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19 March 2010

Filip Van Raemdonck: Indeed it is

Here's to another company with a sense of humour.

Granted, this is actually a former Sun webspace, so it wasn't Oracle that put the PostgreSQL most advanced badge on there.
But Sun did own the MySQL brand, before.

30 December 2009

Filip Van Raemdonck: Unconscious imitation?

Forgetting that the product named Internet Explorer is from a certain Redmond company, and thus has to promote other products and services of the same company, I typed in a search term straight into the address bar in an IE6 window.
I ended up on the search results page for what I typed on Bing, and noticed a link at the top right which read Gebruik Bing om beslissingen te nemen ( Make Bing your decision engine ).

Curious about what a decision engine could do for me, I followed that link. The decisions weren't all that exciting I could add Bing as a search engine, but actually it already was the default one; and I could set Bing as my homepage not something that Microsoft already aimed for before, with, and something which other search engines do as well if they have a chance.

What struck me however, was the example screenshot used on the page using a graphic of a puffin. Which, while not being some species of, could remotely pass for some sort of penguin.
Would it really be coincidence that they'd use this image of all possibilities, or is this a wicked taste of humor from someone within Microsoft?

4 December 2009

Filip Van Raemdonck: You get what you pay for

Past wednesday, a new Saturn electronics store opened it's doors right next to the railway station of Brugge (Bruges). To celebrate this, they had several real bargain deals, among which an Asus Eee PC 900 to be had for 129 EUR.

Thing is, the advert wasn't really clear which Eee 900 type it was, and it was contradictory even: the netbook was said to be equipped with the Atom N270, and at the same time the CPU clock speed supposedly was 900 MHz. The latter being the speed of the earlier models that had a Celeron Mobile CPU.
So I called the store and asked for some explanation. The person on the other end of the line, a guy named Kevin, confirmed that it had indeed the Atom N270, yet at the same time ran at 900 MHz and not the usual 1600 MHz. Errrr ?

Well, this is a bargain deal, so that's why it's running at a slower speed. Sure, I know the N270 normally runs at 1600 MHz, only this netbook doesn't.
Yeah right.

I was offered to have one netbook be put aside for me, because they were supposedly running nearly out of stock.
Since you simply cannot find any netbook over here for under nearly twice it's price, I still considered it a good deal. Even if would be the old Celeron model.

I was slightly tempted to ask if it would be possible to have one with Linux rather than the Windows XP version they offered, but as the answer was clear from the outset I refrained to do so.

So after work I drove to the shop, picked it up, and returned home. As thursday evening is swimming evening, I only had time to briefly power it into the bios when I returned home. There I saw confirmed what I suspected, it was a Celeron Eee 900 and not a revision with the Atom.
Saturn really should learn to educate their support staff better.

Still, I'm not unhappy that I bought the netbook it should provide sufficient speed for most things I have in mind to use it for.
Now all I have to do is put a modern OS on it.

28 October 2009

Filip Van Raemdonck: Petitie voor behoud van privacy

For non-Dutch speaking readers: this is about a petition seeking to limit what information communication providers should retain in accordance to the EU Data Retention Directive.
It is only useful to sign this petition if you actually live in Belgium.

Voor al wie enigszins met z'n privacy begaan is: gelieve hier de petitie tegen algemene bewaarplicht voor internetproviders te gaan tekenen.

12 October 2009

Filip Van Raemdonck: Photography

Photography is all about being in the right place, at the right time

30 August 2009

Filip Van Raemdonck: 363 days lead time

I would like to point out that my last article was in no way meant to be critical towards libvirt, rather on the contrary. I think it's an awesome technology the way it provides a common management platform for various virtualization solutions available on Linux and even other platforms.

For reference, expensive proprietary virtualization solutions don't necessarily fair better.
I've in fact recently ran into a problem in a Vmware ESX / Virtual Center environment which, while rather different in manifestation, in the end was similar in nature: diverging state change in the environment and in configuration.

