Thursday Jun 12, 2008

Time Flies

It was nearly a year ago that I first made this screenshot:

Since then, I have done quite a number of different things, all related in some way to getting zfs to install and boot. Some of these things also involved teaching Live Upgrade to understand zfs datsets.

But now I'm starting to see that screenshot elsewhere, virtually unchanged from that fateful day long ago when I used the original to help design the changes needed for the text based installer.

Here are some: The Sect of Rama | Number 9 | Otmanix' Blog | Osamu Sayama's Weblog

It's really exciting to see it get out there and for it to be used outside of the development and test teams. Of course, there are some CRs being filed, and there are some things we'll need to address, but it's great nevertheless.

Wednesday Jan 02, 2008

That Seattle Fireworks thing...

It's too bad they weren't using a filesystem that could detect and automatically repair corruption. Ah well.

Wednesday Nov 07, 2007

When Smilies Go Bad

From trying out ksh93, we get this:

Wednesday Jun 06, 2007

One in a Million

As a recent video showed (thanks Geoff) even if I'm one in a million, that means there are 300 people like me here in the States. And 1,600 people like me in China. And 6,000 people like me in the world.

At Sun, there are over 40 people, including myself, with the first name Mark whose last name starts with M. One of them even works on the same project as myself.

So, it was rather vital that, when the OpenID announcement was made today I hop onto the site and grab Bwa ha ha.


There are certainly benefits and drawbacks to having such a common first name. As my last name, Musante, is rather unusual here in the States, it takes the edge off. Moreover, there's an odd affinity one feels for those who share your name. By coincidence, my best friend in High School was named Mark, but no doubt our initial friendship was helped by our name. It's also fun to tease those with alternate spellings as those of you with Jeff/Geoff, or Neil/Neal, or Erik/Eric names are aware. (The spelling 'Marc' is clearly incorrect. And, although Marcus is fine, Markus is just plain wrong.)

The main drawback is that it's SO common. There are over 370 employees at Sun with the first name Mark, and almost 60 with Marc (see? it's wrong!). So when we named our children, we deliberately picked names that were relatively uncommon, but common enough to offset the unusualness of Musante: Alec, Samantha, Zoë. Only one bloke here at Sun is named Alec (although there is an Aleck too). Only 9 Samanthas, and only 3 Zoë's.

Thursday Apr 26, 2007

Congratulations, Sun Bloggers

Sanctioned blogging by corporations is relatively unheard of, and I think it's great that Sun provide a forum for us to talk to the world. And it's been going on now for three years. Seems short in real-world terms, but incredibly long in corporate-blogging terms. Congrats on the milestone, everyone.

Thursday Apr 12, 2007

When Language Goes Awry

My Italian colleague Danilo Poccia wrote a post today (in Italian of course) about a cool graphical interface for dtrace. I've got a passing familiarity with Italian, so I started reading it. He called it "Chime, un'interfaccia grafica per DTrace", and you don't need much Italian to understand at least the title. Amusingly, though, I was pronouncing the software "key-meh" (which is how you'd say 'chime' in Italian). Chi is 'who', and me is the possessive pronoun 'my', so it didn't make much sense. "Who my"?

No, it's the English word 'chime' - something done to a bell. And it's a pretty neat piece of software. Start here, don't miss out on part 2, and check out the screencast too.


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