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This is a good commentary on American practice of outsourcing stuff, in gener...
- 2013-01-17T18:57:35+0000 - Updated: 2013-01-17T18:57:35+0000
This is a good commentary on American practice of outsourcing stuff, in general. :)

Outsorcao svoj posao u Kinu i dane na poslu provodio surfajući!

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I was upgrading the new server from Ubuntu Lucid to Ubuntu Precise, the new L...
- 2013-01-10T21:58:00+0000 - Updated: 2013-01-10T21:58:00+0000
I was upgrading the new server from Ubuntu Lucid to Ubuntu Precise, the new LTS. It went well, for the most part, but I had quite a scare with dovecot being left unable to communicate with the sql authentication database because the migration process 1) removed an essential packet and 2) the format of the configuration file was changed, for no apparent good reasons other than someone's sense of aesthetics. Fortunately it took me no more than five or ten minutes to sort through this mess.
Someone might ask why I migrated from the rock-stable Lucid to the yet unproven Precise. Well, Precise has a much newer kernel version and older versions seem to be less well maintained. Also, switching to the new LTS gives me more time because the old LTS will soon stop being maintained and that is not good. Also, I wouldn't want to be left too far behind because it would be more difficult to upgrade. So basically I had to do it sooner or later, but it's always a spooky thing to do because if something breaks I could lose the ssh daemon and/or the network binding and then it's all over. I already lost a server like that recently, when I tampered with the /etc configs and broke something network-related and could no longer reach the server. That seriously sucks, so I generally tend to avoid remote distro upgrades as much as possible.
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- 2013-01-13T17:48:34+0000 - Updated: 2013-01-13T17:53:59+0000
That for example is one benefit that Linode VPS has. You don't have to worry about messing up something with ssh/network. They created an independent virtual shell that provides you with access to the machine console directly. http://www.linode.com/screencasts/Lish.mov
- 2013-01-13T17:53:45+0000
Well, I do have something of the sort on the new virtual server, I just didn't try it out because the client didn't work on my Mac.Nevertheless, I got burnt once and now I'm more careful.




This makes sense, sort of. The majority of people never <b>needed</b> a deskt...
- 2012-12-29T19:53:37+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-29T19:53:37+0000
This makes sense, sort of. The majority of people never needed a desktop computer, they used it because it was the only way for them to browse the web, read mail and play games. However, there are more "real" PC users than the article assumes - for instance, kids who make their homework on a computer will need a proper keyboard, mouse and monitor in order to do it comfortably. People who write code or learn programming will also prefer a comfortable console. People who write lots of text, people who need big monitors or several of them with various parts of their work displayed. Basically, everybody who does work that requires ergonomically displayed stuff or lots of data input will prefer a desktop machine, or at least a laptop. Me, I'm a laptop kind of guy, but I always have a desktop machine with a comfortable monitor and input devices. Of course, people will not use the PC as much as before, or for all the stuff they used to, so it will become less of an investment, but will it be needed, yes, of course. A desktop workstation hasn't changed much since the early days of computing - of you do serious work you need a monitor and you need comfortable input, and frankly, smartphones and tablets really suck at both.

