I've been thinking about this lately, since people say to me have you seen or that on TV and I say no. They seem to be shocked. Then I simply explain when I'm at home and have an opportunity to do things, I'm either watching films, chatting online & listening to music or doing other things.
That's when I'm at home & awake, most of the time though I'm out of the house either at work or doing sociable stuff which means when I am at home, the last thing I want to be doing it watching mostly junk on the television.
I've got Sky Digital & Cable yet I hardly even put the TV on in my room. There's things I notice in listings in magazines sometimes that I want to watch, but always forget or forget to record them.
The shows I do tend to watch are interesting, not the stuff your average person watches. It makes me laugh the people that watch the same shows day in day out with nothing else to do. They really need to get out more.
So, it really doesn't surprise me that most men aged 18-34 don't have time to watch TV as much as anyone else. For most, it's not that they don't have time it is more like there are much better things to do.
TV needs to become more interactive, even more so than it is already. Then we might see the figures reversed. There also needs to be some better things to watch, instead of the 90% of junk that is on now. Most of us get bored browsing through all of that before we find something we want to watch so we never get it to - the power has already been killed to the TV.
Then you've got to include all of the commercial advertising that is thrown in there which we don't care for. At least with email we can filter it. The best thing you can do with TV is switch channels on the breaks and come back in a minute or two.
Depends what you are interested in, I'd watch a variety of things if they were shown on TV but they are not. Music channels, Discovery and the things aimed at my age group are good but a lot of the stuff shown - It is hard trying to figure out just who it would be suitable for, that's the problem!
You'd probably be more safe just walking down the road using your mobile phone! In this example, the guy obviously said yes when asked if he was carrying an iPod - stupid answer.
Even though this guy was in the Birmingham area, I think the term "Mean streets of Bimingham" isn't really justified - I think that guy just needs to be more street wise!
Being from just out of Birmingham myself I can tell you it's not that bad, this was just an exceptional case, maybe of user stupidity as well. Like anywhere it just depends on the area, Birmingham being the UK's second city is quite a big place. I've never had any problems here or anywhere else but then again maybe I am more street wise.
Time to change the headphones on your iPod?
I think not, just use some common sense and you'll be fine.
I'm yet to get an iPod, as I'm looking at alternative options with more capacity. I'm sure the next release of the iPod will have more storage capacity, so I'll probably go with it since it really seems to be the device with the most stuff available!
I just hope the new iPod's are more like their mini counterparts, in the colour department!
From iPodSoft, you've got:
Go check them out, if you've got an iPod!
This test release is designed for SELinux testing & also but not limited to:
* 2.6 kernel
* GNOME 2.5
* KDE 3.2.1
I'm sure I'm not the only one to notice that Google has updated the main front page when you visit the site. Search results have changed slightly as well. Now links to other Google tools and services are linked to from the main page.
The Froogle home page and search results pages have been updated to allow for a better user experience. Links to popular recent searches are now used instead of categories.
A new advanced search command allows you to search for results in a set range which will be good for searching for sites selling products with prices within a set range, for example a DVD player $250..$350.
Google News is also now including images in news search results, which will give better insight when reading news stories.
You can read the full announcement on the new features and changes here.
I'm back home now, have just been asleep since I got back. Time sure goes a lot quicker when you're having fun. Ended up going to The Cross last night, instead of Pacha because it was too full and they were turning people away, so will have to do that another time, was a wicked night at The Cross though!
I appear to have a cold as well now :(
Time for some more sleep I think.
I'm down in London now, hotel is nice & had a wicked meal last night before going off to The End to see Steve Lawler spin some quality progressive house.
Just having a relaxing few days!
It's all good!
I'm off to London for this weekend, to have a nice relaxing and good time!
I might get the motivation to do things I need to do when I return.
I'll let you know how the hotel is is tomorrow probably, it's a nice 5*, with swimming pool and all the rest, so will be good.
