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Yay, Good Luck WSO2!

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I just discovered the company WSO2, and what they’re doing sounds really fascinating. (Interesting how it had slipped my zillion-blog-entries-per-day radar..) It’s cheerful that also Intel is helping (and counting on) the web service -ecosystem to evolve. I truly wish that in a few years a noticeable part of business services — in global scale — will be delivered using the WS-standards. As it should sound a bit sci-fi (or you’re not getting it), it’s good to remark that they’re already doing a hell of a lot traditional business around SL also. This WS-stuff is quite moderate compared to that.

Actually, what made me look more carefully was the name Weerawarana, which was very familiar from several web service -related articles. There are currently 6 references in my thesis bibliography — mostly WSDL and BPEL stuff — which are authored by him.

I wonder what kind of sensations were related to his transition from IBM to an independent entrepreneur. For me, such transition is being quite a thrill.

Addition: The product of WSO2, Tungsten, sounds highly familiar, so it was only the company I had missed..

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Written by Janne Savukoski

August 29, 2006 at 9:45 pm

Posted in Business

Video Hosting: YouTube, Google, or Yahoo?

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After buying a Flickr pro account for storing both of my photos, I was left with a minor problem: video clips. So, I tried out YouTube, Google Video, and Yahoo! Video, which are free (ad-supported) services. I list the pros and cons below, but I must note that the test has at least one weakness: the best resolution of my material was 320×240. I’ll review this entry as soon as I get a Sanyo Xacti HD1A. Don’t hold your breath, though.

Yahoo! Video (♥)

  • – size limit 100 MB
  • – no privacy control (all clips are public; this is so cheap..)
  • – less metadata
  • – bad sound quality
  • – doesn’t support 3gp (mobile video)
  • (+ probably supports 640×480, but they didn’t state and I couldn’t test)

Google Video (♥♥; best for hi-fi videos)

  • + no size limit was informed (at least much greater than 100 MB)
  • + supports 640×480 resolution
  • + desktop uploader (which I didn’t try out)
  • + mid-video linking
  • – no privacy control
  • – no upload progress indicator (should probably use the uploader)
  • – less metadata

YouTube (♥♥♥; best for lo-fi videos)

By no surprise, none of the services provided the possibility to preserve the original quality of the video. (Downloading is possible, though.) So, all them are really about sharing videos, and not for backup. Currently, the best option for backup seems to be Amazon S3 with Jungle Disk. It works well, but sharing is awkward, and it costs $0.15/GB/mo. For example, 10 hours of fine quality video costs $72/yr (not exactly free), but with quality that is not possible to achieve with the free services; and perhaps there’s hope that the prices drop. Ok, you may hog Gmail accounts and use GDrive/GMail Drive; and so forward.

So, use YouTube if quality is not an issue (mobile video; I’m planning on getting an E70), or pay the book shop. Google Video is the compromise.

(PS. YouTube, please provide a pro account for preserving the original quality! And to have unlimited video size. There you have the business model also…)

Update 09/04: i) Google video is very strict about what videos it let’s to be shared. My completely harmless test clip was rejected later. What a pity.
ii) With Jungle Disk it’s practically impossible to get the files shared. NS3 Manager is better in that sense, but I can’t get one 100 MiB file uploaded because of some XML parsing error. (It’s a .net application, so this wasn’t really a surprise.) I have no better solutions to offer here, sorry. The rest of the S3 applications seemed more or less inappropriate.

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Written by Janne Savukoski

August 27, 2006 at 10:36 am

Posted in Technology

Tuned My LinkedIn Summary

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I just made some minor updates to my LinkedIn summary description.  I added the reasoning for the Java programmer -profession, instead of a systems architect.  I feel that it now better reflects my values of morality, ethics and respect for genuine expertise.  I’m sorry if I hurt somebody’s feelings along the lines, but it’s just not possible for me to present statements I don’t strongly believe in.  And, following the spirit, I like to present my statements strongly.

