Sunday, December 26, 2004

OpenSolaris under Subversion

Today I tried to import the whole downloaded tarball of OpenSolaris into Subversion repository. Interesting enough, it took more then 2 and a half hours to finish. Somehow I expected it [Subversion] to be more quick. On the other hand the tarball contains more then 38 thousands files and directories, so may be it is not so bad. Hard to say... I should also try it with fsfs as a repository backend. And may be it would be better if I would do it locally, instead of pushing everything over the network.

Update: I tried it locally with fsfs backend and it took 12 minutes. Quite an improvement.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

OpenSolaris on PPC

All of a sudden the mailing list had a spike of active conversation tonight. I never expected people to be on their keyboard on Christmas (I, personally, am going to be drunk on New Year day). The conversation was very interesting. When OpenSolaris will finally be launched the archives would be available to look at.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Thawte Web Of Trust notary

Recently I have reached 35 point Thawte Web Of Trust Notary status. I became aware of all this Free Email Certificate stuff when I've got a signed email from Caryl Takvorian of Sun UK. I quickly enrolled for my own certificate, but then discovered that it is only a beginning of the story. One can find Thawte Web Of Trust Notaries around him and ask them to assure his identity and assigned a number of trust points. When 50 trust points are accumulated a named Certificate can be issued. When 100 trust points are accumulated one becomes a notary himself. That is still not the end of the story. New notary can only assign up to 10 trust points to a person. The maximal number of trust points notary can assign grows higher together with the number of assertions notary makes. 35 points notary seems to be the maximum the non-Thawte employee can achieve.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Friends are starting their blogs

Ice has shifted ! (Led tronulsya)

Leon started his blog. Welcome to the blogger' club !

Thursday, September 23, 2004 Pilot

Just got into the OpenSolaris Pilot Program! They are using CVS :(

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Really bad mood

It is more then a month since Solaris Express 8/04 was released and since I wrote something in this blog. And Solaris Express 9/04 is still not available... And today is one of those days when everything seems to be sooo wrong. And all those things that usually entertains me look so boring.
It has to be better tomorrow. I just cannot imaging it going to be any worth...

P.S. Even spell checker doesn't work as it should.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Solaris Express 8/04 is coming

Solaris Express 8/04 (aka Solaris 10 Beta6, aka s10_b63) should become available tomorrow. There are quite a number of neat features. My favorite is an x86 FC driver stack. I waited for it for quite a long time. We'll see tomorrow...

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Me, pilot !

Wow ! Today is my birthday and my wife had a surprise for me. Olga warned me in advance not to plan anything for this Saturday morning. We got up and she quickly fed Sam (1y 3m) while two other children (Lisa [12y] and Alex[19y]) took care of themselves. We packed into the car and she said to drive in Herzeliya direction. It turned out we were heading Herzeliya airfield, where she arranged for the Cessna 152 for me to fly (well, with the professional pilot actually). I was questioned by a security guy (just like in the Ben Gurion airport - "How long do you live in the country ?", "Who packed you bags ?" [what bags ???], etc. Nice fellow, anyway.) and then there was a quick introductory overview of the plane and flight. In a nutshell, it came down to simple "Do not fight with me over the stick!" instruction. Then we were ready to fly.
Pilot took me to the plane - it was Cessna 152 II. I flew it a couple of times in flight simulator, but it was my first time to hold a real stick of the real plane. I inserted myself (literally) into the left seat while Lisa was shooting me. I ignited the engine and instructor started to taxi to the runway. In couple of minutes we were airborne. That simple. Cessna 152 is quite a light plane so she quickly gained speed and altitude. When we climbed to 600 feet instructor said - "Plane is yours, try to keep the direction and level" and let me fly. I took the stick and the plane immediately started to fall aside to the left. Another 20 seconds and I was ok with it. I flew it straight forward and kept altitude. Another couple of minutes and instructor said that he thinks I am doing fine and it is time to climb to 2000 feet and to do something interesting. So I pulled up and we climbed to 1800, where instructor talked to the tower and then said we should stay there. He intended to show me a couple of aerobatics figures, but as soon as he said "Here comes free fall" I said I do not think that is such a good idea and he handed over the stick back to me. I started to play (!?) with it. Left turns, right turns, up and down - it was very nice and I thought: "Well, it is not so bad after all. I feel fine an flying Cessna is quite easy." T'was a big mistake. It retaliated back almost instantly by having me feel sick. I hated myself at this moment. I asked instructor how much time do we have yet and he said around 7 minutes. I decided to hold on for this time, no matter what. Instructor, probably, noticed I am not feeling well. He took over the stick (I didn't fight over it!) and headed to the runway. I observed landing as a passenger (as it was planned) and it felt like landing the plane is much more complex that taking off. At least from my point of view. Anyway we touched runway and taxied to the stop. Lisa, again, filmed me crawling out of the plane. I felt a little bit dizzy, but it soon went away.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Solaris AHCI driver now accepts PayPal donation

