Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bizzy Bizzy Bizzy

Long time, no post. Been busy. New house, new Girlfriend, new life.

Been working lot in Solaris Containers and ZFS, as of late. I'm a Veritas VM/VXFS/Cluster hater, now, lol. Get over it.

OSX and Cisco VPN Client

"Error 51: Unable to communicate with the VPN subsystem".


Here's a fix:

Close the stoopid VPN client, then open up a terminal and type the following:

sudo /System/Library/StartupItems/CiscoVPN/CiscoVPN restart

Then relaunch the stoopid VPN client.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Mac OSX Leopard & Xnest" OMG-WTF-LOL!

Why, oh why, has my Xnest gone away when upgraded to OSX 10.5? Not that I enjoy running X remotely, from my servers, but on occasion, it's required (thanks, stoopid Oracle and your sh*tty install routine).

If you want/need Xnest on your OSX Leopard desktop, you can accomplish it, this way:

First: Get Xcode: http://developer.apple.com/tools/download/

Second: install MacPorts: http://svn.macports.org/repository/macports/downloads/MacPorts-1.5.0/

Third: Install git, and development tools:

(from teminal window)
sudo port install pkgconfig automake autoconf libtool git-core
Install X.org libraries: (45 minutes)

(from terminal window)
sudo port install xorg-proto xorg-libX11 xorg-libxkbfile xorg-libXfont xorg-libfontenc

Forth: Get X server source from git and build it: see instructions on X.org wiki.

Fifth: Run configure as follows, NOT as how stated on X.org wikki:
./configure --prefix=/usr/X11 --enable-xnest=yes --with-mesa-source=`pwd`/../Mesa-6.5.2

Sixth: Continue with the rest of the source instructions as directed in the wiki page.

Seventh: Copy the new Xquartz binary over, then copy the Xnest binary as well:
sudo cp hw/xnest/Xnest /usr/X11/bin/

Eighth: Copy the manpage:
sudo cp hw/xnest/Xnest.1 /usr/share/man/man1/

That's it. Good luck. I suggest backing up, before doing the above.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A friends photo work

Check out my Friend's work. Phil Peterson. He's gifted, I think:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Veritas VEA 4.x on OSX

Update: 07.28.08
Note: This is only for version 4.x of VEA. 5.x is not currently working, with this method.

I finally got around to working on this again. Sorry for those who've been asking for it.

turns out, it's quite simple, lol!

Here's how you can get the VEA GUI working in OSX:

Generally, I hate Java, but this does rock.

- Copy /opt/VRTSob from a UNIX host, put it in /opt on your Mac and replace /opt/VRTSob/jre/bin/java with a symbolic link to /usr/bin/java on your Mac.

- Run: /opt/VRTSob/bin/vea.

That's all there is to it.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Using Sprint EVDO card (S620) in Linux

Some quick/dirty notes in getting your Sprint S620 EVDO card working in Linux (I am currently using Fedora FC8):

Note Sprint S620 card vendor ID is 1410 and product is 1110. You can ascertain this by the following (as root):
[root@localhost ~]# cat /proc/bus/usb/devices
T: Bus=02 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=00 Cnt=01 Dev#= 2 Spd=12 MxCh= 0
D: Ver= 1.10 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs= 1
P: Vendor=1410 ProdID=1110 Rev= 0.00
S: Manufacturer=Novatel Wireless Inc.
S: Product=Novatel Wireless Merlin CDMA
C:* #Ifs= 2 Cfg#= 1 Atr=a0 MxPwr=100mA
I: If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 3 Cls=ff(vend.) Sub=ff Prot=ff Driver=usbserial_generic
E: Ad=81(I) Atr=03(Int.) MxPS= 64 Ivl=128ms
E: Ad=82(I) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 64 Ivl=0ms
E: Ad=02(O) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 64 Ivl=0ms
I: If#= 1 Alt= 0 #EPs= 2 Cls=ff(vend.) Sub=ff Prot=ff Driver=usbserial_generic
E: Ad=84(I) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 64 Ivl=0ms
E: Ad=04(O) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 64 Ivl=0ms

As root:

Check to see if module loaded:
[root@localhost ~]# modprobe uhci-hcd
[root@localhost ~]# modprobe ohci-hcd
[root@localhost ~]# modprobe usbserial vendor=0x1410 product=0x1110

Unload Module (Some reason, it wouldn't work, until I removed it, first):
[root@localhost ~]# modprobe -r usbserial
[root@localhost ~]# modprobe -r ehci-hcd
[root@localhost ~]# modprobe -r ohci-hcd

Re-load OHCI and probe for card again:
[root@localhost ~]# modprobe ohci-hcd
[root@localhost ~]# modprobe usbserial vendor=0x1410 product=0x1110

mknod the device you are going to dial through:
[root@localhost ~]# mknod /dev/ttyUSB0 c 188 0

Now set up your favorite PPP dialer (I use kppp, myself) and have phun.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Jumping out of perfectly good planes...


I've decided...

I am going to pursue becoming a Skydiving Instructor.

It will take quite a bit of time and $ (500 jumps, at least and extensive training), but well worth it (to me). I've always liked skydiving, and loved teaching when I taught for Sun Microsystems, so why not make a career of it? The money is good, during busy seasons. I now live where you can practically jump year-round. I enjoy it. so, I am going to do it. :-)

Unfortunately, though, I'm not starting immediately. I have some things to take care of, first. Updates, as they happen.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Been pretty busy

I promised to come back and tell more on my move. Sorry, been very busy with the new job and surroundings.

Unfortunately, this will be pretty short, as well, but I wanted to touch-base.

The move to Scottsdale, was one out of need, more than desire. I don't want to get into the specifics of "the need", but suffice it for me to say that "it had to be done" and for more than one reason. The one obvious reason, was to get away from my recent history with someone, whom is no longer, a part of my life. The other reasons... well, they aren't for public consumption, just yet.

My new job is working out, very well. I am working for a Major financial institution, as a Senior Engineer (in Unix applications). I like the team, the environment, the work. I am still trying to get used to coming into the office, every-single weekday, from 8am to 5pm. Heh. I really had it good, at my last job, with my hours!

The weather here has been mild, thus far. I am told, unseasonably mild. Still waiting for the terrible heat that everyone feels a need to warn me about, here. Heh. Bring it. Cold is teh suck. Heat, I can handle.

I've met a wonderful woman. We'll see where it goes. More on that, later.

That's all for now. I said it was going to be brief :-)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It's been awhile...

I've moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and got a new job. I've been pretty busy.

I will try updating with new content, later on. I have a lot to tell :-)