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Archive for January 2nd, 2014

Niklaus Wirth’s “Good Ideas, Through the Looking Glass” (via: MetaFilter)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/01/02

I forgot who pointed me at this, but recently I came across a reference to the Good Ideas, Through the Looking Glass paper by Niklaus Wirth (by many known as the “father” of Pascal, though he has done a lot more – for instance the WSN – , still is involved with the ETH in Zürich, and turns 80 on February 15h).

Back when it appeared in the 2005/2006 timeframe I missed it, and I’m glad to have bumped into just for the historic perspective he offers. I can understand some will disagree with parts of his conclusions and observations, that’s why I like that MetaFilter has a nice page with discussion about it and a link to the PDF version of the paper.

I also like that Niklaus kept active in the field of computer science for so long, similar to Donald Knuth. There is a lot to having a great historic perspective to things.


via: Good Ideas, Through the Looking Glass | MetaFilter.

Posted in Delphi, Development, History, Pascal, Software Development | 3 Comments »

rdesktop: A Remote Desktop Protocol client (open source, runs on X, hosted on

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/01/02

Very interesting, especially since works with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 as well, and is stable on x64.

It provides three tools: rdesktop, rdpproxy and seamlessrdp.

Researching this, I also found about TSWindowClipper which allows you to seamlessly integrates remote apps on your client by integrating a DLL inside the MSTSC software using the official virtual channels.

Back to rdesktop: I really wish the documentation was better, but it contains some very interesting source code.

rdesktop is an open source client for Windows Remote Desktop Services, capable of natively speaking Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in order to present the user’s Windows desktop. rdesktop is known to work with Windows versions such as NT 4 Terminal Server, 2000, XP, 2003, 2003 R2, Vista, 2008, 7, and 2008 R2.

rdesktop currently runs on most UNIX based platforms with the X Window System, and other ports should be fairly straightforward.

rdesktop is released under the GNU Public Licence (GPL), version 3. Please send feedback, bug reports and patches to the appropriate mailing list. Patches can also be submitted to the SF patch tracker.

rdesktop is a project. See the Sourceforge rdesktop project info and the Wiki for more information.


The latest stable version of rdesktop is 1.7.1 (edit: this was at the time of writing, for the current latest, check here). This versions solves major issues with 64bit version and smartcard support among a few minor fixes.


via rdesktop: A Remote Desktop Protocol client.

Posted in *nix, Development, Linux, Power User, Remote Desktop Protocol/MSTSC/Terminal Services, Software Development, SuSE Linux, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

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