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Filed under: Music — Thomas @ 22:00


March 2008! Oo-er !


I check their site about once every two months, hoping for some live dates. Color me seatedgy. Don't mix your drinks and don't let me down boys.

update: I went to check some of the other sites I check once in a while.

Phoenix is set to release in 2008 as well!

Besides the albums being released, the reason I'm excited for both of these is because these are two bands that live transcend their recorded work and show you why music still is best appreciated live.


Filed under: General — Thomas @ 23:07


Every time I am watching a DVD and am being forced to sit through these stupid legalese warning pages (don't you absolutely HATE it when you get criminalized exactly when you are doing everything legally ? Why do I get these stupid anti-piracy trailers every single time I go to the cinema and pay to watch a movie ?), I am completely baffled as to why "they" specifically chose to add "oil platform" to the list of places where you're not allowed to see the DVD in group.

I mean, seriously. In French, the words "plate-formes petrolieres" take up almost a complete line of the twenty they're showing. Who writes this stuff ? Who thinks "oh dear god, we almost lost millions of revenue by not excluding the oil platform people ?" Who gets the extra Christmas bonus for getting those two words in there ? What do the tens and tens of oil platform workers think about this ? And more importantly, do they even care ?

In unrelated news, the Buffy "smashed" episode probably has my favourite all-time love scene. Buffy and Spike duking it out, tearing a house down, and suddenly, bam. They get into it as the house collapses around them. The foreground noise cuts out, so you don't hear any of the house collapsing, just their noise, and the moodsetting music. Nicedly edited.


Filed under: Flumotion — Thomas @ 01:11


The new year has barely begun and already one of our customers shattered the peak traffic for a single stream. They offered up an episode of a series of theirs for download *before* broadcasting it live, and hit 1.5 Gbit/sec on that file alone.

Meanwhile, we've finally decided to get serious about storage and have bought three enclosure+server combo's, each of them having 15 disks of 1 TB. We'll use two on our main platform (using glusterfs for transparant failover), and a third complete copy on a remote platform.

Matthias has been hard at work benchmarking the systems, and after running into a huge performance problem which neither Dell support nor the unofficial Dell Linux mailing list could help with, he kept poking at it until he found the reason for the problem and solved it.

We will need to tweak our code a little to handle the error codes you get while reading from a file during a failover between gluster nodes, and then do some harder testing, but we're basically close to deploying.

And with the current line-up of new customers, it won't take long before we outgrow those measly 15 TB. Now if only I could find a good argument for needing the same solution at home so I could start FLACcing my CD's...


Filed under: General — Thomas @ 12:47


I spent the last day of 2007 on a board in the snow boarding from Switzerland to Italy. A most excellent way to wave out the old year.

New Year's Eve party was a bit funky, 11 Belgians and 11 Italians, lots of food and a bottle of spritzy stuff per person. Apparently this is Italian tradition, just like the pig legs with lentils dish that none of the Italians actually touched.

Time to defrost and bum around the country house....

Happy new year everyone!

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