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Aruba prezzi raddoppiati per i clienti Italiani (VPS cloud)

Se siete clienti Italiani di Aruba, e volere un server VPS cloud, fate attenzione. Pagate il doppio rispetto ai clienti non Italiani.

Ecco i prezzi Italiani (screenshot del 28 novembre 2017):


Ed i prezzi Francesi (stessa data):


Anche quelli "internazionali" e Spagnoli, sempre in Euro, sono gli stessi. Solo gli Italiani pagano di più.

Alla richiesta del motivo della differenza, Aruba ha risposto:

The new "ransomware" model

Adobe realesed, among other products, the new relase of Lightroom. Actually it released two, a cloud based one which took the name of Lightroom CC, and what shoudl have been Lightroom 7, which is now renamed Lightroom Classic (actually, the full product name would be Photoshop Lightroom CC Classic - software names are becoming more and more stupid - just look at Windows 10).

Why a "case <string> of" statement in Delphi is a dangerous idea

Over and over, people ask the case .. of statement to be expanded to allow strings, i.e.

case S of
  'String one': DoSomething;
  'String two': DoSomethingElse;

Looks nice, doesn't it? Sure, but the devil is in the details. Strings are complex data types, and comparing strings is not a straightforward tasks. If you use just a single, simple encoding, and a simple language like English, a comparison may be as simple as comparing bytes. But there are different encodings, and there are many different languages.

Even Security Essentials thinks Skype could be a malware now...

Just upgraded Skype today on a PC running Microsoft Security Essentials:

MS Security Essentials and Skype.png

Sent it to Microsoft, just wonder why they don't have a copy already....

Delphi development is now fully outsourced

Eventually, the real change Idera brough to Delphi are surfacing.

Delphi developers don't know what a subnet is

From the "Delphi 10 Seattle" documentation:

To specify a subnet of IP addresses, specify an IP address with a 0 as its fourth number. For example, if you specify "" as the Target, your manager searches the 192.168.4.x subnet for remote managers. Note: You can not specify wider subnets. For example, "" is not supported.

Scaring: Windows 10 lets Microsoft access your own local files

Today The Register pointed out a Microsoft's document about "Configure telemetry and other settings in your organization". It has a scary passage. When in "Full telemetry level" - the default level in the Home and Pro versions, it allows Nicrosoft:

Embarcadero discontinues AppMethod - the risks of the subscription model

Embarcadero (recently acquired by Idera) announced AppMethod, its cross-platform only development tools, available only under a subscription model (Individuals $299 per year, per developer, per platform. Enterprise $999 per year, per developer) and launched less than two years ago, will be no longer be available, and "will be merged into RAD Studio 10".

Embarcadero sale to Idera announced

BusinessWire posted this news about the no-longer-so-secret sale of Embarcadero to Idera.

Another hint Embarcadero is on sale

On September 24th, Moody's acted on Idera rating, citing "The rating action follows the announcement of the company's pending acquisition of Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. ("Embarcadero")" and "integration challenges associated with the Embarcadero acquisition which will more than double the company's size" (see


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