September 30th, 2010

A new cable gets dropped into the atlantic to save 5ms on a 60ms delay. And High Frequency Trading will pay for that. You know that it really has taken off when they start considering a straight tunnel between London and New York. As impossible as it is, it WOULD save at least another 15-20 ms.

Is Wiredrive using Isilon news?

September 29th, 2010

Wiredrive is a system that operates in a similar space as INTERDUBS. Naturally their press releases get my attention.

The last one announces that
Wiredrive recently dumped its open source, clustered storage system in favor of Isilon

I don’t think that it would be appropriate to go into detail here why INTERDUBS uses a different storage solution. Or why I think that such details do not matter for the clients, as long their data is 100% protected. Isilon works, I would not exactly title it meaner and leaner myself, but people can feel about what they do in any way they want and express it accordingly. Would not be worth the blog entry.

The question that is worth being raised is how Wiredrive using Isilon is newsworhty at all. This Wiredrive document outlines how Isilon is in use. While it itself is not dated it references the 2006 Olympics and 250GB hard drives.

fun spam

September 29th, 2010

“you look great in your profile picture” the mail said. When I realized that I actually checked the link (not by clicking it obviously) I had to laugh about myself. Never thought I’d derive some fun out of spam and the way I happen to look.

what if

September 23rd, 2010

Currently facebook is down. Funny since Mr Zuckerberg just eclipsed Steve Jobs in terms of wealth. While it is gone I find the following thought amusing: What if this is it. They just close it, turn it off,
erase the hard drives and be done. That would be a pretty awesome exercise. The users certainly could not do anything about it. I don’t think they would have any rights on ‘their content or contacts’.

And imagine how quickly the economy would recover if more people would stark working again while being at work.

Facebook came eventually back. Facebook engineering posted what had happened. Reading the comments on that entry is quiet depressing. 99.9% have no clue what it takes to run a system that can deal with 80Gb/s of their ramblings. That seemingly does not stop hundreds of them them to still come up with comments on how to ‘improve’ things.

picture of the Internet

September 15th, 2010

one picture

reels looking nice

September 15th, 2010

This is Scott Salinas Music reel. It is an awesome reel. Scott used INTERDUBS for it. His company Critical Mass switched to INTERDUBS just a couple of weeks ago.

We are very happy to see how quickly they are able to make custom looks with our system. This one here, he made to match his personal site..

They save a bundle too we hear.

datacenter fumes

September 15th, 2010

Bringing decommissioned hardware from the data center in the office in order to break it down. Turning the machines on it is amazing what kind of stench gets emitted from the machines. Not the disaster forbearing smell of burnt wire. Just that pure ‘cheap electronic factory’ odor.

how to spend 685,100,000,000 dollars

September 13th, 2010

real easy: just get allot of burocrats


September 8th, 2010

that looks pretty hot to me

Douglas Trumball website

September 8th, 2010

Thanks Mike for tweeting about the website of Douglas Trumbull. Nice to see this being done so well. Great content with great presentation. Can happen on the Internet. There are not many examples of a site like this though.

only a test post

September 7th, 2010

This post is only a test.
Fourth system this blog runs on. Didn’t get any better by having more + more hardware though.


libavcodec.so: undefined reference to `x264_encoder_open_104′

September 6th, 2010

A recent svn checkout on a Centos 5.5 x86_64 of ffmpeg refused to link. It complained:

libavcodec.so: undefined reference to `x264_encoder_open_104'

The fix was as simple as


before ./configure. In a weird way it makes even sense.