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General Purpose vs Specialized systems

Yesterday at Computerworld I talked about the X4150 and how it fits into a general purpose piece of hardware that can easily be redeployed and reused. Interestingly I’ve just found this item in my blog post queue from way back in 2006, Jonathan Sc…

Setting up the new T105

So yesterday I mentioned the new Dell T105 I got on special offer. Setting up Solaris 10 on this new machine is a little more complex than I would have wanted, but it’s now up and running fine. Here’s what I did to get Solaris b81 working: 1. SXDE…

ZFS resource update

I’m getting really deep into ZFS at the moment as I try and work out how best to use it in different environments and how it affects and alters performance on different loads. I’ve across some great ZFS resources, new and old, and blog posts surro…

Twin 64-bit Opteron’s

I got a really good deal on some Dell servers. The T105’s were on special offer starting at just 99GBP, and even with 3-year support contracts and 4GB RAM I managed to get both for less than 500 GBP (+VAT). That’s a pretty good price for four core…

Sun Ultra 20M2 review

Not exactly a laptop, I reviewed Sun’s Ultra 20M2 desktop last year and completely forgot to mention it. I loved the machine (it was fast, well configured and well put together) and I almost purchased my very own, until I got an alternative option…

XBOX360 and XBOX games

You know, I am consistently (and pleasantly) surprised at the compatibility of old XBOX games on the on the XBOX360. When you consider that the games are running and emulation (the platforms are completely different), the speed difference between …