Archive for November, 2010
You might have wondered, what happened recently to our patterndb project, as I did not post new patterns recently. It’s well and alive, but it is undergoing some major changes under to hood right now. We have been long eying CEE (Common Event Expression, http://cee.mitre.org/ ), but as for a long time practically there was no information available about it, we started to work on our own. Recently we were signaled, that CEE is showing progress and received some documentation about it.
This weekend I participated a very interesting event: BSD Day 2010 ( http://wiki.freebsd.org/BSDDay_2010 ). This time it was held here in Budapest, hosted by ELTE, Faculty of Informatics. It was a one day event bringing together Central European BSD developers.
Last week I received a nice little package from Genesi: an EFIKA MX SmartTop ( https://www.genesi-usa.com/products/efika ), and an EFIKA MX SmartBook ( https://www.genesi-usa.com/products/smartbook ). As I already wrote about a previous version of the SmartTop, which I use as my music server ( http://czanik.blogs.balabit.com/2010/08/a-tiny-music-server/ ) I’d like to concentrate now on the SmartBook (SB).
As part of the patterndb project, we plan to start a log sample collecting project. Attached is a document, which describes it.
This morning brought us some very interesting news: Marvell announced a four core ARM system on a chip, a member of the ARMADA XP family. As I already wrote a few weeks ago, I use an ARM based machine, a Sheeva Plug as router/firewall, and I also used it as a NAS previously. It has a single 1.2Ghz Kirkwood core and already has an impressive performance. In some cases it outperformed my Intel Core2Duo based desktop machine. The new chip has four cores, each of them faster than the one in my Sheeva, so it seems to be a serious challenger for Intel server chips, especially that it still runs under 10W.
I already wrote about an Android application I use: “Droid MPD Client”, a nice remote control application for the Music Player Daemon. Now here is my complete list of applications with a short description:
I love living on the edge and use cutting edge technology. I have many interesting piece of hardware at home, ranging from my first XT mother board (it was already 2nd hand in 1989) to the latest ARM development systems. I also try to follow advancements in technology. I’m often asked about these hardwares, trends in technology, which to buy, etc. Now I try to start a series, so there will be a place, where one can read about my experiences and about interesting new technologies.