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January 21st, 2014
has been released. I look forward to making use of this on and off work.
Congratulations to the FreeBSD Team. In the past I have donated money to them
including 250 dollars last year, we'll have to see what I can do this year,
but it's too early in the year to judge how much I want to donate. Right now
it's celebration time for most of the BSD's!
January 19th, 2014
Yesterday I found myself looking through PC mainboards and Intel CPU's. I
also inquired about whom to donate / hand-down my other PC to when I get the
new one. So I likely won't be getting the Mac Pro even though it's a nice
machine. I looked at ASUS Sabertooth TUF mainboard, if it's worth telling.
January 15th, 2014
I'm donating 200 euros to OpenBSD this early in the start of the year.
In 2012 I donated over 500 euros to them and a little less than that in 2013,
since 2014 seems to be a good year I may match the 2012 donation sum by end
Also OpenBSD is looking for corporate and private support in donations to
pay its 20,000 dollar a year electricity bill. Once they have that secured
the project will continue otherwise it's threatened with shut-down. If you
know anyone or you yourself are using OpenBSD don't you think it's time to
open your wallet to a project such as OpenBSD which is in need?
January 15th, 2014
I don't think so. Mainly they probably get human resources from the
tech industry, people that worked on specific platforms. They probably
also have access to the source code of closed source programs. It's
an area that they can enjoy hiding behind patriotism and laws. And then
there is their huge budget. Money can buy smarts.
How does one resist such an organization that has all the resources in the
world vs. a lowly system administrator? I've been wondering that all along.
I considered going offline again as that is the ultimate way to stop this
madness, but that isn't gonna work out as long as I work at a job in
north america via the Internet. I'm still pondering this issue...
January 11th, 2014
I'm currently reading the book "Infinite Reality" by Blascovich and Bailenson
and I think this book is a real thriller. I think virtual reality is not too
far off for the consumer if you follow
Oculus Rift progress. So what would I do with it? One idea is that
I would create a "god room" as I call it. It's a room or object in the
blackness of space, where I would create or architect new rooms.
idea is that I would be able to monitor my computers in a 3D fashion. For
this I have the idea of using kqueue system calls to monitor filesystem on
a host and to make an observer aware that something changed or that activity
is in one part of the system, like a 3D popup or a change in colour. The
filesystem would be represented as a tree perhaps, very simple to do (sorta).
I have experience in networking and (mostly network) programming so I believe
creating a virtual reality interface for network operators is perhaps also
on the menu. Being able to examine traffic, suspend traffic, block traffic,
create traffic and communication is what comes to mind. I poke around the
OpenBSD Operating System once in a while to see how I would implement my
ideas best when the time comes to have a head mounted display.
yet created applications can be used in security and debugging scenarios,
which partially attract to me because I'm often paranoid about things. To
be able to go beyond what is possible with a keyboard and monitor interface
is what is supposed to cure my paranoia and strengthen my trust in things.
I think VR can do this, although the possibility exists that no electronic
device can be trusted at all,.. ever. In that case the VR Interface is to
unearth the threat-level.
January 10th, 2014
This image shows the franken.freifunk.net access point on my ipod.
January 8th, 2014
Here is an article
with the same title and I admit to you I haven't read it. But I'd like to
tell you what I think. The Internet is owned by corporations who are in it
for profit. Since the profit margin is very small, yet people expect to be
paid a lot they devise scarier methods (such as killing net neutrality,
killing adfree content) to make even more profit. That is the truth.
We, the people do not own the Internet, and we need to wake up and smell
the coffee. We are however the soul of the Internet, and we make it a
So why do we not take ownership of it?
I have started
by investing 20 euros into a WRT router that will be hooked up to
freifunk.net, which is an initiative to mesh network everyone in germany.
There obviously is a lot of gaping holes causing no service. But if people
pick up and add their own 20 euro router eventually it'll become a network.
And it gives you ownership of it, albeit a very small yet important part of it.
I'm looking forward to pioneering this network in my neighbourhood and hopefully
people will jump on the bandwagon. More on this later.
January 5th, 2014
I have ordered two books from amazon. One dealing with OpenCL programming
and the other with virtual reality, who knows where this will take me.
January 2nd, 2014
Apparently a survey done by the European Information Technology Observatory
concluded that in 2013 the average spendings for IT per german is 1500 euros.
So I'm actually just about at this average, small count of my spendings:
- provider m-net 20 euro/month
- provider vodafone 24 euro/month
- vps provider hub.org 35 dollars/month
- vps provider vr.org 20 dollars/month
- vps provider hetzner 8 euros/month
- KNF (franken.de) 5 euros/month
This comes to about 85 euros per month and then there is other costs involved.
I think I'm just about average.
January 1st, 2014
Recently in conversation I had with someone the chinese ambitions on the moon
came up. They want to exploit the moon for its resources, she said. And I
said "I know, isn't it beautiful?". Then I told her about mans quest into
space and the earth being a womb to a human baby-mind. She thought I was
So then I read this BBC
article, about why china is fixated on the moon. My opinion is that
we should use the moons resources not to bring back to earth but to strengthen
the space program. Use the resources to go out further. Also why is the
rest of the world fixated on Mars? Does mars have resources more abundant than
the moon? Or easier to be stripped? When looking at the moon it is a system
similar to that on earth and perhaps there is more abundance of elements there
than we'll ever find on mars? If nuclear fusion reactors (which don't exist
yet) can be powered by helium-3 from the moon, which is taken as a sort of
catalyst or inhibitor in order to control the fusion then I say go for it.
That's the only element where I say bring it back to earth because there isn't
much of it and it's easily transported. Don't bring back the metals though..
those are too bulky and make better sense to be used in spacecraft beyond
moon orbit, or as antennas for dark side listening posts.
In the end, the article says there is potentially 10,000 years of power for
the electric needs on earth in helium-3. If that't true it'll probably be a
race among chinese and american private power companies to get the most
they can. Good luck, humanity!
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