Recently Nokia have announced the Nokia 7610, which has a built in 1 megapixel camera. Now, they are not the only company to be releasing mobile phones with 1 megapixel cameras built in, but this is the first one sporting 1mp form Nokia.
It can do a resolution of 1152 x 864 pixels and has a built in 65,000 color screen, 4x zoom, along with mp3 player. It's a tri band phone, two models will be available:
Of course the phone has all of the usual stuff you would expect, so should be a good seller. It is powered by Nokia's Series 60 UI on top of the Symbian OS.
So I was planning on going for the 7600 shortly when I get my upgrade, or should I go for the 7610 instead? Depends if the 7610 is like the 7600 and able to play N-Gage games. I'll have to do some investigations.
The good news is that SMP won't be too long off in OpenBSD, hopefully coming in the 3.6 release. Theo de Raadt states that there is currently one developer working almost full time on this implementation but he would like some funding for another one to help.
All make your donations!
After a few wierd crashes and such whilst installing Linux on one of my old systems, to use as a test / development system, it is now all up and running. Aside from getting the system updated, that's another thing off the list of to do items.
No doubt more will be added to this list quicker than I remove things, but I suppose it is better being busy instead of having nothing to do.
The Gnome project has announced that the main server hosting the project, may have been compromised. Nothing has been confirmed yet, as investigations are taking place.
Of course all downloaded code can be verified by MD5 checksum, but we'll have to wait for the reports.
See the announcement.
I wish for a lot of things, as do most of us. But right now, I wish I had of got more sleep earlier today, as after a lack of sleep last night due to going to bed at 4am and then getting up at 9 combined with working nights this week - right now I feel like going to sleep.
I tend to mess up my sleeping patterns a lot, but hey, I am used to it now. I'll not be getting to bed until about 6.30am tomorrow morning so no doubt will be in bed all day.
Then again, who knows...
I've just noticed that 4gb of mp3 albums I had backed up on my computer, seem to have vanished. The directory they were all in is now empty. I think defrag has caused some data loss. Until recently the data was there, but I ran a defrag as both disks in my Windows system were quite fragmented.
Funnily enough, the defrag completed, but afterwards the disks were still both fragmented, one at 25%. Something wasn't right. This data is the only stuff that I can see missing, but I need to get the fragmentation sorted out but I don't want to loose anything.
There are some other things that have started happening recently on the Windows system (Running Windows 2000 Server) which I put down to Windows being Windows. I'd re-install, but it's more trouble that it is worth at the moment. The main priority is to backup everything on the 120gb disk, wipe that clean to remove the fragmentation and start again.
As for the boot disk, not sure what I am going to do yet, without a clean install to fix the fragmentation. As it seems that the Defrag utility is not working correctly. Who knows why.
Maybe it is time to look for a 3rd party application to sort out the fragmentation.
Major changes to come with v3 will include a nw user interface which will be updated for easier localization & usability. One of the areas which will have received a lot of change is the comment management. A new user registration option will force users to register before posting comments if you want to work that way. There will be a lot of flexibility since user registration will be managed by a central service called TypeKey.
Version 3 will allow for better management and support registration and open communication. TypeKey will provide user authentication as well as allow for developers to build plugins and mods that are based on TypeKey's authentication hooks.
New support for the Atom API & syndication feeds will allow users to use this format as well as clients that operate through it's API. With support for many new hooks, developers will be able to create better, more varied plugins.
TypeKey seems like it will be a good solution to user registration on blogs. It will allow for one login, which will allow a registered user of TypeKey to post comments on any MT blog or other which is supported, without having to register on each blog.
It will mean that you can have the same identity on all blogs using TypeKey. Since this is a service of Six Apart who develop Movable Type, which is probably the most popular blogging application available, the user base will be great. That fact alone, will mean that more blogs can require authenticated users via TypeKey as the chances of a regular blog reader being registered with TypeKey will be high.
There may also be support for a blogger to use single registration that does not require TypeKey in v3 of Movable Type.
