Skype for Linux behind a proxy server

Can I connect to Skype through a proxy server?

This might seem as a question with a simple answer, but in the Skype For Linux (ß-version), there seems to be no Network menu. I spent some time trying to understand why and how to alter the network configurations in the Skype for Linux (in my case tried with Ubuntu 16.4) and apparently nothing worked.
I had all the environment variables set correctly but Skype was not fetching them.
If you need to run Skype behind a corporate proxy, there you need to alter the script which invokes Skype and inject your proxy info in there.
By typing a $which skypeforlinux in your command line, you may find out something like: /usr/bin/skypeforlinux
If this does not exist, you may create it.

This is a bash script that calls the compiled ‘skypeforlinux’ program.
Just before the invocation of the executable program, you need to add an export and a proxy reference for http & https:

#!/bin/bash

SCRIPT=$(readlink -f "$0")
USR_DIRECTORY=$(readlink -f $(dirname $SCRIPT)/..)

SKYPE_PATH="$USR_DIRECTORY/share/skypeforlinux/skypeforlinux"
SKYPE_LOGS="$HOME/.config/skypeforlinux/logs"

mkdir -p $SKYPE_LOGS
export http_proxy='proxy.server:8888' &&
export https_proxy='proxy.server:8888' &&
nohup "$SKYPE_PATH" --executed-from="$(pwd)" --pid=$$ "[email protected]" > "$SKYPE_LOGS/skype-startup.log" 2>&1 &

Website Traffic vs Google Rank

While reading an article on the ways to promote original content, I went back to my early days as a webmaster when search engines were one of the ways to create traffic, and not the reason to create websites. As simple as it is, we should focus our efforts on traffic creation and not just ranking.

We got so obsessed with ranking metrics that we have forgotten the most important point: People should reach our content!
Search Engines are just one way of having them find our content. But there are also other ways of content promotion.

As a side benefit, Google and other search engines include this metric in ranking, but this should not be the focus of content promotion, just a side effect.

Metada etymology and roots

I like discovering the etymology of words in some cases, and recently, while writing my dissertation I find myself doing this more often (especially when I am not motivated enough to contribute to my own work). The word I was hunting today was metadata, a term which is commonly understood as data about data.

Checking for the roots of metadata, I found in the Online Etymology Dictionary the following explanation:

meta- Look up meta- at Dictionary.com
    word-forming element meaning 1. “after, behind,” 2. “changed, altered,” 3. “higher, beyond;” from Greek meta (prep.) “in the midst of, in common with, by means of, in pursuit or quest of,” from PIE *me- “in the middle” (cognates: German mit, Gothic miþ, Old English mið “with, together with, among;” see mid). Notion of “changing places with” probably led to senses “change of place, order, or nature,” which was a principal meaning of the Greek word when used as a prefix (but also denoting “community, participation; in common with; pursuing”).

One cannot stop noticing the paralellism of the word to the German term mit, which is mapped to the newer term mid for English translation of middle. But actually the translation also points to the notion of chanching places with or in continuum, denoting participation, in common with, pursuin. All these terms actually reference to the term with, mapped correctly to Germanic mit. I am not sure why the mit is interpreted as mid for middle, but apparently the “roots” of the term metadata are even simpler rooted to the Albanian word: me.

In Albanian, me simply means with. It is one of those simple words which cannot be inherited by another culture and which could not have been transformed during time. Both  the -m- and -e- are widely used among all dialects of Albania as they are. Albanian me means exactly together with and this can be used to denote participation, community and coupling with context.

While the Greek culture had a strong echo in history, there is definetely a need to correct some perception in the etymology of the words. Some cultures like the Illyrian (proto-Albanian) did not make it in the enthusiasm of Renaissance and are still in the dark spot of modern science.

Inima.al still indexed in top for .al domains

It is interesting to see that Google preserves a history of website rankings. INIMA.AL used to be the registrar for .al domains, and it is still listed as one of the best results in the search results. Sometime in the 90s, the central authority responsibility was delegated to INIMA, an Albanian Institute of Applied Mathematics.

As the institute ceased to exists years ago, the domain provides basic information on albanian domain registration. It can be considered almost empty now, with merely some informative pages on the procedures for registering an .al domains, and yet it is indexed as good as the other Registrars which have more information and more day to day visits.

 

Was Nikola Tesla a Serbian?

