Another itch scratched

So there you are, with many software RAIDs. You’ve been building and rebuilding them. And somewhere along the line, you lost track of which devices were which. So somehow you didn’t clean up the last build right, and you thought you had a hot spare … until you looked at /proc/mdstat … and said … […]

ClusterHQ dies

ClusterHQ is now dead. They were an early container play, building a number of tools around Docker/etc. for the space. Containers are a step between bare metal and VMs. FLocker (ClusterHQ’s product) is open source, and they were looking to monetize it in a different way (not on acquisition, but on support). In this space […]

fortran for webapps

Use Fortran for your MVC web app. No, really … Here you are, coding your new density functional theory app, and you want to give it a nice shiny new web framework front end. Config files are so … 80s … Like in grad school, man … You want shiny new MVC action, with the […]

Another fun bit of debugging

Ok … so here you are doing a code build. Your environment is all set. You have ample space. Lots of CPU, lots of RAM. All packages are up to date. You start your make. You have another window open with dstat running, just to kinda, sorta watch the system, while you are doing other […]

Violin files for Chapter 11

This has been long in coming. I feel for the people involved. Violin makes proprietary flash modules and chassis, to provide an all flash “array”. The performance is somewhat “meh”, and the cost is high. Like most of the rest of the companies in this space, their latest model bits are quite a bit below […]

So it seems Java is not free

This article on The Register indicates that Oracle is now working actively to monetize java use. Given the spate of java hacks over the years, and the decidedly non-free nature of the language, I suspect we are going to see replacement development language use skyrocket, as people develop in anything-but-Java going forward. Think about the […]

She’s dead Jim

It looks like (if the rumor is true) that Solaris will be pushing up the daisies soon. Note: Solaris != SmartOS This has been a long time coming. Combine this with Fujitsu dumping SPARC for headline projects … yeah … its likely over. FWIW: I like SmartOS. The issue for it are drivers. We tried […]