Tor Project


Many have asked me what the hidden network is and what Tor or similar services are…
I’ve decided to write some posts explaining each of them individually.
Following you can find a simple FAQ on relation with the Tor network (this is just covering basic high level information, it is not technical and please if you find any error, let me know).

What is Tor (The Onion Router)?
Tor (previously an acronym for The Onion Router) is a free software for enabling online anonymity and resisting censorship. It is designed to make it possible for users to surf the Internet anonymously, so their activities and location cannot be discovered by government agencies, corporations, or anyone else. (Thanks wikipedia)

How does Tor work?
Tor works by sending data packets on a random pathway through several relays that cover your tracks so no observer at any single point can tell where the data came from or where it’s going.
Following there is a simple infographic explaining the differences between a Tor Connection and a typical connection:

How Tor works - Chart shows how browsing through the TOR network anonymizes the information - Found in

How Tor Works

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Andrea Gigante - Movember 2014 - Made in Movember

Andrea Gigante – Movember 2014 – Made in Movember

You may have noticed something a bit different about many men in the streets in the last month. It’s not a haircut or a new t-shirt, but some of us have made the decision to donate our upper lip to the Movember movement. Over the 30 days of November, we have been growing a moustache while raising funds and awareness for men’s health.

The Movember Foundation is working tirelessly every day with an urgent goal in mind: accelerating breakthroughs in prostate cancer research that will benefit patients and their families. Movember is achieving this by the formation of the largest, global alliance of prostate cancer researchers and clinical specialists, who are tackling the toughest prostate cancer challenges. Continue Reading

Scrum and Agile are often used are synonym, but the reality is a bit different.
Main Agile methodologies under the Agile Umbrella, by www.leadingagile.comScrum, XP, FDD or Kanban are some of the many methodologies that share common characteristics, practices and philosophy but at the same time they differ at implementation standpoint, where each methodology has its own practices, terminology and tactics.

Following I have tried to summarize some of the mains methodologies used at the moment:

  • Agile Modeling (AM) is a chaordic, practice-based methodology for Continue Reading

Human proximity to cat  - thanks to XKCD 231Not long ago someone asked me what in my opinion was the most important improvement using Agile methodology.
I could have answer any of the twelve principles that underlie the Agile Manifesto.
For example I could have answered:

  • Welcome changing requirements, even late in development
  • Sustainable development, able to maintain a constant pace
  • Close, daily co-operation between business people and developers
  • Self-organizing teams

What I actually answered instead was:

the agile ability to be Value Driven. Continue Reading

Since I was a child, I’ve always been interested in Coding and Cryptography (I now remember that with some friends of mine we even created a simple substitution cipher); now, as a personal hobby, from time to time I simply investigate or read articles about it whenever I can or have time.

Beethoven Symphony 5 opening

At the moment I am reading “Mathematics, spies and hackers; Coding and CryptographyContinue Reading

The other day I was explaining what this Google #Ingress game was to a friend of mine. He suddenly asked me what my personal opinion was and if I had some improvements for it…

xkcd way to explain Ingress: -Ingress: Foursquare With Space Noises- Original n1143 - Title location - Ingress a Niantic Labs at GoogleFollowing you can find some personal ideas for Ingress, I would just like to remind everybody that I do NOT work for Google, neither I have special insides info or anything similar, those are just some personal ideas for future improvements/features on this game.

Something I believe important for this game to improve is: the team experience.
A step towards a better “connection” between players would be done by items or functionalities like:
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Movember Andrea moustache after a monthAs many of you is already aware, during the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues.
Movember is committed to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on men and their loved ones. This is being achieved as a result of the Movember community supporting a series of world class programs in the fields of awareness, research, education and survivorship.

This year I have decided to participate Continue Reading

What is Ingress?
Ingress Official Icon/Logo by Niantic Labs at GoogleIngress is the new social game developed by Niantic Labs at Google.
At the moment it is still Beta and access codes are hard to find (this is how I did).

The viral online marketing campaign is incredible. It is not easy to find information on the game and Google is putting a lot of work to maintain this big expectation over it.

As a simple summary: you’ll use the GPS on your mobile phone to look for “portals” (publicly accessible locations in the real world), and then you’ll claim them for your team by deploying “resonators”. Continue Reading

One of the best emails I’ve received this weekend: “You’ve Been Invited to Play Ingress
You have Been Invited to Play Ingress email

I’ve finally get an #Ingress code!
How did I gain an access code to the beta Google Social game?

There are different ways to get it; here we can review a couple of methods:

  • Trading Creativity: The first one as commented in the official Niantic Project page (where as a Twitter message) we can read: “NianticProject People are trading creativity for access to the leaked Ingress tech. The next Tychos? #nianticproject #ingressContinue Reading