Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Illumos Project


Spied over at OpenSolaris forums as posted by Garrett D’Amore…

“A number of the community leaders from the OpenSolaris community have been working quietly together on a new effort called Illumos, and we’re just about ready to fully disclose our work to, and invite the general
participation of, the general public.”

Now this is intriguing….


Bryan Cantrill quits Sun/Oracle

I am stunned to read this, and not in a good way:


EDIT: The H has a little summary of this at

And Bryan now appears to be working at Joyent.

Remotely manage an OpenSolaris machine from your phone…

Well, from an Android-powered device that is, and basically any .NIX desktop machine using some generic (but cool!) apps…

Remotely power-on your machine in the morning from the comfort of your nice warm bed with this neat wake-on-LAN app from Ben Finnigan:

Then, SSH into the box and launch a VNC server with connectbot:

Finally, enjoy a full remote desktop GUI experience from your phone with androidVNC:

Open Source JavaFX Petition

There’s a petition here requesting Oracle finish the work which Sun presumably never did:

For a company which their own Edward Screven states they do not have an open source strategy (as evidenced by the apparent total lack of support for OpenSolaris) I’m not sure what good this will do – but nevertheless it’s a worthy cause and I for one am keen to support it.

QR Code generator add-on for Firefox

From the “Firefox is awesome” department comes this brilliant add-on which will generate a barcode from a selection of text in the browser for easy transferal to phone:

Works a treat…

Buckaroo Banzai QR Code

Apple smokes crack, prices Mac Mini

While there is nothing particularly funny about drug abuse, the pricing on the new Mac mini is hilarious:

Unibody Mac mini

– 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
– SuperDrive 8x (DVD±RDL/DVD±RW
– 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x2GB
– 320GB Serial ATA Drive
– Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
– no keyboard or mouse
– AppleCare Protection Plan

NZ $1,818.00 inc GST

Let’s just put that into perspective:

iMac 21.5 inch

– 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
– 8x double-layer SuperDrive
– 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x2GB
– 500GB Serial ATA Drive
– Apple Wireless Keyboard
– Apple Magic Mouse
– Apple Remote
– AppleCare Protection Plan

NZ$ 2,337.01 inc GST

I believe there was a time when the Mac mini was the “affordable” way to be granted entrance to Apple’s walled garden – looks now like that’s just a distant memory. Anyone out there care to let me know what they think what market Apple are going for with the new mini leave a comment…