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Linux Administration, Open Source, Rant »

[30 Aug 2007 | One Comment | ]

Ok, I have used most of the Gnome music players and they are mostly very good and quite stable but here, I find myself back on Amarok, given up on it’s Gnome counterparts?
Well, mostly it’s the tagging capabilities that Amarok offers. Yes, Listen and a few other have musicbrainz support but most of my music is so left of field that it’s not on Musicbrainz and this is where Amarok let’s you use “guess tag from filename” and you can also do this quickly and easily for groups of files. …

Cross-Platform, Open Source, Philosophy »

[30 Aug 2007 | No Comment | ]

I had seen, used and explored Freemind before but never REALLY put it to use. Recently, I began brainstorming for a project that I have had in my head for the last 12 months and I have found Freemind to be brilliant.
As is the case with most software I seek out, it is cross-platform and it’s written in Java. It has excellent shortcut capabilities that allow you to link, navigate, add, move, raise, lower, highlight etc all without touching the keyboard.. it really stands back, gets out of your way …

Philosophy »

[23 Aug 2007 | No Comment | ]

I shall replicate these at the serious student when I revive it so as to keep this blog focused on open source. The serious student can deal with more life, living, art & philosophy as per the original intention a number of years ago.
Building Low Cost Disaster Resistant Housing Programs with Women – at changemakers.net and this link at worldchanging.com
Adobe buildings – Auroville Earth Building Insitute
Kiva – Direct p2p microfinancing
Ecolonomics – expressing the understanding that our ecology and economy are two sides of the same coin
For those that do …

Automotive / Transportation, Hardware & Gadgetry, Internet Goodness, Open Source, Philosophy, Python, Transportation, Virtualization (Virtualisation) »

[21 Aug 2007 | One Comment | ]

Is it just me or is this the year of open source? That ever elusive “year of Linux” may not arrive but certainly, it seems the virus of open source is taking hold. It certainly is happening in the kind of Web2.0 projects we are seeing coming up, and many businesses are choosing open business models of traditional models. Green is in, Green is good and open source is along for the ride. Or is it that suddenly because I am kind of focused on Open Source technologies, it starts …

Cross-Platform, Linux Administration, Open Source »

[20 Aug 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

# Update – I discovered a better PDF Editor than flpsed and have written about it here
I spend so much time typing and so little time writing these days, that when I have to use a pen, any length of writing ends up becoming a bit painful, especially so because I am left-handed and we are reknown for holding our pens incorrectly (among other things)
So, I haven’t used Adobe Acrobat for viewing PDF’s for a long time.. since Version 6.0 when it took forever to load and asked you to …

Rant, Virtualization (Virtualisation) »

[16 Aug 2007 | No Comment | ]

Today, I tried to organise some VMware licenses for a customer who was running the ESX Starter Pack. Both my customer and myself were never aware that

To upgrade from ESX 3.0 Starter to Standard or Enterprise, you have to be an ‘Enterprise Partner’
To become an Enterprise partner, you need to pay US$1000 and ALSO
You need to have a Vmware Certified Professional as an employee

Did I get that right? They won’t sell me their product unless I get a VMware Certified Employee? That can’t be right.. come to think of it, …

Cross-Platform, Linux Administration, Open Source, Philosophy, Virtualization (Virtualisation), Windows Administration »

[13 Aug 2007 | No Comment | ]

I recently stumbled upon this very interesting interview with (ex) Linux kernel developer Con Kolivas. The article is definitely worth a read as Con expresses much of his frustrations with the performance of the Linux kernel for desktop users (much of it relating to scheduling) as well as some of his frustrations with the kernel development process.
I know myself that FROM A USER’S PERSPECTIVE, very high disk i/o can kill a HP DL-585 with 5 x 15K SAS drives, meanwhile the same task running on a lower end HP9000 …

Apache, Linux Administration, Open Source, Windows Administration »

[8 Aug 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

Last time I did this, I found the instructions pretty easily on how to migrate SSL’s from IIS to Apache. This time I found it hard to locate the documentation, so for my own lack of memory and when google fails you, here it is:
First we need to export the certificate from IIS into a pfx file. To do that:Click Start->Run->type: mmc [enter]Click ->’Console’ -> ‘Add/Remove Snap-in’.Click -> ‘Add’ -> ‘certificates’ snap-in and click on ‘Add’.Select -> ‘Computer Account’ -> click ‘Next’.Select ‘Local Computer’ and then click ‘OK’.Click ‘Close’ and …

Bash, Linux Administration, Open Source »

[4 Aug 2007 | One Comment | ]

Ok – some real-life critical experience today.. one of our web servers notifies us (thanks to csf / lfd firewall ) that the server has had a high load for greater than 5 minutes. I get logged in and see the 5,10 & 15 minute load average exceeding 30 and this server normally runs at a load of <1
Here’s the MRTG Graph of the load:

A quick look at top showed me approx 15 httpd (apache) processes maxxing out the CPU. Now, it’s a shared server with hundreds of Virtual …

Cross-Platform, Internet Goodness, Open Source, Python »

[3 Aug 2007 | One Comment | ]

Whether you are trying to study for your RHCE, MCSE, Solaris, Linux+  or some University exams or maybe even trying to learn a new language, having some flashcards can be extremely helpful – for both short-term and long-term learning.
I have a pretty good system setup: cross-platform, remote learning.
I have played with both Jmemorize and now Granule – Granule is written in C++ & GTK and Jmemorize is Java both run on different platforms and are based on the ‘famous’ Leitner system. Jmemorize has some fancy graphs and Granule doesn’t. Both …