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November 29, 2011

Ottawa Android
ottawaandroid
» Droidhack – OpenData Ottawa

Instead of having our monthly Droidhack this month, we decided to promote the OpenData Ottawa hackfest going on this weekend on December 3rd. The concept is the same as our Droidhacks except that the goal is to use the City … Continue reading

October 23, 2011

Ottawa Android
ottawaandroid
» Looking for content manager for Ottawa Android blog

We’d really like to get some more activity up on the blog, but we need a few more volunteers to help out. Most of the responsibilities would be to find various Android dev related posts and simply share them on … Continue reading

October 16, 2009

Pythian
pythian
» Blogrotate #2: The Weekly Roundup of News for System Administrators

Welcome to week 2 of Blogrotate. It was a short week due to Thanksgiving (Canada) and Columbus Day (US), but the world of IT is always buzzing. So as they say at the race track, pitter-patter, let’s get at ‘er.

Internet

Have you ever wondered how much trouble can be caused by a single typo? This week a single typo in a script to update all zone files for the .se (sweden) TLD (top level domain), dropping the entire .se domain off the internet for almost 2 hours. Royal Pingdom has the full story in “Sweden’s Internet broken by DNS mistake”. This is why we need tight controls on change management. It’s called testing guys. Sweden. Give me a call.

Facebook now has 30,000 servers and produces 25TB (that’s tera-byte kids) of log data per day. The Data Center Knowledge site has some interesting details in “Facebook now has 3000 Servers”.

Cloud

Lot’s of buzz this week about T-Mobile’s service disruption and subsequent loss of users data. Discussion over whether the problem was a cloud failure or not was one hot topic. Data Center Knowledge discussed it here in “The Sidekick Failure and Cloud Culpability”. Ars Technica had some more on the cloud debate with “T-Mobile and Microsoft/Danger data loss is bad for the cloud”. It looks like most or all users will have lost their data due to the lack of backups, see “Some Sidekick Users May Recover Data” for more. I am sure there will be more fallout from this one.

Enterprise Storage Forum has an interesting evaluation of the limitations of cloud computing for corporations, specifically due to bandwidth limitations and hardware error rates. See Henry Newman’s article titled “Why Cloud Storage Use Could Be Limited in Enterprises”.

Nate Anderson over at Ars Technica has an interesting read about fear mongers who say our beloved intertubes are going to die in “The Internet is about to die. Literally die!”.

Operating Systems

IT Wire claims “Microsoft teams up with Family Guy to sell Windows 7″. That’s just sad. If they are going to glorify Windows then I really can’t see how they can funny it up. I am guessing Seth will get to pan Microsoft just to spread word that Windows 7 is coming.

VMWare has announced that their new “VMware Fusion will support Windows 7 in more Mac-like way” says IT Wire. This “Unity” feature looks a lot like VirtualBox’s “seamless” mode. Check out the You Tube video “Unity in VMware Fusion for Mac OS X” to see it in action.

Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation gave the keynote address at the Maemo Summit and said that he thinks Linux could be the dominant OS for mobile phones and devices. Ars Technica has more in “Will Linux be the dominant OS for consumer electronics?”.

And from the wicked cool idea department

An interesting study from McCormick University on using your PC’s existing hardware as a sort of sonar to detect when you are there. See “Research Group Uses Sonar for Computer Power Management”. They plan to use this as a method of detecting if you are close to your computer and to turn off your screen if you are not, then turn back on again when you return. The group is currently looking for guinea pigs testers to evaluate if there is any real world power savings. The link to the software is in the article. Hey, if my TV remote control can do it, why not a laptop?

That’s all we’ll have time for this week. Come back again next week for more Blogrotate and, as always, feel free to speak your mind or post your interesting stories in the comments.

April 24, 2009

Pythian
pythian
» End of School with Linux; Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Hi folks. I am back for the second in what will eventually be a long line of infrequent updates. Did you miss me?

End of School with Linux

OCLUG (The Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group) is putting on an event called—you guessed it—End of School with Linux. This is happening on April 28, 2009 starting at 11am at the University of Ottawa in the SITE building, room C0136. The purpose of the event is to help people with their Linux systems, install Linux, fix issues, and just generally help out in the community. Your humble blogger will be there, manning the booth from 1200-1600, so come on down. And tell a friend, too.

More details can be found at the CSSA’s page. Click here for a map of the campus.

Also check out the OCLUG home page.

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Ubuntu 9.04 was released today. I have not yet looked at any reviews of the release candidates, but I am on my way out to pick up some new hardware on which to install it tonight.

If you were not on the sites downloading it early today you may have to wait, as most mirrors are very busy. If you have a newsgroup account then check out alt.binaries.cd.images—the ISO for 32-bit and 64-bit are there in both desktop and server flavours. For some reason, the Kubuntu and Edubuntu releases are not in the newsgroups, but you can always install the meta-packages after installing from the main ubuntu dist using apt-get install kubuntu.

Over the next few days I will be doing an install of the 64-bit version on my hefty(ish) new system, and a 32-bit install on my sorely-outdated laptop. I will post results.

Don’t forget to check out the Ubuntu web site.

One final thought

Did I mention I am going to get new hardware tonight? It’s been years! I am blogging and doing work, but all I hear in my head is “EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”! It’s a wonderful kind of feeling.

Till next time.