Upgrading OpenSolaris to the latest Dev version


At the time of writing, the release buid version of OpenSolaris is 111b, and the latest dev build is 124.

To upgrade, open a terminal and run the following commands:

user@opensolaris:~$ pfexec su -
root@opensolaris:~# pkg set-publisher -O http://pkg.opensolaris.org/dev opensolaris.org
root@opensolaris:~# pkg image-update

Expanding your OpenSolaris NAS


After yesterday’s guide on setting up a Solaris NAS, I figure the next logical questions would be:

  • How do I change out disks which have failed?
  • How do I change out smaller disks for larger ones?
  • Can I add more disks to my pool?

All three questions are quite easily answered, and can, for the most part, be done with a single tool.

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Home NAS with OpenSolaris


After a few requests, I’ve decided to put together a simple howto for building a home NAS with Opensolaris.

The main reasons to choose Opensolaris are simple:

  • Common PC hardware is all you need. No propriatary disk bay system.
  • Gigabit Ethernet. Well, providing your network card and switch support it.
  • Cheap, redundant disk arrays with ZFS, the Opensolaris RAID-like filesystem.
  • Quick and easy setup.

In a nutshell; it’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s simple. So on the upside you won’t need to spend a great deal of cash to get yourself a nice NAS, but you might miss out on a feature or two. Continue reading

Hmm. Time for a redesign?


Perhaps it’s just that I’m tired of the old look. Perhaps it’s that I’ve been influenced by some of the awesome typographic sites out there on the net. Perhaps I’ve watched the film “Helvetica” one too many times.

But I think it’s time I re-kerjiggered this joint. Any suggestions?

What to do


Well, it’s been a long time since my last post on irrationale, mainly due to the fact that I’ve been very busy, and have also managed to break the database which runs the site during a recent server migration.

We were running on a mac server, but have since moved to a Linux server, and somewhere along the lines all of the images got broken.

So I’m now faced with a question – what to do with irrationale.com

I could just let it die- after all, I have been running this blog (albeit half heartedly) for the last 4 years. I could also take the opportunity to reimagine the whole kit and kaboodle – at the moment there’s not really any clear direction or meaning behind it, and a radical rethink may make it fresh and fun again.

Stay tuned.

An open letter to Games Publishers


As many of you may know, games piracy is becoming more and more of a problem. With hundreds if not thousands of bittorrent trackers live on the internet, people can download cracked versions of your games without paying a cent and play them to their hearts content.

However, I think I may have a solution.

I’m going to illustrate it with a little story, starring Johnny, the publishing Dinosaur.

Johnny was very excited one day, because after months of hard work and hundreds of meetings, his company’s new game, Super Blood Kill 5, was going gold. He was thrilled that the application on which he had worked so hard was about to be released.

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Regarding the new Star Trek film

Quinto as Spock

Quinto as Spock

It seems that our friends in Tinseltown have been hard at work, and the trailer for the next Star Trek film is almost apon us. A number of sites around the net have screenshots from the trailer, one of which is to the right – Zachary Quinto taking up the role of Spock.

There are plenty of Star Trek fans out there who are really worried about this new addition to the Star Trek stable. They’re worried that it is non-canon. They’re worried that it’s going to be an actionfest. They’re worried it’s going to be absolutely nothing like the original.

But consider this: There is no real Star Trek canon, and new directors take the franchise in their own direction because that’s what they need to do. If everyone churned out the same shit over and over again it would suck extreme balls. Not that trying something different has been easy for Directors and Writers – with TNG everyone whined because there wasn’t a Vulcan, DS9 everyone whined because it was on a space station, Voyager because there was a female weak captain, and Enterprise because of a multitude of reasons (mainly that theme song).

Same with new actors portraying old characters. Everyone says that they hope Quinto delivers a ‘Nimoy’ Spock, and is true to the character. What? I hope instead of a ‘Nimoy’ Spock, we get a ‘Quinto’ Spock. His interpretation of the character. His strengths and weaknesses shining through. Because nothing would suck more than him trying to portray Spock exactly as Nimoy did.

I know that you’re all worried about this. But remember: This has the potential to be rather awesome, and I’ll tell you why – Remember when you first saw Lost? Remember how everyone was talking about it and couldn’t wait for the next episode so they could get their next fix? It could be like that, but it’ll only be 2 hours long, and won’t overstay its welcome.

Could be.

Porn Coconut?


My girlfriend made a green curry the other night, and we were shocked to learn that the coconut milk was produced by a porn company!

… I sure hope it actually is coconut milk.