Good night, Sun.

This has been a long time coming… To be fair, we all saw it coming when the merger happened. Ironically, this will be the best thing to happen in FOSS for a while now. At first I was concerned by the purchase- Oracle was wrapping their squeeze-happy hands around OpenSolaris, MySQL, and Java? Oh no! […]

Geeking out /dev/car – QR codes and plastic widgets

A few months back, I bought a new car. It’s a 2010 Kia Forte SX. In black. In Phoenix. Hey, pimpin’ ain’t easy! It starts out geeky, with a 6 speaker stereo that supports MP3 CDs, audio input jack, and a USB input (for USB sticks or, less elegantly, iPods). It has Bluetooth speakerphone/voice dial […]

DNS Hijacking by ISPs (or: How I Learned to Stop Being RFC Compliant and Love the Paycheck)

Disclaimer: I work for a cable provider, but not one of the ones listed. I speak for myself alone here on this blog, from my own view of professional sysadmin ethics, now and always. Sherman, set the wayback machine! The time? September 15th, 2003.  In 2003, Verisign(since monikered as Verislime I might add) decided they […]

Solaris tar command… I hate you.

Apparently, the tar command on Solaris does not strip leading slashes. Meaning you can clobber original files if you carelessly untar them, which could be disastrous in some circumstances.  Like, say, if you clobbered /etc/ or /var/ or something. Add this to the lack of a z or j option(gunzip and bunzip built in) and […]

CrunchPad dies at the 11th hour?

The CrunchPad was slated to be a cool, sub-$300, Linux-based tablet PC. It was excitedly anticipated by a lot of geeks, myself included. Apparently Fusion Garage, the manufacturing partner of Tech Crunch in the CrunchPad endeavor, has decided they just going to sell the thing themselves without Tech Crunch being involved: But the email went […]