Nikolla Tesla

By Raimonda A Rreci

This topic is on the series of fraudualent claims which go to form the basis of “Serb” claims on Nikola Tesla‘s ethnicity.
The evidence is both irrefutable and relevant because all serbian claims on his ethnicity are based on the following points.

Tesla’s supposed claim “I’m equally proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian homeland”

– Crown “evidence” that Tesla considered himself and was Serb are telegrams that he and a Croatian politician Dr.Vladko Macek alledgely exchanged in 1936. In the first telegram send to Nikola Tesla by the leader of strongest Croatian political party HSS ( Croatian Peasant Party ) Dr.Vladko Macek on May 25th 1936, Dr.Macek allegedly wrote as follows:

“To a great son of Serbian nation and Croatian homeland, leader of the mankind in struggle against the nature congratulation in the name of Croatian people”

Dr. Macek supposed telegram
Dr. Macek supposed telegram

Not a word for what his congratulations are for?

It has been alleged that Dr. Macek first sent a congratulatory telegram to Tesla, possibly on the occasion of Tesla’s birthday, which Tesla allegedly answered, but the problem with this is that this telegram is dated May 26th and Tesla’s birthday is/was on July 10th.

Alternative allegation was that Dr.Macek congratulated Tesla on some of his latest great inventions, but latest Tesla patented invention was from year 1928, eight years earlier. Pretty late congratulation isn’t it ? By the time of this alleged telegrams Tesla was 80 years old and his fertile inventions and science day were long gone. He lived the last ten years (1933-1943) of his life in a two-room suite on the 33rd floor of the hotel New Yorker, room 3327. There, near the end of his life, Tesla showed signs of encroaching mental illness, claiming to be visited by a specific white pigeon daily. Several biographers note that Tesla viewed the death of the pigeon as a “final blow” to himself and his work.

Also in that year Tesla didn’t receive any award or any other important sign of recognition for his work. So why the hell did Macek congratulate Tesla exactly then? That was never explained.

One might ask, where is the alleged telegram that Dr. Macek sent to Tesla ? We only have this “photo” but the original was never shown publicly, if it actually even EXISTS.

Second interesting question was why Tesla never ever mentioned such a telegram during his life. Dr. Macek also never said or wrote a word about “these telegrams”, not even in his biography published in 1956.

In fact these alleged telegrams were “discovered” only after both participants, Tesla and Macek were dead and could not either confirm or denie the authenticity of these telegrams.

And it is however very interesting that supposed Dr. Macek’s telegram has some missing parts. For instance there is no stamp imprint that this alleged telegram was ever received, and also it is not signed by anybody while RCA radiograms from that time ( like all received telegrams ) had to be signed by the receiver. Yet this is not the case with alleged Dr. Macek’s radiogram to Tesla. Below are two pictures to compare authentic RCA radiogram from that time and this quite obvious forgery. Because alleged Macek’s radiogram was obviously never received.

Below:

Image 1. “RCA radiogram” which Dr Macek allegedly send to Nikola Tesla” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons…

Dr. Macek supposed telegram
Dr. Macek supposed telegram

Image 2. “Original random RCA radiogram from 1940 “

A standard telegram of that time http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/1940.01
A standard telegram of that time
http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/1940.01

Tesla allegedly answered next day, May 26th 1936. And he “wrote” the famous words which are taken for granted and repeated like mantra in which nobody dares to doubt:

“I’m equally proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian homeland. Long live all Yugoslavs.”

Tesla's alleged reply telegram to Dr. Macek
Tesla’s alleged reply telegram to Dr. Macek

These words become dogma which served as the ultimate evidence that Nikola Tesla was indeed a Serb.

Yet there are many interesting questions about this “telegram” allegedly sent from Nikola Tesla to Dr. Vlatko Macek in 1936 which leads us to conclusion that it is just a simple fake because it does not have the distinguishing characteristics of a received telegram. Below is how a 1936 Western Union telegram looks. The example has been chosen randomly from a website about telegram history ( rife.org )

A standard telegram
A standard telegram

In the textbox at top left of authentic telegram it states, “Class of Service”. This is a full-rate Telegram or Cablegram unless its deferred character is indicated by a suitable symbol above or preceding the address.” In textbox at top right of authentic telegram, sent and received, an explanation of the symbols used in the message appears. Note, as part of the body of the message a symbolic code appears, the originating address, the class of service and time. There are no lines on this form.