The Vmware problem surfaced after kernel changes on Linux guests, where, after rebooting into the new kernel and running the vmware-config-
tools script to rebuild the modules, nightly backups with help of the vcbmount utility would fail.
The only cryptic error message was:

Creating a quiesced snapshot failed because the (user-supplied) custom pre-freeze script in the virtual machine exited with a non-zero return code.

It didn't help that there wasn't any "user-supplied pre-freeze script" to begin with.

Searching for this error message returned lots of hits, several going at least one year back. However, aside from a few references to a documented Solaris guest issue, which was not applicable, none would actually provide any insight into what the problem might actually be. Unt
il I found following post on the Vmware communities site, which pointed out that
changes to the uuid.location weren't propagated properly to the vmx definition.

For the time being, the best way to work around this (in Linux guests) is to add another reboot right after rebuilding the vmtools modules.
Since you should be rebuilding
But Vmware should provide a proper fix their stuff, really. I've got this strong feeling that the libvirt bug will be resolved in less time than a year...

20 April 2009

Filip Van Raemdonck: The Sun has set

So in three weeks time, two once large Unix vendors are gone SGI on april 1st, and now Sun. SGI as a Unix vendor had been dead for years anyway, but still.

Today's announcement also kind of finalizes the answer to my wonderings last year. Sun somehow seems to have managed to send off MySQL into limbo, and it remains yet to be seen if Oracle would have any imperative to bring it back.

One thing I do find bothersome with the new situation is that at the moment I write this, the website appears to be unreachable. Which might just be coincidence, but I do hope that neither Sun until the deal is finished or Oracle afterwards turn away from their current opensource backing positions.

10 April 2009

Filip Van Raemdonck: The Times They Are a-Changin'

... And so is computing.

At the beginning of last year, I finally bought a replacement for all the old junk that I was using as computer substitutes; a quad-core (Q6600) system with 4 GiB of memory.

For a couple of reasons, I set it up in a hurry, using software raid on two 160 GB harddisks, but last july I decided to redo it properly and at the same time consolidate as many as possible of the old systems I was using virtualization.
Until that time, I had been using VMware for virtualization at home, to be able to run appliances or historical VMs I had sitting around. This time I would try to move over to an opensource solution, if any could fullfill my needs.
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2 April 2009

Filip Van Raemdonck: Some like it hot others just are

This week brought some really nice weather. Too nice already for some people, it would seem.<br /> While most people would likely enjoy a ride home on a sunny afternoon, for certain hotheaded ones the temperature appears to set their brains and blood boiling and remove the inhibitions for juvenile behaviour.<br /> Driving home I encountered a truck driver hanging out of his window having a heated argument with a car driver standing straight up through his sunroof. I couldn't hear what they were arguing about, as it happened a few cars before where I stood, but in the meantime they were blocking the two lane drive. I'd almost be surprised if it wasn't one or the other accusing his adversary of doing exactly that, blocking his trajectory.<br /> Luckily the scene didn't take too long and they drove on before others could join in on the argument.<br /> <br /> One pattern that I've observed so far in all incidents of traffic aggression that I witnessed, is that at least one of the parties was accompanied by a female passenger. I have to wonder if female company is in fact an influencing factor

17 August 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: Linde

16 08 2008<br /> <br /> <img src="" style="width: 900; height="633" alt="My little baby girl (photo collage)" title="Photo's of Linde" />

14 August 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: Perl hash tree helper

Last week I needed a way of converting a two-dimensional array, in perl, into a tree-like datastructure.<br /> While seemingly trivial, the convoluted use of references when passing around arrays and hashes between perl function calls -- recursive calls, in this case -- made this a mind-boggling exercise to me. (the fact that I hadn't seriously used perl in the last eight years might have had part in that, too)<br /> <br /> Below the jump is my implementation, debugging info left in and all. If it's useful for someone, that's great; if not, ... well, except for my mental sanity no harm was done in writing this, either :)
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6 April 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: I'm junior now

