I travel a lot. I do it for both personal and business reasons. I travel by car, by train and, of course, by plane. The latter is especially important in my life, because sometimes I feel like George Clooney’s character from “Up in the Air” movie. I know differences between various frequent flyer programs, I have my favourite airlines and I have experienced both good and bad stuff there. However, I never before had any problems with my baggage. I guess, I was lucky, because I have heard various stories about it and, knowing math, statistics and probability theory, I was expecting that this would happen. I was mentally prepared.
An interesting(and funny) continuation to my previous post. NSA’s threat can in-apprehensible to many. This video explains the whole privacy vs security debate using some very simple(yet powerful) examples:
I watched the movie called “Citizenfour” today. I am not a fan of documentary movies, but this time I made an exception, because this is a film about Edward Snowden. I made my position regarding Edward Snowden clear on this blog multiple times: he is a hero of our times. Without his leaks the general public wouldn’t be aware of the threat posed by the US(and their closest allies) to our freedoms. Without his leaks only security minded few(myself included) would worry about encryption and privacy. Without his leaks life would be definitely different.
If you were following all the events related to his persona, you will find nothing new in the movie. It can be still a good recap though. However, if you have missed his story(partially or entirely), I suggest you to download it(and yes, you can download it legally – it’s in public domain now) and watch it – incredibly good storytelling won’t leave you indifferent. This film is not your regular documentary. It’s more like a thriller. Even if you know from the beginning who good and bad guys are, you will find it enjoyable. I guess it’s the reason why the film has won the Oscar. Therefore, download it, watch it and spread the word.
I can only hope that some day I’ll be a good enough rider to try one of these beasts out:
Incredible TED talk about privacy, humans and NSA:
As it is common for IT conferences, FOSDEM has had Wi-Fi available for all. Only IPv6 though. No IPv4. It put me to shame, because I realised that I could not check my email and reach my blog in these circumstances. This gave me enough motivation to go through IPv6 certification program from Hurricane Electric. They provide almost no theoretical information to go through, only practical tasks. You need to figure out by yourself how to complete them. Challenging? Not really, but I’ve learned a lot about IPv6 while googling and researching about each task. I can recommend it for everyone interested in the subject!
By the way, because these were very practical tasks, at the end I got a completely working IPv6 setup on my server. I can be sure that I’ll be able to check my mail now in IPv6-only environment.
Thanks to Edward Snowden we have learned a lot about threats from various(although mostly US) governments. We started to think more about secure technologies and cryptography. I was advertising high security standards even before the Snowden’s leaks. Some of my friends thought that I was being paranoid. Now everyone knows better than to trust RSA or any of their products. Everyone is aware of malware designed by intelligence agencies. Universal snooping isn’t an Orwell’s fantasy anymore, it’s reality.
Getting back to development isn’t easy. Some parts of code, which seamed logical few months ago, now look strange. You need to recall what some functions do and why you did put them there. It’s tough. It’s almost like reading someone else’s code. Nonetheless it’s still fun. Otherwise I wouldn’t do it.
I continue to go through parts I didn’t like before and improve them. This time I introduced a way to queue file encoding jobs. Before encoding was being done sequentially – one file after another. With fast enough computer with a good upload speed it resulted in spikes on a network speed graph. Not pretty.
Version 0.80 fixes this behaviour and improves upload speed a bit as a result. So, if you are running an older version, it’s time to upgrade!
The last few month were kinda busy for me. Lots of travel, lots of training, lots of new challenges. Only now I’m getting back to, sadly slowly, sanguinews’ development.
That’s it. As I said, nothing major, nothing game breaking, but the app just got better nonetheless!