Yay, acronyms! GSoC student David Shao has an extensive page up describing the state of his work so far.
It’s a holiday weekend, at least in the United States, so I’m posting few things that take time to view.
Murray Stokely mentioned this in a comment, but it’s juicy enough to warrant a post: the BSD Conferences channel on YouTube has all 17 of the recent AsiaBSDCon 2010 presentations, plus a lot more from other conferences.
Phil Foglio, the fellow who drew the original BSD Daemon, has several comics strips, all of which are available for free – Buck Godot (complete), MythAdventures (in progress), What’s New with Phil and Dixie (in progress), and Girl Genius (in progress and in print).
I had a sudden buildup of things to link to. It’s three items, but there’s enough info here to eat a few hours…
- Flash Destroyer: (destroying hardware, not like what Apple’s trying) found via the howling void, which of course has lots of complaints about technical inaccuracy. Still, interesting to contrast this with swapcache usage. The Bus Pirate on that site also sounds interesting.
- Handling multiple SSH keys in your SSH config: talks about one issue that came out of a larger IBM developerWorks UNIX tips article which is part of a larger series. I may have linked to parts of it before; it’s firmly packed with usefulness. Seriously, go read.
- Dru Lavigne linked to this article about the future of software development, and I agree with her: it’s a good prediction of the very near future.
Matthew Dillon’s been running swapcache on an Intel X-25 SSD on a very busy (in terms of disk) machine for some months now. Over a long period, the disk activity will wear down the SSD, but it’s important to see if swapcache makes a significant difference with extended use. Do you have to trade disk life for speedy I/O? He reports the results in a recent email.
YONETANI Tomokazu pointed out something that could be useful in the future: when you start getting drive errors, before you throw it out, try lowering the speed. Maybe it’s a cable problem, if you’re lucky.
I’ve been restraining myself from a Facebook rant (other than deleting my Facebook account), as there’s plenty of people complaining about Facebook out there. This description, however, is as good a reason as anything for why there’s better choices.
That was my best segue ever.
Sevan Janiyan passed along a note: there’s a *BSD meetup at the Barrowboy and Banker pub
by London Bridge, in London, the 27th of May. I’d love to attend, both because it’s BSD and because it’s a pub. That pesky Atlantic gets in the way.
Venkatesh Srinivas has been working on idle page zeroing; his work has been committed, and if enabled, should contribute to a teeny speedup. What’s it do? It gets memory ready for use when the CPU is not otherwise busy, so that less time is needed to allocate that memory. It looks like there’s more work on the way, too.