OpenSolaris: The Premier iSCSI Platform

Posted on July 5, 2006

Its happened... as seen in the Monday ON drop, the Solaris iSCSI Target has been integrated. Download the code here. I've been hacking around with the iSCSI Target as long as I've been able to get my grubby hands on it and find it really exciting. Solaris is now in the iSCSI drivers seat, with its own initiator and target implementation. I big round of applause goes to Mr. Richard McNeal, at Sun, or as he might be better called: ...

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Splunk 2.0.10 Released

Posted on July 5, 2006

Splunk 2.0.10 is available for all platforms except Solaris/X86, which is still at 2.0.8 right now. View the release notes for the good news. If your considering a Time Management friendly infrastructure project, strongly consider implementing Splunk, first on a small trial basis and then possible fanning it out to a larger, more comprehensive distributed (Splunk-2-Splunk) solution. We'll talk more about distributed splunk soon.

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Time Management for System Administrators

Posted on June 29, 2006

I have a lot of books. Tamarah and I have one whole room of our house dubbed "the library" complete with 6 overflowing book cases... and I've still got 4 stacks of books 2 feet high in the den. The reality is I never actually "read" them, so much as I, in an SA like fashion, skim them quickly for what I need, read those sections that apply to my needs at the time, and then shelf them for later consumption. I can't remember the last time I ...

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Sun “Chief Open Source Officer” on “Open Source”

Posted on June 28, 2006

I hesitate to write on this subject, I know Simon personally and like him, he's a good guy. But we have some differing opinions on the topics of open source philosophy. Here are three write-ups reguarding his recent talk at the Open Source Business Confrence in London: Sun's open source chief predicts software 3.0 Sun: Open source is about self-interest Simon Phipps on "The Zen of Free" (OSBC London) First things first. If you ...

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New Top 500 SuperComputer List Released

Posted on June 28, 2006

Everyone loves big computers... especially me. So go wrap yourself in the June 2006 Top 500 List. Interesting things are happening in the Top 10, here's the bullet points imho: IBM Has taken control of the top 3 slot on the list, with 2 BlueGene's and a pSeries eServer p5 system comprised of 12,208 processors. A Dell PowerEdge 1850, 3.6 GHz, Infiniband cluster utilizing 9,024 processors makes number 6 on the list. Cray's best ...

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Those that don’t matter: A talk with the editor of Business 2.0

Posted on June 28, 2006

As posted earlier, I was extremely offended and dismayed by the recent 10 people who don't matter expose in Business 2.0. As it turns out, I wasn't the only one offended in this house... my wife, Tamarah, was infuriated by the list as well. So much so that she mailed the editor, Owen Thomas. A lengthy and spirited exchanged followed, which I won't post in entirety given that it was a private exchange, but I found the following ultimate ...

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Ruby on Rails at Penny Arcade

Posted on June 27, 2006

Penny Arcade has been suffering some problems lately which has reveiled that the site is powered by Ruby on Rails. This was announced back in November, but apparently skipping straight to the comic causes you to miss out from time to time. Gabes comments about the transition were classic: "Along with the slick new visuals the guts of the site also got a huge upgrade. Penny Arcade right now represents one of the largest implementations of ...

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Overthinking Fatherhood

Posted on June 27, 2006

I'm compelled to write about an article refenced by Jim Grisanzio, found in Time Magazine: Does Fatherhood Make You Happy?. If you don't feel like reading my diatribe, here's the punchline: Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert is the author of Stumbling on Happiness... is a clod. There are certain questions that are worded such that the answer is presumed. This is one of those. Merely asking the question makes me uneasy. Of ...

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Ruby Shines in Linux Journal

Posted on June 26, 2006

I gave up on the Linux Journal some time ago. Technical content was low, ads were overshadowing the content, and I just didn't see it as being worth the $5. Instead I prefered Linux Magazine which had better technical content, was more well rounded, and provided a lot more value per mag. But LJ has worked hard to claw back it seems, by doing a better job of centering the content (creating a subject flow throughout each issue) and even ...

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Solaris 10 6/06 Update 2: ZFS Hits the Data Center

Posted on June 26, 2006

Solaris 10 Update 2 is officially ready for download. Currently bandwidth is being strained at Sun due to massive interest in the release. For the scoop on whats new and exciting, What's New in the Solaris 10 6/06 Release doc. Some high points include: The Solaris ZFS File System Predictive Self-Healing for x64 Systems Predictive Self-Healing Support for SNMP Notification Common Agent Container (for JMX and JDMK iSCSI ...

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