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Wed, 24 May 2006
Made a few hackergotchis - 16:34
So I made one for Rusty the other day, however he may not like it seen in the wild so I wont put it here. Then I made one for Stewart which means two more of the LA type people may have one (Stewart said he may as well use this as it is as good as any).
I was wondering who else to do (rather than make the hackergotchis of the above mentioned people) and it occurred to me I have a lot of photos of Michael (Crash) Carden available from various cycling events and such. So I grabbed three photos I had taken that could make reasonable hackergotchis and created them.
He likes the first one the most (probably because the images with helmets make him look like my hackergotchi or something) so hopefully Michael Davies will use that one soon.
I added alt tags to all the img tags, though I do not know if they will show up on a mouseover or not. I had someone point out to me I need to use the title tag in the img to get the string of text that comes up on mouseover, this seems to be duplicating some of the alt purpose to some extent, ahh well.
Mon, 13 Feb 2006
Connected once more. - 20:18
My guess eventually was that the ADSL modem had died, however I could not do anything much about it until I got home. Today I purchased a new ADSL modem (D-LINK DSL-502T) and what do you know, everything works again now.
Sun, 15 Jan 2006
The slashdot effect vs digg - 22:52
This is somewhat reminiscent of the slashdot effect t-shirt the Canberra Ozlabs crew made up a few years ago (I was unable to find a photo of any of them wearing it after a quick search), however it is interesting some the conclusions Jason draws here and some of the numbers from his own logs.
I can see what he means about the editorial backing behind slashdot keeping it relevant and interesting to many people, heck Rob Malda weighs in on the Digg style of voting for stories in the slashdot FAQ. Personally I stopped reading slashdot regularly sometime in late 1998 as I decided I did not personally like the editorial line, accuracy (or lack there of) and for some items lag in getting on there. However I can see why is popular still to such an extent, and there is occasionally some interesting comments on there. Also I will read interviews or the odd other item if someone points me toward it.
However the bit Jason points out about stories lasting there longer, the editorial control rather than voting or similar, and a few other points definitely help show some of the reasoning behind slashdot being as long lived as it is. The analysis is worth a read IMO, though it is interesting to note that Rob Malda dealt with a lot of the conclusions in the FAQ back in the year 2000 or so already. I am happy enough with LWN for my geek news though.
Wed, 04 Jan 2006
First non Latin alphabet google logo. - 19:24
Anyway, rather cool I think.
Wed, 28 Dec 2005
Making you stop and think again - 17:12
I should have been doing a lot of other things today but spent most of it reading the book, ahh well. As mentioned above it makes me stop and think, should I go and recheck my nagios setup, should I run some more log analysis tools, etc etc. Consider that this all happened back in 1986 and 1987, compare the scale of the Internet and the number of people behaving maliciously online back then to today and you start to wonder are you doing enough with security concerns?
Wed, 06 Jul 2005
Creepy crawlies at NLA - 11:44
Since that first hit I have had 1715 hits from the crawler, downloading everything from ride photos, race reports, results, diary entries and many other things sitting around in the various subdirectories linked on svana.org. Someone may have noticed the owner of svana.org resides in Australia, it is far more effective than crawling any of my domains ending in .au as I don't use them currently.
Tue, 14 Jun 2005
My very own Hackergotchi - 15:15
I looked through a bunch of photos and eventually chose one taken of me at last year's Mont Australian 24 Hour race. I followed Wouter's instructions and made my own hackergotchi. MRD asked for them in 70x74, which did not quite fit with mine, so I have two, one in 57x74 and one in 70x90.
Tue, 29 Mar 2005
Do we really have to use it for good causes? - 12:47
The title of this entry is of course in reference to using your google juice for good or evil.
Sun, 20 Mar 2005
Never underestimate the bandwidth - 19:40
One of my house mates is running ICQ or similar and it appears to happily use all available bandwidth all the time. This means the latency to Internet sucks for ssh and other interactive stuff. Web browsing even is slowed, and it uses a lot more than half the available bandwidth if I start a large download.
I need to use some form of bandwidth management or queueing on my NAT box, probably something akin to the traffic conditioner mentioned in section 15.8 of the Linux Advanced Routing and Traffic Control HOWTO (which is a little bit out of date now but most of it probably still applies).
I have thought about setting this sort of thing up for a while, so ssh has low latency, however my NAT machine is running an old 2.4 kernel and I do not have the appropriate modules compiled in, the last time I tried a newer kernel out it only got half way through the boot up process. It is time to try another new kernel, this time a 2.6 kernel I reckon, however it will take forever to download 33MB of kernel bzip2 with the current issues on the network. This got me to thinking, it would be faster for me to ride into work, ftp the latest kernel image onto usb memory stick or similar and ride home than it would be for me to download one through the degraded bandwidth into the house.
I would hope I have avoided under estimating the bandwidth of a usb memory stick in a pocket while riding a bike to and from work :)
Tue, 15 Mar 2005
Are technorati tags doomed to go the way of html meta tags? - 23:09
As he points out, google no longer gives Meta tags any ranking due to spammers, and once google (or any other search engine) starts giving any note to technorati tags spammers will use them. Well it happened, if you search for some topic Mikal has blogged about the top few links almost always point to the technorati category he put the diary entry in. I am sure this is happening to many others, thus spammers are interested.
It looks like technorati tags may well (as many have predicted) be doomed.
Write like no nobody's watching - 22:35
Mikal once more mentioned some of the reasoning behind why he started blogging. It is good to see he knows his reasoning and is still happy with this. It appears many people seem to want to do it for strange reasons that almost seem doomed to failure.
