Monday, February 9, 2009

File Sharing Distro Round-up

I'm overextended, I've got computers in too many places, none of them are secure server cages, and I need to protect my data. This computer under my desk is protected, but my desk is in a partially secure area; someone can walk by and shut off my machine, and I'm dead in the water until I get back to the office and turn it on. Worse, they could steal it!

They probably won't steal it.

My next computer is this laptop. This laptop is falling apart; I used to take it with me everywhere, now I just don't go anywhere. I've got this desk, nobody else wants it, I just leave the laptop here and work out of a single desk. It's not a reliable server. I used to run Subversion off of this machine by VisualSVN, but I shifted some data around, and now it doesn't work. The ports aren't listening, they'll have to take the disk home to get access to that.

Finally, there's my house machine; it's running Debian, it's got several chroot'ed environments, there are a handful of system services that don't come up unless I determine to use them, some of them run on conflicting ports, and most of them have issues stemming from the fact that the machine runs behind two firewalls. Not a big deal; we can forward ports left and right, but it should really connect with a VPN so there's a single point of contact in case the node vanishes from the network. If I go, it probably comes with me.

Or who knows, they might even buy it?

Great, I have lots of computers, but we need to tag assets, so they don't get lost, or accidentally misplaced. My buddy Pete has got a machine that he wants to put in a cage upstairs, the server cage, exactly the perfect place to put a safe backup data store. He's pretty sure we're going to have to run Windows. I'm still jockeying for Xen, so we can save on licensing and keep our hardware maximally utilized, but VMware has this concept of infrastructure machines that are not workstations, and I'm planning to run with it.

We're going to have to prove a list of assets and an automated collection process for the backup server, or Pete's not going to be interested. He's definitely not interested in buying a car that's got a little hole in the gas tank, and he's probably not thrilled about the idea of sharing such that his resources could become unavailable on-demand by someone else's request.

Who would want to have that? Today's business is built on downloadable, freely available systems with promotional, marketing, and educational materials supplied by Accellion, T-mobile, UserScape, VMware, rBuilder Online, cryptographers at large, and the many generous donors that are part of the Open Source community!


yebyen said...

Unison vs. The World: 40 minutes for $30, an open thorough review of the internals of TweetDeli project as it flies today. Electric Bill Split: priceless, the company has gone to the trouble of providing a monthly payment amount, an adjusted monthly payment amount, and an opening dollar value on a budgeted down-payment plan. Can't we just split the bill? I don't want to play poker :P > DNS, mod_proxy, vm inventory: Three layers of network deployment, we ought to have a web application that tracks config stats and notes each material change. Also, we don't want to pay more than $27.50 for it. GO!

yebyen (Kingdon) said...

What can I do for you?

I'm going to review some software... start with SubImage company. CashBoard is sweet! I've never felt so empowered by a time-management software, I can actually bill myself for doing the things I want to do and the things I have to do; it helps with that whole ad-hoc scheduling thing.

Substruct got some bad reviews. I haven't read them yet. It's a web-store frontend, and the promotional materials look great; I always say that. I want to sell pages. I read a lot of pages.. my own pages need some pre-sale work.

They're hosted on Delicious, and the back-references go on Twitter. But really, they could be anywhere on the internet. Other people could have claims on them, they might not be hosted on my own servers, and they might not have my name on them!

They might not be easy to read on your particular browser. Some pages are too big for a mobile phone screen, for example, a calendar for the week, listing events by hour.

We're here to help with that too.

You might not want your name in our database. You can opt out later. We're not going to Norway this week or next.

Google Code is one of the best resources for shared program code. Your work might be licensed under the Creative Commons, a kind of licensing that promotes sharing and sharing alike. Sharing is good for the economy!

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