AirPort ♡ Free IPV6 From TunnelBroker.net

After signing up for a (free) account on tunnelbroker.net and creating a (free) tunnel with my ipv4 address as the endpoint I was able to easily configure my AirPort Extreme. View your tunnel, then click on “Example Configurations” and then “Apple Airport.”

In TCP/IP prefs for my MacBooks Network/AirPort Preferences I have “Configure IPv6″ set to “Automatically” Then BOOM “ping6 en.blog.wordpress.com” works just fine.

IPv6 without needing my ISPs support and it didn’t cost me an extra dime. Happy World IPv6 Day

The iPhone… Its not even out yet and everyone is drooling over it

And if they aren’t, they should be!  Ajax has long been the missing link between phones as a mobile computing platform and phones as a simple messaging device.  the fact is that there is a vastly larger poll of people willing to write useful web apps than useful java apps.  I would also argue that it’s easier to write good web apps than java apps of the same magnitude.  So with apples announcement that the iPhone will support web 2.0 standards (read AJAX) what was once a tasty looking new toy has become something more. It’s become a tasty toy with a good enough reason for the cost.   I’d have to pay to break my contract with Sprint, start a contract with Cingular, buy the new iPhone, buy the wife a new phone (shared Sprint plan)…. I’m probably looking at $700-$1000 to make the switch.  And I’m already thinking that its worth it.  I’m going to hold off though… as long as I can stand it.  I want someone to review it, I want to see how the web explosion hits Cingulars networks… I want to see how hard they are to find at first…  Mostly I just want the damn phone really bad… But I’m gonna try to be a good boy and hold off… Maybe

wordpress.com squeezed out another baby last night

Congrats to http://claudiacanals.wordpress.com/ which happens to be our one millionth hosted blog.  This happened around 11:38pm PDT, and weighed 7lbs 6oz

DivShare, Day 1 (raw commentary)

I began looking at divshare a few days ago as a way to stor, save, and share my personal photo collection.  The idea of auto-galleries, unlimited space, flash video, and possible FTP access was… enticing.  But it’s tough to tell how something like this is going to work on a large scale…

So… after messing around with a free divshare account for a while I decided it was more worth my while to pay 10 bucks for a pro account and get FTP access than to try and use mechanize (or something similar) to hack out my own makeshift API.  Now I have about… Oh… 8,000 files I want to upload… So… doing that 10 at a time was just _NOT_ going to happen…

After paying for a pro account I was *immediately* granted FTP access, no waiting. And for that I was grateful.  Since I take photos at 6MP, and thats WAY too large for most online uses I have a shell script which automagically creates 5%, 10%, and 25% or original sized thumbnails.  This meant that I had an expansive set of files I could upload and only take a couple of hours doing it (5% thumbs end up being less than 200Mb.)  This, I thought, would be an excellent test of their interfaces.

So an-ftping-i-a-go.  Upload all my files into a sub directory (005). Visit the dash. nothing. Visit the ftp-upload-page to recheck… maybe I did something wrong. AND WHAM! an 8,000 check box form to accept ftp uploaded files… ugh.  Thankfully they’re all checked by default.  I let it load (for a long while) and hit submit… and wait… and wait… and wait.  Then the server side connection times out a while later.  Fair enough. Check my dash… about 1500 of the 8,000 photos were imported… I’m going to have to do this 6 times. Annoying, but doable.  Hit the second submit, and pop open another browser to look at my dash.  And divshare did *nothing* with my folder name… that wasnt translated to a “virtual” folder at all. tsk tsk.

So I need to put about 1500 photo, manually, into an 005 folder… and then I realize… I have to do this 20 files at a time… with no way to just show files that are not currently in a folder.

