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Sunday Oct 29, 2006
By ken pepple on Oct 29, 2006
Now many of you are probably wondering why I am upgrading Ubuntu rather than installing Solaris on my laptop. The reason is quite simple: I need wireless (and wireless with WPA security) and I don't have a Solaris driver for the RT2500 WiFi chip in my Averatec. However, as I was stumbling through blogs.sun.com this week, something caught my eye: Does the Solaris OS run on your x86 system ? And although once I ran the Sun Device Detection Tool (which is quite nice and deploys using Java Web Start which I love) it confirmed that my wireless chip was unsupported, it did tell me that everything else was supported. Emboldened, I decided to poke around the Open Solaris site to see if there was anything new in the wireless project. Bingo! Not only is there a RT2500 driver (ported from the BSD source), there is some work on a WPA supplicant. Unfortuately, the WPA supplicant only works with Atheros driver. But still, thats progress. And I can probably hobble along with WEP for a while (most of my work is done with SSL encryption or VPN turned on).
My new project for the week is now to get Open Solaris running on my laptop.
Wednesday Oct 25, 2006
By ken pepple on Oct 25, 2006
First, Opera finally released a Java ME (Micro Edition) of their Opera browser that runs on the Palm Treo. Dubbed "Opera Mini", it bring much of the goodness of Opera 9 to the Palm OS. Quite a bit faster than the default blazer web browser and much, much better rendering. Some small usability quirks (what is with the shortcuts?), but hey, it's free.
And, of course, Firefox 2 has been released. While it seems nice, the best Firefox upgrade of the week came from Lifehacker's excellent "Top Firefox 2 Config Tweaks." Finally a fix for my most hated Firefox mis-feature:
Turn off chrome tooltipsWow, that makes a big difference.
All versions: I have an irritating Firefox problem on my Mac. When I try to drag a bookmark into one of my bookmark toolbar folders, the tool tip gets in the way and prevents the drop from working. Argh! Like you, I already know what all the buttons on my browser chrome do, so the tool tips aren't necessary. To turn them off, set the browser.chrome.toolbar_tips key value to false. Bonus is, it solved my Mac's bookmark drag and drop problem.
- Key: browser.chrome.toolbar_tips
- Modified Value: false
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Tuesday Oct 10, 2006
Sunday Oct 08, 2006
By ken pepple on Oct 08, 2006
After a long week of seeing old colleagues/friends, good technical discussions, interesting presentations and some late nights (Goodnight Foleys), the 2006 Customer Engineering Conference is over. I think the highlights for me were Olaf Schnapauff and Adrian John's talk on Vodafone initiatives, a few of the LDOM presentations and Jonathan's general session.
Of course, all this came at a price. The damp San Francisco weather has given me a wicked cold and reminded me why I moved off the Pacific coast.
It's back to more work this week as I try to finish out some work for my old job and get into my new job. It looks like I have the hardware together for some benchmarking of Sun Ray Server on AMD, Niagara and SPARC platforms. I'll post the preliminary results as we get the lab together.
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Sunday Oct 01, 2006
By ken pepple on Oct 01, 2006
Monday Jan 09, 2006
By ken pepple on Jan 09, 2006
Ken Pepple is Chief Technologist for Sun Microsystem's Systems Line of Business