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  • Microsoft Genuine Advantage Cracked in 24 Hours
    07/28/2005 3:32PM
    From slashdot:

    "It looks like mandatory validation of your Windows XP license is now voluntary again. A simple hack has been found that disables the check. BoingBoing has the story. "

    Full article at slashdot.org.
  • eBay seeks patent ruling from Supreme Court
    07/28/2005 3:27PM
    From News.com:

    "The petition, disclosed Wednesday in an eBay regulatory filing, asks the Supreme Court to hear an appeal on whether eBay and other companies held liable for patent infringement should be routinely subject to injunctions while such cases are on appeal."

    The patent insanity continues but maybe someone like Ebay can help correct things.

    You can read the full article here.
  • Hot Swapping SCA Drives
    07/27/2005 6:21PM

    Hot-swapping with SCA

    With SCA, it is possible to hot-plug devices. Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it should be, but it is both possible and safe.

    Replace the RAID device, disk device, and host/channel/id/lun numbers with the appropriate values in the example below:

    • Dump the partition table from the drive, if it is still readable:
      sfdisk -d /dev/sdb > partitions.sdb
    • Remove the drive to replace from the array:
      raidhotremove /dev/md0 /dev/sdb1
    • Look up the Host, Channel, ID and Lun of the drive to replace, by looking in
      /proc/scsi/scsi
    • Remove the drive from the bus:
      echo "scsi remove-single-device 0 0 2 0" > /proc/scsi/scsi
    • Verify that the drive has been correctly removed, by looking in
      /proc/scsi/scsi
    • Unplug the drive from your SCA bay, and insert a new drive
    • Add the new drive to the bus:
    • echo "scsi add-single-device 0 0 2 0" > /proc/scsi/scsi
      (this should spin up the drive as well)
    • Re-partition the drive using the previously dumped partition table:
      sfdisk /dev/sdb < partitions.sdb
    • Add the drive to your array:
      raidhotadd /dev/md0 /dev/sdb2

    The arguments to the "scsi remove-single-device" commands are: Host, Channel, Id and Lun. These numbers are found in the "/proc/scsi/scsi" file.

    The above steps have been tried and tested on a system with IBM SCA disks and an Adaptec SCSI controller. If you encounter problems or find easier ways to do this, please discuss this on the linux-raid mailing list.


  • USA to Pass Science Crown to China
    07/26/2005 10:35PM
    From an articles at slashdot:

    "According to a working paper of the National Bureau of Economic Research, rapid development of a science and technology base by populous Asian countries soon may threaten the economic position of the United States. Not only is the U.S. losing ground in high technology exports, but its very capacity to develop new technologies is declining rapidly with respect to the rest of the world. According to Richard Freeman, the paper's author, the sheer population of Asian countries may allow them to train more scientists and engineers than the U.S. while devoting a smaller share of their economy to science and technology." From the article: "The phenomenal growth of China's industrial base has been widely publicized, but Freeman focuses on what is perhaps the more important long-term indicator of a nation's prosperity - its re-investment in science and technology education. "

    See the article on slashdot.
  • Joel on Software - Hitting the High Notes
    07/25/2005 5:25PM
    Here's an excellent article on how there's no replacement for excellent programmers; a rant I go on fairly often as people try to "commoditize" creative work ... and don't ever let yourself believe that developing software isn't a creative endeavor:

    "... does it even make sense to talk about having the "best programmers?" Is there so much variation between programmers that this even matters?

    Maybe it's obvious to us, but to many, the assertion still needs to be proven."

    You can read the full article on http://www.joelonsoftware.com.