Archive for December, 2008


I have an XBox and a Wii downstairs, and hopefully soon a blu-ray player, all of which require net connectivity. Upstairs is the office, with a desktop, an older laptop (it’s the media box upstairs now), and the possibility of other wired connections for temporary gear I may be working on. Since we rent, I […]

December 31, 2008 • Tags: , , , , , • Posted in: How-To, Linux, Technology • 1 Comment

VMware Beaconing

I just read Beaconing Demystified: Using Beaconing to Detect Link Failures, and I have to say I am still confused. Why do this? With 3 or more uplinks in a team, we can pin point failures of a single uplink. With 2 uplinks in a team, we can detect downstream link failure, but we don’t […]

December 14, 2008 • Tags: , , • Posted in: Technology, VMware • No Comments

Computers that can see what you see… via your brain.

I found this on Neatorama today, and I have to say it’s  pretty damn impressive piece of technology. “It was the first time in the world that it was possible to visualise what people see directly from the brain activity,” the private institute said in a statement.

Zen and the art of scalability

Lately I’ve been giving  lot of thought to scalability. You see, a good portion of my work in the last few years has been scaling things. Junior admins configure and build things. Senior admins and architects are past the point of “getting $thing to work” and are into the realm of “getting $thing to work […]

DRM failures

I was reading this article on Spore being the most-pirated game of 2008 and it got me thinking. This game had one of the worst DRM debacles in recent history. It uses SecuROM, which requires regular re-checking of licening, and permits you only three installs before you have to call EA and get allocated more […]

December 6, 2008 • Tags: , , • Posted in: Interesting Stuff, Technology • 2 Comments