Monday, December 29, 2008

More GSoC 2008 press coverage

Date: 29th December 2008
The New Straits Times : Tech & U
Local coders graduate from Google stint

Date: 8th December 2008
Oriental Daily : Education(Page 4-5)

                                                                Page 4

                                                                Page 5


Friday, December 26, 2008

Buffalo Linkstation

I've had a home media centre setup with the PS3 and TwonkyVision before. The problem is that there is a discrete bug with the ipw2200 wireless driver which caused my Belkin N1 to heat up a lil. Imagine after a hard days work banging the keyboard away just the get Twonky setup right on a Gentoo machine to watch that one episode of The Office US. With that, I sought after a Network-attached Storage or an NAS. Thanks to Zaid's recommendation, I went out to purchase a 1TB Buffalo Linkstation.

I was concerned about the built-in torrent client and Pvconnect Media Server. The torrent client's web interface is pretty fluid but since im with TM's Streamyx, Protocol Encryption is essential. So i've started borking away the NAS by firstly getting SSH in there. With ACP Commander, I was able to Telnet into this 400MHz ARM-9 based to enabled the sshd daemon. Surprisingly the apt-get binary file was "hidden" but regardless, it doesn't work. Tried compiling rtorrent but there was an ncurses library error. There are alternatives such as OpenLink and FreeLink but I didn't wanna go too far with it. With FreeLink, its possible to get either rtorrent or Transmission on it which supports PE. Do drop me an email/comment if there are any suggestions to this stumbling block.

With that hanging in limbo, I started looking into Pvconnect. I had purchased TwonkyVision before and am happy with it. A quick port scan revealed that port 9050 led me to configuration page of TwonkyVision. Hell yea!!! Screenshots as follows.

                                       Buffalo Linkstation Live 1TB


                                      TwonkyVision Configuration Page


2009 is shaping up to be an awesome year. Got a few weeks off before heading back to Shell, in the midst of securing a sweet pad with the hookups, a Macbook Aluminum, 1TB Buffalo Linkstation along with other miscellaneous tech stuff.

Got the 2.4GHz model and upgraded it to 4GB of RAM since i'll be running VM's and the AppleCare Protection Plan. It made sense since I would be using it for a while. Been fiddling around with it and got Xcode installed to get it ready for some UmitBT work. In essence, its a sleek machine with a badass Unix core to get my work done.

                                  Macbook Aluminum

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Google SoC media event

      The Hoffman Agency organized a media event on the 18th last month for the Malaysian Google Summer of Code students. Apart from me, there's Raj who worked for MySQL and Phua for freeCAD. It was great to have finally met them in person. The media event was held at Telawi Street Bistro, Bangsar. The members of press from Sin Chew, The Star and The New Straits Times were among the few who were there. The setup was awesome and the event went on swimmingly. Congrats to Raj and Phua on successfully completing their projects. Thanks to Jana and Rene for organizing a classy event.

                                 The interview

                                 Photo shoot 1

                                     Photo shoot 2

                    The Star Youth2 newspaper article
                    The complete press release from The Star Youth2

                      Sin Chew newspaper article