If you're interested in a DIY data-center these sites contain some useful information:
* Good guidelines (if a little dated) for Data-center requirements (cooling, power, security, connectivity and staffing/accessibility)
* Data-center Resource Site
* Sun's guide to Planning a Data-center
Some great remote management kit is available too - remote control your systems via Web-browser:
* Raritan 64 Port IP KVM - even allows you to dial in via modem in an emergency when your LAN link dies
* Raritan 20 Port Power Strip
* OpenGear 8 Port Serial Console Server - make out of band adjustments to your switches, Unix and SAN gear
* Servprise WebReboot - looks really useful if you can't get direct access to your gear and need to physically kick your systems.
In a similar vein:
* Dataprobe iBoot - web enabled power strips and sockets.
Along with a console server and/or an IP KVM to provide remote control (particularly out of band depending on the situation) being able to have some control over when systems go up or down is pretty vital if you don't have convenient access to your kit.
With these two gizmo's setting up ad-hoc offsite LAN's is going to be a whole lot easier (although your wallet may feel the pain depending on your 3G data-plan) -
* LinkSys Wireless 3G Router
* D-Link Wireless 3G Router
Ex Java developer doesn't regret moving to Cocoa - In Which I Think About Java Again, But Only For A Moment.
Humour - Get a Firstlife. Piss-take of Secondlife (popular Virtual Reality environment).
For the luddite in you - P-Mail. Like email only slower. I'm tempted to send these through the internal mail system instead of email.
Fascinating - The making of an Al Qaeda Operative. The insight into groups of young, smart disenfranchised men congregating to find some meaning to life is a little frightening (shades of 'Fight Club').
Looks like theres now a Asterisk (Open Source VoIP/PABX) ISO - Asterisk. It looks like a few small companies are starting to offer Asterisk as an out of the box solution to businesses too.
Another X10 like solution for your home - Indigo. Looks like a nice solution if you have a spare Mac Mini. I'm surprised this technology hasn't been 'consumerised' by now.
Fantastic - anti-consumerist ATM splash screens.
Open source - Docvert - convert Word documents to open formats.
If you're after a simple DIY appliance for web/email try out this CentOS (based on RedHat) / BlueQuartz (based on the old Cobalt appliance) ISO. I installed it via VMWare and was impressed by how straightforward it was - one thing I did miss was SAMBA for basic workgroup file-sharing but it seemed to cover everything else and you can always install SAMBA from an RPM.
Genius - Self-charging smoke alarms. Great idea.
Also over at Make - How to photograph smoke.
* IT Consultation & Help in Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Helpdesk
* Scientific & Technical, Design Documentation & Help Authoring in Cambridge, UK - ScriboScience
* MacVector - Mac DNA/Protein Sequencing - recently spun-off from Accelrys
* Internet Security & Consulting - Liverton - Web/Mail Marshal & SEEMail specialists among other things
* Web Design, Development & Hosting - Face
* Handyman Services - MrLex
These are all firms either started by people I know or who have a key part to play in the services they offer.
So be sure to support small business
I guess once you switch to an essentially x86 PC architecture you've got to start coming up with some other ways to innovate. Hopefully this diversification won't affect Apples core business areas (Mac OS X & Macintosh hardware).
I wonder how good/bad it will be ? Looks promising so far.
Big risk for a small company (comparitively speaking of course) to get distracted by telephony . . .
Creates /dev entries for hard disks attached to the system:
List available disks and format them:
You can activate the ZFS web gui:
# /usr/sbin/smcwebserver start
Access it via your browser:
Create a mirrored disk:
/usr/sbin/zpool create -f testfs mirror c0d1 c1d1
Replace device in mirror:
/usr/sbin/zpool replace -f testfs c1d1
Create the snapshot:
/usr/sbin/zfs snapshot testfs@test_snap
Access a snapshot through the .zfs/snapshot directory at the root of the filesystem.
Excellent ZFS cheat-sheet over at Unix Admin Corner.
A useful step-through for adding disks to Solaris over at KernelTrap.
Great blog with tips on using Zones with ZFS and securing your Solaris system - Clingan.
Don't children (teens, tweens and young adults) realise how stupid their parents looked back then ?
Big hoopy-frame sun glasses & earings, grey jeans, wide belts, silly boots, stripey tops with pastel t-shirts. All we need now is a resurgence in perms, leg warmers and shoulder pads to complete the picture.
Lets hope 2007 sees a throwback to the relatively normal 90's.
Some excellent obituaries from Popmatters: The Last Soul Brother - James Brown, Pitchfork and the BBC.
Lots of good stuff on YouTube as well - you to can experience the genius of the Godfather first hand
* Michael McCormack - you get a wonderful feel for a variety of Wellington locations from this Island Bay artist.
* Michael Riley - definitely a nice slice of Kiwiana in his photorealistic Weatherboard paintings. You gain a whole new appreciation for weatherboards once you have to strip and repaint them.
Theres some cool stuff available via Affordable Art too.