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January 24th, 2013
I have ordered two books, for personal interest:
- "Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the dawn of
the Virtual Revolution" by Jim Blascovich. I was made aware through this
book by visiting Stanford Universities
Virtual Human Interaction Lab website.
- "Designing Virtual Reality Systems: The Structured Approach" by
Gerard Kim. This I picked randomly, I hope it's a good book it has a hefty
In another world I was Pi the Druid. This world was called Northern Crossroads
MUDD (a multiple user dungeons and dragons game). This game still exists today
but I grew out of it. If you're interested you can visit it by going to
the MUDD's webpage
. I view this game as a
forerunner to virtual reality. It is socket based and based off Diku MUDD which
was created at a Danish University by their CS department. Everything in the
game is ascii based and actions are described by text. I shortly programmed
on my own Diku MUDD and it was a lot of fun, so I'm hoping to pick up with
virtual reality as the next bridging gap.
Yes well. Virtual reality. It interests me a lot. It scares my mom somewhat
as she's worried on mental damage (more of what there is now). But I'm fairly
careful I think and one thing that doesn't interest me is horror or anything
that would put anxiety on a user of VR. I'm more interested in healing and
discovering myself, to explore my own soul from within so to speak and I've
done a bit of thinking about the topic. So far I still lack haptic glove and
Head mounted display but I'm hoping to get something affordable in the next
little while. I have an idea of coupling IOS apps with network communication
and virtual reality, I hope to see it through given time.
This reports a little more out of my imagination and my dreams and hopes.
January 20th, 2013
I use a script to provide me with a template, to write my articles. I didn't
upgrade this script on January 1st so the date erroneously still said 2012.
That's fixed now.
January 20th, 2013
I had a snapshot of the yearly traffic of Uranus, this years was all screwed
up due to my move to my parents house brought about by the fire in my ex
In August you can see the traffic reversed. That's due to the interface not
facing the DSL anymore but being behind another router.
January 19th, 2013
...and how I can work in Canada from Germany.
In order to get Internet to the home we purchase a DSL or Cable link. Sometimes
when we're lucky we can even get a Fibre Optic connection directly to the home.
Pretend we pay 20 euros a month for this. Where does the money go?
The money goes to the ISP who has to purchase routers and switches, and internal
infrastructure and most importantly a link to the outside. There is two types
of links that an ISP can connect to. A peering link is one where the ISP usually pays just the connect fees to a peering hub and any traffic flowing between
peers on that hub is free at cost. The second link is a transit link where
the ISP purchases bandwidth from another ISP. That other ISP then transits the
flow of internet packets to another ISP and an internetwork of networks is
created. Because the ISP requires great bandwidths the transit traffic is
usually pretty cheap.
So pretend you get your email from gmail (google). Google has cleverly situated
themselves so that they are available for peering at major peering points so
when I traceroute to gmail.com I actaully traceroute to munich at INXS (an
exchange point). When I traceroute from my vps the route goes to paris, via
DECIX. My ISP probably pays very little for that mail to be checked, but
google on the other hand has to foot the bill for email servers and the network
from DECIX to Paris. Anyhow this is an example how some services are cheaper
than others. If I were to pop my mail from an ISP in Canada it would follow
a route over transit providers and it's a bit more than just going over peering
Yet there isn't all too many teleworkers like me so the ISP's make a profit on
95% of the population and 5% telework and create costs. Fortunately that
includes me. I'm able to use the network here and in Canada because it's all
TCP/IP and part of the Internet. The flat fee works because not everyone has
to cross the atlantic ocean to get their email, web and facebook. However
there is a catch of course. I'm making money in Canada and I have to pay
taxes in Germany from the money made, so I'm importing money into the german
economy. Or said differently I'm exporting services overseas. Again not
many can claim that.
All in all the order of the Internet is pretty fair. Yes fees for the end users
could go down but there'll always be peering points and transit providers to
upkeep this harmony in the 'net. Remember if a transatlantic cable breaks, there has to be ships ready to sail to repair it. This costs money too. Even though you use only european networks you're paying for those ships that wait until
a cable breaks (all indirectly). May not be fair to you but it's fair for
the collective, and when you want to use american services you can without
creating cost on yourself. It works fabulously IMO.
