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Archive for May 1st, 2005

Fortune cookie fun

I’ve got a big stack of fortunes lying around — I often save ones I like. For a little fun, I’ll try to remember to stick one at the end of every blog entry I make from home, where the fortunes are piled up.

Here’s #1:
“It is impossible to please everybody. Please yourself first.”

There’s an obvious application to the open-source development style here. People fix what they see as problems because they’re directly affected by them. And they don’t try to make things perfect for everyone. They make a choice that makes sense for most people, including themselves.

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Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 1, 2005 at 6:07 pm

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VMWare annoyances.

I dropped $100 to upgrade to VMWare 5 today. As I’ve mentioned, the teams feature sounds particularly useful for testing clusters.

So, I figured I might as well start a test install tonight. But no. It was not to be. VMWare refused my every attempt to partition it, to the point of not even booting from CD after a partition attempt.

I briefly searched the VMWare forums, but didn’t see any major issues. The only weird thing about the installation is that I want to use LVM. But I even tried once without LVM at all, and it still did the same thing.

With luck, I’ll be able to find a fix tomorrow. I got a couple of messages after partitioning:

sda: asking for cache data failed
sda: assuming drive cache: write through

Also, I discovered that a RAM upgrade to 2G won’t do much good with my setup, because VMWare can’t handle BIGMEM. It requires that annoying 2/2 user/kernel split.

I’m not pleased with this purchase so far.

Written by Donnie Berkholz

May 1, 2005 at 2:20 am

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