Learning that the Linux Professional Institute offered a chance for taking exams at a reduced price during this year's FOSDEM, I decided to take a shot at the level 1 exams.<br /> I was fairly occupied in the period before FOSDEM when I took that decision, but given that I've been using Linux heavily for over a decade, and after reviewing the objectives, I figured that I should be able to pass it without specific preparation.<br /> <br /> Yesterday I received an email that indeed I did, so now I am officially a Junior level Linux professional .<br /> I guess I should take a look at getting LPIC-2 sometime.
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4 April 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: Back

I've got internet at home again since yesterday. It sure makes life easier...

27 March 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: Disconnected

Last week has been a stressful one, for reasons I'll come back on later.
This week had started better, but since yesterday my Internet connection stopped working[1] (for the same reasons). It isn't when until such thing happens that you realize how dependent you've really become on it, even for simple matters as looking up contact information.

[1] So this and the previous post were written from my with my parents-in-law.

26 March 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: Lilo LVM fixed root

One annoyance with the lilo bootloader that I've ran into a few times recently, is that it apparently turns any root configuration arguments into a device number. Which is then passed to the kernel at boot.
So if the kernel decides to assign a different device number to the supposed root device, your system may no longer boot.

Yesterday I once again ran into this: when I added an additional disk to a system, the LVM volumes which were on that new disk got assigned device numbers before the existing system LVM volumes.
Giving the problem a little thought, I realized that the solution though silly is really simple: add an append="root=/dev/yournode" directive to lilo.conf, and this boot-time argument will always override the root device set by lilo.

No more changing root devices for me

18 March 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: Clueless

I'm a bit puzzled why feedburner would be listing a blog search for Sylvia Saint as a reader of my feed earlier this week. Especially as I can't readily find my blog or feed in the search results.
(I guess this post could start bringing in search results)

Apparently she is a porn star (Wikipedia), and a prototype one at that: blonde and busty.

Ah, the things one can learn through reviewing website statistics...

16 March 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: Blog migration

For a while now I had been planning to move this blog a different server and URL; a URL that I would have full control over instead of the user directory it was deployed in.

I also had been longing for a different blog platform some time. While the primary reason for choosing Blosxom.PHP, that it did not depend on a database server, still held, I also had gotten tired of having to dig into it's code (usually in several places) for things that in my opinion should not require having to make changes all over the place.

So when the ageing server that held the old blog had temporary IO problems last weekend, I considered the time ready for making the move.
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13 March 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: Solve problems, not symptoms

Today I read in an online news source that the Royal National Institute for Deaf People is advising people to wear earplugs in clubs and asking for more stylish earplugs to be designed so young people would want to wear them.

This looks like a backwards way of dealing with the problem; why not campain to have the clubs' (and pubs, and concerts) sound level reduced so people don't have to wear earplugs? When gardening, you also try to eradicate the weeds' roots...

Filip Van Raemdonck: Solve problems, not symptoms

Today I read in an online news source that the Royal National Institute for Deaf People is advising people to wear earplugs in clubs and asking for more stylish earplugs to be designed so young people would want to wear them.

This looks like a backwards way of dealing with the problem; why not campain to have the clubs' (and pubs, and concerts) sound level reduced so people don't have to wear earplugs? When gardening, you also try to eradicate the weeds' roots...

12 March 2008

Filip Van Raemdonck: Debian firewire support

Christian, you forgot to mention the Linux kernel, where a member of the kernel team deliberately broke hardware support.
Thanks to Holger for these links, he has listed several more. I disagree with the suggestion that shipping the old firewire stack in the linux-extra-modules package is sufficient workaround; unless this is not prohibiting it from being included in the installer to support ethernet over firewire? (though in such case it will certainly have implications due to the fact that this package should be pulled in when the installer used eth1394)

So Adrian, you too may want to reconsider if Debian really does have less compatibility regressions than other distributions.