A good example of using TypeKey would be:
A spammer registers with TypePad and so can post spam to a whole host of blogs using TypeKey authentication. As soon as people report this user to be a spammer, the account can be terminated and such all of those blogs are free from that spammer for now.
Hopefully, there will be features which allow MT Blacklist type operations to centrally block URL's via TypeKey. In effect, your MT setup would check with TypeKey for blacklisted URL's before allowing the comment to be posted by a registered or non-registered user. Using this method you would not even need a local copy of the master blacklist as checks would be in real time, new spam could be added on the fly.
These ideas, which I would think will be the kinds of things implemented via TypeKey and MT v3 are the next stage from using MT-Blacklist. Jay Allen appears to have halted development of MT-BL due to the kinds of things we will see with TypeKey. Well done for the work so far Jay.
Of course, well done to Six Apart for their continuing work.
I await new updates with more details...
Recently people have been talking about paid inclusion on search engines. I've known that Yahoo has been doing this for ages and so have other engines. As people have been paying it is nothing new.
I just caught JZ's post, where he is defending Yahoo's paid inclusion scheme. I'll defend it as well as probably most other ones. Some people have obviously got the wrong idea about it and jumped in at the deep end.
In the case of Yahoo at least, paying only confirms that your listing WILL make it to the public directory & maybe a little quicker. If you didn't pay, then your site might not make it in and it might take a little longer even if it is to be included.
It does not (as some people think) get you a better ranking in search results which is the main thing people have taken the wrong way. At the end of the day Yahoo is a business and like any business it will usually do things to help it evolve and make money. Yes, there will need to be some element of filtering to take place even on paid inclusions as there is no point filling a directory with rubbish but search results are another story.
Read Dan Gillmor's article.
Recently Jeremy Zawodny posted about how Feedster was accepting paid advertising on its pages. JZ noticed that some of the links being displayed were sites that belong to spammers & ultimately blog spammers.
This find clearly wasn't very nice. The good thing to come out of it is that these advertisements have now been removed, a good response. I'm sure most people don't mind advertisements, but in a world where there are enough spam emails and what not advertising certain things like Viagra, do we really need any more?
I think not.
Wise man Ben, summed up the general consensus of thought nicely.
That some people are just stupid?
Like, seriously stupid. You see when trying to help people once would expect that the individual who is in need of some help, in any aspect of any subject that they would try and help you to help them. I have found that this is not the case, sometimes.
What should we do in these situations?
XML & RSS are interesting and lots can be done with them, things can only move forward.
Good luck Tim, enjoy your stay!
I'm in the process of downloading the ISO images as I'm going to install Fedora on a development / test system. I think I'll use this distro on there for now and change it to something else at some point.
Due to the old BIOS in the system, some CD's boot and some don't so I;ll probably have to make a boot disk floppy. You see, they are still needed sometimes!
Ben has been busy updating stuff on the server today.
He made me feel guilty for a small period of time, due to me being lazy and not doing anything. I soon got past the guilt stage. I'll have to do something to make up for it.
Anyway, we should see some performance increases, mainly.
The Sun Fire V20z is another nice new bit of kit which has just been released, along with a list of other enterprise servers. The V20z is an entry level based server which does the job, well. It also has the added benefit of looking pretty nice. It's always an advantage when you have a box that looks nice too.
I recently saw this server along with some other new kit at the recent Big Breakfast event that I attended in London. Of course, the V20z is powered by the new AMD Opteron processors so although small they pack a mighty punch.
I can see these being snapped up by ISP's and other companies / individuals that require 1 unit servers over existing systems by Sun and other companies.
So, what are the specifications?
