After 14 years, LaTeX copy of PhD thesis just works

April 30th, 2012

No bit rot at all – sat 14 years on a CD and with minimal effort I was able to get my dissertation built.

Thomas Dunlop Haynes. Collective Adaptation: The Sharing of Building Blocks. PhD thesis, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA, 1998.

I want to contrast that against my Master’s thesis, which I did in Word and which was a major pain in the rear. Of course, I converted it to LaTeX source as well, and I could probably get it posted up here as well.

I could probably get the GP engine code running again and regenerate all of the data from scratch in a fraction of time on the systems I have sitting around the house. Ahh, too geeky!

Portable Playstation ID

March 18th, 2012

Get your Portable ID!

The Perfect Desktop – Fedora 16 i686 (GNOME)

February 17th, 2012

The Perfect Desktop – Fedora 16 i686 (GNOME)

Querying Active Directory with Unix LDAP tools.

February 7th, 2012

Querying Active Directory with Unix LDAP tools.

Quickly halting your Simulate ONTAP™ cluster

February 5th, 2012

nsim::> halt -node nsim-0*
(system node halt)

Warning: Are you sure you want to halt the node? {y|n}: y
2 entries were acted on.

Connection to closed.

Adding more memory to Simulate ONTAP™

February 2nd, 2012

Just like anything else, your Simulate ONTAP™ will run faster if you give it more memory. And while you should not decrease this value, you can increase it. Edit this file:

loghyr:nsim-1.vmware thomas$ vi DataONTAP.vmx

to bump it, e.g.,

loghyr:nsim-1.vmware thomas$ diff DataONTAP.vmx ../DataONTAP.vmx | grep memsize
< memsize = "4000" > memsize = "1600"

Note that as you are running a cluster, you will have at least two of these running and your upper limit is the amount of RAM available to your host computer.

Network bridge on device VMnet0 is not running

January 31st, 2012

Kept banging my head against this VMware Fusion 4.0 error message on trying to bring up a Simulate ONTAP™ vsim: Network bridge on device VMnet0 is not running

I kept on thinking it was my network config.

It was much simpler than I realized, I was running a VPN and once I turned that off, my devices started working!

NetApp’s Simulate ONTAPâ„¢ is now shipping for 8.1RC2

January 31st, 2012

NetApp’s Simulate ONTAP™ is now shipping for the equivalent of Data ONTAP™ 8.1RC2 – the take away here is that you can now test drive pNFS in a simulator.

It requires a NOW account and it can be downloaded here:

Disclaimer – I work for NetApp.

Make Safari remember a password

January 23rd, 2012

VMware Fusion 4.0 networking

December 19th, 2011

Hint: Look down in /Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion