Back home in Berlin
After one day for travel and sleeping-over-the-jetlag, I'm finally back on
track at my home in Berlin.
I just decided to skip WTH, since it
would require me to leave again in only two days (and I have another travel
coming up on 1st August. So I'd rather spend the time to continue my current
netfilter projects, taking care of accounting and tax declaration, etc.
Unfortunately I'm bound to using slower/older machines and my notebook, since
the warranty replacement for my workstations' liquid cooling system has not yet arrived :(
Chaosradio on Electronic Health Card
Today I'll be moderating this months' episode of Chaosradio on the upcoming
German Gesundheitskarte (Electronic Health Card, EHC).
This is the latest incarnation of the ever-increasing number of large-scale IT
projects in public atministration. Following-up infamous examples such as
TollCollect, the ALG2 software, INPOL-NEU, ELSTER, and last but not least the
RFID enabled electronic Passport. And it will affect the data privacy and data
protection of even more German citizens than any of the beforementioned
I'm very pleased to announce Thomas Maus (ThoMaus), one (if not the) most
prominent critical experts on the EHC as a live guest in the radio studio.
This subject is actually one that I think fits best into the idea of
Chaosradio: Technical, but with vast implications on society.
Even more than my last "favourite" data retention, but less than the upcoming
Chaosradio show on "voting machines".
From my point of view there are too many issues currently at this border
between technology, politics and society that need to be adressed. Too many to
just talk about geeky technological stuff that is certainly also happening and woth covering it in Chaosradio.
Intel releases Development manual for e1000 chips
Finally, within years, at least one hardware vendor does The Right Thing (TM):
Intel releases hardware documentation about their Gigabit Ethernet Controller chips (known as 'e1000') in the Linux world. (For the curious ones: you can get it from the e1000 sourceforge page)
Even more surprising, they are doing it _despite_ providing a high-quality GPL
licensed Linux driver. And by doing this, they show that they have understood
that the many developers who are playing with their chip will in the end help
them to perform even better, but only if they can actually read the hardware documentation.
There's a group of Linux networking developers who are constantly trying to
optimize the driver and come up with new strategies on how to deal with high
packet rates.. And at least until now, all the big current Gigabit Ethernet
chips did not come with any kind of documentation.
Broadcom tg3 and Syskonnect/Marvell Yukon2 now have a severe competitive
disadvantage. Let's see whether they get the clue, and release documentation,
I'm not a big fan of Intel, but what they're doing with regard to Linux and
their e1000 and ipw2xxx chips is really good. Thanks, Intel!