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My next .ca vacation

August 4th, 2014

Will likely be in summer 2016. I already touched up on the subject with a few friends, that leaves 2015 unplanned. Who knows what I'll be doing but in 2014 I'm coding.


Tunnels vs. Submarines

August 2nd, 2014

The tunnels in Gaza I believe are much like the cargo-submarines that Germany had before the breakout of WW1. Germany had created or wanted to create these because certain goods weren't able to get past the British Navy. So my opinion is that Gaza should disarm and make all tunnels available to the Israeli armed forces, so that they can be scuttled. It's too bad about the people living in Gaza that they have terrorists amid their midst and below them in tunnels, many of those people are innocent and victims of war.


40 days til end of Moon

August 1st, 2014

My VPS moon.virgostar.net will cease working in 40 days, it will get reclaimed by Host Virtual. In 2 weeks, during my holidays, I'm going to move major services off it such as web and dns. What will remain is just a shell server until it stops working.


My Prayer

July 27th, 2014

I'm not very religious. Yesterday I was lying in bed and listened to 2 hours of music, and I made up a little prayer of all things connected before I went to sleep. It goes a little something like this:

We are all connected
the earth is our home
the cosmos
the earth
the earth
green blue yellow light
the earth
white light
the earth
I solidify my roots
the earth
all sorrow is gone
the earth
painful events don't mean so much
the earth
our planet will live on
the earth
through the test of time
the earth
it will take us along 
the earth
the earth
live the earth love the earth
our divine
In thought this prayer gave me a real home-bound feeling, my body felt very relaxed. Because we aren't just disconnected entities on earth, we are all connected biologically. Us as an invasive species or not.


New Soekris Product coming in Winter 2015

July 25th, 2014

I just saw this at soekris.com's site. A new router with up to 8 Cores and 8 GB RAM. And best of all it has an IPSEC accelerator rated at 10 Gbit/s, which covers all 4 Gbit ports easily.

I'll keep watching this router, as I'm getting low on ports here at home.


I interupted Venus's uptime

July 25th, 2014

My PPPoE router venus's uptime was interrupted today after 85 days uptime. I compiled a new kernel with SMP for it and it happily detected the other core or hyperthread. The below from dmesg:

cpu1 at mainbus0: apid 1 (application processor)
cpu1: Genuine Intel(R) CPU @ 1.60GHz, 1600.00 MHz
Thanks to the OpenBSD developer who fixed the 5.6 install and left a comment in the CVS messages, it made me aware I was only running off 1 processor since I bought venus, and I never really noticed.

The speed of an scp between venus and mercury hasn't changed though, so I didn't gain much more, perhaps a kernel will build faster though.


Backdoored Hardware

July 23rd, 2014

I recently read something in german that said that DE-CIX (as an example) is not guilty at the spying when the hardware is backdoored. However I must say something to this. Around the time the Snowden story appeared, DE-CIX were active in upgrading their infrastructure to Alcatel-Lucent hardware. They could have stopped and said "no we're going with swedish routers instead". But they didn't. And that to me makes them guilty of a bad decision.

Let me give you an example. When you're a pupil going to school there is at least 2 or 3 alternate routes to the place. Let's pretend you get bullied on your way to school. Why would you take the same route after such an event? A smart person would take the alternate route if they can't make the bully stop. Problem solved. This is not what DE-CIX is doing though.

Had DE-CIX gone with swedish gear (which may have lesser quality) they could have introduced more parallelism to scale. It would have been a lot more money but in the end they would guarantee us a safe passage.


What to do with Ukraine?

July 19th, 2014

I'm for a UN peacekeeping mission there, as this conflict is spreading internationally.


The dark side of IT workers

July 19th, 2014

Many may think of IT work as glorious. And it is, when things work out. But there is a dark side. As IT workers we're often not getting the spiritual, and physical care that humans require. This makes us like zombies and prisoners trapped in our own bodies. Many of us are obese, physically or mentally ill and on the verge of a disaster. The people I know that died are getting more frequent. Just a few days ago a friend died, which prompted me to write something.

The truth is we came from the Dot.com period where it was indoctrined in us that with hard work we too can be rich and reap the benefits. But the truth is that this only happened to the few. The rest of us upheld networks, created new programs to feed the rich. We're not rich but still are in a mode working like we will be one day and it's killing or disabling us. The problem is that many of us are also addicted to this work and can't think of a life without computers and networks.

I offer no solutions other than pointing out to my readers the problem. Perhaps you too are wondering where you're headed, worried about your shortened future perhaps, or perhaps you are a youngling looking for clues on how to make it into this industry. Don't let me spoil it for you, there is glory too in this industry, but some don't make it, and it's a shame as these were brilliant minds and beautiful inside.

One thing is for sure. This is not sustainable forever.


How much space would we have if...

July 19th, 2014

Someone on IRC made me aware of this drawing which shows space in the solar system on rock/ice planets and moons. It intrigued me so I'm sharing the hyperlink. In my opinion we could do with a lot more space than we have on earth now. I personally own no land.


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