Friday, November 11, 2011

remember the XA and OM?

apparently its every where now, how Olympus is in deep shit, maybe gonna get delisted and so on so forth.

But i'm just wondering. a little.

The world's biggest endoscope maker and major medical optics supplier, and major camera maker, inventors of the 4/3rds mount, purveyors of the PENs. This is not a firm that looks like its in trouble, from the consumer point of view(hey i got an EP-1! and had a ee a long time ago..).

If its making money as an ongoing concern, i can only express thanks to the group of people who hid those losses for the last 20 years so that Olympus survived as a company invent the 4/3rds mount and do the 2nd coming of the PENs..

I mean, so Olympus would now probably be forced to declare it actually has less money than it said it had. But i fail to see how it affects the business end.

So shareholders are spooked. And lenders might think twice about accepting Olympus' word about its financial status.

But Olympus still makes great products. And the only thing i'm curious about is:

Do they make money for Olympus?

If they do, then Olympus should just continue making great products and earn its way out of the hole that it dug more than 20 years ago. If they don't, then i'm just sad that making great products don't mean much about the viability of a firm. And sadder still at the loss of yet another camera maker.

A reminder to all..when oly was making the original PENs , Sony didn't even exist yet.

Monday, October 17, 2011


rsync is on readynas. on pronas. on nexenta. and many other linux machines.

rsync is the best thing that ever happened to sync. nothing else will sync only the changed parts of the file - for free. but for it to work properly both sides must have suitable filesystem. thus its not so straight forward when u want to use it on windows.

there's a couple of solutions
1. cwrsync. basically rsync on cygwin. works. but command line only. so u have to script it yourself.
2. deltacopy. gui implementation.
3. syncrify (by the same people who did deltacopy). this is a commercial, non open source thing. this is also not rsync. they say it works like rsync, but doesnt use cygwin and transports over port 80. simple to setup a server and then add clients. free for 1 non-commercial user. does not connect to existing rsync servers/clients.
4. yintersync.

there are clients that u install. they can be syncced to and from the server.
and then u can add 'remote storage' to the server. these are rsync servers, connected either directly via rsync or via ssh. and then u can sync the clients to and from these remote locations.
basically the yintersync server works 1/2 like a backup target, 1/2 like a control panel for rsync jobs. with reporting.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

how can u say u contactable by phone if ur phone no sim card?

A. SuckerX was asked :

1. information we require (now) from either Pissed and Customer

2. preparatory work by Pissed for this POC - btw client to be installed should be trial version

3. preparatory work by Customer for this POC

B.Sucker X answered :

1. info for all..

i. need to know what user acc on staging that Pissed can use. and need a pair of keys associated with that account to be sent to Pissed.
i have to update Pissed script with this.

ii. need to know what user acc on backend that staging can use. and need to send public key associated with that acc to backend.
staging scripts need to be updated with this.

iii. now i am assuming i am going to transfer everything inside "transfers" folder at Pissed to staging's "transfers" folder and then to backend's "transfers" folder.

archives at Pissed.
deletes instead of archiving at staging but still have log
and Pissed does not wait for the success of the transfer between staging and backend - assumes success once files have been transferred between Pissed and staging.

iv. need to know what to CALL on backend at the end of the scp from staging - what is the script to run on backend to do the decryption?
note everything called on backend from staging also has full path - may need to change.

v. note that all the cmd-like functions like "find" and "ping" have full paths on staging and backend scripts. may need to change if its not c:\windows\system32.

2. a machine with windows that can go internet to be the client.

3. staging must be accessible from outside via 1022. backend must be accessible from staging via 1022. the accounts mentioned in 1 and 2 must be able to execute batch files and call stuff like find and ping and can read/delete files in the folders that are involved (transfers and logs)..

C. it was condensed into (email from Sucker to Pissed and Customer) :

Hello All,

Info & Pre POC preparation from Customer
Customer - user acc on staging (Server B) and backend (Server c) - contact my colleague SuckerB (1234567) for clarification, alternatively this user account can be created when SuckerB is onsite.

Customer - are you able to share with us how the decryption process will be triggered? My colleague SuckerA need this info for the script/batch, he can be contacted at the same support number 1234567

Current rsit port is 1022 - necessary access from outside and from staging (server B) to backend (server C)

Key generation and exchange for all parties will be done on site.

1. as discussed during meeting, Customer will need IP for firewall rules
2. preparation of some sample files for this POC.

We also need the folder structure - who will provide. Would be good to have same folder structure and naming throughout i.e. Pissed server, Customer server B and C.

If you need further clarification pls contact us.

D. this is what happened (email from Pissed):

Hi all,

Update: Today’s installation did not complete as many issues were encountered.

Sucker team came over to Pissed at 2:30pm. They setup our client PC within 15 min.

Then we were informed that Sucker team at Customer had to install the program into a new machine, the staging server – this took about an hour to be done with.

Thereafter, we couldn’t get hold of a Customer Public IP as network admin person is not around.

But when we finally gotten the Public IP some time later, there were some issues with the firewall.

At 5:00pm, we’ve decided to call of this installation as we do not know how long more it takes to resolve the firewall issue.

We will need to reschedule a session for another round of installation after confirming all the required hardware and resources.


Hi Sucker,

Can you verify with the Customer’s IT personnel on the availability of the required hardware before we fix another date for another round of installation.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

what a swap

why the hell would nokia swap smartphone OS with maybe 1/3 of the market for one that has less than 5%? its probably true that Nokia let slip their smartphoen market share from almost all to the just 1/3 now. but windows mobile was never even a shadow of a hint of a doubt of big the way nokia was big and google and apple now are.

before, in the enterprise market, there was rim, nokia e-series, and winmo. maybe winmo was big in the usa. but surely the e-series was huge in europe? perhaps not as huge in the way rim is in the usa, but surely more consequential than winmo?

and then what about cheaper phones? symbian is a real phone os. win phone 7 is not going to run on a 200mhz chip. nokia is going to give up its position as the world's biggest phone maker as well?

and whats more, look at it this is a firm with 3 parts.
1. normal phone maker
2. smart phone maker
3. network equipment maker

1. is the undisputed world leader now, and is profitable. and they are going to kill the os that it uses. what will happen to it?
2. was huge, but it failed to grow while its new competitors recorded explosive growth, and it lost leadership. but it still rolls in the most profits among the 3. yet they think its a problem, and their solution is to throw away their own os that still runs on almost 1/3 of smartphones shipped, for one that currently runs on less than 5% of them.
3. is equally big, and doesnt make any money. they're not going to do anything about it. interesting.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

nokia win7 phone???

why did nokia dump symbian+meego for win7 phone exclusively?

how is win 7 phone superior to meego? nobody use meego , yes ; but nobody use win 7 phone either.

given android is open source, nokia could have rolled its own flavour of it for its own phones possibly? and given that meego can run android apps, it may not even need to do that.

if they didn't want to spend money developing symbian anymore, why not android then? its free, no? will they make more money selling win7 phones after paying royalties to ms than selling android phones with no royalties to pay?

and android's main weakness is imaging..whats wrong with meego phones with good imaging that can also run android apps?