Yearly Archives: 2005

Open SSH on the Qube

I wrote a piece on my Oracle blog, on configuring SSH on my Cobalt Qube. It’s redundant now since the Qube and it’s Linux have gone. This snip/pointer was published in Feb 2016.  I quite liked the finishing line, “Now I can break the Qube from anywhere in the world”.

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More about the Green Data Centre

What I wrote the other week goes to prove that old adage “its easier to write a long article than it is a short one”, but I have just a few follow-ups, having slept on it for a few days. Sun’s stall as eco-friendly Americans seems quite brave given the trans-oceanic debates on responsible environmental macro-economic behaviour that took place towards the end of the week. It should go down well and I know that Sun UK is talking to its customer contacts about the brand value to them of “Green” behaviour in the data centre.

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DynDNS

I wrote a piece on my Oracle blog, on configuring DynDNS on my Cobalt Qube. It’s redundant now since all the technologies (with the exception of DynDNS) have gone. This snip/pointer was published in Feb 2016.

 

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Throughput Computing

Sun finally launched it’s chip multi-threading systems, promising a revolution in throughput and cheaper MIPS/Watt. This was done at a synchronous event in New York & London with a webcast for those who couldn’t make it in person.  Jonathan Schwarz travelled to London to speak to his European customers, as did  I. I recorded this on my sun oracle blog in several articles. In February 2016, I undertook an exercise to copy as many as made sense, of my original blog articles across from the oracle site to my/this wordpress blog. This article represents the highlights of the original record of my day.  As with the other articles copied, you still read the originals at the oracle site, here…, although all the pointers to Sun resources, including the presentations are now broken, and hence removed with the exception of  Andy Ingram’s, Workload based Systems Design 2005 which I have rescued and reposted because it was important then and remains so today.

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Friends rewarded for innovating

Fantastic News! Company-I, one of Sun’s long term partner organisations has just won the CBI’s “Innovator of the Year” award. So congratulations to Mark Pennycook & all his team that have built the company to the point it can win this major prize. The prize for the Innovator is given for, going to extreme lengths to create a “buzz” in the workplace, radically reconfiguring their internal processes, having a track record of improvement and innovation and embracing modern practices.

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Upgrading the Qube

Three days ago, I finally received another Qube with two shiny new disks and found that at home my 5 year old PC has an ethernet controller old enough to permit the recovery disk to boot. This part of the process is really neat and hard to get wrong. (I have initialised the Qube from the OS recovery disk. This involves booting another computer using the recovery disk which is a Linux disk. This system acts as a boot server and I configured the Qube to boot from the net.) I have just finished running the upgrade process for the Qube. Given the OS was published in 2001, there are 73 upgrades and order is significant.

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Why aren’t you using del.icio.us???

I’ve just undertaken a demo of del.icio.us for a friend, who’s read my previous articles and told me that I undersell it. Personally, I think I’ve been a bit of a mono-maniac on the subject. So for those of you who don’t get it. del.icio.us is Great. Its a fantastic example of, the next problem to be solved.

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Sybase UK TECHSelect 2005, London

I popped over to the Sybase UK TechSelect conference. Its been a while since I met up with the Sybase and User Group people. I’ll always remember one of the opening presos made by one of Sybase’s VPs in the early ’90s. It sounded like Harry Enfield’s “loadsa money”, “here’s our results – you see all this money – it was yours but now its ours!” – “How much does it cost? Loads – if your asking that question, your too poor to have one”. Most businesses, including Sybase, have learned that you need more humility when speaking about company results. So Simon Cattlin, Sybase UK’s recently appointed MD gave an interesting and different presentation; he felt his personal newness made the traditional MD’s approach inappropriate, but he shared some of his thoughts about why he joined Sybase and the research he’d undertaken while making his mind up.

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Making Sybase Scream

This article is about running Sybase on a sophisticated UNIX. It discusses sizing Sybase’s max engines parameter, the effect of resource management tools & leveraging UNIX & Consolidation. Also note that this is not a Sun Blueprint, its meant to show you that you can, not how to.

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A brand new Qube

Well, my Cobalt Qube arrived today. This is the cube I won by blogging Sun’s premier field training event last February. Also you might ask why it took so long; it got lost the first time. Interestingly absolutely no documentation. 😥 Actually the original blog post pointed at a bunch of web resources, which have all gone now.

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The Fantastic 4.

I started to watch the Fantastic 4 on the flight home, but fell asleep. That good!!  😯

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Viva Las Vegas

I have now returned from Las Vegas. What an amazing place! I stayed at the Mirage, one of the huge hotel/casinos on the strip. Words fail me! They’ve even got slot machines embedded into the bars, fortunately not at the restaurant tables though. In the slideshow there is a picture of the arcade into the Bellagio, for those who like me have declining eye-site, the two shops are Chanel & Tiffany & Co., which sort of sums up the strip. The Mirage has a caged white tiger (endangered species?) and dolphins in the swimming pool. Not good to my mind.  😡

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Batman Begins – again

I’ve just re-seen Batman Begins. Its on the plane, the sound track is piss poor, the screen is tiny but these limitations only enhance the quality of the script & the drama of the story. This is what super-hero fiction is really about. As argued by the Captain, all the predecessor Batman stories remain cartoons (well they would be wouldn’t they) and we’ve been waiting for this story.

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