Thursday Feb 16, 2012

404 not found

You may have noticed that Oracle have now turned off redirects from to I confess it's not immediately obvious to me why this was worth doing, and I'm certainly not going to bother going round fixing all the now-broken links in my old posts. But just in case you somehow end up here to find out why internet links into the past eight years' worth of collective Sun employees' knowledge and whimsy no longer seem to work, now you know...

Manually replacing "" with "" in the URL should get you to the right place in most cases. Some dormant old blogs were also purged altogether at around the same time, but luckily you can still go wayback for those.

Friday May 06, 2011

And we're back.

Welcome to the other side. In the unlikely event that you have this blog in your bookmarks or RSS feeds, please now point them at (RSS - Atom).

EDIT: Apologies for any broken image links you're seeing -- doesn't seem to be serving PNGs or embedded video files properly at the moment. Hopefully just a teething problem that'll be fixed soon...

Tuesday Nov 16, 2010

Solaris 11 Express 2010.11

Yesterday, Oracle released Solaris 11 Express 2010.11, the first interim step along the road to Solaris 11 since OpenSolaris 2009.06 was released almost 18 months ago.

The change in name reflects that, unlike its OpenSolaris predecessors, Solaris Express is not a freely-redistributable distro, and it remains free to use only for "the purpose of developing, testing, prototyping and demonstrating your applications"—business or commercial usage now requires a support contract. However, the download itself for x86 or SPARC remains free of charge, and it's also possible to upgrade from an existing OpenSolaris installation (see the release notes for details).

As you'd expect, there are many new things to play with in this release—the one I've been most closely involved with is the new Network Auto-Magic GUI, which has many more features than the one that shipped in 2009.06.

Why not take it for a spin in VirtualBox and let us know what you think?

Monday Apr 27, 2009

Five years of launched five years ago today. Quite a few things have changed at Sun since then... back in those days, Java had yet to become Free Software, and OpenSolaris didn't exist at all. And with the pending Oracle acquisition, the next five years will doubtless see a lot more changes.

Not much has changed on b.s.c, though. We've always been able to write about whatever we like, whenever we like, with few restrictions. And long may it continue.

EDIT: FWIW, I joined the party a little late—my first post here was in June 2004.

Friday Aug 24, 2007


Nice to see Scotland finally getting an Apple Store... if I'd known a bit earlier I might have popped over for my free t-shirt! Still no prospect of one here in Ireland, though :/

Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

Meteorological Apology

We're having summer in Dublin today. Apologies to anyone who will have missed it by visiting on any other day of the year.

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

VMware 1, Parallels 0

I'd been using Parallels 3.0 for the past few weeks to run SXDE 2 on my MacBook Pro, but started having problems when I upgraded to Solaris Nevada build 69-- the X server wouldn't start any more, and I just couldn't get it going at all.

I took the opportunity to try out the VMware Fusion Beta instead, and so far it's the clear winner. It does feel a trifle slower than Parallels (even with debugging turned off), and its snapshots aren't as flexible, only allowing one per VM. But its VM tools for Solaris are way ahead of Parallels' non-existent offering-- clock sync, on-the-fly desktop resize, copy/paste/drag+drop from Solaris <-> OS X... nice. (Haven't figured out if shared folders are supposed to work on Solaris yet or not-- the settings are available which suggest they should, but the folders I've nominated don't show up anywhere obvious, so I'm guessing they don't.)

Assuming it's just as happy at full screen on my Sun 24" display when I get into the office, I'll be sticking in the VMware camp for now.

Edit: Oh, and did I mention that Solaris sound and networking work out of the box on VMware too?

Friday Apr 27, 2007

Three years of blogging

Following Martin's lead, I thought I'd have a quick trawl through what stats I have to see what my most popular blog entry has been over the past three years of b.s.c. history. It turns out to have probably been the one about my Freecom network storage drive. How does that saying about the network and the computer go again...?

For the record, my first b.s.c. blog entry was about the JDS deal at AIB, which was actually a bit under three years ago. For blog entries before that, you'll have to check out my old advogato diary...

Tuesday Jun 15, 2004

Feature Request

I'd really like email comment notification for my Sun blog... was this ever implemented properly, or am I just missing somewhere to turn it on?


I am a Principal UX Engineer in the Systems Experience Design team, working at Oracle (via Sun Microsystems) since the turn of the century. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.


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