Low voice and with wisdom

Did you know that there are 12,000 South Korean missionaries prowling around the world looking to save your soul?  I didn't either, although some do show up at our doorstep at least couple times a year.  Ohmygod!  They know where I live!  I guess efforts of American missionaries who dedicated their lives in Korea early on are finally paying off big.

Kim Sun Il, the first Korean to be beheaded in Iraq, was one of the 12,000.

"He is a martyr to God's glory," said Mr. Moon of the research institute. "Korean missionaries are eager to do God's work and glorify God. They want to die for God."

I think media publicity like the NY Times article is not inline with their low voice and with wisdom approach though and could get more of them killed.

P2P Turning Point

This is what is going on in the P2P world this moment.  BitTorrent is the king of P2P world.  BitTorrent download rate is one to two order of magnitude faster using BitTorrent than other P2P technologies.  For example, what typically takes a couple of weeks to download via eDonkey2000 takes only half a day to download via BitTorrent.

Unfortunately, torrents are not easy to find as other P2P technologies.  So if you want to download something in particular, you have to google around or find some BitTorrent search site.  Since BitTorrent is most effective at the very edge of what is hot and Google is not so hot in that space, you are out of luck unless you are a member of a hot BitTorrent site.

The ideal solution would be to distribute BitTorrent seed files on other P2P services such as eDonkey or Gnutella but those services currently don't handle indirections too well.  Once they do, the flood gate will open and it won't be just RIAA screaming but the Hollywood itself.

Win32 Firewall Hook

If you are a Win32 developer, this article on the scarcely undocumented firewall hook might interest you.  Unlike the network filter hook which supports only one system wide hook, multiple firewall hooks can be installed to monitor network packets.  Neato.

Red Sox

Not being a baseball fan, I probably watch no more than a couple of baseball games in any given year, but this year I watched 8 consecutive ballgames.  That's right, I started watching after Red Sox lost the first 3 games to Yankees.  Why?  Because, if an amazing story was about to unfold, the fourth game against Yankees had to be the game where it starts and I had a feeling the impossible was about to happen.

One after another, I enjoyed the excitement and the thrill continue on until the happy ending tonight.  My thanks to Red Sox for the amazing 8 games and heartfelt congratulations to generations of Red Sox fans who persevered despite all those years of agony and frustrations.  They must have felt it as I have.  There was a smell of magic in the air throughout the eight games I watched and, tonight, even the moon winked.

I'll cherish those moments as I am sure all those who watched will.

Slow

I haven't been blogging much this week because I have been busy with work and my own projects.  BTW, I am planning to release soon a preview of a new server-side news aggregation technology built around a handful of interesting ideas.

Abuse of Power

While the technologies of electronic goods have improved over the past decade, their quality have dropped to a point where it is not unusual to see things stop working after just a year.  It seems to me that analog and mechanical parts break down way before digital parts do: switches, latches, wires, power adapters, etc.

For example, AC power adapter for my laptop became unreliable in six months of use.  My typical yet odd state of being busy and lazy at the same time meant I would just wiggle the thing until it worked.  After three months of wiggling, it died.  In the course of trying to breath life back into it with ducktape, I found out that outter mesh of wires was torn somehow.

So I went to Fry's and got Targus universal AC adapter which came with a handful of 'power tips', each tailored for a particular brand or model of notebooks.  One of the tips worked with my laptop.  Again, after just a few months of use, I was back to wiggling to make it work and things went downhill from there to having to do an emergency surgery on the power tip at 3AM.

Once you open up something, it's open for good.  The power tip was designed wide for some unknown reason and was getting in the way of another port right next to the power port.  So I chopped off one of the sides and ducktaped the result.  Today, not the usual wiggling ritual would work so I did another surgery.

Afterward, I could see that there wasn't much life left in it so I ordered a couple more power tips as well as a spare power adapter.  While ordering, I found out that the power tip I had mangling into use was not the right one for my notebook.  Oops.  Feeling sorry, I gave it a name to apologize for my abuse of 'power'.

Here is Igor the Tortured Power Tip:

When Igor's replacements arrive, I will give it a decent burial at sea.  I am sure my gold fishes will make excellent tomb guardians.