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R2-D2 Monitors Your Web Servers

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the because-you-can dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 70

1sockchuck writes "What happens when you hire Star Wars enthusiasts as the system admins for your data center? You end up with the R2-D2 server monitoring system. The staff at Japan's Syun (only if you read Japanese) have converted an R2-D2 DVD projector into a Nagios-based server monitoring system that alerts them whenever a server goes offline." Say what you will, but that's a lot harder to ignore than a beeper.

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George (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816055)

is going to sue.

Re:George (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816327)

I was under the impression those DVD players were licensed?

Re:George (1)

Gription (1006467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23821783)

I was just disappointed that it didn't bounce up and down while making all the wound up R2-D2 sounds.
It was more like R2-D2 kicking back...


(maybe some smoke coming out?)

Re:George (5, Funny)

dunnius (1298159) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816673)

is going to sue.
It looks like we may finally see the Chewbacca defense used in court for real!

Re:George (2, Funny)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 6 years ago | (#23818167)

Especially if you have a first name like Sosumi.

j/k

Link to the Youtube Video (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816091)

The site is getting hammered by slashdot but the entire article is basically just this youtube video so go here if and when the site dies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15rUkIJ25EE

Re:Link to the Youtube Video (2, Funny)

isorox (205688) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816425)

The site is getting hammered by slashdot
No problem, C3P0 will say "we're doomed", and R2D2 will get on and fix it with some quality network cables [slashdot.org]

Re:Link to the Youtube Video (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 6 years ago | (#23817239)

The site is getting hammered by slashdot
Isn't R2-D2 sorting out all the extra traffic?

Re:Link to the Youtube Video (1)

luder (923306) | more than 6 years ago | (#23817419)

By now he went nuts and zapped the whole team.

Re:Link to the Youtube Video (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#23819593)

Couldnt help but laugh when he lists all his linux configurations and then says all the hardware was won in a vista competition.

Cant help but think they should have gone a few further tho.
1) remove the R2-D2 software and replace with linux
2) upgrade the motors in the R2D2 to make him fast
3) replace the crappy projector with a holographic one (may require inventing of small portable holographic projectors)
& replace warning video with princess Leia starting clip
4) get R2 to show you the fault
5) profit

but hey I never won any vista competitions to get the hardware in the 1st place.

Obligatory Joke: (5, Funny)

DarkMage0707077 (1284674) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816099)

Help me, DBA Server Geek...
You're my only hope.

Re:Obligatory Joke: (5, Funny)

Zosden (1303873) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816133)

I fear the day when my server turns to me and says I am your father.

Re:Obligatory Joke: (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23817329)

"Admin, who's your daddy?" WHAP!

Admin: cringe.

Server: "Damn right, you pasty-faced geek!"

Geek family (1)

DrYak (748999) | more than 6 years ago | (#23822029)

Given how geekdom runs in family, I bet half of the /.ers have been born in a server room. I *actually* was.

(Printout listings make a comfortable bed, apparently)

Re:Obligatory Joke: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816401)

In Soviet Russia, servers monitor R2-D2.

Damn, that's not even funny.

Re:Obligatory Joke: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23817015)

Yes it was. I have a 3 digit uid so I'm posting anonymously to avoid any feedback.

Everyone, send those guys the Geek Crown! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816111)

Not a lowly badge, but THE FUCKING CROWN!

Unrealistic! (5, Funny)

tumutbound (549414) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816137)

Have you ever seen a network administrator RUN to fix a problem? I think not.

Re:Unrealistic! (3, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816185)

Well, not before they've spent 6 hours saying "the switch is configured just fine, it must be a server problem" first.

Re:Unrealistic! (4, Insightful)

BSAtHome (455370) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816219)

Sure we pretend to be busy so that it looks like we are genius. A network admin that needs to run has done a bad job at establishing redundancy. So, not on my shift.

Re:Unrealistic! (2, Insightful)

aarggh (806617) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816403)

If all us admins took 2 minutes to fix a 2 minute problem, that would just serve to place unrealistic expectations that all problems require a 2 minute fix, thus leading to tears and suffering when a big problem occurs. And the user would probably also get upset!

I know of one guy here who has made a career out of looking busy walking around with a piece of paper while every 2 minute job takes AT LEAST a week! True! Unfortunately for us he is a moron, albeit a highly paid moron.

Re:Unrealistic! (1)

bobbozzo (622815) | more than 6 years ago | (#23820157)

I know of one guy here who has made a career out of looking busy walking around with a piece of paper while every 2 minute job takes AT LEAST a week! True! Unfortunately for us he is a moron, albeit a highly paid moron.
You found Wally?!?

