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Solaris 8 brandz getppid hack

September 12th, 2009 No comments

Sun has always said that any application written for Solaris 6 will be forwards compatible with any other version. It’s a big claim, but as long as the application adheres to the API it’s possible.
Occasionally you bump into things that don’t adhere to the API, (quite a lot of applications really). This is usually caused by developers thinking that they should do things “this way”, because Sun does it oh so wrong all the time. Consequently, you end up with legacy applications that can’t run on Solaris 10.

Enter Solaris 8 brandz zones. Being able to run legacy applications in a Solaris 8 brandz generally gets you around most of the issues in the remaining apps that do stupid things. However, there’s a couple of quirks with a zone that can introduce odd behaviour in an application.

Progress for example……. Read On.
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Prowl – the “anything” push to your iPhone

September 11th, 2009 No comments

I came across this cool little iPhone app in my recent adventures into the world of distractedness. A growl client for the iPhone.

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WordPress + iPhone + BlogPress

September 9th, 2009 No comments

I recently moved my blog away from Joomla and over to WordPress.

This was for several reasons:
1. Joomla is a pain in the bum for blogging. Its too complex for a blog and I keep forgetting the differences between a “com”, “module” and a “plugin”.
2. Upgrading is a pain in the bum. I just recently noticed that half my content went missing as part of a recent upgrade.
3. I had bought an iPhone and wanted to be able to post while out and about. Getting this going in Joomla was a pain in the bum, (although I discovered after switching to WordPress that it wasn’t really Joomla’s fault).
4. My old TreeCam blog was running on an old version of s9y, and I wanted to combine it all.
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Sun Java Web Console

July 9th, 2009 No comments

This is a little rant from several angles.

Sun’s Java Web Console is a nice little toy. Great for those people who prefer the less extreme learning curve of a CLI, and great for manager types who like pictures.

I’ve used it several times before, but thought I’d try it in on x86 Solaris10u6 box I have here. Bloody Sun. You think a released version implies that it’s stable, and working.
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Rant – Solaris vs Linux Part I

November 13th, 2008 No comments

A rant about the state of play with Sun, and what I’d like to see Sun do to improve Solaris.
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HOWTO – Opera Mini + Linux

September 11th, 2008 No comments

I’ve been a user of Opera Mini for a long time. On my mobile it’s great. However, there’s times when I need to view the web in a bigger than 240×320 format. I spend a fair amount of time on the train, and I have a laptop with bluetooth, and a phone with GPRS and bluetooth…. but GPRS is slow and running firefox over it is a pain… even with images turned off.

So, this howto shows you how to run Opera Mini on Linux in glorious 1440×900…. and take advantage of the speed increase.
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cooling the cupboard

June 24th, 2008 No comments

I have a lot of hardware running 24×7 – PCs, routers, switches, firewalls, SAN, and it’s all contained within a cupboard where I stick it all. It’s pretty cool, in that it’s a dust free environment, and keeps the noise at bay, which is my intent. It’s basically a small contained computer room. What’s not cool about it, is that it isn’t.
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laser projectors

June 6th, 2008 No comments

Laser projectors have been around for a while. You would see them at discos, (showing my age there), along with fog machines, creating ambience. More recently companies have been trying to make into something more useful than mere ambience, but is there any real practical use for them?

What would you say to a device that can project a 2048×1280 screen on
any surface, infinite focus, no moving parts, that consumes only 1.5W
of power, and is the size of a matchbox?

This device seems to be such a device. If it was a typical 1st April day post, then I would have casually laughed and moved on. But if this device does what it promises, then laser projectors will be the demise of these bulky LCD screens, (LOL).

If only it wasn’t announced a year ago….. Where is it now?

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cable laying – ile de Sein

April 8th, 2008 No comments

One of the things I enjoy seeing is big engineering. That is: Engineering on a big scale. I had the good fortune to be offered a guided tour of a cable laying ship. Which is a ship that lays cables, (funnily enough).
ile de sein
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Solaris jumpstart common problems

October 24th, 2007 No comments

I’ve been playing around with Solaris jumpstart recently. I haven’t used it since the early days. It seems that a lot of the old problems still exist. So, I’ve listed most of the common problems and their solution here. This also covers Sun’s JET, (Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit).
This is a Work In Progress – so I’ll be updating this from time time as I come across issues.
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