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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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Time Warner IPv6 pains

Posted 04-23-2013 at 01:17 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I asked TWC about ipv6 a while back, and the tech I got on the phone was as clueless as they come. Oddly, I could see router advertisements with link-local address (modem playing games, or so I thought), so I fired up rtsol and cried as it failed repeatedly.

A bit later, I noticed that with the kids competing for bandwidth and my wife gaming, we were starting to saturate the 20 Mbps we were getting. I call TWC and upgrade to the 50 Mbps package.

Then something peculiar...
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Paging? Swapping? Which is it?

Posted 04-15-2013 at 11:52 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

It's a bit big to be called a "one-liner", but this "script" will give you a short overview of paging levels vs. swapping levels on your machine.

Set T=<seconds> to whatever timeframe you want to test for.

Code:
T=5; ( vmstat -s; sleep $T; vmstat -s ) | awk -v T="$T" -F'[(/)]' '/pages paged in/{ pgpio=pgpin; pgpin=$1 } /pages paged out/{ pgpoo=pgpon; pgpon=$1 } /pages swapped in/{ pgsio=pgsin; pgsin=$1 } /pages swapped out/{ pgsoo=pgson;
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Et tu, Brute?

Posted 04-13-2013 at 03:40 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 04-13-2013 at 03:43 PM by rocket357

One of my other passions (aside from OpenBSD, Linux, philosophy, math, etc...) is Cichlids. Not just any Cichlid, though...Lake Malawi (Mbuna) Cichlids, in particular.

I currently have a 55 gallon aquarium housing quite a few species of Mbuna. One notable species is Melanochromis Auratus. I currently have four of them, all purchased before the color changes to distinguish the males and females. When one started to turn black and blue, I named him "Brutus". He happily...
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s/Linux, the new UNIX/Linux, the ONLY UNIX/g

Posted 04-10-2013 at 10:55 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 04-11-2013 at 12:17 PM by rocket357

Ok people...if you write code, do us all a favor:

Write **portable** code.

You are dragging innovation through the muck when you write Linux-specific crap. Please, for the love of all that is open source, keep other platforms in mind. Not only will packagers thank you, but your software will reach a wider audience (No matter how big "n" is, n+1 is still bigger than n).

Thank you.
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UserAgent Stupidity

Posted 03-21-2013 at 01:04 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I've been using mutt for the longest time now. I love mutt.

Unfortunately, sometimes I still have to use my company's Outlook webmail for whatever reason. I've used it on my wife's Windows 7 machine to fire off a quick response email (I really hate typing on my iphone's keyboard) to a critical update (or whatever), so imagine my surprise when I fired up Outlook webmail on my OpenBSD machine and was given a choice between using the "Light" (i.e. complete crap unusable)...
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