Re:Unrealistic! (2, Insightful)

mollymoo (202721) | more than 6 years ago | (#23820537)

I know of one guy here who has made a career out of looking busy walking around with a piece of paper while every 2 minute job takes AT LEAST a week!

You're not alone, most of us have managers.

Re:Unrealistic! (3, Funny)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816731)

It was their Bit Torrent line that was cut :)

Re:Unrealistic! (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816825)

Yeah, and most of 'em couldn't fit between the server racks shown in the video, either.

Re:Unrealistic! (1)

njdube (965445) | more than 6 years ago | (#23817355)

"Have you ever seen a American network administrator RUN to fix a problem? I think not." There, fixed that for you. ;-)

Re:Unrealistic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23818681)

that's when you switch the projector lens for R2's little zapper tool.

Re:Unrealistic! (1)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 6 years ago | (#23822325)

No, because his/her coworkers pay him/her not to.

Beep beep bloop beep bloop blip blip (2, Funny)

Haoie (1277294) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816141)

Sigh, it was funnier in the movies.

These are not the droids your looking for (4, Funny)

madcat2c (1292296) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816221)

These are not the droids your looking for.

Re:These are not the droids your looking for (1)

Tink2000 (524407) | more than 6 years ago | (#23817999)

Those are not the mod points you are looking for.
You don't need to use that contraction here.

and the option is ? (5, Funny)

Kingston (1256054) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816227)


What happens when you hire Star Wars enthusiasts as the system admins for your data center?
What, there is a different type of sysadmin we don't know about ?

Re:and the option is ? (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816315)

Exactly! First thing that ran through my head was "Uh...the same thing that happens when you hire any sysadmin?"

Re:and the option is ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23817951)

no, we're not all fags.

Re:and the option is ? (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#23819517)

yeah some of us dont even have severs to run so we just sit on slashdot all day and post stupid comments.

Re:and the option is ? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23817599)

yeah, some of us are heterosexuals with no interest in the stereotypical shit.

Re:and the option is ? (1)

H0D_G (894033) | more than 6 years ago | (#23819169)

...yet you post on slashdot, on a story about star wars? whilst being completely uninterested?

Re:and the option is ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23819137)

Trekkies?

R2-D2 (1)

eulernet (1132389) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816229)

And what monitors R2-D2 ?

Re:R2-D2 (5, Funny)

cstdenis (1118589) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816289)

C-3PO of course.

Re:R2-D2 (1)

Architect_sasyr (938685) | more than 6 years ago | (#23819237)

3CPU you dolt

For reference to all you young-un's Unix Wars [area.com]

God that makes me feel old.

Re:R2-D2 (1)

Suzuran (163234) | more than 6 years ago | (#23819763)

I think you mean DEC WARS [bsd.org] .

Hard to ignore (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816231)

Say what you will, but that's a lot harder to ignore than a beeper.

Yeah, but it's not as hard to ignore as the Chewbacca Server Monitor, who comes in and rips your arms off if you don't fix the problem.

Re:Hard to ignore (1)

Suzuran (163234) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816419)

Sounds like my boss.

Re:Hard to ignore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23817391)

GET BACK TO WROK

Re:Hard to ignore (3, Funny)

Suzuran (163234) | more than 6 years ago | (#23819739)

Spells like my boss too.

Re:Hard to ignore (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 6 years ago | (#23817649)

Damn, that's the funniest thing I've read on Slashdot this year. Kudos.

My friends are building something like this, Robob (2, Interesting)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816255)

from their website http://www.robob.nl/ [robob.nl]

Robob is a robot that can be controlled trough the internet. By logging in, Robob becomes your physical avatar. Robob can be disguised as anything: a puppet on a bar chair or a hitchhiking Furby.

Robob is a telepresence project. It works by adding speech and recognizable humanoid features to a webcam. By optimizing the web interface it becomes possible to put your soul in Robob. You are Robob.

In the future we want to make a Robob network. The aim is to make it possible to see and speak to the world without travelling. We will publish a Linux startup cdrom with the Robob software. Everybody will be able to make a personal Robob with an old computer. All Robobs will be available though one portal.

Re:My friends are building something like this, Ro (1)

thatnerdguy (551590) | more than 6 years ago | (#23818923)

You couldn't have chosen a better name perhaps? RoBob reminds me of Microsoft Bob [wikipedia.org] .

let me know when... (1)

imneverwrong (1303895) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816505)

...I can get one that will go on site, and zap the (l)user if the problem does, in fact, exist BCAK. And then set their cubicle on fire using its tiny rockets.

Scotty + PC projectors = NOPs room (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816511)

Very cool bit of kit, shame it seems to be dead now. Highly scriptable too.
 