* Processor: 1 or 2 AMD Opteron 200 Series processors
* Up to 16 GB of DDR1-333 SDRAM
* Network Two 10/100/1000-Mbps BaseT Ethernet ports
* Network management One 10/100-Mbps Ethernet port with integrated switch
* Serial One TIA/EIA-232-F asynchronous (DB9) port
* SCSI One Ultra320 SCSI interface (internal access only)
* USB One USB 1.1 port
* Expansion bus Two 64-bit PCI-X slots: 1 full-length at 133 MHz, 1 half-length at 66 MHz
* Internal disk Up to two hot-swappable 3.5-in. x 1.0-in. Ultra320 SCSI drives
* Internal DVD-ROM (optional) One Slimline DVD-ROM drive
* External disk (optional) Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI array ***
* Sun StorEdge 3510 array ***
*** Support available soon
* External tape (optional) Sun StorEdge L8 ***
* Sun StorEdge L25/L100 ***
* Sun StorEdge L700 ***
* Sun StorEdge SDLT320 ***
* Sun StorEdge SDLT600 ***
* Sun StorEdge LT02 ***
* Solaris 9 (x86 Platform Edition), update 6 (32-bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 for AMD Opteron (32-bit/64-bit)
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD Opteron (32-bit/64-bit)
- SUSE Linux 9 Professional (64-bit) (Community Edition, customer-provided)
- Microsoft Windows 2000 (WHQL-certified) (Customer-provided)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (WHQL-certified) (Customer-provided)
* Solaris 9 Operating System (x86 Edition) (Available April 2004)
- Standard Linux distributions
* Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition) support available soon
* Networking ONC, ONC+, NFS, WebNFS, TCP/IP, SunLink, OSI
* MHS, IPX/SPX software, SMB technologies
* XML Management Command Line over SSH (in-band and out-of-band),
* IPMI 1.5 (in-band and out-of-band),
* SNMP (out-of-band only)
* Power 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 465 W PFC supply, dual redundant fans
* Operating temperature +10° C to +35° C
* Nonoperating temperature -40° C to +65° C
* Operating vibration 0.15 G z-axis; 0.10 G x- and y-axis, 5 to 500 Hz sine
* Nonoperating vibration 0.5 G z-axis; 0.25 G x- and y-axis, 5 to 500 Hz sine
* Operating shock 3 G, 11 ms, half-sine
* Height 43 mm (1.69 in.)
* Width 430 mm (16.94 in.)
* Depth 724 mm (28.5 in.)
* Weight 16 kg (35 lb.)
* Enclosure Fits into most 19-inch wide racks.
So there you have it. Nice to look at & packed with the hardware you need to run a reliable server. Of course, it also depends on what software you run on it, a *NIX OS would be taking advantage in full the hardware within. Anything else, leaves a lot to be desired.
Although you might have to pay more, generally you get what you pay for - so paying more for the hardware will probably pay for itself in the end, via the extra reliability you get.
I might go for something like this at some point, if not a desktop system like the Sun Blade 2500.
I seem to have a number of posts which I started but have not yet finished so they're sitting there in draft status still. I'll hopefully get round to finishing them. Sometimes I write things at work and plan to finish when I get home, but have not got round to doing these yet.
Mainly because by the time I get home, I'm tired and can't be bothered. Motivation is the key.
Head on over to a mirror and get it!
I'm in favour of dressing smart for work, as appropriate. When it is appropriate, I'll go in full suit. Usually I'll just go in everything but the jacket which is normal as you'd normally take the jacket off anyway.
We normally have a dress down day on fridays, but some people were turning up in anything. Now there is no dress down Friday as it was before, now it is the smarter side of casual on a Friday.
The annoying thing is, now we have to go smart of a night as well. The whole idea of doing that is stupid, since there will be no customers or visitors on site between 8pm - 4.30am which is the hours people work at night. The other thing to consider is that this is meant to be a secure building and our actual office even more restricted as this is the Sun policy.
Allowing visitors and other people in, is breaking this. So, is dress code more important to some people than security?
Even if it is, people need to realise that visitors will not be around of a night - so why the change to now require smart office clothing at night?
Some things never do make sense.
I find it really annoying that banks think they can charge the amounts they do for various things. For example, my bank thinks it is really acceptable that they charge me on three seperate dates in a month, the fee of twenty five pounds because I went over my limit.
