stateless booting

A problem I’ve been working on dealing with for a while has been the sad … well … no … terrible state of programmatically configured Linux systems, where the state is determined from a central (set of) source(s) via configuration databases, and NOT by local stateful configuration files. Madness lies in wait for those choosing […]

Systemd, and the future of Linux init processing

An interesting thing happened over the last few months and years. Systemd, a replacement init process for Linux, gained more adherents, and supplanted the older style init.d/rc scripting in use by many distributions. Ubuntu famously abandoned init.d style processing in favor of upstart and others in the past, and has been rolling over to systemd. […]

Starting to come around to the idea that swap in any form, is evil

Here’s the basic theory behind swap space. Memory is expensive, disk is cheap. Only use the faster memory for active things, and aggressively swap out the less used things. This provides a virtual address space larger than physical/logical memory. Great, right? No. Heres why. 1) swap makes the assumption that you can always write/read to […]

SC14 T minus 6 and counting

Scalable’s booth is #3053. We’ll have some good stuff, demos, talks, and people there. And coffee. Gotta have the coffee. More soon, come by and visit us! Viewed 67001 times by 8897 viewers

InfluxDB cli is up on github

I know there is a node version, and I did try it before I wrote my own. Actually, the reason I wrote my own was that I tried it and … well … Link is here. And yes, the readme is borked about 1/2 way through. Doesn’t quite show the formatting of the output quite […]

Have a nice cli for InfluxDB

I tried the nodejs version and … well … it was horrible. Basic things didn’t work. Made life very annoying. So, being a good engineering type, I wrote my own. It will be up on our site soon. Here’s an example ./ –host –user test –pass test –db metrics metrics> \list series .———————————-. | […]

Doing what we are passionate about

I am lucky. I fully admit this. There are people out there whom will tell you that its pure skill that they have been in business and been successful for a long time. Others will admit luck is part of it, but will again, pat themselves on the back for their intestinal fortitude. Few will […]

Yay, latest Java update broke Supermicro remote console

JRE 7 u 51. Self signed Java console applet. Let the hilarity begin. I tried uploading our own cert and key to the unit. No luck. Its the applet the needs to be re-signed. This is the joyous message that awaits: Of course, the IPMIview tool sorta kinda works. Though its useless for remote support […]