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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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If Intel designed human beings...

Posted 01-01-2010 at 09:55 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 01-02-2010 at 10:55 PM by rocket357

The title is a quote from "Structured Computer Organization, Fifth Edition" by Andrew S. Tanenbaum. The full quote:

"If Intel designed human beings, it would have put in a bit that made them revert back to chimpanzee mode (most of the brain disabled, no speech, sleeps in trees, eats mostly bananas, etc.)."

I'm quite often seen around the internet using a "monkey with glasses" avatar (See it on my LQ profile), and on many occasions people...
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RAID recommendations: my 2 cents

Posted 12-31-2009 at 11:26 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 12-31-2009 at 11:49 PM by rocket357

I recently read a heated debate on the age-old argument: should I use RAID 5 or RAID 10 for my database? I noted a particularly relevant treatment of the topic (read it here), and figured like any good DBA I'd chime in with my thoughts.

The basic premise for the argument (which was, oddly, from a business guru...NOT a tech geek) was that given a required performance level and budget, what setup would provide better data safety?

"Any DBA would ask you to give them...
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Flash on OpenBSD? Say it isn't so!!!

Posted 12-15-2009 at 03:08 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 09-17-2010 at 12:02 PM by rocket357

I like OpenBSD. Minus about 2 tiny details, it really is (IMHO) the most superior OS on the planet. Sure, I'm a fanboy, I admit it freely =)

One of those "2 tiny details" is the lack of a flash player for OpenBSD. I mean, sure, there's the opera-linux-emulation-crapola that's hovering between vaporware and "our project admin died and we forgot to tell you" (it's still flash 7...flash 10 is out now!). Blarg. There must be a better way.

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The "doh!" recursion

Posted 12-02-2009 at 01:25 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

It's been said that learning from other's mistakes is truly the "divine" way to learn, as you don't have to experience the pain of the mistake firsthand. While I agree with this to an extent, I also believe that nothing can take the place of firsthand experience. A wise man once told me that you learn more in 10 minutes of playing guitar in front of a crowd than you do in 10 hours of playing guitar in your bedroom (thanks, RS). The difference? When you're playing for a crowd, there...
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OOM Killer and acquisitions...a match made in heaven!

Posted 11-25-2009 at 10:17 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 11-25-2009 at 10:28 AM by rocket357

Yesterday afternoon one of my coworkers enlisted the help of employees company wide to load test a project we'd worked on together about a year ago. He'd made significant changes to the application server and wanted to see how much the server could handle in raw traffic/requests. So at 2:30 PM, half of the company I work for started hitting the application server running bogus reports...

I watched the PostgreSQL database backend while all of this was going on. By 2:34 PM, the system...
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