Archives for the month of: May, 2010

I noticed a sudden drop in my Internet speed while running Transmission. Not only on my Ubuntu box, but other computers on the same network as well.

After some searching I found that this post. I then learned that my ISP actually does shape my Internet connection; yousee.dk – shame on you! Here I am using a torrent for downloading the latest linux distro of my choice – when all of a sudden you start regulating the service I pay for!

What I did was limiting the number of peers to download from. Also, I limited my upload speed.

Works as promised. ActiveSync to my works Exchange server.

But I quickly discovered the concept of “being off work” – taking your emails with you where ever you go is not the way to go for me!

I got myself a rather strange experience today while ordering some airline tickets… Please take notice of the SSL warning!

I have successfully installed the Android SDK and are now running the Hello world in the emulator! Once I have gotten it on my i5700 I am willing to call myself an Android-developer ;p

I installed it on my Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 distro – native install not VM. I followed the excellent guide at http://developer.android.com. All information you’ll need is there. It was initially this guide that motivated me to try it out.

It has been almost 10 years since I last did a line of java code. Maybe if I find a (un)useful application I’d like to develop, I could embrace it again 🙂

I really must say that Firefox has always been slow to me when it comes to speed with WordPress. Chrome still has some speed potential, but it surpasses Firefox – running with Gears – by a mile!

I am guessing this has something to do with both the rendering engine, and the javascript engine. Nevertheless – Chromium is becoming my main browser!

Finally – the Adblock extension designed to remove advertisement has finally reached a development level worth saluting! Kudos to the developer.

Download the extension for Chrome here:
https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en-US

My latest encounter with an Android phone has not been so good. However, this has nothing to do with Google’s Android – but the immensely poor quality of upgrade software that Samsung sport their Galaxy Spica phone with.

It already came with Android 2.1 – but Samsung informs me that an upgrade is possible. An surely enough, their website informs me about an update2 (SP2) – while I am currently – running update1. Any attempt of upgrading results in failure – and a recovery. Albeit, that is not needed as nothing has happened nor transferred to my i5700.

Ah well – I’ll make due. Just hope 2.2 will be available soon…

I have updated an old post regarding encFS usage with Ubuntu One.

http://wp.me/pdWhQ-2g

Well – now things are really starting to look good! I’ll give you a picture:

Latex – integrated into Google documents – compile in the cloud and export as pdf. I mean – that’s all I ever do in LaTeX! The guys at latexlab.org has really putten together something here that may prove to get a lot of attention. It has managed to seamlessly integrate the solution into Docs, and files are stored in your account. Currently I think they are still in beta, but hopefully a stable solution will emerge soon.

Kudos!

The cloud service that Ubuntu offers pre-installed in their latest 10.04 Lucid works as it should. It works.

But – what the heck – they do NOT encrypt the data stored in the cloud!? In reality, that means that who ever has access to the server may read my plain non-encrypted files. Ugh – what a show stopper!

Dropbox did offer encryption on their service. Well, I don’t think you could chose not to use it, but even so, several of us did not feel 100% safe. I have written about this earlier:

https://firmit.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/encfs-mount-over-nonempty-mount-point/
https://firmit.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/truecrypt-virtual-encrypted/
https://firmit.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/dropbox-without-nautilusgnome/

In reality that was double security – and that felt good! Making an encrypted folder to sync to the cloud have even more merit together with Ubuntu One! Yes, you will loose the option of publishing your files for easy sharing and access to your friends… or?

With Lucid, Ubuntu One allows you to specify which folders to sync to your cloud account. So it should be fairly straight forward to keep one folder encrypted with highly personal data and one folder for sharing data – why not just use the default Public folder?! I am rather amazed that Ubuntu One does not support encryption by default.

At least I feel a lot more calm knowing my files are encrypted.