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Tip for the homely

Filed under: General — Thomas @ 12:49


When you are on that fence inbetween getting up and actually putting on clothes, a laptop power supply is an excellent foot warmer.

Third Millenium

Filed under: General — Thomas @ 12:16


My dad lost his USB stick on the train. He got an e-mail from the train operator saying he could come and collect his USB stick.

All the fourth millenium can hope to add to this mix is that he could download a material copy of his USB stick with the transmogrifier.

names and irks

Filed under: General — Thomas @ 15:11


I have seen some pretty badly named projects out there, but when I first heard about gNewSense some time ago it immediately shot into the top 5.

I don't know what irks me so much about it. Is it the camelCase carbonCopy of iPod nAming tHat oVerwhelms mY aEsthetic sEnses ? Is it the clever wordplay on GNU ? Is it the fact that the name calls up something vague and nebulous in my mind, instead of either perfectly describing what it is (youtube) or being mysterious (google) ? Is it the fact that everything you read about the project itself makes it sound as if it is trying to fill all the wrong holes, is a few years behind the times, and is bottled from sour grapes ?

I just can't put my finger on what it is that really irks me to the point where I turn into a critizing idiot about some project I have only a vague knowledge of.

Gee. What a nuisance.

Before I need to make some new year's resolutions and try to be a better man, one more thing to make fun of. I don't remember where I saw it, but at some point I came across ideas for a new video container, of all things, that was named YOY.

Is it just pure coincidence or blind sarcasm on the part of the creator that YOY is read out "Why, oh, why ?". Exactly the thoughts that come to my mind when someone plans to write a new video container. Google isn't helpful right now with my vague recollection, so let's just hope I dreamt it up.


Filed under: General — Thomas @ 17:57


Haven't said much about work for a while now. Since Andy is shedding, now's as good a time as any.

Today was a bit of an adrenalin rush. Spain has a gambling mentality, and today was the annual Christmas lottery draw. It's affectively called "El Gordo" (the fat one). This year, the total prize money totalled over 2 billion Euros. The whole ticketing system is an elaborate scheme of 180 series of five digit tickets costing 200 euro, but you can buy a "decimo", which is a tenth of the ticket. If your ticket wins, you win one tenth of the prize money for the ticket.

If I follow correctly, it means that there are possible 180 first prize winning tickets, and thus potentially 1800 people getting part of one of those first prizes, worth 3 million euros each.

The lottery is broadcast on national TV - a 5 hour extravaganza of introductions then the drawing of small wooden balls, where the number on each ball is sang out loud by an orphan, while the value is sang out by another orphan (I kid you not. This is serious business).

Normally I would not be watching or even consider partaking, but it just so happens that we were supposed to be streaming this extravaganza. So if I was going to sit through watching it anyway, I might as well just buy me a ticket.

So it started this morning at 8, and traffic to our platform slowly started rising, then quickly ramped up as the streaming link was published. The stream peaked at close to 600 Mbit/sec, with about 2800 people at the time where the first prize was drawn.

Sadly, due to a peering problem between our provider and Telefonica, we were stuck around that limit. So I guess the next thing to work on for us as a company is to start improving our connectivity situation.

But on the software side, we've now set ourselves a new bandwidth record for a single stream. The last time I felt that adrenalin rush of having something you helped make achieve something beyond my expectation was our first public streaming at GUADEC two and a half years ago - where at the last minute we switched out a Python-based byte pushing system to a new GStreamer element, multifdsink, and thus broke away from a maximum limit of 30 concurrent users :)

So, it looks like everything Andy is saying about our next release is ringing true. Flumotion is going Enterprise.

Now, if next year I could actually win the lottery ...

As received through the form on our website

Filed under: General — Thomas @ 15:26


Err, I don't know what other way to say this, but your plugin doesn't
actually work.

My advice to anyone who doesn't know how to say this: try harder.

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