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Life is good [Apr. 26th, 2006|10:41 am]
Arvind Narayanan
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To feel the true power of gnome-vfs you have to use it in conjunction with ssh-keygen. And to feel the true power of ssh-keygen you have to use it in conjunction with gnome-vfs. I've been taking some of this power for granted in the last few months, but when I took a step back and thought about it I realized how awesome all of this truly is. Some examples:
  • I literally have around a terabyte of disk space.
  • Rhythmbox transparently shows me music from five different computers where I have user accounts as part of a single library.
  • I work on typesetting and programming both from home and school. I don't have to worry about moving files around or version control any more.
And of course, no passwords. Ever.

Software's definitely gotten simpler. I don't know what everybody's complaining about.

My dream is that one day the world will look this simple from my PDA as well. Universal WiFi and everything.
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[User Picture]From: sunson
2006-04-26 11:08 pm (UTC)
My dream device for the near future is a wifi-storage interface to a HUGE disk. Probably, think like apple, and shape it into some funky looking cube or a 'belt' that you can wear. All my devices -- camera, mobile, music player, video player, etc.,. will be able to access this device over the air. Imagine.

The ultimate device is, of course, a brain interface. ;)
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-04-27 08:47 am (UTC)
Yours will probably come true pretty soon, although it will probably be flash based rather than hard drive based (memory cost/capacity projections show flash overtaking magnetic media in the next few years). It is a purely technological problem, and there's market demand for it (portable movie player).

WiFi is more of an economic problem. The only hope seems to be a community wireless network.
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[User Picture]From: mssnlayam
2006-04-27 11:55 am (UTC)
I don't have to worry about moving files around or version control any more.

What does that mean?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-04-27 03:06 pm (UTC)
Earlier, if I wanted to work on remote files (that are not NFS exported) without making a local copy, I'd have to use a remote X session, which is (and will always be) too slow to be usable on anything but a LAN because most programs make an insane number of round trips between the X client and server. Now I can work with local programs on remote files, which is way faster because only file operations require a (single) round trip.
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