… uh no …

Ok, so I open up one of the photos that I DID put into the 005 folder, and it did, in fact, make them into a “gallery” of sorts. It made a thumbnail , and displayed all 3,000 photos side by side in something similar to an iframe… no rows. just one row… 3,000 columns… and waiting as my browser requests each… and every… thumb… from divshare. Wonderful.  The gallery controls are simple enough an iframe with a scrollbar at the bottom, a next photo link, and a previous photo link.  And all 3 controls make you loose your place in the iframe when you use them…

Now dont get me wrong. You get what you pay for. But hey… I did pay this time ;)  The service is excellent for what it does. And my use case was a bit extreme. Still I hope that they address these issues that I’ve pointed out.  I’d really like to continue using them, and if they can make my pohoto process easier I’ll gladly keep paying them $10/mo

Thats

  1. Don’t ignore what pro users are telling you when they upload
  2. Process large-accepts in the background, let me know I need to come back later
  3. Negative searching (folder == nil)
  4. Mass file controls (Iether items/page, or all-items-in-view (folder == nil))
  5. Give me a gallery a non-broadband user can use (1500 thumbs in one sitting tastes bad, more filling)
  6. Don’t undo what I’ve done in the gallery every click.  Finding your place among 8,000 photos is tedious to do once

And I know I sound like I’m just complaining. And I am. But this is web 2.0 feedback baby. Ignore my grouchiness, and (If I’m lucky) take my suggestions and run with them asap.  The photo/files market is very very far from cornered!

Most people wont care…

Us web 2.0 and web 3.0 people have a hard time caring about the things that normal people care about. And we have a hard time believing that people don’t care about the things that we do.  In short we’re a large group of very detached individuals who are, more or less, free to form ideas into substance in the vacuum of our own creation.

I often have a hard time coming to grips with this concept myself. WHAT DO YOU MEAN nobody will care about this idea?! It’s great.  But after a while chewing on that, I’ll grudgingly admit that while it may be a great idea… Almost nobody will care.

So when I saw, a few days ago, a bit of a fuss being kicked up over google wanting your browsing history. I surprised myself by offhandedly thinking: “nobody but us cares.” And I still think that.  As a matter of fact I think that in a utilitarian sense most everybody will embrace the idea.

The problem is in search.  Google has taken keyword search straight to the edge.  And now people are hungering for the next search. Search 4.5 beta.  And that’s relevancy.  I’m a dog lover (I have 3 large dogs) so let me give you an example from my world.

Lets assume I just got a new pupy and she’s SUPER submissive. Peeing all over, shakes, just scared.  If I go to google and type “submissive bitch”… I don’t get what I was looking for.  Now if google has my browser history and sees that I frequent the Chazhound Dog Forums now google has the information necessary to determine that I’m not looking for sex, but in fact dog related topics.

This is why, not only will they not care but, most people will embrace giving google more data.  Sure I care. You care. But lets not fool ourselves into thinking that everybody else cares too :)

This cold of mine just WILL NOT quit…

It’s still hanging in there like a monkey on my back.  Speaking of colds… Vista is off to a cold start, security wise, isn’t it? Already a privilege escalation vulnerability letting local restricted users become local admins.  “UNBREAKABLE ORACLE VISTA!”

Kudos to the openfount guys

I’m really very impressed with the speed at which the Openfount guys responded to my last post. I definitely give Kudos to Bill for being on top of things! I’m running out the door so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

He’s right, I did generalize databases into InnoDB, but thats because it’s what I use. So my apologies for that.
I definitely had no intention of badmouthing the Openfount guys (if thats what it sounded like I did, I apologize) Just reporting what I saw, and my impressions.

The Bill – I would have either used

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Infinidisk Update

I mentioned a while back that I was going to be playing with the S3 Infinidisk Product.  What I found in my testing was that this product is not prime time ready.  There was a nasty bug which caused data to be lost if the mv command was used. The scripts themselves were unintuitive.  They required fancy-pants nohupping or screening to use long term.  Oh, and a database definitely will not work on top of this FS. It seems obvious in retrospect, but I wanted to be sure.  InnoDB wont even build its initial files much less operated on the FS.  To top it all off, My pre-sales support question was never even so much as acknowledged.

