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Welcome to 2012


January 1 2012

In today's blog entry, I welcome my readers to twenty-twelve (2012) and discuss my hopes and plans for this new year.

New MaraDNS snapshot

Let me start off 2012 with a new MaraDNS snapshot: I have forward-ported the randomized hash to the 2.0 branch of the MaraDNS tree.

It can be downloaded here:

MaraDNS 2012 roadmap

MaraDNS 1.3 will no longer be updated or supported on December 21, 2012. I currently do not have an end of life for MaraDNS 1.4, but am decreasing my support for it: While I did fix non-security bugs with MaraDNS 1.4 in 2011, this will no longer be done. Other bug fixes will only be applied to MaraDNS 2.

MaraDNS 2 has been declared stable for over a year and it's time for MaraDNS 1 users to upgrade.

As mentioned before, I have no plans to add significant new features to MaraDNS, but I am currently getting enough funding to do basic babysitting: Fixing non-security bugs and answering email sent to the mailing list. Hopefully the funding will continue so I can provide the bug fixes and email support for all of 2012.

Netbooks in 2012

I am looking forward to the new Cedar Trail netbook chips. Not only do they offer slightly superior CPU performance than last year's N550 Atom chip while using less energy, their GPU performance is twice that of the older Atom chips. It may even be possible to play 2004 and 2005-era video games on them.

2011 was not the best year for netbooks. Not only have both Dell and Samsung declared they they are pulling out of the netbook market, but also Lenovo and Toshiba only released their newer mid-2011 Atom N550 netbooks outside of the US.

While there is already buzz about the Lenovo S110 with a Cedar Trail chip, I find it unlikely it will be released in the United States.

Both Acer and ASUS, however, appear committed to releasing newer Cedar Trail netbooks state-side. Hopefully they will do well enough in 2012 that Lenovo and Toshiba will also make their new offerings available here in the US.

The economy in 2012

It appears that the tech economy is really picking up for 2012. I was able to get more face-to-face job interviews in the last two months of 2011 than I was able over a four-month period a year ago.

It is going to take a while for our economy to fully recover; it will probably be at least a couple of years before we have dot-com levels of employment again, but the economy is at least moving upward again.

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