Fast ext4 fsck times, revisited

Last night I managed to finish up a rather satisfying improvement to ext4’s inode and block allocators. The ext4’s original allocator was actually a bit more simple-minded than ext3’s, in that it didn’t implement the Orlov algorithm to spread...

New toy: iPod Touch (2nd Generation)

With the price drop, I finally decided to get a 32GB iPod Touch, and I have to admit, Apple has done a really nice job. Its decisions about which applications it decides to arbitrarily blacklist from its AppStore (either now or without warning in the future) is evil,...

Thoughts about the Palm Foleo

I looked at the Foleo and played with one while I was at Linux World a few weeks ago, but it is so restrictive in what it can do that I was completely unimpressed. First of all, according to one of the people at the booth, it will only work with a select set of...

More reasons not to buy monster cables

… besides the fact that their cables are generally ripoffs: Q: When is a frivolous lawsuit not frivolous? A: When it’s filed by a corporation. Monster fiercely protects its name: Cable products company sues those who use...

Time to get a new phone…

Well, shoot. I guess it’s time to retire my Nokia 6310i and get myself a new phone. It turns out my 6310i is way vulnerable to bluesnarfing, which means that an atttacker can grab pretty much all of the data stored on the handset, including the address book and...