You can’t win

Like that old joke about the patient going to the Doctor for a pain … Patient: Doctor, it hurts when I do this (does some action which hurts) Doctor: Don’t do it then Imagine if you will, a patient whom, after being told what is wrong, and why it hurts, and what to do about […]

That was fun … no wait … the other thing … not fun

Long overdue update of the server this blog runs on. It is no longer running a Ubuntu flavor, but instead running SIOSv2 which is the same appliance operating system that powers our products. This isn’t specifically a case of eating our own dog-food, but more a case that Ubuntu, even the LTS versions, have a […]

Not a fan of device mapper in Linux

Yeah, I know. It brings all manner of capabilities with it. Its just the cost of these capabilities, when combined with other tools, like, say, Docker, that make me not want to use it. To wit: root@ucp-01:~# ls -alF /var/lib/docker/devicemapper/devicemapper/ total 52508 drwx—— 2 root root 80 Jan 29 22:38 ./ drwx—— 4 root root […]

A wonderful read on metrics, profiling, benchmarking

Brendan Gregg’s writings are always interesting and informative. I just saw a link on hacker news to a presentation he gave on “Broken Performance Tools“. It is wonderful, and succinctly explains many thing I’ve talked about here and elsewhere, but it goes far beyond what I’ve grumbled over. One of my favorite points in there […]


This is something of a hard post to write, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the topic comes as something of a surprise to me. I am just going to state it, and then discuss it. The vast majority of people (and companies) out there, whom think they know […]

love/hate relationship with new hardware

One of the dangers of dealing with newer hardware is often that, it doesn’t work so well. Or the drivers get hosed in mysterious ways. We’ve got some nice shiny new 10GbE cards for a set of Unison systems going into a customer next week. We had some very odd issues with other 10GbE cards, […]