They violated the open source license: What should I do?

I have found at least two programs that violated the GPL. I have contacted the companies that broke the license and they have found a way to work around it. I don’t know if this is the correct way to do it. Would the open source community be interested in “damages” that those company has caused? or just let them switch to non-open source solution, and we’ll forget about their sin?

The two programs that violated the GPL are Windows programs and you can’t see it unless you reverse engineer it. It is just my reflex to reverse engineer a program to know how it works and maybe I should look for more programs to see if they violated anything. But sometimes, I just don’t know what to do with my finding. Any ideas?

Offline Blogging

I don’t have an unlimited Internet connection (only a 250 Mb/month GPRS/3G data plan), so I can’t always blog my idea. I have tried so many offline blogging tools, but I gave up because none of the available Desktop Blogging tools fits me. Even the best desktop blogging tools can’t simulate perfectly the appearance of your site while you are offline (so I still have to edit my post after uploading).

But now, I have found the best way to do offline blogging: by installing the blog engine on my computer (in my case WordPress). I can edit and view my website while offline, and I can be sure that it will look the same when I post it. Unfortunately, I still have to manually copy and paste my post (still too lazy to write a plugin to do this automatically).

Google Is Killing small web hosting companies?

Google has just released a domain registration service along with its Google Apps for Your Domain. Blogger (which is owned by Google) also released a custom domain feature. The combination of this might threatens the life of small-sized web hosting companies.

A lot of space

Google Apps For Your Domain (GAFYD) is a collection of services for your domain, which includes Google-hosted email, Calendar, chat, customized start page, and Google Page Creator. GAFYD (like most Google services) is still in beta and still free. The best thing (or maybe worst if you have a concern about your privacy) about GAFYD is that it doesn’t take space or bandwidth at all in your current web hosting.

In this beta version, you will get 2 GB email storage for each account in your domain. For my domain, the limit is 25 accounts, but for some other domain that I know of, the limit is more. The disk space will not grow like the ordinary Gmail account.

You will also get 250 MB Google Hosted Space, so you can put your web pages, images, or your big files there. Google is using CNAME redirection at the DNS level, so when you access, Google will handle those request using their bandwidth resources.

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