Written by Janne Savukoski

August 26, 2006 at 12:40 pm

Posted in Diary

Amazon’s Linux Hosting

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Buyaa! The new Amazon EC2 service seems just unbelievable! Support for easy creation and management of large service grids is just what I need! However, the service isn’t suitable for applications that can’t fully utilize all the resources — 1.7Ghz Xeon CPU, 1.75GB of RAM, 160GB of local disk, and 250Mb/s bandwidth (source). In such cases services like OpenHosting are still more cost-efficient.  Of course, it might be possible for a virtual server provider to utilize the Amazon infrastructure..

This makes it even more difficult to decide between renting and owning the hardware.  If you own all the stuff, the hardware and software configurations can be optimized for your service (like, MySQL supports SCI). But, for example, the EC2 provides a web service-API for managing the grid, which is pretty hard to get to your own system.

Well, although the decisions get harder to do, it’s always good to have options.

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Written by Janne Savukoski

August 25, 2006 at 1:26 pm

Posted in Technology

Artw, Fuck You

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Enterprise 2.0was a really good addition to Wikipedia, although only a very fresh stub still. What the fuck did this moron Artw think when he decided to request a speedy deletion on it? Ok, gladly they’re improving it and all this shit will result in a better article. But please, Artw, use a couple of minutes to check who you pissed out. Does it make you want to admit that you’re a donkey-fucking asshole? Drop your 2.0-antagonism and try to really understand the global culture. The issues at hand here are much broader than just a trendy term. However, I wouldn’t place my bets on that your intelligence and self-consciousness are up to understanding any of this.

Update 09/04: Added link.

Update 09/14: Okay, okay!! This wasn’t the most appropriate post, but it’s still just a blog post! I don’t want to make this blog utterly strict! (Ok, some manners wouldn’t hurt.) But, to err is human; and to haste, too. No vain regrets. Past cannot be changed, only learned upon. And anyway, I was probably just shooting the messenger.

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Written by Janne Savukoski

August 24, 2006 at 11:09 am

Posted in Culture

Sharing References with RefWorks

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Buyaa! I just learned that RefWorks provides a feature for sharing the bibliography of my thesis. Very nice. It includes even an RSS feed and commenting utilities! “Internet is a series of TUBES!” If you’ll have a look at it, I suggest to use the custom view “Helsingin yliopisto”. It’s the actual thesis format, and there’s a bit more information. The views however weren’t provided for Opera, but I believe there’s a good change that those’ll work with Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox. Oh I just hate that browser, such an amateur piece of software compared to Opera… It definitely shows that the Mozilla was programmed by JavaScript-kiddies.

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Written by Janne Savukoski

August 11, 2006 at 9:29 am

Posted in Thesis

I Became a FONero!

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Hell yeah! A moment ago a UPS-fellow brought me my FON social router! How nice. Now I’m officially FONero #70870! The setup was brain-dead easy.  I just had to take the bill-option, as I want to feel how the economics work. However, I believe no alien will ever use this connection, my location being a bit less than optimal..

Well, actually I had to connect my legacy wireless access point to the FON-router to get myself a crypted connection. No security can be used with the router, which I knew to expect. However, everything works like a charm and I’m very pleased. I also have three ports still available on the router. I’m intending to plug my server to one of those.

The router software felt fine, although it’s pretty simple. The web page however stated that this is the advanced software, so the basic must really match the name. It’s neat to have a linux running the router. I might even consider tweaking it a bit (think XMPP…) But for now it’ll be just standing there, waiting for fellow FONeros.

Ah, there was one humangous disappointment.. the package didn’t contain any stickers! They promised it would contain at least two FON-stickers! I want schwag! Lot’s of schwag! Gimmie stickers!

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Written by Janne Savukoski

August 1, 2006 at 11:53 am

Posted in Culture, Diary, Technology