Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Daily Archives / Monday, May 30, 2011

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Gaddafi’s Regime Crumbles

BBC reports one of two major events proving that Gaddafi is losing his grip:

  • 100 officers (including 2 generals, a colonel and a major) and men defected recently , giving a press conference in Italy, and
  • according to Al Jazeera, a street in Tripoli filled with protesters, something not seen for months.

NATO claims Gaddafi’s forces are reduced to 20% effectiveness. That’s a threshold below which most armed forces are reduced to chaos and impotence. They may continue to do damage but cannot hold territory nor impose Gaddafi’s will generally. Likely this means Gaddafi’s forces will concentrate around Tripoli and Sirte where they are clearly strong. We should see the opposition making major advances shortly. There are foreign trainers with boots on the ground and some nifty snipers’ rifles… Perhaps they have a use for those helicopters, too.

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KVM Compares Well With VMWare

Benchmarks by HP show that on a particlular HP server, KVM and VMware are comparable with SPECvirt_sc2010 in performance. RedHat has pushed KVM for a long time and tuned it up pretty well. Certainly it is smooth enough for many tasks where virtual machinery would help. I used KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) to make several of my videos using a real AMD64 quad-core machine underneath and it performed well.

KVM and other virtualization technologies may be one of the few applications where ARM will not compete well for a while but ARM can make a real machine for a similar cost to one virtual machine so a few servers are being produced with massively parallel ARM processors. For x86/amd64, KVM certainly seems to be useful and competitive against VMware and VirtualBox. I previously used VirtualBox but because I am uneasy with Oracle and I am so familiar with managing processes with Linux, KVM seems the better choice based on price, power and convenience. An overview of the features of different virtualization technologies shows KVM is quite flexible. The “status” page of the project shows “stable” and “fast”. I’ll take that.

Once again, FLOSS has made useful technology a commodity we can take off the shelf to make magic.

See the KVM website.

If you are serious about optimizing performance of KVM with RedHat see IBM’s Best Practices

For an overview of how large businesses see KVM, see Open Virtualization Alliance w/ IBM, HP, Intel, Red Hat, SUSE, BMC, Eucapyltus (2011-5-20). Here’s a snippet from that blog:
“So, why this focus on KVM? It’s all about choice and cost. KVM is an open source hypervisor that provides enterprise-class performance and scalability to run mission critical Windows and Linux workloads. Because it’s open source, KVM is a cost effective alternative. Because IBM and Red Hat stand behind it, it’s enterprise ready.” I figure if it is good enough for the big boys and easy enough for me to use, I should use it.

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It’s Hard To Hire Good Help These Days

My spies have returned from Asia with little to report.

  • They can confirm that The Great Wall and thousands of old things exist in China,
  • pretty women are in demand by young men for posed photos,
  • things that sparkle are readily available in stores,
  • the wealthy do own beautiful shops and homes complete with armed guards,
  • Internet cafes exist and some run that other OS, and
  • the poor exist and live on the other side of the bay, valley, or hill …

Not once did they ask their prepaid tour-guides to see an electronics/computer shop… They had plenty of time at pools, beaches, many modes of transportation, and many different geographic features… Never send a tourist to do a geek’s job, I guess.

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Upselling Alive and Well at Intel

Intel describes how they obtain huge margins while other makers of hardware suffer, and why I buy AMD amd am looking for ARM combined with Linux.

see Think PCs will drop in price? Think again, warns Intel
Selling chips better biz than selling drugs

Intel will milk the cash cow until it dries up. Of course, there are those who will write that whatever its cost, Wintel is worth it. What else would you expect from addicts? Intel makes good chips but they can be replaced with cheaper chips with higher performance/price.