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May 31, 2005

Linkies (Updated 01/06/05)

Bob Metcalfe (inventor of ethernet) claims 'Fibre channel is dead. I always thought that frame/packet size was the limiting factor for using TCP/IP as a storage transport protocol ?

Wow - lots of potential in small 2.5inch drives from Fujitsu.

If you're involved in project-work you'll relate - 10 Bad Project Warning Signs.

Nice Overview of SCSI. Great quotes -

Getting a SCSI chain working is perfectly simple if you remember that there must be exactly three terminations: one on one end of the cable, one on the far end, and the goat, terminated over the SCSI chain with a silver-handled knife whilst burning black candles. -- Anthony DeBoer
SCSI is NOT magic. There are fundamental technical reasons why it is necessary to sacrifice a young goat to your SCSI chain now and then. -- John Woods

Useful - Regex Coach lets you test out regular expressions on a target string.

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May 17, 2005

Linkies (Updated 19/05/05)

Cool - Battery powered MiniMac. This guy ripped out the CD and HDD and replaced them with a CF Drive and Batteries. He gets almost two hours out of the system. Pretty impressive hack.

Lots of gaming/console news - Playstation 3 Specs / Details, then the Nintendo Micro and Revolution. Finally the Xbox 360. If you're a hard-core gamer it looks like 2006 will be an expensive year!

Excellent - spleen venting at Microsoft Outlook Express.

Tip - Improve your handwriting.

Comics recommended by Alan Moore at Read Yourself Raw. Actually this site has an excellent set of recommendations from other authors as well as author/artist profiles.

Interesting - History of the PDA.

Benchmark - Improve MiniMac Disk Performance.

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May 15, 2005


A special TiddlyWiki implimentation with a focus on GettingThingsDone - GTDTiddlyWiki. This self contained wiki acts as a glorified list manager.

HP and Alpha buffs have created AlphaCore bringing RedHat Fedora Core 3 to the Alpha platform. It'd be interesting to see how performance compares to other similar era processors.

Collection of biology animations at JohnKyrk. Haven't seen some of these diagrams (mitosis, cell internals etc) since 7th form biology.

Useful article (first in a series) on Centralised Configuration Management with cfengine.

Highly recommend anything by John Pilger. I'm halfway through the The New Rulers of the World and it is both enlightening and depressing in equal measure.

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May 08, 2005


The third in a series of the System Administrators Commandments - Thou shalt be forewarned. I've used Nagios before but I haven't tried Zabbix.

This is the way the internet should be - set something up and let it tell you when it finds something until you tell it to stop - SearchDome. Setup a saved search and have the system alert you via email when it finds things you're interested in. Its surprising eBay haven't set something up like this before.

This looks like an interesting explanation of a Firefox extension - Greasemonkey. I'd heard about it before but never seen a compelling reason to use it.

A nice explanation of Xen virtualisation in the Linux Kernel.

Similar (but I imagine safer) to User Mode Linux.

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May 07, 2005

Boot Disks

Looks like an excellent utility/troubleshooting tool - Ultimate Bootdisk for Windows.

This CD leverages PEBuilder which lets you roll your own boot CD.

For the old fashioned DOS-types theres a great stash of disk images over at BootDisk. Disk images from DOS 5 up to WinME + network boot disks and bootable CD's. Great resource for running diagnostics or imaging to network shares.

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May 04, 2005


A nice guide to Lotus Notes trivia on Ed Brills blog. As a result of this someone posted a screenshot of a Domino 6 Server Easter Egg.

A nice step-by-step guide to Installing Debian Sarge (3.1).

For gardeners or green-graffiti artists - Moss Graffiti.

In the old days (early 90's) before the internet took off and Google-images existed people used to horde and collect clip-art for re-use. Theres a great 50's/60's themed collection at Tack-o-Rama.

A useful Windows tip - if you've ever had to delete a file that has a process lock on it even though the application itself has died then use the excellent Sysinternals ProcessExplorer to kill the process-tree and kill the file-lock.

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