Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Theo does it again..

Newsforge has an interview with Theo,the lead developer/leader of the OpenBSD project. An excerpt:
NF: Lots of hardware vendors use OpenSSH. Have you got anything back from them?
TdR: If I add up everything we have ever gotten in exchange for our efforts with OpenSSH, it might amount to $1,000. This all came from individuals. For our work on OpenSSH, companies using OpenSSH have never given us a cent. What about companies that incorporate OpenSSH directly into their products, saving themselves millions of dollars? Companies such as Cisco, Sun, SGI, HP, IBM, Siemens, a raft of medium-sized firewall companies -- we have not received a cent. Or from Linux vendors? Not a cent.
Of course we did not set out to create OpenSSH for the money -- we purposely made it completely free so that the "telnet infrastructure" of the 1980s would die. But it sure is sad that none of these companies return even a fraction of value in kind.
If you want to judge any entity particularly harshly, judge Sun. Yearly they hold interoperability events, for NFS and other protocols, and they include SSH implementation tests as well. Twice we asked them to cover the travel and accommodation costs for a developer to come to their event, and they refused. Considering that their SunSSH is directly based on our code, that is just flat out insulting. Shame on you Sun, shame, shame, shame.
I will say it here -- if an OpenSSH hole is found that applies to SunSSH, Sun will not be informed. Or maybe that has happened already.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Help the blowfish to keep swimming

Been planning to do this for a long time, finally did it today.

If you follow OpenBSD, all their development happens in Hackathon's held mostly in Canada,for this they fly in people from around the world and get them together under one roof and hack away at code..either OpenBSD or OpenSSH or any part of the BSD subsystem which requires attention.

One such Hackathon

Something happened in 2003,basically Theo went ahead and made anti-Iraq remarks and DARPA cut off their funding to one of the projects the OpenBSD team was involved with.

Today OpenBSD needs funds to continue the hackathon-culture.The CD sales have dried up and as people prefer to use the FTP mirrors instead.The project's unofficial press releaseon the project's finances and the release of OpenBSD 3.9.
So I ordered a tee-shirt from . Here it is

Costs $25 + shipping but worth it,and it's for a good cause.

It's a not a big amountand OpenBSD CD's are worthless to me(for now ) and I'm not an IT manager to donate money but the tee is a small way of saying Thank You for their work on OpenSSH which basically makes my life complete. :)

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Monday, March 13, 2006


The final view? or will it be pimpin downtown during the event? Show up on Saturday to find out

Originally uploaded by whurleyvision.

Barcamp is headed to Chennai.I'll be going, and will be talking about some stuff.One which comes to mind is how Infosys has embraced Web 2.0 technologies like blogging and wiki usage.The other, I can't tell right now.HINT! HINT!

I love this bear!

Friday, March 10, 2006


So Google made one of the most important business decisions today.It bought Writely!

It was bound to happen, Writely was too good a startup to be ignored for long.Let's now sit back and watch how Office based products die a slow painful death.

The technical paper that I wrote with a colleague was written on Writely!

Writely has made the official announcement.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Google vs Techcrunch vs Yahoo!

Pre-match history:
Techcrunch's Micheal Arlington gets exclusive screenshots of Google's upcoming CL2 calendering service.The calendering service from Google was under closed beta with invites to specific beta-testers.
The fight:
Now Valleywag reports that Arlington's source was from Yahoo!.Yahoo reports the source to Google and Google cancels the guys account.The screenshots are already out by then.Arlington says his source was not Yahoo but a different beta-tester.Yahoo! it seems has hundred's of Y!'s (closed) beta-testing , does that surprise you? Not me, doesn't Yahoo! have a 10% stake in Google ? ;)

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Microsoft Live-vibes

Micorsoft has redone the Live! homepage and basically given it a makeover.
Problem : It's a replica of netvibes which is my favourite online RSS reader.And netvibes gives me more and is a lot simpler to use and subscribe to feeds than Live.And it really is alpha(not even beta).It has been trying to import mu .opml feed for the last half hour.One thing innovative here is the inclusion of can now be created with specific content for each page.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

MS(?) finally Innovating

Ray Ozzie continues to impress me.
Here is one man who refuses to throw in the towel for MS when it comes to innovation.I respect that in him.
Why am I becoming a MS-fanboy? Simple, MS or rather Ray(CTO of MS Web Services) and his team are coming out with the Live Clipboard.More concise coverage at Techcrunch.It's details a data-exchange concept wherein web-users can copy-paste XML data on the web.Remember it's still XML,meaning a website which wants to support this has to expose it's data in the form of XML elements.A demo is available here.

Good, another '++' to the Semantic Web.

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

I was right about the MacBook !!

See this.

The main page is still "down", but the above link is available.So the Mac Book Pro (2.0 Ghz) costs 1.43 lakhs.Hmm.. if only I could..

Friday, March 03, 2006

FOSS @ Chennai Engineering Colleges

Most of the private colleges seem to be waking upto FOSS(atlast).Credit goes to the students(fanatics? ;) who are making sure that the management wakes up and notices.

We are however still a long way from how academia and FOSS can co-exist.Heck, I'll go ahead and say it.. Even the IIT's are not at the same level that UCB/MIT were in the early 1980's.

Come to think of it, engineers being produced out of Factories today really really need a Indian version of Bill Joy.It need'nt be a IIT which delivers that.Future engineers today need a who delivers on the Innovation front.

What Chennai based engineering colleges need is *one* annual event spread over a week and kept trully academic and encompasses FOSS and other (computer related technologies,Shaastra doesn't count).It needn't be a competetive event.Maybe something held in June-July(hols!) wherein students can meetup and present seminars/conduct workshops/share idea's/get peer-reviews on their research work and even showcase what they did for their final-sem projects.

I just wish the FOSS scene was better when I was a student.

Anyway, keep up the good work guys.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

OPML 2.0

Dave Winer has been busy.We now have a OPML v2.0 (yay!).

Quoting from his blog,

2.0 is a milestone, much like RSS 2.0 was in the summer of 2002. We now know how OPML is being used, and where the problems are, and I think are ready to produce a frozen and extensible format and spec.

A review committee has been setup for the Draft.

Oh! and Dave explains OPML 2.0 features over a podcast too.Go Listen!

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