The photo which contains an alleged message by Nikola Tesla is an APPLICATION TO SEND A TELEGRAM, not a telegram. The alleged message in ticker tape, including telegraphic equal symbols, has been glued onto an Application form in order to make it appear as an authentic telegram, but missing are the symbols which refer to the location and origin of the sender. In textbox at top left of Application form the sender is instructed to indicate how he wants the telegram or cable to be sent by listing classes of service, for example, Day Letter, Night Letter, etc. In textbox at top right of Application form details about payment appear. Above the message it states, “Send the following message, subject to the terms on back hereof, which are hereby agreed to.” At bottom of Application it states, “Senders address for reference. The quickest, surest and safest way to send money is by telegraph or cable. Sender’s telephone number.”

Telegram Applications would normally be in handwriting or typewritten on the lines provided, and applicants would not use ticker tape which blocks out those lines, nor would applicants use the equals sign (=). In the case of this document there is no distinguishing symbol as to the origin of the alleged telegram, no registration symbol showing from where it was sent or which Class of Service, and at what time. The only mark on the telegram is a Nikola Tesla Museum stamp ( this particular museum is in Belgrade, which has handed it to the NY Tesla Society for use ). The alleged telegram addressed to Dr. Macek in Zagreb was not received in Zagreb because it would appear on an official Yugoslav header with Latin and Cyrillic writing on the top, and not on a Western Union form. There is no way to verify where the message came from.

All that can be seen better on these pictures. Go to Google Images for countless examples

Everyone who looks at these telegrams will notice that they all have same elements. All but one, the alleged Tesla telegram. It is more than obvious that this “telegram” is forgery probably created by Savo Kosanovic, Tesla’s nephew, high ranking Yugoslav communist official and self-proclaimed main “interpreter” of Tesla’s thoughts and supplier of “unknown documents” from Tesla’s life.

But why should anybody want to falsify such documents?

First of all Tesla’s worldwide glory was ideal for spreading communist propaganda. And phrase “Serbian origins and Croatian homeland” of “Greatest son of our people ( beside Tito himself, of course )” was absolutely in accordance with basic communist policy called “bratstvo i jedinstvo naroda i narodnosti” ( Brotherhood and unity of our nation and ethnic minorities ) which was in very foundation of Tito’s policy. Combination of Serbian organs and Croatian homeland was ideal to seal forced “brotherhood” between the two largest ex-Yu nations in Croats and Serbs.

And off course, convenient circumstance was that this “telegrams” clearly claimed that most famous “Yugoslavian” beside Tito, was none the less a Serb after all. Naturally, this historical forgery was repeated millions of times in every possible occasion so most of people have accepted it as a truth. Serbs got one of greatest scientific minds and Croats also get some leftovers, comforting price -shallow “my Croatian homeland” phrase. Only difference is that it is absolutely without any doubt that Croatia actually was his homeland where he and his forefathers were born ( although he didn’t care about it at all ), while there are very strong arguments that ethnically he wasn’t of Serb origins ( for which he didn’t care either ).

I wrote so much about this alleged telegrams only because they are taken as by far most important piece of evidence that Nikola Tesla was ethnic Serb and that he considered himself a Serb patriot, what is very doubtful and absolutely unproven until now. And that is why forgeries like this were needed. Simply to enforce one more shameful historic lie.

And last but not least is a photo of Nikola Tesla dressed in traditional clothing but of course it is not by any strech of imagination a serbian outfit.

Nikolla Tesla
Nikolla Tesla

ROBOTIC.AL – The value of your website

Value of site XPO6.com as seen at Robotic.al

Although none can value your website better than you, the metrics related to your site ranking and visits can provide some general insight on the value of a website. Robotic.al seemed such a good domain to be left without use therefore I installed a simple script providing information on a fictive value of the website.

What is  my website worth!?

The service will check for your Traffic Stats including Daily Unique Visitors, Daily Page Views  and a foreseen Daily Profit. Interesting is also the Search Engines Index Stats which includes information from Google And Bing Index. As the web is becoming more social, and Google is advocating for Social interactions in websites as a mean for ranking valuation, a list of the main social networks links to a domain is also fetched. Combined with statistics of Alexa, ROBOTIC.AL will tell you what your site is worth 🙂

While we believe we know all the metrics that influece our websites, there are a few we keep forgetting. If you have a site, added it to Robotic.al and check the metrics for insights and improvements.

