Oct 31, 2008
Oct 28, 2008
Part of the Spinaker acquisition in late 2003 (!), the GX product was supposed to bring true cluster capabilities to the NetApp product line. Instead, NetApp seems to have lost several Spinaker customers while not winning a lot of new ones (quite an understatement).
As an existing NetApp customer, we (Digiplug) took in mid '07 a long, hard look at GX, even though it was missing some important features (like remote replication to a Disaster Recovery site). In the end, we decided what we did not believe that NetApp would deliver. Looks like we were right.... We picked Isilon instead and haven't looked back ever since.
The sad reality is that NetApp is losing ground to more aggressive and more innovative companies. Since the big guns (HP, IBM, EMC) also seem to be moving faster than ever on clustering, NetApp could quickly find themselves between the hammer and the anvil... Especially with the slowdown affecting their existing customer base.
Hopefully, NetApp will drop the marketing B.S. and do what it takes to finally get a true cluster product out of the door.
Oct 26, 2008
"Xbox LIVE has delivered more than 80% of the downloadable songs for music games, currently averaging 3.8 million music downloads per month. In total, Xbox 360 users have enjoyed more than 45 million music downloads. (Microsoft internal data)".
Oct 22, 2008
This was also confirmed to CNN by game creator Kai Huang: "Aerosmith generated more money on royalties for their game ["Guitar Hero Aerosmith"] than they did on each of their past two albums. So they [the games] are truly bringing artists to new audiences, and much bigger audiences."
Metallica - whose complete latest album was released for Guitar Hero 3 - are also expected to be featured in their own 'Guitar Hero' edition in early '09.
Oct 16, 2008
- 1st Radiohead album on iTunes – no.1 album selling 30,000 units in the US in the first week
- Radiohead has made more money before ‘In Rainbows’ was physically released than they made in total on the previous album ‘Hail To the Thief’
- There were a total of three million album purchases including the box sets, CDs and all downloads including iTunes and pay-what-you-like downloads via their official site. That’s an incredible number, given that their previous three albums sold in the low hundreds of thousands.
Bottom line: a display-less, MP3 player with a microSD slot. Hmm, OK. I must be missing something. There's plenty of USB MP3 players which are just as small, have a much higher capacity... and a display.
As discussed in a previous post,I don't believe in this format at all. Lets' see how things go.
Oct 14, 2008
Legendary actor, director and free thinker Dennis Hopper has been decorated today in Paris and made "Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres". He is also honored by a new exhibit at La Cinematheque : "Dennis Hopper and the new Hollywood", which runs until January 2009.
Congratulations, Dennis, and thank you so much for all the great movies. Hell, when (if?) I grow up, I want to be like you.
George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.
Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.
George Hanson: They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.
Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.
George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.
Try it and dump Micro$oft Office forever. And boy does it feel good :)
Oct 11, 2008
I was recently interviewed by the "Journal des Grandes Ecoles" (click above to get a high-res version) and got a chance to talk about Digiplug, what I do there and what kind of people we're looking for. Hopefully I did not make too much of a fool of myself :)
Oct 10, 2008
Russian company ElcomSoft has released a password "recovery" tool leveraging the computing power provided by nVidia GPUs. Breaking WEP is not even funny anymore, so how about "recovering" WPA/WPA2 passwords in pre-shared key mode (PSK)?
By combining several GPUs (this tool handles multiple clients out of the box), a brute-force attack on WPA/WPA2 PSK is now a credible threat.
- DO NOT USE WEP
- If your gear supports it, use WPA2 instead of WPA (better encryption)
- For enterprise networks, try to avoid PSK and use EAP instead
- In all cases, use long, truly random passwords : 20 characters minimum (including non-alphanumerical characters), no dictionary words allowed.
And may the Force be with you...
Several issues remain and one can only hope that patches will soon be released for all major browsers. Firefox users are strongly encouraged to use the latest version of the NoScript extension, which does alleviate some of the issues.
Oct 7, 2008
I had failed to notice that last Friday, French President M. Sarkozy has personally written to M. Barroso, President of the European Commission, asking him in turn to kill this amendment. Which AFAIU the Commission cannot even do, unless the European Constitution is at risk...
This request has been officially rejected by the Commission.
Links (in French):
And doesn't M. Sarkozy have more critical issues to worry about right now?
Movie studios have now succeeded in temporarily shutting down sales of RealDVD.
I have no particular love for Real, but this makes no sense whatsoever. Even is Real lose this one, there will still be million more ways to rip DVDs...
The legal approach did not save the music industry. How can the movie industry expect anything significant out of this? Maybe this is some kind of personal vendetta? THAT, I could understand :)
More as the story unfolds.
Ouch... Looks like someone underestimated the traffic! Scalability issues are tough: permanently sizing your systems for peak traffic is expensive, but so is customer frustration! You have to expect that everyone will try to access online content on release date. If you're trying to serve them all from a single location, that could mean a lot of trouble.
Not sure how they solved it. The PR seems to imply that they replicated the content to "local sites" to spread the load (which is AFAIK what iTunes also does).
This is not free, far from it. It will be interesting to see how Paramount handle this in the long run : in-house, CDN, 3rd party, ...
Oct 6, 2008
- Mozilla release security patches faster than Microsoft does,
- Firefox can download and apply them automatically.
The bottom line is that Firefox users are less vulnerable to new security issues, because they simply get fixed quicker in Firefox.
I definitely recommend NoScript, a Firefox add-on which removes all kinds of malicious scripts you may encounter in the wild. If you're running Windows, you should also consider the following (free!) programs:
- Spybot, the best (?) anti-malware / anti-spyware program.
- a good antivirus, like AntiVir.
- a good personal firewall, like ZoneAlarm.
Oct 3, 2008
Seriously, this is a perfect reminder to all international travellers that US customs can seize any piece of electronic equipment (laptop, Ipod, USB key, etc) and go through any data stored on it.
If nothing else, make sure you have a backup...
Oct 1, 2008
Guys, the MPAA couldn't stop DVDJon 5 years ago. What could you possibly expect this time? Will you sue every company/individual who has released a DVD ripper?
'Ludicrous', 'desperate' and 'hopeless' don't even start to describe it.