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Happy Canada Day (tomorrow)!

June 30th, 2014

Some of you may know I have a Canadian history. I even applied for .ca citizenship once but only went to stage 2 of a three stage process and didn't obtain it. Sad for me, Canada is a lovely country. I'm pretty jealous of people who obtained dual citizenships, as they can make both their countries their home. Anyhow. Enjoy the day when people wear red and white (sometimes)!

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Ordered a book

June 28th, 2014

For July I have ordered Evi Nemeth's book UNIX System Administration. May she rest in peace!

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A message to the Justice Minister, you're doing it wrong..

June 28th, 2014

The German Justice Minister wants to do harm to google in order to break the monopoly. Citations here. But it's my opinion that they're going about it wrong. What politics is doing is just adding a tax or tarif on Google which google will survive, as they are a monopoly. If you want to hurt google you copy its functions and start-up. Last year, I outlinedwhat needed to be done and how google positioned itself to be #1. Anyhow Minister, send me a proper email if you want to give me the green light to start a new google.

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Cherries 2014

June 23th, 2014

Last year I had a picture of cherries, so I will have one this year.

These cherries are smaller but more plenty in the tree. Probably due to a cool spring.

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Happy Solstice!

June 21th, 2014

Solstice is today. Enjoy!

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Purchased more Reggae

June 20th, 2014

This time the Changes Riddim from Don Corleon Music. I like this riddim, I think a lot of artists in the 9 songs are really great.

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ap.centroid.eu

June 13th, 2014

This is a notice that ap.centroid.eu will go away in less than 3 months. I'll likely point ap.centroid.eu to americas.centroid.eu when the vps in hong kong is reclaimed. The day this will happen is September 10th.

A brief history on ap.centroid.eu. I rented it from Host Virtual an american vps provider (http://vr.org). It resided in the NTT datacenter in Hong Kong and had the main outgoing route go through NTT's links (first to Japan and then on to the US to get to Europe). It was my presence in Asia for 2 years, and it attracted a lot of asian but also eurasian traffic. Not as much traffic as I had hoped but in retrospect at least it did not kill me. I was satisfied with the performance and service of this virtual computer. Over the course of the two years I have accumulated about half a TB of traffic, so not much.

So what's next for my network? I'm downsizing the VPS's a bit and in February I'm likely changing my DSL provider in order to get a static IP again. I'll host a master nameserver likely from home then.

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8 days until northern solstice

June 13th, 2014

On Saturday June 21st is northern solstice. For us here that means the longest day of the year. Have fun whatever you're doing.

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What happens when...

June 11th, 2014

You mix Reggae with RFC's? Out comes RFC-Reggae...

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Isn't it time for a new computer design?

June 11th, 2014

In my view computers have become too cheap, at under 200 euros a pop. The Von Neumann architecture design has proven its simple design since the 1950's. But is it secure? Why should a device on a firewire, serial or PCI bus have control over the entire memory of a computer? And how would one do the interface if not?

I'd happily trade in a few things from the current computer.

  • rare metals, I'd willingly pay more if my computer used less of these
  • green manufacturing, I'd willingly pay more if my computer used such process
  • secure architecture (shielded keyboard, protected RAM, shielded CPU)
  • quantum elements (quantum cryptography, quantum processing)
  • perhaps manufactured somewhere other than asia?

Anyhow, I think you get the drift. While the current design may be good for first time computer buyers in the 3rd world, the stuff is being flooded in 1st world markets. And we're not learning a bit about computers. Even though my computer was less than that today, I'd argue that a computer in the 2500 to 10,000 euro range is a worthwhile investment, one that can become the next "dream" machine as people only dream of getting it. So I'm saying don't artificially make computers more expensive, as that's only more money in the producers pocket, no..make it new, make it different, make it the cheapest possible design at a different approach. And then we can possibly compare.

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