And if you like the domain and site so much, let me know. Robotic.al might be on sale 🙂

 

CoWorking Space in Tirana

Co-working spaces in Tirana, Albania. Cheap rent office, small officess for affordable price

Coworking is a practice which has gained traction in the last years in every corner of the world. From San Francisco to New York, to Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin and Tokyo, the young generation is becoming part of an agile working experience. Coworking is a style of work that involves a  shared working environment, often a cool office, and independent activity. The practice is well known among lean startups and freelancers who choose the commodity of an office but still prefer a loose style of work.

It is impossible to find a metropol without at least a few coworking place, and as one might expect Tirana is no different. Just a few days back,  MyOffice.al was launched as the first coworking space in Tirana. The targeted audience is oriented toward freelancers and IT startup geeks, but other professionists are also invited. The difference from other offices for rent is not only the price, but also the comfort, the focus on a high speed IT infrastructure, the social interactions and still the availability of quiet meeting rooms, relaxing lounges or entertaining corners.

So, after a visit to the MyOffice.al, here is a list of benefits in working at a coworking space:

Modern workplaces

When you are passionate about something, you do not really worry about the place you work, but those little successes of us are also defined by the place we spent our time. While you might rent an apartment for your quite coding corner, working in a modern workplace gives a great sense of satisfaction and contempt.

Great location in the center of Tirana

Traffic is a problem!? Transportation? All these worries go away if the location is situated somewhere easily accessible. MyOffice’Al is located in a very strategic location, just a few meters from the Central Train Station, near to the Zogu I Bulevard and with access to the small city ring. It is close to the centre of the city, but also easily accessible being not far from the national highways which connect Tirana to the northern and south-western cities.

No Contract Obligation

Tied up by a contract you don’t need, or paying months in advance in your rental office!? Not a concern with a Co-Working Space. At MyOffice’Al there are no contracts restricting you, you can use the spaces on daily, weekly or monthly bases. Basically, you pay for what you use,  and when you use it.

Cheap Office Rent also for your team

I remembered when I started my first business venture. I was one, and soon we grew into a team of three, but still it was too soon for us to afford 1000m² offices in Tirana. With a coworking space, you can start small and grow gradually. In case of MyOffice’Al, you can have an office for rent for your team, or even share the coworking space and make use of the meeting rooms for sprints and other team collaboration activities. The Meeting room is for free and it is great considering it is equipped with teleconferencing devices.

Bar and Entertainment Room

And it is not all about endless hours of working! We need to enjoy some relaxed moments in between and for this reason there is a Bar and an Entertainment lounge for any member of MyOffice. This is a great chance to engage in conversations with other freelancers and do some networking. The social aspects and the diversity of the people in our life is something we should value the most. It is them who allow us to improve our understandings and experience of a colourful world.

Convenient and flexible prices; various membership plans

And the last, but not least, is the flexibility of the prices! The prices have been designed to be convenient for anyone, from freelancers looking for a temporary office, to the lawyers who need a quiet office where they bring their work. One can chose from a daily ticket, and extend it to a weekly, monthly or even yearly to exploit the best price! Whatever the need, there will be a negotiation to help anyone jump on board.

The forgotten act of donating

Every day we use a set of services and tools which are given to us for free! Some of them are really free, and some of them are some luring marketing technique. We are being used to the idea of free as in I give you my data, you give me your service, but beyond this point, there are some unique services which are completely free! And we are happy for these services, so we should contribute to their existence.

I remember one of my professors who said: I can understand if you pirate a software because you are a teenager and cannot afford it, but if you are working, then pay for the things which make your life easier. We are never to poor to donate, and never to rich to wait for a donation.

If for some reason you managed to get to this post, think for a moment and do a donation 🙂 I would recommend Mozilla for the great job they are doing, and the Debian System.

I am not a fan of Wikipedia considering the way it is administrated, and my love does not go to a system where the ignorance of the many dictates on the truth of the few.

 

What I do

I am a software developer. As many of us, we live by the thought that we are creating something every time we compile a module or release a software. That feeling of creation gives us the tranquillity that many other professionals will almost never find.

I am an entrepreneur. Meaning, I can barely sleep at night because I dream half asleep of applications to develop and I spent my days rushing to return my dreams in reality.

If you can motivate me with a challenge, then let me know.

And if you finished here from some “domain-related” post, I am a not a gambler! I ment a domainer! but I enjoy the game of buying and selling them for almost no profit.