2011-11-22

In with the old

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time working on basslin.es, my recently-created record label. This new label is a replacement for my old label, which was called The Basement Productions, or TBP. I abandoned it after years of neglect resulted in losing the domain I once used for it. (It also didn't help that dozens of other people were also using indistinguishably similar names for their crappy independent record labels.)

With TBP dead, there was a reasonably significant volume of music which was orphaned, with no label to call home, so I decided to re-release a few of my favorite selections. Some of these are now available for download: The Green Hit by my first rap group, 5 oh Trees; Transparent Pleasancies and Spasm by the elusive str1ng; 23space by Juno Process; and my first compilation release, the venerable Firesign Revisited.

I won't claim that any of these are marvels of modern sound engineering or amazing works of sonic art, but a few of these tracks have aged remarkably well, and they hold a significant level of sentimental value to me and everyone who worked on them.

There should be a couple more re-releases within the next few weeks, as well as new releases of old material which has never been heard outside of the artists' studios. I also intend to release the debut Hundred Round Drum album by the end of the year; I only need a subwoofer so I can finish up the post-production process, then it's ready to go. Last, but not least, I'm told there's new str1ng material coming soon.

Anyway, if you're in the mood to listen to something different, head on over to basslin.es and check it out!

2011-11-07

IPv6 returns to Personal Telco networks

While many still consider the next-generation Internet protocol to be a fringe technology, there's no denying it's an increasingly important step forward for data networks everywhere. The Personal Telco Project's production Internet servers have been equipped with IPv6 capabilities for some time, but nodes were long left in the dark ages of IPv4.

On World IPv6 Day, a weekly PTP meeting was held. At this point, I was just starting to get involved with the project again; when we discussed the fact that no IPv6 support existed for the majority of nodes and no such support was planned, I volunteered to find a clean solution to this problem which didn't involve a lot of extra work to deploy.

This wasn't the first time this project had been undertaken. Years earlier, when Jimmy Schmierbach and I worked together to develop the PTPnet VPN, we had included IPv6 support in the design from the beginning. Unfortunately, when we both took a break from the project, the IPv6 components of our solution fell into disuse, and were eventually removed. Despite that fact, luckily, the fundamental design of the VPN had remained unchanged, so reinstating IPv6 support wouldn't require any significant changes to the underlying network.

Armed with this knowledge, I set out to integrate IPv6 into the new node configuration generator scripts created by Russell Senior, and a couple of prototype builds later, I came up with a reasonable solution. Using a /48 prefix delegation from the Hurricane Electric Free IPv6 Tunnel Broker service to one of the core servers, and OLSR for IPv6 mesh routing, all new nodes will now be deployed with basic IPv6 capability. Existing nodes will be updated as time permits.

Pretty cool!