Archive for April, 2011

NetworkManager 0.8.4 Knows How To Party

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Get on up, get on up and DANCE (CC BY 2.0 via Robert Bejil)

Next in the long line of illustrious NetworkManager releases, out comes 0.8.4.  It loves to party, and if you look close enough it’s busting a move just to the left of the dude with a star on his hat at its own release party.  Hell yeah.  It’s a great release and packs a lot of fixes and features, including but not limited to fixes for IPv6, DHCP, DNS, no  longer touching /etc/hosts, WWAN, and VPN.  Hot tarballs are here:

http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/NetworkManager/0.8/NetworkManager-0.8.4.0.tar.bz2
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/network-manager-applet/0.8/network-manager-applet-0.8.4.tar.bz2
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/NetworkManager-openconnect/0.8/NetworkManager-openconnect-0.8.4.tar.bz2
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/NetworkManager-openvpn/0.8/NetworkManager-openvpn-0.8.4.tar.bz2
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/NetworkManager-pptp/0.8/NetworkManager-pptp-0.8.4.tar.bz2
http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/NetworkManager-vpnc/0.8/NetworkManager-vpnc-0.8.4.tar.bz2

A huge thanks to everyone who helped out with this release: Jirí Klimeš, Michael Biebl, Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre, Ozan Ça?layan, Robby Workman, Mu Qiao, Pierre Ossman, Mikhail Efremov, Andrey Borzenkov, Karsten Hopp, Ionut Biru, Robert Piasek, Torsten Spindler, Richard Hughes, Radek Vykydal, Canek Peláez Valdés, Wulf C. Krueger, and anyone I’ve forgotten.

Now back to the 0.9 train.  Shake it hard and keep it rockin’ people.

Read This: RAE Vodafone Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

If you’re at all interested in wireless technology, you should read this.  The first lecture (from 2005) starts with a very approachable history of [W]CDMA and cellular technology, including some of the process that went into the technology.  About the only way you can a record of the decisions, trade-offs, and design choices that went into technology these days is by being part of the working group or reading comments in IEEE discussions.  That’s incredibly boring.  The first lecture, on the other hand, is straight from the source.

Choice quote from Dr. Jacobs, and remember that at the time (2006) George W. Bush was president:

I was with the President of China about three years ago, we sat next to each other to do the informal chatting before the formal part started, and his first question was how many more generations did I think that Moore’s Law had to run. I don’t think the President of the US would have asked that!

- Dr. Irwin Jacobs (co-founder of Qualcomm)

(would Sarah Palin ask that if she were President?  Hell no.  She doesn’t know what actual laws are, let alone Moore’s Law…)  But forget about Palin for a moment, this quote reminds me of a Forbes article I saw a while ago:

In China, eight of the top nine political posts are held by engineers. In the U.S., almost no engineers or scientists are engaged in high-level politics, and there is a virtual absence of engineers in our public policy debates.

Yay for America.  Our politicians and our aspiring politicians suck.  But this post isn’t about China or the US, it’s about a Royal Academy of Arts lecture.  Go read that thing.