BITPHONIC

Installing ZFS as root filesystem on Solaris 10

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More bullshit from Sun.

From Sun’s documentation:

“In this Solaris release, you can perform an initial installation by using the Solaris interactive text installer to create a ZFS storage pool that contains a bootable ZFS root file system.”

What this really means, however, is that if you try to use the graphical installer for Solaris, the option to use ZFS as your root filesystem does not appear. You have to use the text installer. Which also means, if you want to customize packages (eg. You don’t need StarOffice or Evolution installed on a server OS), you have to use the painfully slow scrolling crappy text installer.

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December 4, 2008 - 9:39 am at 9:39 am

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Vox Humana

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What fascinates me about Deerhunter is their ability to do so much with so little. “Vox Humana” – off the Microcastle bonus disc, Weird Era Cont. – is one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard. Yet, there are exactly two parts to the whole thing. Two incredibly gorgeous parts set to a heartbreaking dream-like monologue about a lonely ghost. There’s that Jesus and Mary Chain / “Be My Baby” drum riff, but I think Deerhunter prove here that JAMC may have had it all wrong turning the girl group swing into trebly bluster.

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/118534/07%20Vox%20Humana.mp3

I haunted a basketmaker’s shop.
Spending days ripping pictures from magazines, taping them to the walls of my prison.
I remember walking by the sand, each knob represented a different frequency range,
and I remember holding the hand of the skeleton prince and he swept me into his arms, and he, he had tremolo deep in the back of his black eye sockets, and he said,
“Do you want to come away with me into the pitch black pool?”
And I said, “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know…”
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The wind ripped through the trees and all the stained-glass windows rattled.
I haunted a basketmaker’s shop in 1927 –
And on the beach in the summer there were thunderstorms constantly, and they were unpredictable, nobody knew when they would come and nobody knew how long they’d last.
Sometimes they’d only last five minutes, and sometimes, weeks.
I haunted a basketmaker’s shop because I had nowhere to go
(one long weekend)
Stained-glass windows turning off and on and the tremolo in the back dark corners,
cobwebs stripped, mildewed.
I remember acoustic guitars and bells, I remember the cathedral.
I remember cassettes, cathedral.
I remember cassette cathedral.
I remember cassette cathedral.

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November 20, 2008 - 3:50 pm at 3:50 pm

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Two Random Demos

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Palisade Shoreline

Combined two ideas into one to finally nail a particular feel I was looking for on this one, but I came up with it at 2am so everything is really quiet.

Don’t Worry

An exercise in genre. Note the Hendrix Chord and saucy reverb.

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November 13, 2008 - 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm

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IT’S ABOUT FUCKING TIME

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ZFS VICTORY

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November 10, 2008 - 11:43 am at 11:43 am

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DAY 2

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Still a bit puffy. It’s like I have a tiny swimmie around my arm. Contrary to what Photo Booth says, it is on my LEFT arm.

YES that is a knot-top.

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November 9, 2008 - 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm

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My first tattoo

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I enjoyed it. Probably too much. Once I save up some more cash, I’ll be going back to get some more work done on the same arm. Props to Mookie at Taboo in Keyport.

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November 8, 2008 - 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm

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Rewiring Logic, part 1: Reason

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I have a particular workflow when writing demos. I open up Logic Pro, open a new session with a preset I have created called “with Reason”, then open up Reason. I use Reason to lay down ideas for drum beats, and then do my multi-tracking and DAW stuff in Logic. Reason is wired into Logic only in that I run the outputs on Reason to individual stereo Auxiliary tracks in Logic.

Wha?

Ok, let me back it up a bit. I open Logic first, then opening Reason while Logic is open puts Reason into “Rewire Slave Mode”. I’ll create a Redrum drum machine in my rack, pick a patch set, flip Reason around and wire Redrum’s outputs to channels 3-4 on Reason’s Audio Out:

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Then I switch to Logic, open up the Mixer (Apple-2), hit Options -> Create New Channel Strips…

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Select Stereo as the format and Rewire channels 3 and 4 (RW:Cha 3/4) as my input.

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At this point I’ve sucessfully mapped the output of my Redrum drum machine directly into a channel in Logic. If I want to add a synth into Reason’s rack, I’ll map it to the next pair of available channels (eg. 5 and 6).  I prefer doing it this way because for each instrument I create in Reason, I get an individual mixer channel in Logic. In each one of those channels I can assign Inserts or Sends, and even arrange them into Busses if I so wished. Very convenient, plus Logic simply has better plug-ins than Reason.

While this is fun and all, the truth is I have long been dissatisfied with Reason as a drum sequencer. More on that to come in part 2.

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November 5, 2008 - 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm

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