Thursday, 20 May 2010

Ubuntu 10 and DMRAID

Installed my new Ubuntu 10 server today and spent 4 hours on trying to get the DMRAID working right.

Intel server board supports simulated RAID which is configured using DMRAID. I created a RAID1 using 2x SATA disks in the RAID controller.

Online guides work fine, but they forget to mention 1 very important thing.


After doing the partitioning, restart.

After formating, restart.

Then use the standard setup that should detect the disk is formatted and leave them alone.

Hope this helps someone.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Bulls het gewen... (Blackbird Pie)

This little handy tool at makes it quick and simple to drop a good Tweet into your site, blog, anywhere online.

Drop the URL from the Tweet status into the site, and they give you the HTML code.

Here was probably the best Tweet for the weekend!

Die Bulls het nou net in HD op my TV gewen. Dis omdat ek HD het.less than a minute ago via Seesmic

Friday, 7 May 2010

Welcome to SA Google


It seems to be official, Google is hosting in South Africa, or at least some caching services.

With many rumors running around for many months, I've been able to physically see Google behind a local IP.

With the story showing behind IP it is possible to do on this IP, and it is shown to be an IP in Pretoria.

More interesting is the reverse DNS for this IP that returns "" which could mean many things.

For me the question becomes how this would be available when ADSL caps are reached and one gets limited to local only access. Will we then still get some Google services?

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Aspire One and Windows 7

I got myself an Acer Aspire One AO531h in December 2009 from MTN direct on a data contract. This little machine is small and lite enough that it is now always with me. All I upgraded was the RAM from 1Gb to 2Gb.

The machine ships with Windows XP Home Edition that works very well, but still is XP. I then tried the Beta of Ubuntu Lucid Netbook Edition on it which also worked well, but some things just wasn't lekker.

Thursday I decided to give Windows 7 a go, and what an improvement! Everything just works, and works well.

As a MAPS subsriber, I used the Windows 7 Ultimate ISO that I downloaded for the installation. I downloaded Novicorp WinToFlash from and used it to prepare my 4Gb PTA WUG USB stick. It takes the ISO image as the source, and the USB stick as destination and builds the whole stick for installation. This was done on a very old Windows XP Home machine.

I then booted from the stick on the Acer Aspire One and did the standard installation, and that is it. All the devices worked with Microsoft drivers. I did allow Windows Update to replace some drivers, but everything works, and works well.

The biggest change is battery live. I've gained at least 30 minutes with the upgrade!

Additionally I used "Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnail Customizer" from to reduce the size of the taskbar to not take so much screen on the 10" display.

Windows 7 on Aspire One, absolutely yes!

HerUniverse - Star Wars for her

Over the years, we have loved Star Wars.

We would secretly look at the Lego models, the toys at Toys-R-Us, the toys that come with kids meals, T's, caps, well, just about anything we could find. But these where all focused for men.

Now you can join in the Universe that is Star Wars!

Actress Ashley Eckstein who is the voice of Ahsoka Tano in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be introducing this range at San Diego Comic-Con's Star Wars Pavilion in July, so if we men could go check it out for you?


ProxMox Unprivileged LXC containers USB Drive

Some quick notes on bind mounting under ProxMox and getting the permissions right. Reference -