This Blog Through the Years

It’s been interesting. I started this blog thinking it would be a good way to get the word out. Not much success there but the readership keeps growing. Eventually it will have some effect. We have readers from every continent but very few people post comments…

I have a feeling the wave of adoption of Android/Linux will be important for the next couple of years and the assault on IT by ARM will be big sooner or later. It’s hard to write about “8” since it’s still vapourware. Anyone have any suggestions what would be interesting to write about? I am leaning to more projects in virtual machines. My PC has way too many processes running as it is…

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2007 970 started in June
2008 2925 150%
2009 6349 217%
2010 48289 760%
2011 63522 to date 262%

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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7 Responses to This Blog Through the Years

  1. oldman says:

    “I think, eventually, strong encryption will overcome some of the concerns about security in the cloud.”

    This is already happening Pog. The new generation of “cloud Controllers” from companies like Panzura encrypt the data as it is transferred into the cloud. Technologies like this will allow organizations like ours to provide a follow the sun model for our users as they Travel from one campus to another, all while using a provider like Amazon for infrastructure on demand.

  2. To an individual, the cloud is a considerable risk. To an organization, which may or may not see its members as risks, the cloud is just another risk and manageable by legal contracts just as they do with purchasing goods and services or out-sourcing. There is a trade-off between the risks to security and the advantages the cloud offers by having experts manage things. Less competent in-house management could be a lot worse than Google doing its best.

    I think, eventually, strong encryption will overcome some of the concerns about security in the cloud. The “social” services probably cannot do much more than encrypt the connection, but a lot of data-warehousing and applications may well encrypt all data in storage which should help.

  3. twitter says:

    “Clouds” can be fun, but handing your data to someone else give the other person power over you that is much like the power non free software has over users and is worse in some ways.

    These are legitimate concerns and they need to be addressed with clear language and concepts. “The Cloud” is an intentionally meaningless concept that encompasses everything from traditional web service and email to software services and databases. Facebook, for example, is obviously rapacious and evil. Self hosted services and social networks are not. Free software is yielding the tools needed to obsolete the worst parts abuses of “the cloud”.

  4. I disagree with RMS on the cloud. I feel FLOSS works very well in the cloud as intended even though the GPL and other FLOSS licences do not require the cloudies to distriibute the source code. There is also an issue with JavaScript being flung onto out PCs without regard to software licences… I think it will all be sorted out. If we have to wait for a new licensing paradigm to cover the cloud we will miss lots of fun. I think we should get on with it and pay attention to mobility of the data. If we can move our data, the applications do not have to move.

  5. Linux Apostate says:

    Are there any aspects of the cloud or FLOSS movement that trouble you? If so, maybe you could write about those.

    You could be like George Orwell, i.e. generally in favour of the movement, but critical of both its excesses and the lack of self-criticism amongst its other proponents. You’ve already started on that road by dissing Mark Shuttleworth and telling everyone to use Debian…

  6. Zombie Chan says:

    “It’s hard to write about “8″ since it’s still vapourware.”

    I think it’s more that you just don’t want to write about it.

    I wouldn’t mind if you posted more stuff about Android Development. I don’t know if you’ve ever been interested in development or have any knowledge of it.

    Also writing about cloud services would be interesting.

  7. oldman says:

    My suggestion Pog would be to talk more about the use of Linux and FOSS in a educational setting where resources are short.

    You may want to look into the use of “friendlier” educationally oriented distributions. EduBuntu comes to mind – it is friendlier and better supported iun the educational community than debian.

    I am a great fan of virtual appliances. these pre- configured servers take a lot of the pain out of standing up a system, which I would submit that makes it easier for non technical. I have started to sketch out what I call a schoolroom in a box where one would “drop in a rack with a pair of servers (one running all of the classroom workstations as virtual machines. The other running all of the services needed as virtual appliances.

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