Showing posts from May, 2006

Party at Joey's Let's Ruin His New Home I Hear He Does Not Have Flood Insurance

Google's release of Picasa for Linux is met with mixed reaction, despite using GNOME Volume Manager to power their camera auto-detection. A common derision amongst the Slashdot et al crowd goes, if Google cared about Linux, they would not have used WINE but in lieu made a native port. This reasoning is fallacious.Releasing a Picasa variant for Linux signals that Google cares about the Linux market, for one reason or another. Simple as that. What a release via WINE, as opposed to a native port, does indicate is that Google is not overly interested in Linux as a platform. In Google's calculation, the cost of a native port outweighed the benefit of a native vís-a-vís a WINE-fueled Picasa.Is that really unexpected? Our development platform is no shining star. We have two toolkits, poor binary compatibility, and unclear direction. To be sure, vendors such as Novell are devoting increasing effort toward improving the Linux ISV and platform story. But the community must make …

In With the Out Crowd

Bernanke apologizes for his "lapse of judgment".He damn well better. His irresponsible comments cost my children their college fund. Also, several meals. And booster shots. The market is only now recovering from quite a rout. I think that the market is oversold, though, and we are seeing a nice bounce as it recovers.
Four network cards, at once: Bet you did not know we did that

NetworkManger not Manager

Several new NetworkManager features of note. One is that we now automatically build the allowed BSSID list in response to roaming. Consequently, walking around a corporate campus now seamlessly populates the trusted list with all of the wireless network's access points.This begs the discussion on a little known feature: NetworkManager trusts networks via an (ESSID,MAC) pair and not solely the ESSID. As far as I know, this functionality is unique to NM. Indeed, recently, Windows has had a series of exploits involving Ad-Hoc networks and man-in-the-middle attacks. NetworkManager would never fall for such chicanery.A second cunning feature is that, since NetworkManager stores a list of MAC addresses for each known wireless network, NM is able to do a reverse MAC to ESSID mapping for non-broadcast (hidden) networks, showing hidden trusted networks in the scan list.A follow-up feature is to disable roaming for certain wireless networks, locking the BSSID to a specific value. Dan, …

I do not like your couch

The elusive NetworkManager Easter Egg:
Sniff, Crack, Autologin: It's Your Network
WEP keys? We don't need no stinkin' WEP keys!Back in January, The Weekly Standard gave their take on turning Afghanistan over to NATO. Today, the New York Times reports, the Brits take command of NATO forces in Afghanistan—unfortunately, amid rising concerns that the Taliban threat is growing in the south, evidence that al-Qaida is still active, and increased militant activity.The events are not unconnected: Here lies the risks in turning over Afghanistan to NATO.

Literally covered in links, a veritable link fest

Ars Technica—easily my favorite technical website, thanks to the erudite Jon "Hannibal" Stokes—provides an updated Intel architecture roadmap, in which Intel reveals an accelerated rollout for their next-generation microarchitecture, Core—or, as I like to call it, ohmygodanythingbutthiscrapcallednetburst.This news furthers the belief that we will see a Merom-based AppleMacBook Pro in August at WWDC, replete with a 64-bit instruction set and even better performance per watt.Last month, in his article "Into the Core: Intel's next-generation microarchitecture," Hannibal sketched an excellent overview of the new microarchitecture.AnandTech—easily not my favorite website—offers an informative, albeit written in the style of a ninth grader, article on the Intel Core versus AMD K8 architecture.Speaking of vacillation, I have yet to convince myself of the horrors of losing network neutrality. I appreciate the arguments made by the content providers, and dinner chats wi…