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daily link  Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Gentoo Forums :: VMWare Workstation raw disk with WinXP guest: "on a laptop with a 10GB NTFS partition loaded with WinXP pro, with the rest of the 40GB disk used for Gentoo. I can successfully dual boot, but rarely do as I'm sort of allergic to Windows. However, I do need a few things in Windows from time to time, so I have had a small XP installation on a virtual disk which has worked fine, but uses a few GBs of space on my rapidly filling HDD. Using the existing 10GB XP install was the logical solution. Results: Well, it works! I can now successfully run WinXP from within Gentoo using VMWare, or boot natively into WinXP upon reboot. Besides saving space, I am very impressed with the speed increase. Booting WinXP from the raw disk is MUCH faster than from the virtual disk. Opening applications is MUCH faster. " (e.g., photoshop loads in 10 secs instead of 21).  "Suspending the OS is not advised with raw disk use. Snapshots won't really work. Basically you lose the ability to undo things like you could with a virtual disk. "  11:43:43 PM  permalink  

coLinux for more than one vm:  It appears the last change to coLinux was May 2004.  It supports running Linux on XP.  One upgrade feature I did not notice before was the announced ability to run more than one vm:  "Support for running more than one instance of coLinux is now functional"  11:40:21 PM  permalink  

MetroPipe:  "MetroPipe released a technology review of their Portable Virtual Privacy Machine. The product allows traveling professionals to carry their entire communications and presentation environment on a single portable memory device.

"The Portable Virtual Privacy Machine (or PVPM) is basically a virtual machine which boots a Linux operating environment, and runs a variety of communications software - a browser and email client . It also includes a beta version of our Tunneler product, which anonymizes and encrypts the user's Internet communications while using the PVPM, " said Kenny Kaputa, Chief Technology Officer. "Because the PVPM is a self-contained operating environment, the user is able to use relatively insecure systems in order to conduct personal and business communication. For example, the PVPM is excellent for use within the world's Internet cafés - you don't have to worry as much about hackers eavesdropping on your communications. Or bothering with long searches at airport terminals - you can wear your computing environment around your neck!"  "Oh yeah, " continued Kenny, "you can put the PVPM on virtually any read/write memory device: USB drives, Flash memory, an iPod, etc. It really doesn't matter.""

Their overall mission is extreme privacy:  "The Metropipe Tunneler application allows even novice Windows, Macintosh OS X, and Linux users to experience completely private web communications. The Tunneler creates an impenetrable channel for anonymous browsing, chat, and file transfers that encrypts and anonymizes every bit of Internet data that you send through it.."

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Notes from ITP: Flickr-as-web-services edition: Clay Shirky reports on his students' latest obsession: pictures via Flickr.  10:57:35 PM  permalink  

Wysiwyg Wiki: Directory of efforts and hints for adding user-friendly editing to wikis.  PerSpective is one interesting implementation in .Net, released under GNU.  PurpleWiki caught my eye because of its support for fine-grained linking (like Englebart's Augment), although without wysiwyg.  10:56:21 PM  permalink  

ARSC Really Simple Chat - Manuel Kiessling's Homepage: "ARSC is an easy to install, simple to handle, cross-browser and cross-platform compatible, high-performance open source web chat system written in PHP, using MySQL. "  Has a nifty feature for use during meetings -- normal web interface for users, customized display for a projector.  10:20:38 PM  permalink  

Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata: Well written examination of the use of free form tagging in public services like Flickr and Deli.cio.us.   The author sensibly suggests that authors of more formal classification systems might learn about their user behaviour and preferences by incorporating an add-on folksonomy and studying how it is used.  The author also asks how these systems might work in intranet or work environments. 

I have a further suggestion in this line: utilizing social network info.  I notice that folksonomies have two kinds of use: (1) referencing items that I made, which use only my tags, and (2) referencing items made by anyone.  It'd be great to have something in between:  reference the items that I or my nth degree-of-sepration friends have tagged.  [via the always-insightful Clay Shirky]

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Pew Internet & American Life Project has a new, short report on blogging: "By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of online culture. Two surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in November established new contours for the blogosphere: 8 million American adults say they have created blogs; blog readership jumped 58% in 2004 and now stands at 27% of internet users; 5% of internet users say they use RSS aggregators or XML readers to get the news and other information delivered from blogs and content-rich Web sites as it is posted online; and 12% of internet users have posted comments or other material on blogs. Still, 62% of internet users do not know what a blog is. "  Also: 82% of blog creators are long-time internet users -- ie, have been online 6 years or more, and 70% have broadband at home.  The jump in blog readers in the last 18 months from 12% to 27% stands out.  9:50:32 PM  permalink  

MSNBC - Report: Mess-hall suicide bomber was Saudi: "The suicide bomber who killed 22 people when he blew himself up in a U.S. mess hall in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was a Saudi medical student, an Arab newspaper reported Monday.. [His] father said he learned Dec. 16 that his son had withdrawn all the money left in a Sudanese bank account for him and later received a phone call from his son telling him that he was in Iraq to fight the Americans.  The al-Ghamdis are a large Saudi clan, three members of which were among the Sept. 11 hijackers."  9:09:09 PM  permalink  

More on IBM tsunami recovery aid: "volunteer and corporate support that includes $1 million in cash and services, a total that may increase. IBM Corporate Community Relations worked closely with its US business partners to secure the technology -- as well as extra batteries, country-specific power supplies, Web cameras and fingerprint scanners -- over the New Years holiday weekend. IBM volunteers are now in the process of preparing the equipment for shipment to Bangkok, Thailand, where they will be distributed to outlying areas. IBM managers in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Thailand have received calls from officials in those countries seeking recovery assistance. The IBM Crisis Response Team has been in the region for nearly a week coordinating universal technology solutions that can be used across geographies to help coordinate disaster recovery efforts."  Mark Prutsalis of Strong Angel II is leading one IBM team in the region.  11:17:17 AM  permalink  


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