Well … that was fun

So … I’ve had this blog since 2005. I installed it from original sources. And WP made upgrades in the 2.x time frame, quite painless. Or so it seemed. Slowly, over time, some configuration/settings/whatever got out of whack. And with the last update, from a system originally installed in final form in 2013 or so, … Read more

Disk, SSD, NVMe preparation tools cleaned up and on GitHub

These are a collection of (MIT licensed) tools I’ve been working on for years to automate some of the major functionality one needs when setting up/using new machines with lots of disks/SSD/NVMe. The repo is here: https://github.com/joelandman/disk_test_setup . I will be adding some sas secure erase and formatting tools into this. These tools wrap other … Read more

Aria2c for the win!

I’ve not heard of aria2c before today. Sort of a super wget as far as I could tell. Does parallel transfers to reduce data motion time, if possible. So I pulled it down, built it. I have some large data sets to move. And a nice storage area for them. Ok. Fire it up to … Read more

Finally got to use MCE::* in a project

There are a set of modules in the Perl universe that I’ve been looking for an excuse to use for a while. They are the MCE set of modules, which purportedly enable easy concurrency and parallelism, exploiting many core CPUs, and a number of techniques. Sure enough, I had a task to handle recently that … Read more

More unix command line humor

Waaaay back in grad school in (mumble) late 80s/early 90s (/mumble), I started using Unix in earnest. Back then, my dad shared some funny Unix error messages which were double entendres … often quite entertaining, as the shell was effectively playing the straight man in a comedy duo. Without intentionally doing so (of course). Nowadays, … Read more

What reduces risk … a great engineering and support team, or a brand name ?

I’ve written about approved vendors and “one throat to choke” concept in the past. The short take from my vantage point as a small, not well known, but highly differentiated builder of high performance storage and computing systems … was that this brand specific focus was going to remove real differentiated solutions from market, while … Read more