November 26th, 2008


Reconstructive Surgery

The build-out of belanna is going slowly. I didn't want to yank the 40x SCSI DVD drive from my Netra, as I would've had to first de-rack, then disassemble it (its a horrifically shielded telco box) and it was easier to pull an old 4x CDROM from my Ultra-1. However, that came with a price of its own...its slow! And the copy of 11.23 (11i v2) they gave me appears to be an Application Suite, not the install software, so I ended up throwing my copy of 11.11 (11i v1) on it.

I have two 712/80's, one that drax0r gave me. Now that I think about it, he may have given me both of them - regardless, I booted them both. One was belanna and came up in CDE. The other he doesn't think he's ever powered on, and we were both surprised when it booted into *drumroll* 9.05! Complete with HP-VUE if you can believe it. As that box had only 64MB of RAM and belanna contained 96MB, I gingerly removed the drive and popped in a 36GB 10k drive which will somewhat assist its 80MHz of processing power once we're no longer dependent upon the optical media.

Of course I found four narrow-to-narrow, five wide-to-wide, two centrontics-to-narrow and one centronics-to-wide SCSI cable but needed a wide-to-narrow. Balls! Being of sound mind, I found a molex power splitter (as the 712/80 comes with only one) and pulled the CDROM back out of the Sun 411 case I'd just installed it in, setting it carefully on the power supply and replaced the short ribbon cable with a 4-port which worked flawlessly. I even pulled an AUI connector out of the closet because I'd forgotten the Apollo has a 10Base RJ45 port!

Last year I turned down a 400MHz PA-RISC box, and am kicking myself for it now, as I'm sure it comes with 100Base ports and a built-in optical drive. I may see if its still available, but after all the work I've put into this one, I may keep it out of spite. drax0r heard I was offered an Itanium box - which may have been the case, I honestly don't remember, but in the world of HP/UX, that would be a far sight better than 80MHz. Weep with me for my shortsightedness.

So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald...striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? "Gunga galunga...gunga, gunga-galunga." So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

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SGI Octane

Salacious Maneuvers

I'll be the first to admit that Blastwave's pkg-get (for Solaris) and Debian's apt-get have spoiled me rotten. With the issuance of a single command, the pre-compiled binary of your whim is automatically paired with its dependencies, checked against already installed programs, and installed, along with any other necessary packages if need be. Seconds after hitting 'Enter' the program is already auto-configured and ready to use, or in applicable cases, the daemon is already not only running but sitting in your init.d directory as well.


Gone are the days of meticulously pouring over patchsets which affect your particular environment as prudent security practices now dictate frequent and massive patch 'bundles' be installed to thwart any suspected threat. I love it, I really do. And while I was one of the last people on earth to jump aboard the linux bandwagon, I now sing its praises aloud to the people from its platform. Timely GNU ports to Solaris and...vise-versa? Previously unheard of a decade ago, yet here we are. The winds of change have constructed very exciting times for the likes of us, and I plan to stick around awhile and see how it all plays out.


There are those ancient monoliths which remain with us to this day. Large, imposing proprietary systems whose very name is spat from the lips as if a curse: SGI. (less so since they went linux, but since they have no concept of marketing...) AIX. HP/UX. While their 'unofficial' GNU binary sites were, once upon a time, on par with many packages have not been updated, or worse - removed. But in SGI's defense, I will say this - installing packages directly from the webpage was freaking awesome!. Mind you, all the same dependency woes were there...actually, I can see that being much easier now with tabbed browsing, but I digress.


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