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utorrent kicks up a storm

October 15, 2005 Comments off

utorrent a Windows bittorrent client has been getting rave reviews amongst its early adopters. It’s only 94KB in size and its typical memory usage is around 4MB

With the upcoming release of Firefox 1.5, I think the Mozilla crew should start publicising this bittorrent client so that more people use Bittorrent as a mechanism to help spread Firefox

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Skype to use On2 vide codecs in it’s upcoming beta

July 31, 2005 Comments off

According to this news report at Internet News, Skype supposedly has licensed video codecs from On2 technologies whose previous codec VP3 is the basis for the open source Theora codec.

Public beta is thought to be scheduled for end-of-August. Will be very interesting to see how video conferencing takes off with this.

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Skype to use On2 vide codecs in it's upcoming beta

July 31, 2005 Comments off

According to this news report at Internet News, Skype supposedly has licensed video codecs from On2 technologies whose previous codec VP3 is the basis for the open source Theora codec.

Public beta is thought to be scheduled for end-of-August. Will be very interesting to see how video conferencing takes off with this.

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Pair networks plonks good money to FreeBSD tcp stack faster

July 28, 2005 Comments off

Pair Networks which is a very fine webhost and is well known as a FreeBSD shop contributed US$ 14,000 to support Andre Opperman for his TCP/IP optimization work.

Pair had previously donated a sizable amoount for Poul Henning Kamp’s work on buffer cache cleanup and optmisation and now are doing the same for the tcp/ip stack.

I really think this is a very fine gesture.

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There is a disturbance in the force

June 4, 2005 Comments off

The blogosphere is abuzz about the news that Apple plans to ditch IBM and move to Intel . WWDC just got a whole lot more interesting.

I am still ambivalent about this news. Whilst part of me wants to believe that Apple will “switch”, this type of news has come up far too often that it would seem like a ploy to get Apple some leverage with IBM.

Will need to seek some rumor sites who are going to transcribe the keynote in real-time.

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Challenging a sacred cow

May 31, 2005 Comments off

My previous post made me think about some sacred cows in the community project I am associated with. A friend identified 4 options

  1. Maintain status quo
  2. Build a new team to learn infrastructure
  3. Don’t be hung up on the existing toolchains, if need be completely change the toolchain if people are available with skill sets in the new toolchain
  4. Outsource the infrastructure
  • Option 1 is a non-starter since its obvious that status quo is not working
  • Option 2 is only possible if the new team hits the ground running and doesn’t need to take any resources from existing players.
    Training the new team is not an option since that itself takes a massive time commitment
    Anybody who says otherwise has never worked in the trenches
  • Option 3 is conceptually similar to Option 4. People who like to do backseat driving would feel uncomfortable with this since it represents a change but its obvious that they have no clue to the cost of option 1 and 2. For them, I can only say

    Change is the only constant

However, I would like to challenge a “sacred cow” which is

Should this community project exist at all today ?

The circumstances in which the project was initiated and the circumstances today are very different. Its possible that resources of the ‘community’ are better utilised by disbanding the current project and having the alumni of the project move to other projects which have more ground support and mindshare.

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OpenBSD + VIA C7 == Crypto on steroids ?

May 29, 2005 Comments off

Thanks to the cool Dashboard in the WordPress 1.5 series, I found out about the 1.5.1.2 security release. The fix was very quick though I would really like the WordPress team to change their release mechanism. The tarball should be named
wordpress-version.tar.gz and it should untar to wordpress-version. Currently they use latest.tar.gz and it untars to a ‘wordpress’ subdir

Also, via Richard Brown of VIA marketing I got to know about the VIA C7 (Esther core) launch. There has been a lot of print on its low power,low cost and how VIA plan to make a big buzz in laptops and price sensitive countries. In my humble opinion, I think VIA should highlight the work OpenBSD has done on supporting the crypto hardware onboard the C7. In June 2004, Theo De Raadt of OpenBSD fame mentioned that he was getting 800 RSA signs/sec on what I guess would be pre-production hardware.

VIA should look at the availability of the ‘NX’ bit and the fast crypto command to create buzz for both WindowsXP support for NX and reduced risk of viruses as well target the infrastructure operator and suggest that OpenBSD+C7 boxen can become SSL proxy boxes for different services.

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Keeping up with the Jones

May 25, 2005 Comments off

Ali informed me that he was not able to trackback to my last post. A bit of googling indicated that there was some issues with trackback particularly on hosts which disable fopen which is what my webhost Dreamhost seems to be doing.

So a few more google searches later, I figure that it shouldn’t be that difficult to upgrade WordPress to version 1.5.1.1. I plunged ahead and voila, a shiny new look which I kinda like, trackback works and Ali says that I generate cache-friendly headers.

A big thank you to the WordPress gang

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Working with people who know the value of everything but the cost of nothing

For a long time I have assisted a community in building out some infrastructure so that they would have an online prescence. Over time, focus has shifted to generating content and publishing that whilst the number of volunteers working in the trenches has diminished substantially. It could be my fault that I was not able to attract a core of people who believe in the value of infrastructure. I’ll accept it as my weakness but unfortunately it puts a lot of burden on me and I no longer find the motivation to work on this.

Some of this lack of motivation has to do with differing views with various key players, some volunteers who have great heart but don’t bring anything substantial in expertise to the table, others who want to morph the vision so that it is “politically correct” . A lot also has to do with the nature of communication, it’s very rare to meet other volunteers face to face and timezone differences make it difficult to do voice communication though I have tried often to call people instead of emailing them. Sadly this isn’t done by other old-timers.

It seems that there is an illusion that the infrastructure is more capable than it appears and since things have been working for a while, people’s attitude have been “No point in working in the trenches, It’s not something end-user visible”

It’s a struggle working with people who know the value of everything but the cost of nothing. I just don’t have the energy to do this anymore.

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George Galloway rocks

May 19, 2005 Comments off

He has said it in a way that just says “wow”

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