January 11th, 2013
These days the winter is pretty mild in Germany. But pretend you live in
Nunavut, Canada. It must be freezing, it's the Arctic. I have a friend
who lives there. I believe his Internet he gets through a satellite uplink,
which is pretty cool. But imagine this
arcticfibre.com, this would really fix their Internet up there. And it
would fix mine as well. Look at this route from Germany to my VPS in Hong
4 f-ed6-i.F.DE.NET.DTAG.DE (188.8.131.52) 55.820 ms 53.301 ms 59.920 ms
5 ffm-b12-link.telia.net (184.108.40.206) 51.417 ms 51.289 ms ffm-b12-link.
telia.net (220.127.116.11) 50.974 ms
6 ffm-bb2-link.telia.net (18.104.22.168) 52.657 ms ffm-bb1-link.telia.net (
22.214.171.124) 137.400 ms ffm-bb1-link.telia.net (126.96.36.199) 56.959 ms
7 nyk-bb2-link.telia.net (188.8.131.52) 143.458 ms 216.887 ms nyk-bb2-link
.telia.net (184.108.40.206) 146.343 ms
8 sjo-bb1-link.telia.net (220.127.116.11) 221.688 ms sjo-bb1-link.telia.net (80
.91.254.177) 215.269 ms 216.198 ms
9 hnk-b2-link.telia.net (18.104.22.168) 331.143 ms 329.440 ms 329.417 ms
10 hostvirtual-ic-300085-hnk-b2.c.telia.net (22.214.171.124) 331.984 ms 333.2
87 ms 333.618 ms
11 moon-a.virgostar.net (126.96.36.199) 379.59 ms 378.726 ms 377.172 ms
Now if this route isn't faked it goes through the following cities:
- frankfurt (ffm) in hop 6
- New York (nyk) in hop 7 (100 ms latency added)
- San Jose, California (sjo) in hop 8 (70 ms latency added)
- Hong Kong (hnk) in hop 9 (115 ms latency added)
Now they say the distance between London and Tokyo in arctic fibre is gonna
be 15600 kilometers. As light travels through fibre optic wikipedia says
that the speed of light
through optical fibre
is roughly 200,000 kilometers per second, so it would
take 78 ms so then we do a couple of soundings, from my house to London:
$ ping www.linx.net
PING ivory.linx.net (188.8.131.52): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=0 ttl=58 time=70.111 ms
c64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=1 ttl=58 time=64.192 ms
c64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=2 ttl=58 time=65.072 ms
--- ivory.linx.net ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/std-dev = 64.192/66.458/70.111/2.616 ms
and from my hong kong vps to Tokyo:
PING www.mfeed.ad.jp (22.214.171.124): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=0 ttl=246 time=58.423 ms
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=1 ttl=246 time=58.494 ms
64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=2 ttl=246 time=58.065 ms
--- www.mfeed.ad.jp ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 58.065/58.327/58.494/0.188 ms
Add them up and we get 66 + 58 + (2 * 78) = 280 ms
. Compare this with the
current 379 ms that I'm getting now, a lot of latency added due to routing
through the continental USA from New York to San Jose. Why I'd rather be
routed through arctic fibre, which is speedy and secure. My friend in
Nunavut would like being on arctic fibre as well and when I emailed him
about this he mentioned that they are watching development of this very
closely. You can find his blog btw linked from this blog called "Higher
Latitudes". I think arctic fibre makes a lot of sense.
January 10th, 2013
In fact it's my first book that describes wireless LANS and it's protocols.
It seems to be a good book at first glance. The books name is "Wireless
LANs" by Jörg Rech and is written in german.
January 7th, 2013
In this article, I let you know a little how a trip to Mars could look like. See this picture
which is a moon-base on the moon
Phobos that orbits
Mars where a tracked centrifuge
module exists that spins and creates artificial gravity (sideways) for the astronauts. There
is many rockets for the habitat, gravity centrifuge and rocket home as well as
sat uplinks and dishes for the communications back to earth.
Just a bit out of my imagination trunk...
January 7th, 2013
Because I'm building a stand-up station for my work I needed another monitor.
I got it today, a 27" monitor. It's an ACER the same as my Netbook. I also
got a new office chair because the old one was uncleanable after the fire.
December 31st, 2012
This may just be the last post of 2012 and the first post of 2013 worldwide.
Happy New Year! Thanks for stopping by my blog. When I'm fully moved in to
my new apartment and everything is connected I'll have a backlog of releasing
to do for wildcarddnsd and perhaps natally, and fire irc (these are programs I
December 28th, 2012
I just signed up for a love-matchmaker again. It's the same story, you gotta
pay to read messages from others, so it's really worthless. I'd pay but the
contract automatically renews itself unless I FAX them to stop doing so. I
hate doing that. I want to pay for a limited amount of time to unlock all
features and not have to worry that something is eating on my savings after.
Anyone know any good matchmakers? That do what I want?
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