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Monday, February 25, 2008

  Push and Pull with IPv6

I have continued my experimentation with IPv6. (I'm working on something that is shaping
up to be pretty cool, actually, especially for sites far from google)

I've already seen IPv6 change my workflow in several minor, but significant ways.
The biggest noticeable one was to be working on a git project and be able to pull AND
push. What I mean by that is that I'll do most of my work offline, in git, on my laptop.
When I'm ready to test it, I push it out to the remote server, and login to that via ssh.

Now - I'm in front of a xterm window, ok? logged into that server. I build the project there, and
start testing it. I mess up something. So I fix it - iterating over several versions - until I
get it right. I commit the changes to that copy of the git project... AND push the changes back
to the copy living on my laptop, from the server.

Now, by flipping a window, I could have pulled the copy back from the server, rather than pushed
it, but I saved a mental context switch by pushing it... a subtle difference in workflow.

Similarly I can pull stuff from my laptop to the server (I forgot to scp a data file, for example) rather than push it....

In this case, the client becomes the server, and the server becomes the client. There's no longer a master/slave relationship between the server and me... I like that.

Now, there are some pretty massive security implications in doing the work this way, but
at the moment I mostly just care about my own productivity...

And, compared to seeing this darn message multiple times a day, I'd rather be responsible for my own problems....

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