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Dumping Linux Buffer Cache

TOP screenshot

A useful command to check linux system resources is "top".  However with the buffer cache you may see almost no available memory (see attached screenshot).  But how can that be?  All you have running may be a java app, apache, and a few other services.  There is no way that should be using ALL of that RAM.  In my case, I have the Nagios "

Review - Dell UltraSharp 2208WFP

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Ordered 20090115 ... Waiting to review it! Ordered for a Dual LCD setup.

Update 20090127 ... Apparently they're having issues filling my order and waiting for the LCDs to become available in channels.  Very annoying, but the deal I got was stellar.  Just glad I didn't desperately need them.

Netflix: The Instant Experience

    A while back Netflix went from a DVD by mail rental company to a movie provider.  They did this by expanding into the instant streaming market. I have been a Netflix subscriber since 2002. I have watched the company move from DVD’s to their first step into streaming up to today.

Count Log Entries Stored Procedure and check by Nagios

We created a stored procedure that returns the count of log entries in a table within the last time period.  The resultant count is monitored by Nagios.  When the value is less than "X", an alert is triggered.

Windows 7: A few weeks with one user

Summary:
Windows 7 is the latest OS release from Microsoft. The Beta is currently available to all in 32 and 64 bit versions. I am currently running the 32-bit version for comparison purposes. For years I have run XP and then Vista.  All three versions have been installed and used on the same system with the same configuration. Currently the Beta is installed on a machine that has an AMD X2 2.0 GHz, 3gb RAM, Nvidia 8800, displaying on an Apple 30 inch Cinema.

Palm's New SmartPhone

Reference Articles

I had a Palm back in the day.  It truly was a great piece of technology for its time.  As most of the mobile / PDA community would agree, they just did not evolve sufficiently.  The Palm Pre has captured my eye though.

Review - APC Switched Rack PDU

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Summary

The APC Switched Rack PDU provides an 8 outlet, rack-mountable power strip with the ability to remotely power on/off selected outlets. A standard 100/120V 15A outlet is all that is required. It is perfect for cabinet applications or even plywood wall mounting. Remotely power cycle those "flaky" devices in your datacenter or server room without having to leave your desk!

Review - Acer Aspire One

Image - Acer Aspire One

Summary

The Acer Aspire One is Acer's mainstream netbook. A netbook is a light-weight, low-cost, energy-efficient, highly portable laptop that is suitable for general purpose computing.  Several colors and various hardware/software options are available including NAND SSD drives and a choice of XP Home and Linux operating systems.

Creating/Migrating your website? Things to Know Part 2

The second critical item to creating / migrating your website that you need to know is DNS. What is DNS? DNS is an acronym for "Domain Naming System" and points names to IP addresses. It is the one critical service that makes the internet work yet everyday surfers are mostly unaware of.

Creating/Migrating your website? Things to Know Part 1

Several key aspects of the "website technology" are often overlooked when creating / migrating your website. Without understanding some of the basics, your 'launch' could turn into a major headache. Knowing the details up front helps planning and execution go as smoothly as possible and prevents future headaches. Today's post is about Domain Registration.

Domain Registration