Looking at various somewhat prolific bloggers suggest some reasons or methods on how to blog (2005 Bloggie winning entry), why some blogs succeed and some don't and how blogging may help your career (found on Anil Dash) (some of which Mikal and his co-workers appear to have been discussing recently also).
An interesting point, at least to note if a Blog is popular, the people who write them tend to enjoy or love writing. This is upheld in a lot of the above. Blog if you want to and want to write, and want to have something to say. Other reasons will probably not satisfy you. Mikal fits in here as he blogs because he wants to to satisfy his reason for doing so.
As an obvious example, Heather Armstrong won 4 of the 2005 Bloggies, she updates Dooce daily, and puts effort into writing it, she also appears to enjoy writing it. Like free software with Release early, release often as a mantra. Write like nobody's watching, write early, write often, etc. Or at least satisfy your own reasons for blogging.
Tue, 15 Feb 2005
That google juice thing - 14:42
When I think about it I can see why, the band do not appear to have their own website (they split up anyway AFAIR) and there do not appear to be many fan sites online any more and as mentioned I seem to have some google juice, but it does kind of annoy me, I do not have much information about the band or the lead singer Louise Werner on my website anywhere and thus do not give them a fair treatment if someone is looking for information. Oh well I hope no one is offended by the lack of relevant information if they happen to come here from those searches.
Fri, 11 Feb 2005
Unable to access svana.org - 21:49
[21:54:04] 1 diver sjh ~>traceroute svana.org traceroute to svana.org (18.104.22.168), 30 hops max, 38 byte packets 1 sneakya (22.214.171.124) 0.371 ms 0.305 ms 0.226 ms 2 hanhub.anu.edu.au (126.96.36.199) 0.548 ms 0.436 ms 0.450 ms 3 huxhubrb.anu.edu.au (188.8.131.52) 0.557 ms 0.438 ms 0.456 ms 4 carnohubb.carno.net.au (184.108.40.206) 0.557 ms 0.443 ms 0.454 ms 5 ATM1-0-1.cn1.optus.net.au (220.127.116.11) 1.307 ms 1.303 ms 1.077 ms 6 GigEth12-0-0.mn1.optus.net.au (18.104.22.168) 16.171 ms 14.794 ms 15.102 ms 7 ComindicoInternational.mn1.optus.net.au (22.214.171.124) 15.485 ms 17.360 ms 15.313 ms 8 ge6-2.cor02-dryb-mel.comindico.com.au (126.96.36.199) 28.724 ms 29.073 ms 28.620 ms MPLS Label=354 CoS=3 TTL=1 S=0 9 pos2-0.cor01-kent-syd.comindico.com.au (188.8.131.52) 29.312 ms 28.825 ms 28.473 ms MPLS Label=350 CoS=3 TTL=1 S=0 10 pos9-0-0.cor01-nort-cbr.comindico.com.au (184.108.40.206) 28.359 ms 28.577 ms 28.593 ms MPLS Label=442 CoS=3 TTL=1 S=0 11 ge1-0.wsr01-nort-cbr.comindico.com.au (220.127.116.11) 28.346 ms 28.592 ms 28.327 ms 12 * * *
From pretty much everywhere else I get the same endpoint stopping traffic, ge1-0.wsr01-nort-cbr.comindico.com.au, which at a guess is the comindico north Canberra gateway or something.
I have written in the past about how annoying it is to be disconnected from my email when svana.org is inaccessible. So far with the downtime of around 7 hours it really is starting to get ridiculous. Yes I openly admit to being an Internet addict <g>, and I want my email. That this takes the Bilbys website and a whole bunch of other sites offline on calyx along is just more annoying.
Fri, 04 Feb 2005
The wayback machine and the font of all knowledge - 23:16
I suppose due to the fact I count these as assumed knowledge by heavy web users today I was somewhat surprised to hear my sister Jane only found out about the Internet Archive in the last week and until I mentioned had still not actually consciously heard of Wikipedia (I have written about it here previously so she probably saw mention of it without taking in the information).
The Internet Archive is basically what it says, the web is changing daily, sites that once existed either change or disappear. Since 1996 the people running the Internet Archive have been archiving data from the web. Disk space is getting progressively cheaper so why the heck not, on the site itself you can access entire snapshots of sites or whatever from any time since the archive started. I have previously linked to the archive from a diary entry, referring to it by the colloquial name "The Wayback Machine" (they use this themselves, the term originally comes from Rocky and Bullwinkle) when I wanted to reference a website Jim Trail used to maintain for Triple J that is no longer online at ABC. This like google is yet another fantastic use of gobs of disk space on cheap x86 computers running linux. Reading the Wayback Machine FAQ is a good plan to learn more about it.
Wikipedia on the other hand is an online massive collaborative encyclopaedia. Wikipedia itself provides a good definition of what a Wiki is. This is lightly moderated and relies on the accuracy of the data added to it. Like any other source of data it should not be relied upon entirely, simply use it as yet another source of data on some given topic. I have commented on Wikipedia in the past (search google for "site:svana.org wikipedia" if you want, I can not be bothered linking to all the entries here). Others I know well (Martin Pool, Rusty Russell, Chris Yeoh for example) have all commented on the reliability issue in the past. As have other people such as Danah Boyd and Cory at BoingBoing to name two. WikiPedia has many advantages of traditional encyclopaedia's, one of which that quickly becomes obvious is on pop culture and recent events. I can almost guarantee Dr Who, Star Trek, The Simpsons and other cult tv phenomena do not get anywhere near this much coverage in any traditional encyclopaedia. Nor will there be coverage of events the day after they happen, or even as they are happening as there often is on WikiPedia. WikiPedia is not alone either, another good example of a massive collaborative online encyclopaedia is Everything 2.
There you go Jane, and anyone else who had not heard of these two rather cool sites, go have some fun.