Wednesday, November 22, 2006

HP very annoying broken page

I am in the market to purchase an HP server, I need it NOW. so I click on the link on this page since the offer is exactly what I need

and i get this...
DO you have any idea how MAD I AM!!!
I don't have time for this $#%$#
I also don't have a choice since I still need a server

Sunday, November 19, 2006

new yahoo feature, needs work

So there is this buried feature on Yahoo mail....Wyoming is a real, but according to Yahoo!, Georgia and Florida are not, sorry guys.


Note: The broken line below the 'place' signifies a linkable object

Thursday, November 09, 2006

X4200: The ILOM

One of the new technologies that I found fascinating is the ILOM. (Integrated Lights Out Manager). Basically it is a hardware layer that is below all other standard components on the server. Meaning it has its own NIC and can redirect all inputs to the web, using a really fancy JAVA app. When Window needed the SCSI drivers, normally you have to put those drivers on a floppy and load them into the windows install. But what if there is no floppy drive? Then you could slipstream windows onto new media with the drivers included.
Or,
You can use ILOM and the floppy redirection. Yup, it picked up my floppy drive from my workstation and directed it back into ILOM and used the drivers from there.

Just to clarify how low this ILOM layer is, you can actually see (and configure) BIOS configuration remotely, something I had never seen before.

Neat stuff!!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

X4200: Powering it up

So.
Wow.
That was tough. For all of you that thought that this server was turn-key, well it ain't.
I'll explain.
I plug in the power cords, (there is two of them) and am greeted with that hypersonic whoosh that accompanies all new servers. That's cool. Then it goes through POST, HD, etc.. till GRUB. Grub counts down 10 seconds for solaris 10 to boot, and then .............................nothing.
Just a tiny flashing cursor in the top left corner of the screen. Thats it.
Here is where I went wrong. Read the manual, no seriously, I never read the manual, but here Iwas completely stuck without it. First off I had to change the IP settings of one on the NICS (net 0) to DHCP.
Then I follow the instructions here, step by step (mostly for the fun of it) and setup Solaris 10.
But to be honest, I had to install Windows Server 2003 'cause that is what I know. More on that later.

And Mr. Fix It Man I had some pictures of the internals but i have since misfiled them, when I find them I will post.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Urgent Ingenuity (baby style)

My brother recently related to me a story of when his daughter was born. As you know most hospitals do not provide the best food and certainly not in the middle of the night. So planning ahead he grabbed a package of frozen pita, thinking that surely after the hours of labor, the pita would have been defrosted. My niece had other plans and was born shortly after they arrived at the hospital. Since my sister-in-law does not generally eat frozen pita, my brother took the pita to the baby warmer. Baby and pita then toasted nicely together under its warm rays, when they where done, Mommy and Daughter both ate.