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well, it's been a while. try and remember to post, and well, not much comes up.
Life has been frenetically busy. As usual.

I have some questions for the blogoverse.

Property Managers - Know any good ones? the ones I have asked to come talk about my house (so we can let it out) either fail to comprehend the phone, or are still living in the 1980s without the internet.

removalists - ditto

Employment - I'm looking for Solaris/Linux/Storage work in Melbourne. If anyone's after a Senior in those areas, I'm happy to oblige.
I'd rather go direct to businesses in need, rather than going through recruitment pimps.


Packing is progressing. slowly, but progressing.
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As we're progressing through our piles of stuff (Tm), we're slowling making piles and boxes of things we no longer need or use. A good few bags of clothes have gone to the salvos. yay!

I have some other things that it's too much like hard work to put up on ebay. yet.

The following for free (or a 6 pack of cider if you're feeling generous)
- Cisco 2601
- Sun Netra X1
- Sun v100
- PVCLE266M-L3.0A (low power VIA ATX board in a case. 1GB ram)

The following for actual quantities of cider:
- Cisco 2950 (24 port)

I also have some random other possibly useful things, including a pci-e quad gig ethernet card, a pci-e 8 port SAS HBA, a slimline DVD-rom drive. console cables, things, bit'n'pieces.

tell me if you're interested, then come get 'em.
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I discovered Glee a few weeks ago, courtesy of one of my friends, who gave us some (downloaded) episodes. We watched a couple and then promptly bought the DVDs.

We have just finished watching season one, and while I have really enjoyed the season, there are a couple of serious issues I have with the production.

First off, lip-syncing. For a production of this quality, why the hell are they running their singers through DSPs 'fixing' their voices, and then re-dubbing them? It is so obvious, that to anyone who knows it's happening, it's glaring and breaks the illusion of a good stage show.

Second, and the one that has had me fuming, is how the show dealt with bullying, particularly the last two episodes. The message that I take away from it, is that if you are a perpetrator, the system will support and even encourage you. A victim however, is not allowed to react in any way, or they get punished.
Toilet paper a room? That's just playful fun. Egg someone? Glossed over.
Slash some tyres in payback? In my belief, is an appropriate response. however, the Glee kids got punished every time they responded to the very public, very obvious bullying.

What happened in Sydney recently. now *that* is an appropriate response.
video at link.
Will this little turd pick on this victim again? Pretty damn unlikely. Will he still be a turd? Sad to say, he probably will.

Now as much as we like to say that violence is never an option, it is sometimes, the only option. Why else do we have war? Is that not violence? If you say violence is never an option, go and disband your armies, thank you very much. Otherwise you are a hypocrite.

It is a sad indictment upon our society that so much physical and psychological bullying goes unanswered. Schools have quite aptly demonstrated that they will not support victims. From my personal experience and observations, counselling the bully, only encourages them. Getting broken, or being stood up to is what stops them.

I am 15 years on from my private school time, when I was bullied nearly all of those years. The worst 8 years of my life.
20 years on and it's still with me most days. Most of the time, it would be hard to tell that I have had serious internal issues. I can say, it has taken a long time, and a lot of support from a lot of people to get where I am today and I am still healing.
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I've been digging into performance trends and metrics over the last few months and trying to find a sane and scalable app for deploying across Unix space. I'm really saddened by the complete and utter lack of useful open source software in this space. There are some of the semi commercial apps which are getting there, but are somewhat difficult to get running on Solaris. The GNU/libre ones are either complete and utter tripe, or suffer serious architectural faults. (And yes, I do suffer from the 'If it doesn't work as described by the documentation, I'll throw it away. Documentation is not hard people)

