e1000g and sheep

First off the subject line is designed to convey the impression that I want to make points about the e1000g and a separate comment about sheep. Not that I have something to say about putting gigabit drivers and sheep together!

I was trying to install a Dell Precision 650 earlier today with solaris. The machine has a floppy drive so I went with the usual convention of making a boot floppy to kick off the jumpstart install. This does not work with the e1000g and you will either get no NET boot option or a message that the file e1000g.bef cannot be found, depending on the version of solaris you try. From the last comment you get a hint that I spent a couple of hours tonight trying various different versions! It turns out that this is not a bug, or a missing file, Intel simply never intended the card to be used this way apparently. The machine does boot quite happily using PXE, so I can throw out the floppy disks now. From now on with x86 machines I’ll check if they can PXE boot first!

Now about those sheep. One reason I have been hesitant in starting a blog, and its a reason that many will share, is the so called herd-mentality. Best observed (without looking at human behaviour!) in sheep, where they will happily follow each other jump in the same way and act as general amusement to a well trained sheep dog. So are all bloggers just writing blogs because other people do? For the most part the answer is probably yes. This assertion may upset some bloggers, some may for example strive to make their blogs different to they stand out among others, in a way we are all guilty of this by tweaking our themes, picking our topics etc. Its rather like following a group of people but wearing a silly hat while doing so, so that you will stand out, as opposed to not being in the crowd in the first place! So why am I writing a blog at all then? Have I lost all of that “I’m soooo individual” mentality from my teenage years? No, there is still individuality left, otherwise my blog would be exactly the same as someone elses.
The difference between the sheep in a field and (most) bloggers is awareness. The sheep are simply following the sheep in front. (most) bloggers are well aware that they are following others, but see this as something positive and something they can contribute to and receive benefit from. They are aware that they are the herd.

There may now be some sheep feeling hard done by, my apologies. The Buddah was once asked whether a dog could have a buddah nature, but thankfully there are books to help sheep along! Its a worthwhile book for humans to read too!

Cheers,
~Al (baaaaa)

First post

It seems customary to begin a weblog with a brief intorduction. I work for Sun in the Dublin, Ireland offices, in the Patch System Test (PST) group. fintanr , bnitz , timf and calum are some of the other folks in these buildings that also have blogs here, and their blogs will probably be much more interesting than mine!

So patches eh? Most readers will be aware that you can get patches from sunsolve. But quite a bit happens between the engineer writing the code change and the patch appearing for download. Part of the process involves PST ensuring that the patch passes all our system tests. The group has also been heavily involved with projects such as getting Kernel Update patches released more quickly and patch rejuvination.

There is also a new version of sunsolve in
beta testing. One benefit of this new version is that the search engine works better. Another less well known benefit is that you can now download any version of a patch, whereas the current sunsolve only lets you download the latest. The latest patches provide all the fixes of previous versions, and to have your system as up to date as possible you should install the latest patches, however some customers needed to have access to older (obsoleted) revisions of patches so this is what the new sunsolve will provide on the patch page.

30 day song challenge in one go

Right. Enough people have messaged me about this on facebook so rather than do the day by day thing, which I’ll get bored of by tomorrow, I’ll just list them all now. This is a bit of an oldskool list; i should do it again with more tunes from this century sometime 🙂

day 01 – your favorite song
Disarm – Smashing Pumpkins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQtLoJlQD6E
day 02 – your least favorite song
Sinead – nothing compares 2u. Radio gets turned off when this comes on

day 03 – a song that makes you happy
Tequila – Terrorvision

day 04 – a song that makes you sad
Cure – pictures of you

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone
Tom Petty – Learning to Fly

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere
Garbage – Stupid Girl

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event
Nelly Furtado – Turn Off The Light

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to
Cant find the Clancy Brothers version on youtube – The Boys of Wexford!

day 09 – a song that you can dance to
Nellie the Elephant. I can still picture Skippy holding on to the record player in the teachers club trying to stop it skipping while a roomful of Goths thumped the floor!

day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep
Chris de Burgh – Don’t Pay The Ferryman

day 11 – a song from your favorite band
I am one – Smashing Pumpkins.
Could have picked any number of songs here.

day 12 – a song from a band you hate
Whipping Boy – any song will do, but here’s We Don’t Need Nobody Else

day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure
Whigfield – Saturday Night 🙂

day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love
Ace of Base – The sign

day 15 – a song that describes you
Hard to answer without coming across as a total muppet.
So I better pick a good song at least. Levellers – One Way, this version from Glastonbury

day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate
Madonna – Like a Prayer. Just got overplayed at the time.

day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio
BellX1 – Great Defector

day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio
Temple of Love – Sisters of Mercy

day 19 – a song from your favorite album
Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins from Siamese dream.
Could also bee anything from Doolittle.

day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry

day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy
Something Happens – Hello Hello Hello Hello Hello Petrol

day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad
In the rare auld times

day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding
And did! The Foundations – Buttercup (KOH!)

day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral
Salve Regina

followed by Prince Buster and Suggs! Madness Enjoy yourself

day 25 – a song that makes you laugh
Wierd Al – Yoda

day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument
Well I used to be able to play most of it.
The Entertainer – Scott Joplin

day 27 – a song that you wish you could play
Joe Satriani – Surfing with the Alien

day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty
No song makes me feel guilty. ?
day 29 – a song from your childhood
A-ha – Take on me

day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year
Eliza Doolittle – Pack Up