BTW: I am out on vacation (holiday for most of the non-US world) … working … iphone … yadda yadda

Spent several days in Orlando Florida (the house of mouse), and today drove to Key West, after a short stop in Miami to visit a friend, his wife, and their newly 1 year old daughter.
Of course, upon getting to Key West, first our hotel door wouldn’t open, and then when we figured out the trick with the help of the hotel person, we inserted our card into the door, and the lights went out on the Island.
Ok, this is mildly amusing. No … really.
I have a con call in an hour and a half with some partners, and my daily support call with a particular customer. Then a proposal due at 2pm tomorrow, as well as several due over the next 2 weeks that I am working on.
Vacation? Yeah, its a lighter workload. 🙂
If I can take reasonable pictures, I will.
For any potential customers here on the Island, give me a ring on the cell so I can argue that this really was a business trip 🙂

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OpenSolaris 10 (9.06) is pretty good for a task we had tested it with

I’ll describe it more later, but this will be showing up in our siCluster units in short order. Some experiments we did on this over the past week have met with a resounding success, and give us a level of flexibility that I hadn’t anticipated before. Now, if I can figure out how to integrate … Read moreOpenSolaris 10 (9.06) is pretty good for a task we had tested it with

On the joys of attempting to get Solaris 10 u8 installed on a JR4

A customer wants to test this. We want to load it for them. As we have discovered in the process ….
… Solaris 10 (not OpenSolaris) doesn’t like SATA DVD drives. Since the motherboard has no IDE drive, we are SOL there. But wait, can’t we use a nice shiny USB DVD drive? No dice. Doesn’t work.
… ok
What about a PXE boot load? Lets make it nice and simple. Put the kernel and some command line stuff in and try to get it going ….
… and it didn’t work. I had to dig hard and far to find bits and pieces of what I needed. Cobbling this together, I found I could get it to PXE boot. And start an installer.
Yay! Almost there … right?
Well, sort of.

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[updated] latency characteristics for the SDR Mellanox card MT25204

[update] This was a PCI contention issue. Customers original code and test cases did not tickle this performance feature.. Their next code did. ConnectX was designed to handle codes of the latter type. Its also quite dangerous to take as gospel any of the output of diagnostic programs without their context. And if you are … Read more[updated] latency characteristics for the SDR Mellanox card MT25204

OT: some security incident this morning at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)

Few details. My wife heard a report from an eye-witness to it. Nothing concrete yet, nothing I can definitively report. What was told to me was that the incident was in the concourse, security tried to apprehend someone, and they were eventually walked out. I also heard something about a police officer carrying something “with … Read moreOT: some security incident this morning at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)

Why is it that I get more work done on a saturday at the office than all week long at the office?

No … seriously. I solved 2 long standing issues today, one for an internal system now running 12 cores and 32 GB ram (needed a bios update), and the other was fixing the ()*&*&%%$^%(*& problems with a set of GA180 cards. I dunno, I think the issue is that I have ample time to think … Read moreWhy is it that I get more work done on a saturday at the office than all week long at the office?

Did Ubuntu jump the shark in 9.10? Yeah … they did.

List of things they changed is long. Some major ones … some … I dunno … bad ideas mebbe? like Grub2? Like incompatibilities with various motherboards (struggling with this right now on a home machine rebuild). Like unchangable login windows, and crappy icons for power, mail, volume, unchangable options in gnome … the xorg config … Read moreDid Ubuntu jump the shark in 9.10? Yeah … they did.