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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

armanox Re:Phases (276 comments)

Depends on what it's being used for. My collection, which has a variety of parts (SGI, Sun, PPC, and a virtual x86 env) gets used for testing and learning. I don't buy hardware that I don't have a purpose for anymore - I guess you could call that moving out of the "ALL THE SERVERS" phase. Next things I'd like to add (but not due to cost) would be a recent HP-UX server (I have no issue buying the software from HP, it's the hardware that's expensive) and AIX (once again, recent POWER hardware is more then I'm spending right now). Knowing the UNIX families well translates to money in the bank (the Sun stuff certainly does, and I've seen postings for good money doing AIX. I know a few places that are still using IRIX, would love to see one of them put a posting up).

I've also contributed patches to open source projects based on testing against some of the hardware I have access to

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

armanox Re:Rare elements (276 comments)

Running what though? I'd be interesting in adding Itanium to my collection if I could get an HP Integrity for a very cheap price (currently do not have HP-UX or OpenVMS in my collection - not really interesting in Linux on Itanium)

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

armanox Re:A small variety (276 comments)

Add in a PowerMac G5 (Quad-G5) to the list, how could I forget that one?

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

armanox A small variety (276 comments)

I'm using a Dell Poweredge 2950 as an ESXi server, hosting a couple of VMs. I also have a general purpose Linux server running on an AMD FX 8120 loaded with RAM, SSD, etc; that mainly gets used for BOINC and network services

I've got a few "one-off" boxes in use too - a Sun Netra T1, a Sunblade 1500, an SGI O2 (currently dead) and two SGI Octanes.

2 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

armanox Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (377 comments)

You would be right on that, and I did say "UNIX" instead of "Unix". If not for the fact that it stopped receiving updates at the start of this year, I would have included IRIX in the list as well (another one that is "blessed" as UNIX).

3 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

armanox Re:Sounds like Mr. Torvalds has an opinion. (377 comments)

That sounds about right. If it directly effects his kernel, or development on his kernel, he cares. Otherwise, he tends to lean towards it not being his fight (or at least from what I've noticed),

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

armanox Re:Ah well (541 comments)

Oh yes, let's bring back twenty year old themes! That's moving forward!

Other points:
* Start up times is not useful when most users don't shut down save for Windows Updates
* I type stuff at the search bar that I need to see what's on the screen to type out completely. I need it to just be a small area (like Spotlight on OS X)
* Hyper-V doesn't handle what I need it to do. So primitive compared to it's competitors.
* I liked Areo glass effects. For the same reason I use Compiz on Linux - I want my desktop to look good.

I'd comment on battery life, but I haven't run any benchmarks myself to compare with.

4 days ago
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KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

armanox Re:And KDevelope is what exactly? (47 comments)

It's something that's general knowledge for the majority of Slashdot readers, and doesn't need to be explained in the summary. Also, the Slashdot target audience is capable of using a search engine to look up something if they don't know what it is.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

armanox Re:The Microsoft Tax can buy you... (249 comments)

So much has changed since XP that they will need to be trained anyway.

about a week ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

armanox Re:License mismatch (366 comments)

If Sun wanted to hate freedom, would they have released it under an open source license, as approved by the OSI?

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

armanox Re:License mismatch (366 comments)

Sun used their own Open Source license, which they've had for quite a while (and released quite a bit of software over the years using). The issue is "Free" vs "Free" vs "Open Source"

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

armanox Re:License mismatch (366 comments)

Not the ZFS teams fault that the GPL hates freedom.

about two weeks ago
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LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

armanox Re:Oh good. (99 comments)

irix64-mips4. It's sorta my understanding that they are going with "if it works, great, but we're not going out of our way to make it work" attitude. I'm going to give it a test to see if it works, since GCC dropped IRIX.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

armanox Re: at least they have 4 and 8 core models as well (105 comments)

Until Microsoft moves to IBM style licensing where you pay for the cores on the hardware, regardless of what you are assigning to the virtual machine.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

armanox Re:at least they have 4 and 8 core models as well (105 comments)

I'm a fan of the way Oracle is doing the licensing on the Oracle DB Appliance - the box comes with lots of cores, but you license them on demand.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

armanox Re:What happened to the core-wars? (105 comments)

And how much more does it cost you in power to run that AMD? Plus add on cost for a more powerful PSU.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

armanox Re:Oooh Shiny (105 comments)

No idea yet. I'd expect AMD still rules on performance per $, and am interested in seeing the performance per watt and performance per core metrics. Interested in seeing how it lines up against POWER 8 and Intel's new Xeon (I personally wish AMD could compete in performance per watt against Intel. I'll keep wishing).

