From a suggestion in one of asa’s posts, I just took a quick look at Forumzilla.  My first impression is that it’s a pretty cool concept - it would allow me to reduce my number of running applications by one.  I’ve been running SharpReader for some time and it’s certainly a memory hog, especially when you get a fair number of feeds in it. 

Forumzilla has a different concept than SharpReader, however.  Instead of each feed having its own, individual, leaf-type folder, Forumzilla lets you pick one of your mail folders to drop a particular feed in.  While this is a cool concept, I think I would prefer to have something similar to the new bookmark manager for handling the feeds:

I’d imagine that you would display the available folders on the right without feeds and have the folders on the right contain the actual feed locations.  You could drag and drop the feeds to the existing mail folders on the left and right side, allowing you to quickly add and organize new feeds.

What do you think?

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Is there a good cross-platform, storage virtualization application available?  I want a magical, automatically-clustered-and-redundant service that concatenates all of the free space within an entire network into a single “megadrive” and makes that available as a shared drive to all systems.

Ideally, it would allow you to “hotswap” computers in and out of the ad-hoc array, mirroring the data between nodes as necessary to ensure that more than one copy of all data is available at all times.  I suppose this is similar to the approach that Google has been taking with their distributed file system.

You could combine all of the storage within your network into a massively-redundant shared drive.  Every night, you could even move all of the data closer to the nodes that request it most often.

If you run out of space on the ad-hoc array, just run out and buy a couple of drives and USB 2.0 enclosures to get by in the meantime.

I suppose I can keep on dreaming, but true storage virtualization would be an amazing feat.

Afterthought: I’d like a clustered filesystem that ran over TCP/IP/Ethernet rather than the expensive fibre-channel stuff.  I’ll take mega-storage over mega-performance in this case.

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Saw F9/11 last night.  Good flick, certainly could have been longer - probably a ten-part mini-series with all the info in it.

The interesting part was how Moore discussed the constant, elevated fear level of the US.  Flipping around CNN, I found this story (FBI warns of possible deadly floating material).  There have been so many “terrorist warnings” without actual attacks that it makes you wonder why they even use the phrase “credible intelligence.”

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I keep seeing these so-called “Get the facts” and they’re ticking me off with their blatant misrepresentation of facts.

The one I just saw compared the price of Mainframe Linux with the price of Windows Server 2003.

Uhh…  isn’t that a little unfair?  What about comparing PC Linux with PC Windows Server 2003?  Are they afraid to do this thing head-to-head on the same platform?  If you read the test, they are using Samba 2.2.x and Apache 1.2.x - not 3.0.x and 2.x, the latest versions respectively.  Wouldn’t it be fair to compare the newer versions of the applications with Windows 2003?  Or perhaps the older versions with the equivalent of Windows 2000?

I’m sure that in this case there isn’t any real lying, as far as distortion of facts goes, but it’s certainly not very honest.  It’s a shame no-one is running any true head-to-heads tests on the same hardware to counter these studies.

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