Belgium electronic id will be merged with MSN

The Dutch ICT newswebsite WebWereld talks about the way chatrooms will be made safer for children. In the future chatrooms can only be accessed when you have a smartcard that allows checks like calculating the age of identities. These smartcards will handed out to all people older then 12 in Belgium before 2009. They also allow stuff like e-mail signing and other PKI like activitities. I’ve heard that it is also possible to use the smartcard for tax related things and that these most e-government applications are webbased to allow easy access for Belgium citizens.

In Holland alot of jokes are made about our southern friends but these thing are good initiatives! I hope this is a inspiration for a lot of other countries. Not only to make the internet safer but also to make e-government really work!

So if you can read Dutch then follow the like specified at the source.

Improving Virtual PC performance by enabling disk cache

Just read this tip about improving Virtual PC performance of non windows images. Well I am not very impressed with the speed of my Gentoo image so I will test this pretty soon.

When you are running operating systems other than Windows NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 under Virtual PC you can gain a performance boost by enabling host side disk caching. This is not enabled by default as it is not architecturally correct behavior – but I have seen situations where it can result in a 25% speed improvement in disk I/O intensive applications. You can enable host disk caching by starting Virtual PC with the ‘-usehostdiskcache‘. This setting is then enabled globally on all virtual machines that you launch in that session.
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