The PC Is Dead

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- 2013-01-01T07:23:41+0000
I was thinking about another possible reason for the decline in PC sales, and that reason might be the core2duo. What I mean by that is that by now a huge percentage of PC users have upgraded their machines to the level that enabled smooth operation of Vista and Win7, and, reaching this level of hardware strength, they have absolutely no need for upgrades to i3-i7 or whatever. If you have a dishwasher that works just fine, you're not throwing it away just to buy a newer model with new bells and whistles, but which essentially washes the dishes just as well as your existng one.
So PC is probably at a point where you would want to change it only if it stopped working. This is a real novelty because, in the beginnings of the industry, you absolutely had to get the newest stuff because technology developed and the new stuff could do new things, such as work with pictures, sounds and video. But at a certain point all computers became capable of doing all that and you wanted more speed, you wanted to get rid of waiting for Office to launch. And that was essentially the core2duo upgrade, after which there is really very little difference in performance, and you need to run a benchmark to differentiate, which is essentially the point where upgrading makes almost no sense.
- 2013-01-01T10:10:33+0000 - Updated: 2013-01-01T14:48:19+0000
I've been thinking about that now; few days ago I took my 9 yrs old Acer laptop (15" 1.3GHz celeron M with 40 gigs of HDD and 1.25 gigs of RAM) out of storage, put the new xubuntu on it and converted it into a always-on monitor for skype, for when my other machines are otherwise preoccupied and I want to be able to glance the chat window and see if there's anything new. Basically the thing runs the same software as my proper machines, only more slowly. It runs Linux, Chrome, Thunderbird, Skype and what not. Essentially, a 9 yrs old machine could perform all the basic tasks one would need a PC for, except gaming. If I project that forward, to the core2duo generation, you get machines that are imperceptibly slower than the modern stuff and therefore one couldn't justify an upgrade. My desktop is core2duo @ 2.93 GHz and my laptop is core2duo at 1.8GHz and they are both very fast and responsive machines. Even lightroom runs acceptably fast on both. So there's a very legitimate reason for people not upgrading their hardware and therefore for the stagnation of the PC market. The previous two generations of hardware were perfectly fine and the only ones upgrading are the ones with hardware failing due to age.
- 2013-01-02T09:09:59+0000
Well, you need to consider "units sold" vs. "units in use", because otherwise you might end up with a wrong conclusion.The fact that people buy lots of smartphones and tablets doesn't mean that they don't use a PC. They most likely already own one and it's fine. I'm writing this on one, but I bought it, what, years ago. It's a core2duo at 2.9GHz and runs just fine, but it doesn't show up on charts of recent sales. I considered upgrading it but I simply could find no justification - I rarely need more power, and when I do, such as stitching a panorama every few months, I don't mind the wait. Almost everything else is instantaneous, and I even run a virtual linux on the second monitor. So I could now buy a tablet for reading PDFs and it would show on charts as iPad winning over PCs when in reality I do 99% of everything on either a desktop or a laptop and a tablet would be a secondary device bought for limited purposes.
- 2013-01-03T12:44:46+0000
I agree with all those points. I initially intended to make a comment related to those charts: these tectonic shifts in "units sold" are  likely primary reason behind the situation where journalists everywhere during last 3 years talked mostly about mobile and almost nothing else.
When you weigh compare various amounts of "change" coming from ICT domain in recent 3-4 years, I guess it really looks as if nothing else significant did happen in commercial space besides the "rise of mobile platforms". And it came combined with nothing significant to push PC sales with most people having reached this dual core sweet spot so the effect was even bigger.
- 2013-01-03T12:57:41+0000
I think what we are seeing is that PC stopped being "the" computer and became "a" computer. It used to be the central nexus for all IT purposes, from office applications to personal mail and web access. Basically, we are shifting from the concept of a home computer to the concept of computer embedded in everything, where multiple functions of a home computer are separated into devices of varying form factors. 
This is very much the opposite of the standard "desktop paradigm" where those devices, that a PC was meant to replace, were represented as apps - a paper, a spreadsheet, a calculator, a clock. But instead of a calc app I prefer a physical calculator with an embedded computer, and instead of a phone app I prefer a phone with an embedded computer. This, ultimately, might be the beginning of the end of the paradigm that started with Apple Lisa and came to maturity with Windows. The next step might be the interoperability of those various devices, the ability to seamlessly move stuff from one to other, for instance drag and drop an excel worksheet from the desktop into a pocket calculator or a cellphone. We're not there yet; right now the iTunes wireless sync of a desktop machine with iDevices is the closest thing we have but it is far from being elegant. It's not integrated into the OS, it's just a fat app that tries to be another OS.
- 2013-01-03T16:18:48+0000 - Updated: 2013-01-03T22:53:07+0000
"Desktop paradigm" is a variation of "ephemeralization" or maybe even "technological convergence" in some sense. Here is a related article describing what ephemeralization can be interpreted as when it comes to ICT: http://www.paulgraham.com/tablets.html

It's a strong force to fight "against". I guess there's also an element of semantic play involved since it maybe just a matter of wherefrom something is looked at; the case with tablet/e-reader can be argued as a desktop paradigm (in relation to physical book) or the opposite of it (in relation to reading PDF on a PC desktop).

I don't even own a tablet yet but already the first image that comes to mind when I think of reading a book isn't holding a physical book in hands but flipping a PDF on a tablet. And the question of whether that is an example or not of desktop paradigm is probably semantic..




