Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

The Nation of Burundi Approves Oracle-Sun Deal





The people of Burundi have overwhelmingly approved the Oracle-Sun deal.


"We approved the deal because we think BigAdmin's Device Detection Tool is very nice. We use it always."



"And also because the name Solaris is very pretty. In the Batwa language it means 'capacious jug.'"



The men of Burundi agreed.

"We invite all the people of the nation of Oracle to come and play the Burundi drum!"

"They make Version 2.3 of the Device Detection Tool excellent! It now supports new platforms including SPARC Solaris, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and FreeBSD 6.0, 6.4, 7., 7.1 and 7.2. And it collects more system configuration information!"

"This gives us more time to beat the Burundi drum."

"And drink Burundi beer!"

When asked if they knew how to find the improved Device Detection Tool they said "Who doesn't! It's part of the BigAdmin HCL!"

To commemorate the event, the nation of Burundi has declared a national holiday.

"For our great friends, the people of Oracle and Sun!"

- Rick

Monday Oct 01, 2007

Sun's Device Detection Tool 2.0

Not long ago Sun bought me a new laptop so I could work while on the road. I haven't owned a laptop in years because I use a SunRay at home and, when I fly into another Sun office, I just log into a local SunRay and pick up where I left off. But lately I've been finding the need to work in places that don't have SunRays. Ergo my HP (Compaq) nc6320. (Shhhhh. I love this thing.)

Being a loyal Sun employee, the first thing I did was partition my hard drive and install Solaris. Not. First thing I did was install the Thunder-Max ECM tuning software from Zippers so I could fine-tune my Harley without having to lug my big ol' PC from inside the house to the garage, only to lug it back when I was done.

That there is what you call a win-win situation.

Unfortunately, my hopes and dreams were dashed when I was unable to locate the mini-CD with the driver for the USB-to-serial cable that I used to connect the laptop to the bike's engine control module (ECM).

Curses.

So I went online. And searched. And googled. And searched some more. Drove me freakin nuts. I must have spent two hours trying to find a device driver for a simple cable connector. Nothing doing.

So I got in the car and drove to Radio Shack and bought a whole new freakin cable -$35.00 bucks' worth-- just so I'd have the driver. Can you believe that?

You can imagine how anxious I now was to install Solaris, a whole new OS, on my PC. Installation would take a few minutes, and hunting down the device drivers would take the rest of my life. Well, as it turns out, BigAdmin has just released version 2.0 of the wicked cool Device Detection Tool. I've been told that in just a couple of minutes this tool can figure out which drivers Solaris 10 needs to support the devices installed on my x86/x64 system. It ouputs a table that indicates which drivers are available for each device, and whether they are built into the Solaris OS, available in OpenSolaris.org or provided by a third party.

Well, you know what that means. I gotta try it out. OK. I will. I promise. Just as soon as I finish tuning my Harley. Here's some more info about the tool, in case you want to try it first.

The Device Detection Tool 2.0 will search through devices installed on these versions of Solaris, Windows, and Linux:

Solaris 10
  • Solaris 10 x86/x64 updates
  • Solaris Express, Developer Edition x86/x64 updates
Linux OS:
  • All Linux 2.6 kernel x86/x86_64 distributions
Windows
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows 2000
You can access the tool here:
http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/hcl/hcts/device_detect.html
By the way, in case you're curious, I was able to improve the base performance numbers on my 07 Road King Classic:
HP: 66.26 --> 75.22
TQ: 80.31 lb-ft --> 87.41 lb-ft
Did that with the Crossroads Mali air cleaner and breather, and a set of quiet Fullsac slip-ons that I got wicked cheap because they were blems.



--Rick --
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