  • Hyperic.
    bloated and awkward interface. graphs? um .... they're there, somewhere. Damned if I could work out how to get it do them easily
    Summary: overweight monitoring app that doesn't do performance metrics
  • munin
    Just works! I am very sad to say that it gathers data by pulling it from hosts, that's a method that just does not scale.
    Summary: Very easy to use. works well in small/medium environments. Will not scale.
  • collectd
    collects data well, but there is no frontend worth using. They are all, and I mean all, alpha quality. Heymon appears to have come closest to being able to 'actually work,' but it's pretty ugly still.
    Summary: Reasonably easy to get items monitored and configured. Build a working and stable front end and it'd be just right.
  • hobbit/xymon
    Also, just works. It has some serious architecture flaws though, like trying to navigate just which file to edit to get it to monitor something, and problems with how it generates rrds.
    Summary: flawed architecture

I'll be looking at others in the near future. if you have any good/bright recommendations, I'm all ears. I'm not fussed about alerts/alarms, just performance/utilisation metrics.

Oh wait, the other rant.
Why the f*ck is it so damn hard to build anything on Solaris? I am obviously spoilt by having had the dream life living with Debian (and Ubuntu), where if i want to test some random app, all I have to do is 'apt-get install widget' and voila! It's there. and it runs. If it's not quite what i need, apt-get remove widget, and it's gone. Try that on Solaris? OpenCSW come kind of close, but does not have anywhere near the breadth of app choice that Debian has. Oh, and people don't build stuff on Solaris, so it's fairly common to find that it just won't work.

To get over the 'problems getting stuff built on Solaris', I've spun up a couple of VirtualBox Ubuntu servers and have been developing on them, then porting stuff back to Solaris. That's kept the frustration levels reasonably low.
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I've been spending a fair chunk of the last month getting my brain wrapped around Reductive Lab's Puppet product. It's a configuration management framework aimed at SysAdmins who spend more than 5 minutes a week managing config files.

It has taken me quite some time to actually get started on it, as the learning curve is quite steep. The online documentation is enough to get you started, and then missed significant steps on getting from basic configuration to a usable environment. So, it's a typical OpenSource product then. I'm going to write up my experiences with getting started sometime RSN.

It's good. It works. It's frickin' powerful. So much so, that one of my colleagues is too scared to touch it, he believes that it's too easy to wreck your entire environment in quick easy steps. Well, that's half the fun, really :)

I have sucked in all our core infrastructure to the puppet brethren. Over the coming days, or weeks, I will roll the rest of the application servers in as well.

The only point of contention and definite confusion will be to know what is managed and what is not. I can see that being painful for the NOC monkeys who come in in a month (or three) to manage this environment. There are 90 of the little Slowaris beasts here though, so having some form of centralised management is required. Otherwise entropy will develop at a rate too quick to manage.
Just adding in hosts keeps me on my toes as each one has so far, at least one thing different from the SOE that it should be conforming to!
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Getting gender not specified on your passport.

In Australia.

How. What the. I am stunned and amazed in all the good ways. This is good thing.
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given how much sarah and I just adore Mr Laurie, I am absolutely disturbed that we have not heard about fourty something, a TV series he did before House.

A small exerpt from it follows. I think the saddest line he could ever say is, "I am no longer naked."


Jan. 3rd, 2010 12:29 pm
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twenty ten, two thousand and ten, whatever. I say meh to you both. It's MMX.

Sinfest covers the New Year's change quite nicely this year, I think. (over 6 panels, 3401 to 3406)
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It's 9am on a bright and cheery Monday morning and I'm wondering, dear f*ck what the hell am I doing awake at such an ungodly hour of the morning! Particularly after all the tasty wines, cheeses and liqueurs I've been guzzling!

I think I've finally wound down from work-stress. Took a couple of days, a lot of good wine, and getting out and stretching my arms. Been out windsurfing three days in a row now. Haven't been out for more than half an hour at a time though, I have *so* lost the conditioning and tone I built up last season. Day two had my left heel decide to get a large cut. No point being a shark attractant, so that day got cut short, sadly. Even though the forecast says 'max of 6 knots of breeze for most of today, the trees are still throwing themselves about a lot. Hot and strong easterly this morning. Please die down. I'd like to go flying at some stage.

