Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Open letter to President Bush on your approval rating

Dear President Bush,

I read this morning that your approval rating has dropped to 25% which is the lowest that it has ever been. I just wanted to tell you that I'm sticking with you. You have been my guy for this long and I'm not about to give up on you now. Let's face it, we only have a little more than a year to go in your Presidency. So let's pull things together and go out on an up note.

The Packetman.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


If you read a lot of tech blogs you will realize that you are missing out on everything cool. So I have decided to play around with twitter. Twitter is one of those things that sounds so simple and you wonder why you never thought of it.

I know at work, we enjoy setting our "Note" section in Microsoft Communicator. Well twitter is a little like that. You basically put in whatever your doing or think at that moment and it's kind of neat. I don't see the reason to do it from a business reason. The other cool thing is that m.twitter.com is an interface that you can use on a mobile phone or BlackBerry.

So if you want you can check out what I'm doing here http://www.twitter.com/packetman.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Caymas Update

Well, it's back up and running. Got the power supply and installed it.

Had a strange problem where it would just hang on the boot up. So I took it over to the bench and hooked a monitor and keyboard to the box.

After looking at the boot sequence noticed that when the power supply died it upset the CMOS. So I pressed the F1 key to continue and all was good.

After it came back up, I decided to make an image of the drive. That way if it dies again I can get another hard drive and bring it back from the dead once more. So I downloaded Ghost 4 Linux and made an image.

So this box goes back into the cluster tonight and all is right with the world for now.

On another note, I'm just started a demo of the F5 FirePass box. I have had experience with the Juniper boxes and took a look at the Gartner report. Seems like FirePass has all the bells and whistles. I'm also reviewing the SSL VPN option with the Cisco ASA devices.

I will post more as I learn more.

Friday, July 06, 2007

My Caymas Saga Continues

So, 1 week to the day after I recieve the e-mail from Caymas Systems that they are no longer in business. One of my Caymas 318's died. Actually what happened was the cluster failed over and the other box hung while rebooting. So what we ended up doing was manually powering off. The problem was that powering it off with the power button on the front of the box did not work.

So I pulled the power cord out of the back of the box since the power switch did not work either.

When I tried to switch it back on, it came up to the "Booting system" prompt and sat there for 24 hours. I then pulled the power cord out of the back again. After that it wouldn't power up or spin any of the sytem fans.

"She's gone Jim!"

So, at that point I decided to do what any good computer guy would do. Cracked that sucker opened and took a look.

So at this point the non-existing warranty has been voided.

We all know that most appliances are nothing more than 1U rack mount PC's. The Caymas box is pretty much the same. It does have some cool engineering for things like the little LCD display, etc.

Over in the far left hand side is where the power suppy was. I pulled it. As luck would have it, it's a pretty standard item. The power supply is made by Sparkle Power International and the part number is FSP250-601U. I found one on-line for about $65.00 from RackMount Systems.

Here is a picture of the power supply.

So, it's been ordered. Once I get it in I will update the page and hopefully I will be able to get my second box back into service.