Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production


Hey there! This article was written in 2004.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

Like pirating music, only encrypted

Posted 31 October 2004

I was at work last week, and realized that I had some speakers I could plug into the computer I have in my little basement dungeon. After getting that set up, I pondered what I could possibly play, since I had no music. Hmm...

Luckily, I'm using Ubuntu Linux at work, which conveniently has Gnome 2.8 installed. What makes Gnome 2.8 so special is its magical abstraction layer that allows programs to believe that files located anywhere on a network are really local files. Which means my music player can handle SSH. Which means that I can access my entire music collection, located on my computer in my dorm room, without having to save them to my work computer.

Within 10 seconds I had connected to my dorm computer and was listening to songs. I feel bad for the people who have to have a clear-cut distinction between local and remote files (and an insecure one at that -- yes, I just burned Windows users again).

In other news, the Spread Firefox people asked for donations of $70,000 in 10 days in order to take out a full-page ad in the New York Times when Mozilla Firefox 1.0 is released.

They received $100,000 in 3 days, and finished the 10 days at a quarter million dollars.