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

armanox Re:Already Happened (280 comments)

Except they really don't act like UNIX, do they? I avoid GNU when I can, they're a pain in my rear at this point.

about two weeks ago

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Slackware 12.2 Released

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

armanox writes "The Slackware Project gives us a release for the holiday season. From the announcement:
"Yes folks, 'tis the season to announce a new release of Slackware. With a shiny new kernel, many package updates, and the newly added ability to install from a Samba share, we bring to you the latest in the stable Slackware 12.x series. Slackware 12.2 ships with the 2.6.27.7 Linux kernel, the Xorg 1.4.2 X server (with many driver, library, and application updates), Xfce 4.4.3, KDE 3.5.10, simplified wired and wireless networking with wicd in /extra, package upgrade management with slackpkg moved into the main tree, support for non-usb-storage digital cameras through libgphoto2, pm-utils (tools to support suspend and hibernate through HAL), and much, much more. This release brings the system up-to-date without compromising stability or compatibility with the 12.x series. More details may be found in the official announcement."
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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

armanox writes "At long last StarCraft 2 has been announced. The website promises a single player campaign to pick up were BroodWar left off, more units, 3d gameplay, enhanced returning units, enhanced Battle.net, and a fitting motto: Hell, It's about time."
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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

armanox writes "I always said that I would install Microsoft Office when I could get it for free. Well, now everyone can, just by listening to Microsoft's new release (Vista and Office) features! From Microsoft's Launch Tour site:
"Receive a FREE copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Professional and Microsoft Office Grove 2007 when you attend a Windows Vista, 2007 Office System, and Microsoft Office Exchange Server launch event near you!"
Now, getting free software is certainly a powerful incentive!"

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The state of Modern Graphics

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 6 years ago I've been thinking recently about modern monitors and graphics cards. I just purchaced a desktop with an nVidia 7150 in it. An integrated GPU in a desktop in today's day and age. Sad. Forunatly that will change when I drop a 9800 in it. But, shared memory for the GPU and CPU? That's a terrible idea. Whoever came up with it should be banned from computer engineering.

Another issue I have these days. It's hard to find a laptop with a high resolution display. I have a Dell Inspiron 8000 with a Pentium III in it that has a display of 1600x1200. My two most recent laptops, a Celeron M and a Turion 64x2 (Toshiba A105-S2071 and HP DV6636nr) both had displays at 1280x800. At work we just purchaced two Thinkpads (Core 2 Duo) with a 1024x768 display. Why have displays gotten worse over time for laptops? I don't mean that they need to be 1900x1600 or something like that, but, for a widescreen laptop wouldn't 1600x1024 (or whatever fits the WS aspect ratio) be nice? Or have 1600x1200 standard for 4:3 screens?

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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 6 years ago I have a Toshiba Satellite A105-S2071. The HDD is failing, that battery is useless, and would cost me a bit to replace the two. Now, I'm wondering, is it worth buying the parts? Or, for a little bit more money, should I just replace the laptop? I just added 1GB of RAM (DDR2) to the system, so if I did get another laptop, I could skimp out on the RAM and add the 1GB stick to it. Thoughts? UPDATE: I've replaced the Toshiba with an HP Pavillion dv6000.

