Thursday, October 18, 2007

Updating Ubuntu -- please make it faster

Dear Ubuntu hackers,

Gusty is out. I want it. But the update process for your wonderful operating system is broken. It seems that this process on getting files from a central machine. Said machines seem to be overwhelmed by other users who also want to upgrade -- they won't even respond to a TCP SYN packet

In the future, it'd be really nice if this process used mirrors so that it wouldn't be as flooded.

If the file really does need to be centralized, choose the host carefully. S3 is very good at this stuff. Akamai does even better (though they'll charge you an arm and a leg).

PS: now that I got past accessing that server, Gusty is downloading at 4 megabytes per second, thanks to Internet 2. It would have been a lot fast if it used the mirror for that one small part

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

XKCD teaches SQL Injection

The hacker inside me found this funny