalysis of SHA-1.

As I understand it, his points are that SHA-1 should be replaced on the long run, but there's no reason to panic right now.

My Blog mentioned on schockwellenreiter.de

A major surprise for me today: My humble blog was mentioned on schockwellenreiter.de, a very famous German weblog.
Thanks and hello to everyone coming from schockwellenreiter.de!

Vintage Computer dead - Display Panels at Dortmund Railroad Station dead

The WDR (a German TV channel) reports that a Commodore C64 has died (German article) after 20 years of doing its job - running the display panels of the Dortmund railroad station. The display panels are all dead now, the train station employees "manually" guide the people to their trains.

Heise reports (German again, sorry) that the old Intel-310 system with an 80286 processor running Xenix (first erroneously reported to be a C64) doesn't run anymore because the harddisk is dead. They still have the software, but even if they could get a working harddisk, they couldn't reinstall the software on it (I'm not sure why).

Some more facts:

  • The company who originally installed the system in the 80ies is out of business since more than 15 years.
  • A completely new display panel system would cost 3 million Euros.
  • They don't want to spend that money, as the train station is to be reconstructed soon, anyways.
  • Several people have called them and offered help and old C64s (which they don't need, as it's really an 80286).
  • Some technicians now try (as a workaround) to write software for a standard-PC to let them at least control the display panels manually.

I can't decide whether to laugh or to cry. Honestly.

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