Did a jaunt down to Guilderton with Sarah's family. It's very picturesque, with the sandbar across the Moore River mouth, but also very fully of people. Very full. Got two decent photos of birds. Not the eye candy type, there was none, but a seagull and a pelican.

The dogs are enjoying themselves, being out and about nearly all the time. The kittens, however, are somewhat bummed about being cooped up inside the house.
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we're note allowed free thought any more, but we will be allowed to use metal knives on planes again.


This line sums it up:
The Government has baulked at setting up a centralised aviation security screening authority, arguing it would be "overly prescriptive, more expensive and less responsive to passengers".

TSA anyone?
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Well no wonder, there's someone else claiming the ability to make decisions for all the adults in Australia now.

lacking the ability to be rational about this at the moment. and everyone else is talking about it already
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Andre's 40th birthday party and catching up with Nari, even if only for an hour. That lead to us planning a trip to Fukuoka for late next year. It appears my grandfather, at 86 is still partying hard. 死んでない、あいつ。

spending the first day of summer in a data centre
nope, that's an unhappiness.
happiness, is having a 4 hour job start an hour late and finish an hour early, with no errors, issues or delays.

Thankfully, I didn't have to spend time in iiNet's data centre a couple of days ago. As Ian said, "I love the smell of FM200 in the morning."
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In good timing, right after a conversation occurring over on [livejournal.com profile] mynxii's Lj, another friend, [personal profile] etfb, posted about Babakiueria, (Say it out loud)
a short film made in 1986, in the middle of my school life.

This is the first I have ever heard of this. How did I miss it?

Swap Aborigines with white people, and you have this fantastic short film, contrasting the patriarchal, paternalistic polices our White Government decreed for our fellow Australians.

Still ruminating on the thoughts generated from watching this. Must however, spread its existence.

day three

Dec. 2nd, 2009 11:07 pm
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and happiness still ensues.
Multiple items today,

Seeing the strength inherit in one of my friends, who believes herself to be weak and fragile, and describing that strength to her.

Hearing that my (host-)brother from when I lived in Japan in '94 is here on his honeymoon.
(Not made contact yet, I only found out late this evening, after leaving my phone at home this morning, and his hotel phone was not answering)

Passing work on to a friend, who is currently enjoying being salary-free.
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for some forsaken reason, I woke up bright *and* cheery this morning.
Had a nice drive through traffic, and just near Sarah's work, who do I see, but PRK. So we had to stop and hug him.
I also hear that the systems I gave to our Bloatus Notes guy on Friday have been keeping him happy and productive all weekend. booyah! Finally! We have nailed Bloats down to something that functions.
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and Freddy Mercury, rest in peace, 18 years ago, died this day.

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minor life update.

Training with the mugairyu crowd is working out really well. We regularly have 6-10 people on the dojo and the skill levels of all, while wildly variable, is on the fast rise.

Ryan managed to create a bruise on me last Sunday! and it's still there! on me, a person who rarely, if ever bruises. I can't even remember him poking me that hard. and then, yesterday, I strained my knee a little. Enough that walking last night was seriously painful, and today was too. Thank goodness for chairs and the ability to loaf through a standard work day.

Decided that it was finally time to invest aquire my vehicle of complete impracticality. She's nice, very nice to drive.
and I can manage to squeeze two helicopters in the boot, and nothing else. Can't fit an Andy, that's fer sure, even though he swore he could fit into any boot.

My heli flying has been improving a helluva lot over the last two months. Being out about every third day has been obviously leaving its mark on my finger co-ordination :)
Until yesterday afternoon, when for the first time in almost two months, I managed a self inflicted grounding. Blade first with the big 'un. :(
One shower of parts later, and I have a non-flying thing.

Still preparing to dismember people at work. The levels of idiocy are still rising. I have no idea how some people manage to continually demonstrate their incompetence at real work, and sheer elegance at obstructionism. It's almost time, almost time I think.
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This must sooooooooo be spread.


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