I was catching up on the various talks at PyCon 2016 held in the wonderful city of Portland, Oregon last month.
There are lots of good content available from PyCon 2016 on youtube. What I was particularly struck was, what one could say is a mundane tool for file transfer.
This tool, called magic-wormhole, allows for any two systems, anywhere to be able to send files (via a intermediary), fully encrypted and secured.
This beats doing a scp from system to system, especially if the receiving system is behind a NAT and/or firewall.
I manage lots of systems for myself as well as part of the work I at Red Hat. Over the years, I’ve managed a good workflow when I need to send files around but all of it involved having to use some of the techniques like using http, or using scp and even miredo.
But to me, magic-wormhole is easy enough to set up, uses webrtc and encryption, that I think deserves to get a much higher profile and wider use.
On the Fedora 24 systems I have, I had to ensure that the following were all set up and installed (assuming you already have gcc installed):
a) dnf install libffi-devel python-devel redhat-rpm-config
b) pip install –upgrade pip
c) pip install magic-wormhole
Now I would want to run a server to provide the intermediary function instead of depending on the goodwill of Brian Warner.
I was searching for advertisements that I recalled seeing in the Linux Journal back in the mid 1990s that was put out by Red Hat about their upcoming release of Red Hat Linux. Fortunately, I could find my copy of those LJ publications and so, for posterity sake, here are two advertisements. The first one is a half-page ad that appeared in the June/July 1994 edition and specifically calls out to CS/EE and Math students! Interesting. Notice also that the email address to contact is firstname.lastname@example.org! Whois says that redhat.com was registered 1994-05-26.
I guess as the take up increased, Red Hat could afford a full page advertisement and this time brandishing “Quality Linux” and RHS Linux as the product name. This is from the October 1994 edition of Linux Journal. I like the fact that the ad mentions “For details, finger or send email to email@example.com”. When was the last time you read “finger” for info? Ah, the simpler days of the Internet.
Say what you will, I think the Tall Top Hat logo is pretty cool!
Update: Based on a request from a fellow Red Hatter, I scanned through a few more LJs and found another ad from August 1996. It’s a full colour back cover advertisement but this time with a man rushing and holding onto his hat. Here you go:
I am an organizer of a programming contest that will be using some really cool technologies (HTML5, Python, OpenShift, just to name three). This will be a contest open to anyone but we would need whoever takes part to be in Singapore for the duration of the contest.
This contest will also involve children 12-years and below (in their own category using Scratch as the tool) as well as an open category covering everyone else.
This contest covers the entire gamut of users – children (the next generation coders), cool technologies, innovation, solving society’s problems).
What I would like to do is to find a way to have the President of the Republic of Singapore to be the guest of honour to present prizes to the winners when the contest is all over. President Tony Tan, in his earlier career, we a champion of education (as Minister of Education), headed up the National Research Foundation (as champion of innovation and entrepreneurship) and is the current patron of the Singapore Computer Society.
My challenge is that everyone I talk to says that “inviting the president is hard; too much protocol; too many security related issues etc”. Really? Is it so hard to invite the head of state to be the chief guest of an event focusing on things that he had championed earlier in his career?
Please tell me how I can cut to the chase and get him as the Chief Guest. Anyone? I will send an email to him directly, but I shall put this request out in public now.