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- 2012-12-23T22:05:49+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-23T22:05:49+0000
danijel.org server seems to be failing. I cannot get it to stay up for more than a minute so apparently some piece of hardware died after 3 years of service. I'll eventually get it up....
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- 2012-12-23T23:02:20+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-23T23:02:35+0000
Fortunately, it managed to stay up long enough for me to download the database and all the configs before it died again. I'm arranging migration to new hardware with the support, but I expect it to be down for at least a day. This means that my primary mail address won't work and this account is more-less what I have till I get the server back up. 
- 2012-12-24T09:19:14+0000
I'm waiting for the guys at technical support to prepare a new machine. Until then I can't really do anything but when they're done I should be able to restore everything rather quickly.
- 2012-12-24T15:41:42+0000
My problem is that my hosting is located 9 timezones away and it's early morning there and late afternoon here, so basically I expect them to start working on it now (they probably have, as I can't reboot the server anymore so this probably means it's off the rack).
- 2012-12-24T19:54:37+0000
The new server is up, I just need to mount the old hdd and I can begin the recovery process.
- 2012-12-24T20:27:31+0000
So much about plans of mice and men. The old HDD seems to be the reason why the server failed. It's dead like Julius Ceasar. I'll have to rebuild the system from my local backups which is going to take ages. Oh well, I'll do it slowly.
- 2012-12-25T08:49:12+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-25T08:49:58+0000
I restored the database and the website and then I did something that is not very wise if you don't have remote console access, which I don't. I just copied all the old /etc configurations, after checking that the network interfaces are the same. Well I obviously missed something because the server no longer boots and I can't do much of anything other than contact support and wait 9 hours for the sun to come up in California.
- 2012-12-25T14:44:16+0000
MegaNetServe support is definitely not up 24/7. I know it's Christmass and they are what, GMT-8 and I'm GMT+1 so I'm not placing much blame there, but I do need my server like yesterday, and I already ordered a cheap virtual one in Europe. Their support is fast, I ordered it less than hour ago and I'm already logged in and uploading files. Of course, with my link it's a five hour upload.
- 2012-12-25T14:55:40+0000
Did you go with some other company here in Europe? or? Linode maybe? I'm more than pleased with them for VPS solutions.
- 2012-12-25T15:00:55+0000
The company is in Netherlands and servers are "in Rotterdam area", the ping is faster than the corporate servers we have in the UK. It's LVPSHosting.com and I fell on my ass when I got their response so soon with a finished server waiting. So far so good.
- 2012-12-25T15:02:56+0000
And yeah, the virtual server is a speed demon compared to what I had in the USA, but I think it's mostly the network lag (or lack thereof).
Did I mention it's 4x cheaper, too? :) It does have less RAM and HDD, but since I'm not running Java it's fine, and I use less than 7 gigs of space anyway.
- 2012-12-25T15:17:47+0000
wow, this lvpshosting.com is quite cheap too! Like half the price I pay at Linode. When I was looking for some provider I have not heard of them and I looked for quite long(a year ago). For Linode everybody talked how superb their are so I've gone with them. And the service is great, however you got me thinking now :)... How did you decide for lvpshosting.com?
- 2012-12-25T15:22:45+0000
I googled "cheap virtual server europe" or something and got a list of five so I checked them out and this one won. :) Wasn't much of a research but it seems to have worked out well. :) But I'm seriously getting old watching the progress bar on the upload here. It's 59kB/s. This "asymmetric" part of ADSL is usually fine but when you need a massive upload it starts to bite back.
- 2012-12-25T19:06:37+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-25T19:06:53+0000
What's worse than a transfer of large file over slow link that breaks at 80%?

A file transfer of that same file that won't resume because for some reason sshfs link breaks. Fortunately, I'm crazy enough to know how to binary split files and md5sum segments and attach the damn things on the other side.
- 2012-12-25T19:35:37+0000
I hate when that happens I lost a day doing something similar few weeks ago. Whats strange is that I'm currently experiencing downloads that break up. It's easier to solve but I'm curious why its happening(downloading from dropbox). Are you on t-com too? Probably its not related....
- 2012-12-25T19:37:55+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-25T19:39:07+0000
Yup, I'm on t-com. If they are dropping lots of packets, that could explain why sensitive services such as ssh/sshfs could break. The fact that I usually lost both sshfs mount and a ssh connection would also point to that conclusion.
- 2012-12-25T19:56:34+0000
The second, 135M segment also broke at 125M so I had to split that, too. This is getting complicated.
- 2012-12-25T20:09:33+0000
OK, I did it, it's downhill from here. The typo3 home is up. Now the database, accounts, apache and php5 config, and then I should have the web up and running.
- 2012-12-25T20:32:04+0000
Good job. You still have to switch name servers from the old provider, or? I see the domain/ip is still not responding.
- 2012-12-25T20:33:48+0000
That's the least of my concerns right now. When I get to that, I'm mostly finished. So far I imported the database, created accounts and granted permissions, now I'm configuring apache.
- 2012-12-25T20:45:45+0000
The web is up, now DNS and the rest of the stuff.
- 2012-12-25T21:32:46+0000
The web is up. I used their DNS for starters, I'm too tired to fuck with bind now. I need to configure postfix and dovecot tomorrow and that should be it, hopefully.
- 2012-12-25T23:12:33+0000
Mail also works.
- 2012-12-26T19:58:04+0000
I was screwing around with UFW and somehow it managed to block smtp in spite of the fact that smtp was explicitly allowed, so I didn't have mail since morning and didn't even know about it. Oh well, at least the mail didn't bounce, it was just delayed.
- 2012-12-28T16:58:32+0000
The new system appears to be significantly faster than the old one, in spite of having only 512MB of RAM. But the system currently uses only 447MB so it seems to be fine. Having less available HDD space is no issue for me since I currently use only 3.8GB, of 50G available. And those 3.8GB include almost everything I could think of putting on the server; I could spend another gig if I really push it. So, all in all, this virtual machine is a total win.




