What did Santa bring you for Christmas ?

I hope that everyone had a happy and safe holiday season.

2005 certainly closed with a mad rush of exciting new technology. The UltraSPARC T1 (aka Niagara) processor along with a rational Oracle pricing model. Branded Zones and the Solaris Containers for Linux Applications - one of the most interesting Solaris 10 features, ZFS - the most anticipated of the new Solaris 10 technologies, the release of Xen 3.0, and of course Solaris 10 Update 1 (aka Solaris 10 1/06).

And 2006 is off to a fast start. Solaris Boot Camps, Deep Dives, and Workshops as far as the eye can see. More on that later.

So what did Santa bring you ?

One of the highlights of my bounty was a Losi Mini-LST, the latest in 1/18 scale electric mini-trucks. Losi rocked the R/C world a couple of years ago with the introduction of the Mini-T, and they have done it again with the Mini-LST. While Associated, Duratrax, X-Ray and others have added things like shaft drive and buggy configurations (the Associated RC18B is very cool), Losi opted for a complete redesign. Dual decks, 2 powerful 370 can motors, it really is a Mini LST. A more proper review will be forthcoming, but this is one cool truck!

And on the technology gadget front, I have finally joined the iPod generation. Of course this brings an extreme system administration challenge - where to carve out 60GB of disk space on the Windows side to be able to host the iPod library ? This is going to keep me busy for quite a while. Fortunately I can do all of my content creation on the Solaris side of things, but until there is a Solaris or Linux iTunes, looks like I'll be staring at Windows a bit more than I had expected. This is exactly why I want a Solaris 10 dom0 and a Pacifica based desktop.

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Unless you actually need to use the iTMS (ie the online Music Store) you don't need iTunes. You can run either gtkpod or the Java myPod on Solaris just fine, providing you setup the iPod under Windows rather than MacOS X (the former gives you a FAT filesystem the later an HFS+, Solaris doesn't have support for HFS+ - though someone could now that we have opensolaris write it).

Posted by Darren J Moffat on January 03, 2006 at 11:16 PM CST #

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