Dr. StrangeRAID, or, how I learned to stop worrying and love ZFS

So now that we’ve chosen to go with Solaris and use NFS for our filesystem, let’s consider how we’re going to use ZFS to best suit our needs. So let’s say that I have four 1Tb disks lying around which I want to thow into my new file server. At some point in the future, […]


iPhones and Ringtones, Oh my!

When I got my new iPhone 3G last week, the first thing I tried to do was to put a few custom ringtones on it so I could have something different to my coworkers – we’ve all got iPhones thanks to the fact that my company lets us have them at cost, which is nice, […]

Rant: Apple and Steve Jobs

[image title=”jobsandwoz” size=”thumbnail” id=”242″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/jobsandwoz.jpg” ]I admit that this is probably a terrible place to start apon my great return to the interwebs, considering the massive polarity between Windows people and Mac people, and the inevitable shitstorm that is created any time the two names are mentioned together in the same paragraph, but hopefully […]

R2D2 Mailboxes? Awesome!

Old, but still cool. Hey, we get news a little slower downunder. For the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, the US Postal Service enlisted a special little fellow to collect mail. R2-D2 mailboxes were deployed to cities all over the US to the delight of fans. Fricken’ awesome 🙂

Telstra’s “Faster Broadband”

[image title=”imatejasjam” size=”thumbnail” id=”309″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/imatejasjam.jpg” ]Telstra. Love them or hate them, they’re a fascinating group to watch. Since the beginnings of broadband internet, Telstra has been trying to function the same as any other business – make a product that only you can offer, convince people it’s the best thing since sliced bread, then […]

Why Australians don’t (and won’t) have Unlimited Internet Plans

[image title=”australia_population_density” size=”thumbnail” id=”325″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/australia_population_density.jpg” ]Australia is the “Land Of The Wide Open Spaces”. Because of the sheer distances involved, it costs an arm, leg, six puppies and your first three children per kilometer to lay cable anywhere. God’s Own Earth Mate might have almost the same amount of land-mass as the USA does, […]

Engineering Marvels: The English Electric Lightning

[image title=”lightning_f1_f3″ size=”full” id=”379″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/lightning_f1_f3.gif” ]In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the interception of Soviet long-range nuclear bombers was a very worrying topic for Western Military leaders. Models such as the Tupolev Tu-22 were already in development, and could reach Mach 1.5 at 40,000 feet – more than a match for the existing […]

Australian Broadband – Where to go from here

In the past I've argued that Telstra is not to blame for the entire country's woeful broadband connections, and if competing carriers wanted to supply faster internet connections then they should roll out their own infrastructure. It's also been my point that carriers have no interest in rolling out their own network because it's much […]

AMD fights back in the battle of the Quad Cores

AMD described its forthcoming quad-core processor, codenamed Barcelona, in a session at today’s Microprocessor Forum. Details of the new microarchitecture on which the processor is based (codenamed K8L) have been known for some time now. Still, the event brought some new info, and here are some highlights that I’ve culled from some of the reporting […]

Intel Core 2: To buy or not to buy?

There’s been an awful lot of talk recently regarding the release of the new Intel Core 2 chips. So far only the Duo (dual core) version has been released, but the Quadro (quad core) is apparently just around the corner. There’s a nice review (including benchmarks) of the Quadro over at Tom’s Hardware.