Fair enough, one charge - but three? That is really taking it too far. I'm glad that banks are being told that they cannot continue doing things like this. Another thing which they have been doing is holding money in accounts which could be transferred, instead they hold money for longer to earn extra money from the interest.
Since we are customers of the bank, you would think that they would want to keep us. Making stupid charges as they do will cause us to take our custom to another bank.
The big banks in the UK are the worst for the charges, some of the smaller online only ones are not so bad and thus are getting popular. A little bit of advise for the big banks out there - sort it out!
The earlier problems have been resolved, it seems it was a problem upstream.
The monitoring system alerted me to the problem early on, as intended. I've got to implement another system which will monitor everything on multiple servers, a client / server model.
I've been meaning to do this for ages but have not got round to doing it yet. Soon I will get the time and motivation to sort things out that need doing.
When that is, I don't currently know.
We seem to be experiencing some packet loss when communicating with this server, investigations are underway. You might find things a bit slow at the moment.
--- ping statistics ---
606 packets transmitted, 425 packets received, 29% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/std-dev = 157.899/184.249/260.070/13.894 ms
It seems there is a problem a couple of hops away from this box.
These things happen once in a while, events like this make you appreciate it more when things are working!
A new serious vulnerability has been discovered in the Linux kernel which could allow a local attacker to gain escalated privileges. The versions that are affected are 2.2 up to & including 2.2.25, 2.4 through to & including 2.4.24 & 2.6 up to & including 2.6.2. The bug is a critical security vulnerability found in the Linux kernel memory management code, due to a missing function return value check inside the mremap(2) system call, it's not related to the other recent mremap bug.
Check out the full advisory and exploit, here.
I seem to be getting power calibration errors with my Pioneer 106 at the moment. I'm using the same media I've been using all along and have tried other discs in the pack but the error still occurs. I've also tried burning at lower speeds although this did seem to work. Either the drive is going faulty or the lens needs a clean. I've also rebooted and that did not help.
I'm going to get a cleaning kit and if that does not solve it - I'll get a replacement, probably the new Pioneer 107.
I've not tested it with CD's yet, since getting the error I've only been burning DVD's. I hope it is not dying, I can't be bothered with having to ship it off and get a replacement. The drive before this went funny as well after no time at all which was annoying.
It always seems to be the devices with moving parts that usually fail!
Mandrake Linux 10.0 Community version has been released!
It includes, amongst other things:
* Linux 2.6.3
* KDE 3.2
* GNOME 2.4
I've not really played about with Mandrake, as with all the distributions to choose from unless I fancy a change, have a live cd version or have a spare box to use - some will get missed. Trying some out now and again is good, but most of us probably don't get to try out each new version unless we tend to stick with that OS or distribution.
Following the other live cd distributions, the FreeSBIE project has released a live cd BSD version, based on FreeBSD. Looks promising, I've yet to download it yet though.
Also the people over at www.livecd.com are releasing live cd FreeBSD versions, with a Dragon Fly BSD release to come after. Live CD based OS's can be really handy and good when you want to check out a distribution without having to go through a full install.
Check them out!
NetBSD 1.6.2 has been released, which fixes many security issues and various other bugs in 1.6.1. From the release notes, here is a list of updates:
* With pciide(4), make Promise controllers do DMA with large disks requiring 48-bit LBA drives.
* Add error detection when running low on swap, to improve stability in low-memory situations.
* Support for more SiS and Intel controllers were added to pciide(4).
* Support for the new PowerBook G4 12-inch added.
* mlx(4) stability improved.
* A problem with the original Sun4c sparc systems (SS1, SS1& IPC) has been found and fixed.
* Sun3, Sun3x & Sun2 may now boot from tape files, through addition of seek support.
* The USERCONF option has been added to the i386 kernels.
* Hardware random number generator support for Intel 865 and 875P chipsets added.
