YaCy: P2P Google Rival?

I think I’ve stumbled across this site before, but today someone who visited my blog some how ‘found’ my blog through it. It’s still a proof of concept in the parts that work and it is missing many results that are findable from Google but I expect that to change over time with the addition of more peers and the implementation of a crawler. The interesting thing is that YaCy doesn’t use a crawler (yet), instead it implements a proxy caching of sites that YaCy users search and browse. This partially implements my idea for the TGG query response caching, which has been implemented in various Gnutella clients already, though not to the TGG GASSPS specs.

Here is the link: YaCy Homepage

-John Havlik

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Firefox + iTMS = Songbird

Forget that outdated metallic feel of iTunes and say hello the modern, plastic black of Songbird. It looks like iTMS, it works with iTMS, but it’s more than that. It’s open source, based off of the Gecko rendering engine, uses XML/XUL based GUI, and is able to use the multiple Microsoft music services along with iTMS. The only bad thing is that there isn’t even a beta preview yet so until then it can’t be used by the masses.

I had my four wisdom teeth extracted today. I fought off the anesthetic again but didn’t try to get up like last time. I can’t eat anything too solid for about a week so until then it’ll be fun finding things to snack on.

-John Havlik

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RIAA Music Sales Down Again

Five years ago, well make it six, the economy, Napster and music industry reached its peak. Then all hell broke loose, the industry became greedy and shut down Napster, and then the economy tanked. Who’s to blame? Naturally the RIAA/industry is to blame, but not according to the industry. When your sales are down 50% since your peak in 1999 you naturally blame the customer, since they are never correct. Nor do the consumers know what is good for them; since they aren’t buying your product. Could it possibly be that the RIAA is suing its consumers? Or is it because they place DRM and copyright protection on their CDs? Possibly that Sony slip-up (the rootkit that infested numerous computers and is prone to viruses) is to blame for the majority of consumer’s rightful distrust of the RIAA monopoly. Just maybe the lack of quality is driving consumers to stop buying the “product” all together?

“File sharing and p2p networks are to blame!” This is a blatant lie. RIAA officials still claim that p2p is the reason their sales are down. Well here’s some news, p2p traffic between August and October dropped 11 percent.

So go on, share and download all the music that you want to. Most importantly do not buy a CD from an RIAA artist this Christmas season. Visit RIAA Radar and make sure the CD isn’t an inferior RIAA product.

-John Havlik

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Snow

It snowed all day today and is still snowing. Unfortunately we had school today. I guess EP didn’t have school, though I’m guessing it wasn’t true, since some devious students in a certain first block class enjoy spreading false information, just as people can’t tell the difference from HFCHS and HFA.

I made another intro for the CHS podcast this time I spliced it into the first 1:14 of the show, the following link will play it.

Here is the link: CHS Podcast #13 Spliced Intro

-John Havlik

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The North Face Men’s Dominant TriClimate

Finally, it’s coldish and there is snow here in Minnesota, which was a sudden reminder that I need a new winter coat. My old orange and navy blue Columbia Fire Ridge served me well for many years, well since seventh grade to be exact (do the math). The only problems with it are it’s now too small for me, two years ago I accidentally punctured it while running near a fence (a long story but I did repair the hole with some superglue), and it doesn’t have Omni-Tech (breathable waterproofing, similar to Gore-Tex.).

I initially wanted a Columbia Titanium series jacket but not a single store in our area handles the good Titanium jackets. There are several cheaper Titanium jackets which are, well, inferior. So we found ourselves in REI and they have tons of The North Face apparel and some Columbia stuff too, but not the good Titanium jackets. They have a 400 USD Deceptacon TriClimate jacket which is top of the line for what REI carries. There are about 5 or so better jackets produced by The North Face. There is also a 280 USD Vortex TriClimate jacket but it doesn’t fit right, for some reason the arm length on the right side is too short.

Today we went to a new Sports Authority which opened in EP. They have this Dominate TriClimate jacket which is made by The North Face and it is 300 USD list price but on sale for 250 USD. It fits correctly as did the Deceptacon and is much more moderately priced so I ended up with it. I haven’t really tested it yet but will soon. The only thing I can’t figure out is why The North Face doesn’t acknowledge its existence for a men’s variety. It is supposedly a women’s jacket name so then I tried to find out what it really was and why it was miss marketed. Sports Authority doesn’t have the jacket for men or women on its website so I’m back to square one. It appears to be directly based off of the Deceptacon but without the 200 USD liner (“Soft Shell”) that it has, and not as many internal pockets. But, all the other vitals are there, waterproof via HyVent (works the same as Omni-Tech/Gore-Tex) and the correct size.

-John Havlik

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