No, I think I’ll be leaving this product alone for now and sticking with clever uses of s3sync and s3cmd, thanks.

Google & Microsoft Working Towards the Perfect Datacenter

We all new that this would happen, google and microsoft going vying to build the biggest field of silicon trees.  But what does this mean, and does it tie in with amazons latest service?!  I think that undoubtedly it does.

There’s talk about a last man standing game when it comes to internet bandwidth.  And I can imagine a time when we might see the internet behaving like the freeways in L.A. at rush hour.  But this is more, I think.

I’ve mentioned before that the whole goal here is to “be the internet”.  I don’t think that goal has changed recently.  Google has sown the world two things:  First that there’s a vast amount of power to be wielded by being “the internet” to the average Tom Dick and Harry, and Second that the title is *always* up for grabs.  A while back Yahoo! was the internet, before that AOL was the internet, before that newsgroups were the internet.  Need I say more?  And each of those companies wielded an extreme sway over the comings and goings of the internet.

But now the internet means a lot more than it used to.  Now the internet is sales, it’s revenue, it’s marketing, people are watching, people are reading, people are listening, and– most importantly — people are being influenced by this “new fangled internet thing”, “oh, you mean Google?”

So there’s now a lot more riding on who gets to “be the internet” these days.  The one thing that ginormous corporate entities can’t seem to get a hold of is the fickle way in which the internet is backwards from real world businesses.  In the real world it’s all too common for a newcomer to storm into a market, take hold of it with genuinely better product, and then let all that slip away into mediocrity and poor quality.  And the kicker is that people will *still* pay for it if it’s crap… as long as its tangible. But the internet is fickle. It’s sort of tangible but more or less ethereal.

I think for the first time people outside the scientific communities are getting wind of a crazy idea: insubstantial value.  That is something that didn’t have value a minute ago, wont have value a minute from now, but at the moment is extremely valuable.  Which, inherently, means that this thing has the constant need to justify itself.  I’m no economics guy, and I’m certainly not in touch with the “average Joe” (who would almost certainly not follow me through more than two or three blog posts) but I think the difference here is that there’s no physical reality to intimidate us.

We don’t have to grow particularly attached to anything on the internet because it’s not “in our lives” we’re in its life. It doesn’t take up space in our house, we take up space in its house. For once in our lives we find that we aren’t the ones who are at the mercy of demand, but are – in fact – in demand.  It’s a feeling of empowerment that is slowly but surely changing the world. Mark my words children n classrooms 100 years from now will be studying the historical impact of all of the events which are happening before our eyes at this very moment, in this place that’s not a place.

I think I’ve become side tracked.  Oh yes, consumers being in demand, corporations unable to handle the discrepancies of the actions of the same people online and off line, and… Ahh yes… The underdog.

Why, do you think, it is that in this virtual world so often it’s the couple of guys who met in college coding outside a cafe, or this dude in his moms basement, or a couple of people who tried to do one thing but failed fantastically into doing something else completely right?  Because people of talent are, all of a sudden, relinquished of the necessity to offer anything physical… People with a talent for the ethereal, all of a sudden, have a place in which the ethereal acquires value.

And, as in any underdog story, these small (sometimes rare) meteoric rises to the top will carry others with them.  And these are the kind of people who remember the hands that helped them up.

So, sure, bandwidth and all that.  But the people who make it easiest for those suited to developing the intangible will have everything to gain in the long run. Amazon sees this, and is doing an amazing job with it.  Their recent successes with S3, SQS, and EC2, are testimony to their understanding of this new ecosystem.  But they ought not to think that Google and Microsoft haven’t noticed this and where the young blood is heading.

Make no mistake, amazon has made extremely agile, grassroots, moves to “be the internet” from the bottom up… But there will soon be a clash of services as G and M do the same from the “top down” and “sideways in” respectively.

I will say this: The first company to crack the database problem will have a distinct advantage in the struggles to come.

Disclaimer: Everything I just said is more than likely to be complete nonsense as I just kind of rambled it out “stream of consciousness” style .