Long time not much write

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I haven’t written much in the last couple of months, but I have good excuses. Mainly, its a combination of joining a new team at work (its cool, but I’d have to kill you), playing with some cool toys, developing a new personal obsession, Andrew starting school, and not having much to say.

To make up for this, I give you a picture of me bowling last Friday:

I’ll also give you a sneak peek at that new personal obsession:

“There is little data on the relative popularity of the various
available SMTP server implementations. This data is of
interest because it aids the development of systems which
interact with these servers. For example, a potential DDoS
protection system should be tested with the most common
SMTP servers, as these are the ones that it is most likely to
encounter in everyday use.

This poster will describe our efforts to measure the deployment of SMTP servers on the Internet, using a combination
of passive observation of email traffic, as well as active probing of SMTP servers. A description of the methodology is
provided, as well as early results.”

That’s part of my poster proposal for LISA 2007 which I will be attending.

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Illegal download sites for the MythTV book

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In the last week, I have discovered three download sites offering illegal downloads of the MythTV book e-book. If I can find three without really trying, I assume there are a lot more of them out there. This raises a question for which I don’t have a good answer. Do illegal downloads of books increase, or decrease sales? I can see arguments either way, but I’m tending towards the belief that they don’t increase sales.

Does anyone out there have any data which isn’t merely anecdotal? Want to share it?

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Scoble

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Robert Scoble just seems to use his blog for complaining these days. First about how people said his stupid ideas are stupid, and then about how no one seems to love him any more. The videos are also insanely annoying — they’re all sales pitches for things which are of no interest to me. Unsubscribed.

I think this might be the start of an inane blog cull.

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MythNetTV release 2

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This release has bug fixes (including code from “nickca” for FLV support), and some new minor features. Enjoy!

  • Started working harder to ensure video filenames are unique once imported into MythTV, I now prepend video files with epoch seconds at time of import
  • DIVX (not divx) doesn’t need transcode, added. Check for the existence of the video directory, and return an error if it needs creating.
  • Handle storage groups, check for the existence of the data directory
  • Updated docs
  • Complained about the poor state of SWF support
  • WMV support
  • FLV support

Get it here if you care: http://www.stillhq.com/mythtv/mythnettv/

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