Technology Tidbits

Reiser … Its a file system. And its a courtroom drama.
File systems … as in how the data on your hard drive if filed and how the computer you are using lets you see things like a list of those files, opens the ones you want to open, etc … are a key feature of any modern operating system. There are several ways to do it. One method is the so-called “Journaling” file system, which keeps extra-special track of everything it does (in a journal) and is therefore extra reliable.

One of the most effective file systems is, of course, the LInux file system called “ext” (there are different versions, such as ext2 and ext3). I would recommend using ext3 because it has the best combination of features, theoretical reliability, and reliability proven through widespread use. But another one that is probably better is an OpenSource filesystem known as Reiser.

Reiser is also the name of a guy, the guy who created this file system, and who is also on trial for murdering his wife.

In September 2006, Nina Reiser, a 31-year-old doctor and mother of two, disappeared.

In September 2006, Nina Reiser, a 31-year-old doctor and mother of two, disappeared.

Nina and her husband, Hans Reiser, were in the midst of a nasty divorce, and even without a body, it didn’t take long for police to arrest Reiser and charge him with his wife’s murder.

Reiser was a child prodigy who dropped out of junior high school and enrolled at the University of California Berkeley at age 15. After college, he made his mark in the business world, starting a technology company and developing a new computer file system some consider revolutionary.

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So, we have a cool file system and a courtroom drama all wrapped up in one.

Speaking of jail …

A New Jersey man was sentenced to more than two years in prison on Friday for helping send “spam” e-mails to more than 1.2 million America Online subscribers.

Todd Moeller, 28, was sentenced 27 months in prison in a federal court in New York after he was caught making a deal with a government informant to send junk e-mails — known as spam — advertising a computer security program in return for 50 percent of the profits, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said.

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If you own an Alltel Phone:

Time Change Bug Hits Some Alltel Phones from PhysOrg.com
(AP) — Most of the country moved their clocks back one hour when daylight saving time ended Sunday, but some Alltel Corp. customers saw their cellular phone clocks jump forward an hour instead.

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Google News Glitch:

Glitch Mismatches Photos, News on Google from PhysOrg.com
(AP) — Engineers at Google Inc. are working to resolve a problem on the company’s Google News site that has resulted in some photos and news stories being mismatched.

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Geek Squad: Time for an Open Source Alternative?

Best Buy’s Geek Squad has certainly enjoyed its share of press in recent months. But I found some amusing things about some of their policies — which were recently leaked to the public (thanks to a link found at Digg.com). The policies demonstrate that the “agents” are expected to make legal judgment calls regarding such applications as P2P options.

So, for instance, if the Geek Squad client was downloading a Linux distribution and happened to be using bittorrent, would this mean that Geek Squad’s policy is then to advise the client that this could be an illegal application? Something is not right here. But wait, it gets worse.

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Comments

  1. #1 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    November 5, 2007

    If you really need performance, XFS and JFS are both quite good. Linux has a nice assortment of file systems for all tastes.

  2. #2 Paul Hutchinson
    November 5, 2007

    Would it be in bad taste to say Reiser is a killer file system, probably but I like bad taste jokes (e.g. Family Guy).
    I agree with the ext3 recommendation, my current distro of choice OpenSuse, always recommends Reiser but I choose ext3 for the reasons you stated.

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