Armed to the gills - Dell C6100 build out

The fine folks over at ServeTheHome have done a fantastic job documenting the Dell C6100. This is a rather interesting system because:

  1. It packs quite a bit of compute power into 2U for colocation
  2. They are surprisingly cheap on the secondary markets

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Zabbix 1.8.9 Debian Squeeze Backport

I was beginning to get hit by many bad things in the Debian Squeeze zabbix 1.8.2 package. If you aren't aware, zabbix is a nifty data center monitoring system and is only slightly annoying compared to most other systems which are very annoying to set up and ...

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Configuration Management Software Sucks

Yes. Configuration Management Software Sucks. Horribly.

The main problem is that n-th order tweakability is preferred over convention It's just stupid. There are a core set of things that just about everybody needs to do. Those should be dead simple. Ready to uncomment and run. The set operating systems ...

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Monty, stop trolling!

Monty has resorted to another round of hand-waving in his post MySQL saga. This guy is starting to become an embarrassment to the FOSS community.

Some people accuse him of "selling out" in some moral sense; this is not the case. As a technologist, I can imagine liquidity is a ...

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Biting the Hand That Feeds

Granted, I'm not a Groklaw junkie. Lawsuits are the epitome of bureaucratic boring and are not a creational activity. So, keep in mind that I only read the occasional major headlines from The SCO Group's escapade in futility. It does come as a relief that the show is ...

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2010 SpamAssasin Public Service Announcement

If you run a public mail server, there is a good chance you run SpamAssassin.

There is a New Year's SNAFU in which any dates 2010+ are marked "grossly in the future". That is a problem since it is now 2010.

Run sa-update and restart SpamAssassin ASAP, or install ...

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Sun Ultra 27 Review - The Ultimate Linux Workstation

Sun Microsystems has a powerful and favorably priced entry in the x86 workstation space with the Ultra 27. Such is the power of this workstation and its natural fit for *nix workloads, combined with a compelling price tag, I pronounce it the Ultimate Linux Workstation in its class. He's ...

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DRBD merged with kernel 2.6.33

DRBD has been a long standing external patch in many distribution kernels. It has finally been merged in the 2.6.33 window. Colloquially the "Distributed Redundant Block Device", this piece of code allows you to mirror blocks of storage across multiple nodes.

drbd

This is primarily useful in high availability ...

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Java: The Good Parts

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A while back, a book entitled JavaScript: The Good Parts made waves on the internet, especially social networking sites. This book purported to show the inner beauty of a language that was long considered second or third rate, coming of age. With the advent of toolkits like JQuery, Javascript/AJAX ...

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