• Big Iron

    Today, our new midrange server got delivered: an IBM p570 with an initial configuration of 6 Power 5+ CPUs (2.2 GHz) and 128 GB of RAM. (Play back Tim Taylor grunting.)

    The storage unit will be delivered not until next week. Initial storage capacity will be 4 TB of production space (SCSI FC harddisks) and 6 TB of backup space (SATA). And there's still a lot of room to grow.

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  • The long way to a mobile Skype connection

    A Skype client for mobile phones is eagerly awaited, especially since phones able to connect to UMTS (3G) and WiFi networks like my Nokia E61 are entering the market. But the only mobile version of Skype currently available is one for Windows Mobile, and even that isn't widely adopted. Skype announced a version of Skype for Symbian-based mobile phones a while ago now, but it seems we'll have to keep being patient for another while.

    According to CNet+most%2C+mobile+Skype+still+a+long+distance+away/2100-7352_3-6120610.html?tag=nefd.top, Niklas Zennstrom, Skype chief executive and co-founder, admitted unexpected difficulties implementing the mobile Skype client:

    When we began developing the mobile-phone version, we didn't realize the number of technical obstacles. It is challenging and is taking much longer than expected. We have no publicly available products yet to offer, and I can't give you a timetable.

    In the United States, where phones are tightly tied to mobile operators, there are additional political issues: no operator likes to see people switching from their cell network to cheap WiFi connections available at a growing number of hotspots. In Europe, where customers can get their mobile phone separately from the operator's SIM card, Skype may find it easier to push a cell/Skype hybrid solution to the market. Could it be that we old-worlders actually have an advantage here as an exception?

  • Track your packages with Bloglines

    Bloglines really is active recently. Yesterday, they added DHL package tracking#121 to their list of tracking services.

    I'm looking forward to subscribe to the tracker for the next package I'll send with Deutsche Post World Net (whose services DHL is the brand name of).

  • Skweeze it, baby!

    The new Nokia browser for S60 does a good job making mobile surfing a pleasureable experience. Especially if a website offers a mobile version for smartphones and PDAs, the small screen is not as bad for browsing the web as you might think.

    Bloglines is one of those websites that offer a version for mobile devices, so I can read blog and news feeds when I'm on the way or tied to a place[1].

    Now, Bloglines integrated Skweezer#120 to make reading RSS feeds faster and more important, cheaper: Skweezer optimizes websites for the transfer to mobile devices and displaying on small screens by compressing and reformatting the content. It can reduce the amount of transmitted data by more than 80 percent

    Skweezer is not constricted to Bloglines, though. Instead of visiting a website directly, just go to the Skweezer website and input the website URL there. Skweezer will then deliver its optimzed version to you.

    Since I'm doing my mobile surfing with Vodafone's lowest volume data plan, I'll certainly give reducing my data transfer with Skweezer a try.

    fn1. It's amazing how much you can learn on a toilet.

  • My first netcast: Radio Perl

    Since I started listening to netcasts[1], they've been giving me a lot of fun as well as things to learn and think about. As always, it didn't take long until I wanted to give netcasting a try myself. Recording music and other audio content was one of the bigger reasons I bought the Mac, after all.

    So, after a week of fiddling with GarageBand, I now proudly present to you:

    Radio Perl, episode 1

    It's a netcast in german language and directed towards Perl developers. I plan to pick one central topic that I'd like to talk about in every episode. Alternatively, I could invite someone else to do the talking here. So, if you'd like to be interviewed, contact me! Other fixed segments will be "Perl news" and "Interesting new Perl modules".

    I'd like to make Radio Perl a weekly netcast, but only time will tell if I really can go at that pace.

    At the same time, this is the premiere of IT-Dojo, my new website for IT know-how and training.

    Please tell me what you think about Radio Perl! You'll find the netcast's email address as well as a telephone number for audio comments on the page linked above.

    fn1. Since "podcast" seems to suggest that you need an iPod to listen to it and since Apple is starting to make suspicious legal moves regarding the word, I prefer to call them "netcasts".