Monday, June 23, 2008

network convergence - less is more

so i have put in a wifi router and I have cordless phones and now instead of having 1 wire to get a phone line throughout the house for voice calls and internet dial up, i have
no wires for data or voice, but every dect phone and every laptop has to have a power supply

not only are all the power supplies on all day unless I go around turning things off, but the
system wont work if there's a power failure. ALso the wires are a LOT thicker than old twisted pair telephone cables.

what a stupid world

The IT crowd's main failing is...

...too much customer facing hair...

one of these days, though, they might get lucky on mice pace.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

XevEN Deadly Xins

Xust (Latin, luxuria) so many cores, so little xpu time
xluttony (Latin, gula) all the operating systems you can run before breakfast
Xreed (Latin, avaritia) all the data centers in the world are not enough
Xloth (Latin, acedia) the xidle loop?
Xath (Latin, ira) - guest OS overstayed its welcome?
Xenvy (Latin, invidia) - not being vmware?
Xide (Latin, superbia) - so much better than VM 360?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

latin & greek, literacy and numeracy, and the rest

so i suppose that geo. Bush is unaware
that when he counts
(e.g. votes, or American soldiers dead in Iraq)
he is using arabic numerals

just a bit ironic, in the style of the amusing San Quayle mis-speak
when touring central and south America, and apologizing that he
did'nt speak their language as he'd never studied Latin...

such is the stuff that Empires fall by

oh, gimme a break - back to xkcd

"but what has this got to do with the Internet?", I hear you cry.

Well once upon a time (true story) they we renumbering the telephone numbers
for london (once again, around the same time that they were
re-opening the shipyards, once again)
and a women wrote to the times and pointed out
that if only they'd kept the old dial phones
with letters and numbers on,
then 7 digits would have able to address
36^7, rather than just 10^7 phones

So if only we'd kept using those old IBM denary computers,
then the 32 digits in an IPv4 address
would let us reach 10^32 hosts. Easy as ABC :-) :-) :)

Of course, with our new
Sourceless Network Architecture, we will save the world. Well, ok, the Internet.
Well, ok, the NATted bits of the Internet. Well, ok, only if we can persuade several thousand geeks in the IETF to care. Well, ok, only if Microsoft and Cisco do it.

Oh, ok....what was that, I hear you cry?

Monday, June 09, 2008

What if Cisco did Hosts and Microsoft did routers?

what would the world look like
if Cisco had done DoS then Windows
and Microsoft had done IoS then MPLS?

probably exactly the same!

your answer on a postcard ...

Friday, June 06, 2008

e-books seem to be getting there!

someone here in madrid just showed me their cy-book - this is around 300 euros, and stores a whole bunch of opensource standard books, and uses e-ink and has a very nuice screen/formfactor - and is amazingly light AND lasts (literally) months on a battery charge - being eink, the screen works as well as paper in bright sunlight


I will be getting one of these as soon as the price hits around 100 bucks (or pounds or euros, whichever is best)

[oh, and he had a copy of accelerando on it!:)

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