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Hostname Delema

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago Computer system names
Hmm....I've run into a problem. I've exhausted the naming scheme that I've been using for the past several years for my computers. The scheme, based upon the game I half way wrote in BASIC years ago (abandoned due to me realizing that the gameplay really sucked, and that 16 bit DOS programs had no future), has been seen in my through my sn, Armanox, who was the main character, and through anyone whose visted any of my servers or other systems(Armanox, Anorock, ashere-laptop, Taloron (Still up at armanox.no-ip.org!), Anaton (my desktop for the past two or so years), apharian, Artarias, and Talarias). Since I never finished writing the game, I never finished all of the characters (many were designed, few were named), and thus had a short name list to use. With the laptop that I'm currentlly using, I need to find a new naming scheme to use.

Ideas: Norse mythology. Have the DHCP server be Yggdrasil, which would be the server that connects all of the others. And I could name an antiVirus server Thor, and have it send a message to the system it cleaned of a virus like "The hammer of Thor has come down upon your system." Might be a cool idea. But, who would trust a system called Loki (That can be a Windows Box.....)

Mental Afflictions. The Linux group has officially adopted this one, so I'm not going to use it at home.

STDs. Humourous, but probably not a good idea. Can you imagine people spreading something from the Herpes server?

Okinawan Martial Artists. Fun idea, but kinda obscure. After all, when I tell people that my laptop is called matsumura, they're really gonna think I'm nuts

Beowulf Characters. I love the epic of Beowulf. But I'm saving the names for Beowulf clusters.

Shakespearean characters. Another interesting idea. but, who would trust the MacBeth server? And poor Juliet will die after Romeo does....

So I ask you, reader of my journal, to comment and leave ideas for me to use. Thank you for your time.

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One OS is not for an entire location

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago I intern at a location that is 99% Windows. The 1% that is not is the three Linux boxes that I run and one Solaris server (that really isn't my company's anyway). Several weeks ago a Worm (W32.Tenga.A) infultrated the network with Admin access, and quickly began infecting systems, including the servers. Now, the Worm only effects Windows 95-Me and Windows NT 4-XP, but the company does not have any systems running Vista at this time. While the rest of the IT department began trying to clean up the infection, which Semantic AntiVirus mis-identified, I started mounting the C:\ of the servers and the workstations via my two laptops and running ClamAV to start the clean up. Now, due to Semantic and ClamAV's scouring tactics, we lost a lot of exes, inlcuding the install exes on the servers, but, thanks to having two Linux systems, we were able to start the clean up using a system that was impervious to the worm. Now, I'm not saying that running an all Mac, Linux, BSD, or other *NIX shop is the way to keep everything running, just that diversity is important to keep everything running smooth.

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Computer Collection

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Decided to make a list of my running systems.....

Type - Make - Processor - Mem - OS

Desktop Gateway P4 1.7GHz 384MB XP Pro, Slackware 10
Desktop Dell P3 1.0GHz 256MB Ubuntu 6.06
Desktop PackardBell i486SX 22HMz 1MB DOS 6.22
Laptop Toshiba Celeron 1.7GHz 512MB XP Home, Ubuntu 6.10
Laptop AST Pentium 90 MHz 8MB Windows 95
Uber SGI 2xIP30(64bit,446BogoMIPS) 1GB Gentoo

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Stupid Cetifications

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 8 years ago Once again the age old problem has arrisen - people lack faith in my skills with computer repair for the simple fact that I'm not certified, when I can present several person's who'd testify in court that I put many certified individuals to shame. Damn.

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A Gateway for A Gateway

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 8 years ago So.... over the summer, I did some computer repair work for the Church. They were working with a P4 gateway that I had cleaned up in Feburary. For some odd reason, it refused to work there. Noticing that it was to replace a x486, I offered to trade them another Gateway with a P2 and 32MB ram for it. They made the deal. I brought it home, and have had no problems since. Oh, and it runs Fedora Core 4 very well...

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Best $25 ever spent

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago Flea market Saturday:

Compaq Deskpro:
Celoron @ 400 Mhz,
320 MB Ram
Matrox Productiva G100 Video Card

So, while the HD needed some, replacing, its most likly the best thing $25 ever spent

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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago En taro Adun... I am Armanox, sent by the Conclave to serve and to concoule

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