Thursday Jan 14, 2010

My New Video Game Racing Seat


This blog is about a new Sun BluePrint, Best Practices For Moving to the Solaris 10 Operating System. If you want to be that way, you can skip straight to the BluePrint.

And not read the part about the wicked cool video game racing seat.

And the Ferraris.






(Read a review of this racing seat at www.playseat.com.)




OK, so the racing chair is not mine yet, but I have my eye on it.

I need it so I can beat my 17-year old daughter at Need for Speed.

When we first started playing, we were using this kind of controller:

She kicked my ass.

So I bought this steering wheel:

It came with brake and throttle pedals. I also bought a TV dinner table (remember those?) and mounted the wheel on it. Now we're pretty much even.

But the TV-table/steering wheel combo still wobbles, and Need for Speed requires precise steering. Or you go off the road at 150 mph. Or smack into a pile of tires because some dirty bastard coming up from behind spun you. Stuck inside a pile of tires and road debris, you get to listen to the spectators jeer while you while you try to find Reverse with the stupid paddle shifters.

Unfortunately, the only steering wheel I could afford comes with paddle shifters. I hate paddle shifters. Paddle shifters are for posers. Unless you actually race your Ferrari. If you don't race your Ferrari and it has a paddle shifter, guess what? You're a poser.

That's right, a Poser.

Poser, poser, poser.

OK, if you eat a lot of smelly cheese, the correct term is poseur. If you'd like a real definition of poseur, go to this site, but be advised that its content may be considered offensive by people who take offense at things:

Urban Dictionary's definition of "poseur".

Poseur, poseur, poseur.

I'd much rather continue talking about video games and the fascinating definitions in Urban Dictionary, but I have a job to do. So I'm gonna tell you about this new BluePrint written by the fine folks in Sun's BluePrints organization. It's called...







Best Practices For Moving to the Solaris 10 Operating System






Sun wants you to read the BluePrint in case you are:

  1. Thinking about upgrading to Solaris 10, but
  2. Aren't exactly sure what's involved in the upgrade process

The BluePrint covers....

  • Why upgrading to Solaris 10 makes fiscal sense in this economy (it's not about the cool features)
  • How to plan your upgrade so you get the benefits you want
  • How to implement your plan so you get the results you intended
  • The tangible benefits you get from Solaris 10 (resource utilization, performance, availability, etc.)

What makes Sun BluePrints so good is that they're written by experts in the field under the guidance of Kemer Thomson, who has been running Sun's BluePrint program since back in 01. That's almost in the other millennium. (I bet I can kick his ass in Need for Speed.)

Check it out. (While you're at it, also see the Solaris 10 Upgrade Resources for System Administrators.)

And tell me where to find that racing seat for cheap. I want enough money left over to buy the helmet. Swear to God I'll wear it around the house.



- Rick

(Photo courtesy of www.circletrack.com.)

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