Operating system

FUSE Challenge

by Dave Graham on July 15, 2009


UPDATE: so, we have a winner.  @saurabhg wins a t-shirt.

So, after a few days of beating around this problem, I’ve come to the conclusion that either I’m a complete Linux tool (likely) or there is something fundamentally wrong with FUSE 2.7.4 and CentOS 5.3 (x86-64 edition). (FUSE = Filesytem in User Space) To that end, I’ve got the following challenge: show me a working FUSE 2.7.4 installation on CentOS 5.3 (64 bit) and provide the procedures for getting said configuration to work and I’ll get you an EMC T-shirt. Free. Gratis.

Rules:
a.) FUSE must be able to be recognized as a LOADED kernel module.
b.) Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. International folks, while I love the work you do, the cost for shipping a t-shirt to APJ or EMEA would far outstrip the time you spent.
c.) Optional: package the sucker up as an OVF or a Virtual Appliance and I’ll double the T-shirt order.

Sound good?

(This is for an Installable FileSystem [IFS] project I’m working on….)

Holler at me on Twitter or in the comments below to get started.

EDIT: I’ve solved the problem (really stupidly easy) but I want to see who else can get this done. Given that this particular IFS installation is designed ONLY for RHEL5, this will point the way towards using somewhat “freer” distributions. ;) Keep it coming!

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FCoE: “Soft” FCoE Integration

by Dave Graham on July 2, 2009


There appears to be quite the interesting discussion going on over at Scott Lowe‘s blog regarding FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) as its relationship to the data center, VMware, and, pretty much everything else. I love watching people put their thoughts to eletronic ink (via the comments section) but recently, I’ve had some pretty interesting conversations around FCoE that focus on different approaches to FCoE within the data center.

It all started with a phone call…
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Iomega eGo: Fashionable Mobility

by Dave Graham on May 19, 2009


As you’re probably aware by now, Iomega just launched their new line of eGo portable drives with increased capacity and protection capabilities. While this may seems to be a superficial change for those used to other portable harddrives (from other manufacturers that shall not be named), it’s worth a look into the technology to see what Iomega has added to the mix.

The Hardware

Iomega eGo Harddrive

Iomega eGo Harddrive


The Iomega eGo is available in a plethora of colours (yes, I used the word “plethora”) like blue, silver, and red and has a very sleek, aerodynamic shape to it, similar to a rounded and somewhat flattened rectangle.  It uses a single mini-USB connector (type B, if I recall correctly) and comes complete with a data cable and a product quick start guide.  Of note, the data cable has two Type A connectors to allow for additional power if your system doesn’t pass enough voltage down the wire.  The drive activity light is blue and is located next to the recessed data connector on the underside of the drive.  Small rubber feet on the bottom of the drive do allow for some measure of stable stacking with other eGo drives.  Let’s be honest, however; if you’re stacking multiples of these drives, perhaps an IX2 or an IX4 would better serve you?  Capacity-wise, the eGo comes in 250Gb, 320Gb, and 500Gb flavours (red only on the 250 and 500s).

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PowerPath, AIX 5.3, and LTG: Solutions

April 1, 2009

Over at StorageMonkeys, Rclark posted the following question:
We’re trying to increase the LTG and max_transfer sizes on PowerPath on AIX 5.3. We’ve gone through the steps that worked in the past, but the LTG will not increase. I’ve looked through PowerLink, but haven’t found anything topical. Any links or pointers would be appreciated.
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What the heck is “Superawesomesauce”?

January 6, 2009

Just wanted to welcome my brother, Danny Graham, to the blogosphere.
His blog, Superawesomesauce, is dedicated to….well, not so sure yet, but he’s an excellent code monkey, so, I’d expect him to pass on his tips and tricks for Eclipse, Linux, and other things…
Check out Part 1 of his Development Environment Buildout series!
Welcome aboard, Danny!

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