Monday, September 26, 2011

NX-OS Piping Options

Pipe Dream by s_w_ellis
Pipe Dream, a photo by s_w_ellis on Flickr.

A friend forwarded to me the options he sees when working on his cisco Nexus 7000. I must say that I am impressed. It surprises me that network gear from all vendors is not like this: processors are fast enough, DRAM is cheap, flash is plentiful and all this software has open source options. Oh, how I wish I had grep, or even just the ability to pipe multiple times, on all this gear I manage. NX-OS seems to have all the commands an administrator would need to easily manage a large configuration from the command line. Running Linux under the hood is not such a bad idea.

Note: The image is simulated, based on copy and paste from an email, just in case it looks different from your Nexus.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

SVCCG Workshop in San Jose

Attended this weekend's Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group meeting. PayPal hosted the event at their town hall, which had ample space for the eight hundred attendees. The schedule called for some tough decisions: I really wanted to hear about cloud work being done at both eBay and Netflix, however those discussions happened simultaneously. So, after weighing the options with Nisheed, who told me about this event in the first place, I decided on what to listen in on.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Driven Before

There was something too familiar about the font used for the movie, Drive. I knew I had seen the same font and coloring used before. You can definitely tell from the letter "i".

Notice the font

Same font and color

But don't tell anyone in Hollywood. Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to make a movie spin-off from the television series, Silk Stalkings.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Sing in Japanese

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes released Sing in Japanese earlier this week. The punk band performs only covers, usually in themed releases. For example, Love Their Country covered country music, while Blow in the Wind was music from the 60's. This time, they are turning Japanese with six songs originally from Japanese artists. I shall do my best in this article to provide links for you to hear the original versions of each tune.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

White Board Artwork

Not all the artwork at DreamWorks Animation is for the films. Armed with dry erase markers, the artists tag the various white boards with interesting works. I shall share a few I have spotted at the office in this post.


Note: I do not know who drew any of the items within this post.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Programmers' Day

There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who do not.

Programmers, evidently, do not. Today is Programmers' Day, the 256th day of the year. The slogan for the date celebration is 1111 1111, binary for 255. Therefore, I believe yesterday should have been the date for celebration, not today. 256 is 100000000 in binary, two to the eighth power. Allow me to illustrate the problem.

# today (September 13, 2011)
bandarji > echo "obase=2;`/bin/date +%j`" | bc

# Yesterday
bandarji > echo "obase=2;`/bin/date +%j --date 'September 12, 2011'`" | bc

It could be this is a bug feature. That makes more sense to me than the claim, "Programmers count starting with zero." Regardless, happy Programmers' Day.