What a bitch (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816721)

fucking star wars faggots. get the fuck out of here and go back to sucking dicks. star wars has no place on slashdot. it's not news, it certainly doesn't matter and it's sure as fuck not geek. fucking homos. why don't you join us in the human race and leave behind your faggot ways. quit taking dicks up the ass and you might see that star wars is just shit. fucking george lucas screwed you fags because he knew he could with nothing to fear because you'd still be sucking on his dick no matter what. dumb faggots.

keep buying it up boys, lucas is more than happy to fuck you like a bitch.

Is this News? (0, Offtopic)

Dyne09 (1305257) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816743)

Is this news? Why do stories like this even make it on /.? This is the nerd equivalent of celebrity watch on the evening news. If I make a video about a robot that wipes my ass for me and hums a jaunty toon, will that get posted here too?

Re:Is this News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23818013)

If I make a video about a robot that wipes my ass for me and hums a jaunty toon, will that get posted here too?
No.

Re:Is this News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23819397)

If I make a video about a robot that wipes my ass for me and hums a jaunty toon, will that get posted here too?
No.
Well, actually... Probably yes. Don't forget, this is /.

Cute (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816841)

Meesa bein' muy muy worried about da servers.

That's nice and everything, but... (4, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 6 years ago | (#23817017)

...what'd *really* be cool would be a Dalek server.

Provided it was capable of saying "Exterminate" in a harsh metallic voice and had real death rays for those troublesome cases of PEBKAC.

Actually, forget the server bit, you just want a Dalek, full stop.

Re:That's nice and everything, but... (3, Funny)

Gazzonyx (982402) | more than 6 years ago | (#23819305)

But what if the admins are upstairs? However would a Dalek get up there?!

Re:That's nice and everything, but... (1)

bobbozzo (622815) | more than 6 years ago | (#23820179)

Daleks don't climb stairs; they level the building!

Re:That's nice and everything, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23821595)

Level the building...

Very pretty (2, Insightful)

caller9 (764851) | more than 6 years ago | (#23817491)

The only problem I see is that it would take a while for the projector to warm up.

Now if they made this thing capable of walking up and using a telescoping robotic arm to replace the cable, then they would have something. VPN from 200 miles away and direct this thing to do physical layer stuff for you. That would be awesome.

Still pretty nifty in a dog-and-pony show way.

Server trouble with robots = fun? (1)

Tychon (771855) | more than 6 years ago | (#23818035)

My Japanese-fu is weak, but near the bottom of the original Japanese article: "Thanks to this [R2D2], we have become able to happily look forward to the occurrence of server trouble."

What? I don't care if you destroy Alderaan every time an error occurs, I will not happily look forward to it. Also, is it just me or is Japan the only country that will legitimately allow a business news posting to have smilies in it?

Can anything fix the whiny techs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23818125)

Uncle Owen, this blade server has a bad motivator unit.....

Why not? (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 6 years ago | (#23818441)

C3PO is running marketing.

When I have server problems... (1)

CompMD (522020) | more than 6 years ago | (#23818633)

My workstation loudly plays various audio clips and emails me the status from the syslog server.

Power issues: "I just canna dooooo it captain, I just DON'T HAVE THE POWERRRRR!" (spoken as Scotty)
Load average on any server reaching 15 times the number of CPUs:: "Shut 'er down, Clancy! She's pumpin' mud!" (Spoken with an Oklahoman twang)
User reaching disk quota: " [username, pulled from voicemail system] is looking at porn!" (my voice)
Overheating: "Coolant Leak! Coolant leak, everybody! We need to eject the warp core!" (Geordi LaForge)
Whenever an unfriendly client triggers the IDS: "Do you expect me to talk? No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" (you can figure that one out for yourselves...)

Nice. (1)

RustinHWright (1304191) | more than 6 years ago | (#23819843)

Almost makes me wish I were still a sysadmin and still had server alerts to set up that way. Almost.

I do something similar with my work cell phone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23823091)

Except that I use various death sounds from classic video games for when things blow up. Just as I am typing this, Mario got hit by barrel from Donkey Kong. Back to work...

Revenge of the Jedi? (1)

bchabot (838095) | more than 6 years ago | (#23820949)

Was I the only one who noticed that when explaining the system, at 00:50-01:02 in the video, the translation reads: "These are purchased by a prize of the Windows Vista gadgets competition"?

So, the prize money from a Windows competition went to buy a Linux box, R2-D2 projector, etc?

Love it.

So in other words, it's not 3-d? (1)

ryanchappell (1003972) | more than 6 years ago | (#23826811)

So in other words, it's not 3-d?
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