Solaris AHCI driver project now accepts donation via PayPal. Frankly speaking I am not expecting money to start flowing in, but if I wouldn't opted for it I wouldn't be paid for sure.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Kitchen greenhouse status

Hooray !

This morning thorough inspection revealed that parsley gave a first tiny green leaf ! Yeah !
That IS miracle !

Monday, June 14, 2004

AHCI sourceforge project

If you are reading this diary please do not forget to visit also Solaris AHCI driver project. Our activity percentage is quite low at the moment, so we need to have more hits to increase it !

Friday, June 11, 2004

logrus upgraded

I upgraded logrus to Solaris Express 06/04 (aka Solaris 10 Beta 4, aka s10_b58). I did first a Live Upgrade, but then recalled that I wanted to change partitioning anyway and just went for fresh installation. Build 58 supposed to support Opteron. At least it recognized Tyan S2885' on-board Gigabit Ethernet out of the box. Still no SATA support. Presumably it should come with Build 61 - which probably means August time frame.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Thunder becomes logrus

As memory problems with thunder got fixed, it (machine) now gets its official name "logrus", since it becomes my primary office workstation. That would be my first non-SPARC primary workstation for last ten years. Wow !

Kitchen greenhouse status

Rosemary officialy declared dead. Nothing came out during two weeks. I wonder what was the problem - bad seeds (as Olga suggested) or bad treatment I gave it ? Peppermint grows quite good. I decided to grow parsley instead of rosemary.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Thunder memory problem is solved

Thunder memory problem appears to be related to the AMD errata 101. Having BIOS Node interleave and ECC memory scrubbing turned on simultaniously on MP machine will result in memory problems. I turned memory interleaving off and machine seems to be much more stable.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Thunder memory problem

This morning I ran memtest86 on thunder it there were tens of thousands memory faults reported. :( I called technician and he claims that memtest86 cannot handle Opteron correctly. It doesn't sound too convincing. Anyway they sending new memory tomorrow.
We'll see...

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Readers out there ? Anyone ?

Interesting how many people are reading this blog ?
I know whom I told about it, but I have no idea who
else may be reading this stuff.

Anyway, if you are reading this put something into comment section.

New Opteron machine is not as good as it may seems

Thunder (name to be changed shortly) already crashed 3 times. Each time mdb shows different place and different reason. May be it is defective memory DIMMs ? Bad CPUs ? I don't know.
I'll try to run memtest86 on it next morning.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Test EMail publisher

Test content. Just ignore.

New two way Opteron machine has arrived

This Thursday noon a box appeared in the lobby with a new [anxiously awaited] 2-way Opteron machine in it. It has a Tyan S2885 motherboard with 2 Opteron 244 processors and 2 GB of memory. No doubts I put Solaris Express build 55 on it immediately. Quite a nice box.

Kitchen greenhouse status

Last week I decided to grow something in the kitchen.
I choose peppermint and rosemary to be an experiment
subject. I brought seeds and pads from the greenhouse
and sowed the seeds last Saturday. To my surprise it grew.
Peppermint already has some tiny green leafs. Rosemary'
destiny is still unknown as of today.


Well, I just created this blog. For a couple of months I thought about
doing it, but this Saturday I just said to myself - "Go ahead !" -
and here we go - fresh blog is here.

We'll see...