The idea (bring back the spirit of the 1980 BASIC home computers that kids co...
- 2012-12-23T17:29:13+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-23T17:29:13+0000
The idea (bring back the spirit of the 1980 BASIC home computers that kids could just power up and code simple programs) is essentially great, however instead of bringing out an entire new hardware platform the thing would actually be more accessible if they made the software package available for the existing systems (Win, Mac and Linux). But making a thing that kids could buy for their own pocket money, plug it into a TV and just buy a keyboard and a mouse (which are dirt cheap these days) is actually brilliant. This is much, much better for children's mental heath than the consumer-boxes such as smartphones and PCs that are not equipped with a simple coding environment suitable for kids. I tend to see every machine you can't program to do what you want as essentially bad for you because it turns you into an idiot.

Raspberry Pi | An ARM GNU/Linux box for $25. Take a byte!

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- 2012-12-25T14:53:28+0000
This board looks freaking awesome! An arduino with 16 Mhz CPU and  not even half the other features of this board, costs around 50 Eur.
- 2012-12-25T14:57:13+0000
For some reason this seems to me like a much more viable project than OLPC. It's simple, cheap and it does what it's supposed to do.
- 2012-12-25T15:04:25+0000
I would totally agree. You can take it in your pocket. But I see this as an option not only for kids. Some people I know run their businesses on PC boxes that have half as decent hardware as this board. Also if you want to make some simple project as an IP CAM, buy some cheap used olympus/canon camera (20 euros) connect it over USB on this and that's it. Go buy that as a product in store and you would spend like 200-300 euros at least 
- 2012-12-25T15:08:01+0000
You could actually make a hosting farm out of these things - you can fit tons of them in a standard rack, they run cooler than Intel hardware, and the power should be just fine for most purposes.
- 2012-12-25T15:09:59+0000
:))) Good idea! 
- 2012-12-25T15:34:44+0000
You reminded me of this: http://www.macminicolo.net
- 2012-12-25T15:53:14+0000
Yeah, something like that but more hardcore. :)
- 2012-12-25T16:02:01+0000
;) And you could even be the world cheapest dedicated server provider :D
- 2012-12-25T16:09:24+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-25T16:09:35+0000
Well, the idea was obviously a good one. :)
- 2012-12-25T16:13:53+0000
The upload is at 43% of the main file (typo3 home). Yawn. Great time to kill green pigs with birds.
- 2012-12-25T16:14:57+0000
Unfortunately they are apparently out of space/resources to host more for now :( to bad as I would definitely send them one.
- 2012-12-25T16:16:45+0000
Good luck with the pigs :)




The issue of guns in America is, basically, that Americans don&#39;t really t...
- 2012-12-18T19:24:29+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-18T19:24:29+0000
The issue of guns in America is, basically, that Americans don't really trust their government not becoming totalitarian and oppressive, and they arm themselves so that they could stage an armed revolt in such a case. This is the reason why no amount of talk about danger of guns is going to make them disarm. There's probably some amount of mythology about the independence war involved, as well - the "tea party" reference in modern political discourse tells me I might not be far off the mark.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/18/opinion/newtown-france-coste/index.html

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Very good lecture.
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This is one of the most tragic things I have ever seen, the tragedy consistin...
- 2012-12-10T20:00:19+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-10T20:00:19+0000
This is one of the most tragic things I have ever seen, the tragedy consisting of the fact that the vast majority of people watching the video didn't understand that he was joking. I live on the planet of the apes.
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It&#39;s not only Apple, it&#39;s Adobe, too. Fuck them, I say.
- 2012-12-10T17:29:46+0000 - Updated: 2012-12-10T17:29:46+0000
It's not only Apple, it's Adobe, too. Fuck them, I say.

Za Apple smo iza Burkine-Faso

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One of the best nature videos.
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