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Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

puregen1us Re:seconed debian (281 comments)

At the moment we're fighting to remove all the legacy Sun systems from our datacenters, and love the chance to remove these old machines.

They're rock solid, and do a great job. Our databases still run very very well on them, frequently more stabily than newer X86 kit they're being replaced with.

However:

1) Power usage is insane. The datacenter team reported the larger boxes (ie, 12U type beasts like this) use the same power as whole racks of the standard IBM/HP type pizza boxes we can replace them with. Modern Xeons are multi-cored/multi-threaded enough to compete seriously with the older SPARCs, and do a good job of it, without needing their own power station too fuel and cool them.

2) Parts are getting harder to find, and vastly more expensive. As they age the cost of supporting them sky-rockets, and with parts being harder to find if something breaks there is downtime to fix it. That's not a good situation to be in. Indivual parts for these old machines (eg. spare HBA card, etc) are now becoming as expensive as a new replacement system.

about a year and a half ago
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Internet-Deprived Kids Turning To 'McLibraries'

puregen1us Actually pretty useful as a backup (331 comments)

Given that the McDs connections are pretty fast, and pretty reliable, it's actually handy to use as a backup.

Couple of years ago the connection at home was being flaky and finally gave out. Problem was, it was a major DR test day at work, and I needed to be online from home for 12 or so hours.

I just grabbed the laptop, blackberry, and powercord, and went 5 mins down the road to the 24hour McDs. Sat there for hours til my ass was numb, happily on my work BB using hands-free, and worked away for hours.

I wasn't disturbed, had unlimited food and drinks available. Really, not the worst place to work at all. I had more space there than I get at my desk job, and better food and drinks too. Work don't have iced tea on tap.

The McDs connection was enough to remote desktop into my XP desktop at work, without lag or dropping. I was impressed how stable it was. Most places can't handle basic browsing that well given the number of people sharing, but that was totally solid.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

puregen1us Re:Why do they use foreign accents.... (516 comments)

Traditionally WWII movies use English actors to play Nazis too - for most of the 20th century anyway, less so more recently.

The stronger, more aristocratic and English the accent, the more evil the Nazi.

more than 2 years ago
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In Your Face, Critics! Red Hat Passes $1 Billion In Revenue

puregen1us Re:Not a Gates "prediction", still only 1% size of (227 comments)

Except that MS can't sell the licenses for all their other products if the OS is RHEL.

So, they lose the OS license, but also the licenses for SQL, and CRM, and Exchange, and SharePoint, and Terminal Services, and all the other stuff that might be running on there.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Clarifies iBooks Author Licensing

puregen1us Re:Sure, there are a lot of differences... (144 comments)

As a consumer, I rather like being empowered.

Neither the MPAA, nor the RIAA have every tried to empowered their consumers.

I want to be empowered and force content creators to create good content, not be offered and forced to take the best of a poor to mediocre offering.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Don't Need Gigabit Networks (Yet)

puregen1us 1 laptop on the connection? (359 comments)

What I find most telling about the article is that they tested the connection using a single consumer grade article.

I'm techy enough to be on /., but I don't spend too much time at home living in a high-tech wonderland. However, on the network at home we have the following devices:

5 iPhones (view 2 wireless APs)
4 laptops
1 desktop
2 XBoxes with live
Wii
Roku box
AppleTV

All those devices stream media from the internet, play games on the internet, etc. That one single laptop can't handle the connection is fine, but as a household between myself, my wife, and kids, we do cumulatively use a lot of media. Have kept our unlimited data plans for the iPhone, my son has peaked at 8Gb in one month of data usage over 3G. That's on a single phone.

Between video chat, games, working remotely and streaming a desktop session, netflix, hulu, amazon video, etc there is a huge amount of bandwidth required at home. I find that Verizon FiOS does a great job. I can't stand the company, but the product is top notch.

Yes, I'd love more bandwidth at home, just treating a home network connection as a single device is rediculous. I want everything in the house to be networked, and controllable.

more than 2 years ago
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The Linux Counter Relaunches

puregen1us Re:Good PR for Linux in the tech world... (113 comments)

I would advise you to take a harder look; whole universities, companies and public sectors of entire states have been using Linux for years now.

Yes, and we have a 5 figure number of linux servers, but who wants to enter those details into this site? Who would allow us? And, their sendmail script, running on all those machines? Not a chance.

None of the major users of linux will want to waste their time with this. This is really for retentive power users who want to show off their linux usage. I know, I've been getting the annual email for years, it still lists my first machine from 10 years ago on there. Well, it did until I finally updated the list properly this year.

But, really, this is about people showing off their personal machines, nothing more. I don't see how the stats can possibly be accurate.

more than 2 years ago
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The Apple Tablet Interface Must Be Like This

puregen1us Re:...and another thing. (278 comments)

that's why it only appears when typing in boxes for which it is applicable - URLs and email addresses.

The rest of the time it isn't there.

more than 4 years ago
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Sonar Software Detects Laptop User Presence

puregen1us Re:Takes Care of one of my pet peeves (167 comments)

Yes, and I had it running on OSX about 5 years ago too as part of Salling Clicker.

It's just remote control software, but one of the functions was to detect the presence of the phone.

Alernatively you can turn up the volume as you walk away too, or pause music, video, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Air Force One Flyby Causes Brief Panic In NYC

puregen1us Re:We are a bunch (898 comments)

F-16s, stupid...

Clearly a huge difference, and if you can't tell the difference (and the *huge* significance of getting it wrong) I think you should leave Slashdot immediately.

Oh, before the flames start to really burn... yes, joking.. blah, blah, blah

more than 5 years ago
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Air Force One Flyby Causes Brief Panic In NYC

puregen1us Complaining about wrong thing here? (898 comments)

Is it possible that people are complaining about the wrong thing here? Sure, the discussion about whether to run or not is interesting, but how about whether people should have been informed or not?

Given that there were memos sent to numerous organisations, and yet the information was not disseminated at the will of Obama, isn't there a more pressing question here?

Like, why would the president want to scare the crap out of southern manhattan? It's not a huge stretch to assume that flying a 747 low over Manhattan would scare people...

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

puregen1us More points? (1582 comments)

Wow, as if my excellent karma didn't give me enough reason to be proud.

So, more points to work hard and get? I can't wait to devote myself to Slashdot even more slavishly.

Well, at least for posting here I get something.

more than 5 years ago
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I would install the following technology in my current/future children:

puregen1us All the above (549 comments)

Where is the "All the above" option.

more than 5 years ago
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Locked iPhones Can Be Unlocked Without Password

puregen1us Only if you have... (102 comments)

You have to have a double-tab of the home key set to take you to Phone Favourites...

I have it set to Home, and it doesn't work.

more than 5 years ago

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