* Fix wdc(4) to work with pre-ATA drives.
* General support for multi-function pcmcia cards has been fixed.
* Various fixes to linux emulation have been added.
* rtk(4) multicast problem fixed.
* fxp(4) support yet a few more chip variants.
* tulip(4) driver fixed so that the DEC Alpha PWS no longer panics.
* Path MTU discovery black-hole detection has been added.
* bce(4) driver added for Broadcom BCM4401 chipset, as seen in recent Dell laptops.
* A race condition workaround in networking code has been added to avoid corruption.
* Various networking stack fixes for IPv4, IPv6 and IPSEC.
The following security issues have been fixed:
* NetBSD-SA2004-004 Insufficient packet validation in racoon IKE daemon
* NetBSD-SA2004-003 Inconsistent IPv6 path MTU discovery handling
* NetBSD-SA2004-002 OpenSSL 0.9.6 ASN.1 parser vulnerability
* NetBSD-SA2004-001 shmat reference counting bug
* NetBSD-SA2003-018 DNS negative cache poisoning
* NetBSD-SA2003-017 OpenSSL multiple vulnerability
* NetBSD-SA2003-016 Sendmail - another prescan() bug CAN-2003-0694
* NetBSD-SA2003-015 Remote and local vulnerabilities in XFree86 font libraries
* NetBSD-SA2003-014 Insufficient argument checking in sysctl(2)
* NetBSD-SA2003-012 Out of bounds memset(0) in sshd
* NetBSD-SA2003-011 off-by-one error in realpath(3)
* NetBSD-SA2003-010 remote panic in OSI networking code
System administration and user tools
* Possible crash in vi(1) triggered by an error was fixed.
* XFree86 upgraded to version 4.3.0 for those architectures which use XFree86 version 4.
* scsictl(8) now supports a few new commands.
* BIND has been upgraded to version 8.3.7.
* DHCP has been upgraded to version 3.0.1rc11 with various fixes.
* CVS has been upgraded to version 1.11.10.
There is more, but as you can see quite a lot of problems have been addressed, packages and applications upgraded and lots of improvements. If you're running 1.6.1 or an older release, try out this new one.
This coming Friday Scott McNealy - CEO, president & chairman of Sun Microsystems will be in London speaking at a conference about Network Computing. I shall be attending, along with other Sun members of staff and various customers.
It'll be interesting being there, I shall probably get to speak to Scott as well which will be good. Afterwards there will be some break out sessions about RFID, from Sun's strategy through to the business benefits in all industry sectors. There will be some demonstrations of RFID & EPC.
I'll post my report afterwards.
I just applied to get some exam vouchers through & I've received the details through promptly. What does this mean? Well, I'll be looking to take the Solaris 9 Sys Admin Part 1 exam soon and the second exam shortly after.
It's good when the certifications are for products that are produced by the company you work for and they pay for the exams and provide all of the training as well.
Once I get these ones out of the way I'll be looking to take some of the others. Along with all of this though I need to work on getting CCNA and various other certifications that I want.
Some people say they are not worth it, but when used in conjunction with experience they really can help with career progression.
I've just stumbled over the ICB network, which is kind of like IRC but less well known even though it has been around for some time. There are various clients for a multitude of operating systems. A popular Windows based client is Win/ICB.
Since this was called Internet CB, I thought it would be some sort of audio communication. Not at all, it's text based.
Sounds, good (excuse the pun) so will probably check it out. Since I've been interested in radio for years when I saw CB I thought - interesting! I've not been on the real CB for ages, so will have to check it out again at some point. I've got a load of radio equipment sitting around not doing much at the moment.
I'm also a licensed amateur radio user, but I don't really use it much. I got my license when I was 16, but was using CB for years before that. I've not played around with the radio stuff much lately, as I've been off doing other things. There are a lot of things to play around with on the radio waves - packet radio, SSTV, repeaters, RTTY and more.
Radio is one of those things that I check out every once in a while but will probably play about more in the future.