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the new coffeemachine arrived!!!


After cosrahn has successfully destroyed the coffee machine the real-one finally arrived. A “Saeco Cafe Prima“. Well it’s the cheapest coffee machine that fit our needs. The first cups are very promising – we’ll have a lot of fun with that one ­čśë




Now all that’s left is a “Club Mate flatrate”…maaaeeeednesss!!! *g*


Source: http://www.saeco.de/

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XBOX 360 controller freaks out?


What’s that supposed to be? Some days ago one of the XBOX 360 wireless controllers made a lightshow every 15 seconds or so…



What was it that he wanted to tell me?

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get rid of that beeping noise


Finally I disabled my notebook’s hardware beep which is triggered everytime a Remote Desktop/Virtual Machine announces something (like an error dialog, new mail…). It’s just annoying to hear that sound from ancient times…



thanks Mathias…


Source: MathiasR blog

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watercooling the 360… weren’t we promised watercooling for the launch?!

Weren’t we promised a watercooled 360 at first hand? There was this fabulous ourcolony movie for the viral marketing. And the guys there, which were supposed to be the engineers of the 360, said “and it’s got water inside”…pointing at the watercooled 360 mainboard and showing it into the camera…



Nothing of that became true as of today. The Retail-360 is a air-cooled gaming console with no water inside at all. But just till the guys from HardOCP got their hands into the game. They’re presenting you a watercooled 360 running at astonishing low temperatures:


“With stock Xbox 360 cooling, after an hour of Quake 4, the back of the motherboard temperature was 150.8┬║F ( 66┬║C ).

With the water cooled Xbox 360, after an hour of Quake 4, the back of the motherboard was a full 50┬║F cooler than stock cooling at 101┬║F ( 38.4┬║C ).”


Source: http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=OTM5

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mhh… well… it’s “good vibrations” time


Harald brought this to my attention:



“Pervasive computing will more and more influence on the everyday life because more and more electronical devices are capable of speaking IP, e.g. via Ethernet, WiFi or Bluetooth. Vibrators will be no exception. Although people haven’t realized this yet, there are in fact already vibrating devices with IP-connectivity called mobiles or cellulars. The AT command specified in GSM 07.07 does only provide a command to enable the vibrating on an incomming phone call. Therefore the controlling of these vibrating devices is rather clumsy.”


Source: http://www.mbsks.franken.de/vcp/

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/dev/vibrator

The Motorola A780 has some nice details:



women dream of it.


seen on 22c3, picture by namenlos


Source: slash-me

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what happens after the 10th “This password doesn’t match.” error message?



Well – you create art out of the keyboard….


maedness did it!

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22c3: working place update



all the 4 lecture halls in one place… the “Club Mate” is empty…
(broad hint)

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young single searching…



lonely switch searching for connections.

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inside the Phone Operation Center (POC)


Since we are kind of interested in providing a large user DECT network on the campus of our university we spoke with the Eventphone guys about their setup: and as far as we can tell it’s far more sophisticated than expected.



little panoramic view of the POC server room



the Alcatel machine rear view



patch panel



front view



front view with logo



switching switch



audio patch panel



the actual POC service area in the main hall


Well sorry that there are more pictures than text – it’s just because we have to compile all the information we got and pile it all together into a nice and well understandable text for your reading pleasure.

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Sanyo XF-45 … 10.000 ANSI Lumen photon cannon.


Hrhr – MORE POWER! Today a SANYO XF-45 arrived for our testings tomorrow…




Well just remember: some days ago Samsung announced a LED projector with humongous 23 ANSI Lumen… compare that to the 10.000 of the XF-45…


Source 1: Sanyo XF-45
Source 2: Samsung SP-P300ME

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4500mAh battery for the HTC Himalaya / MDA2

Mhhh… I NEED to get one of those. But $140 is quite a bit if you can get a 1200mAh battery for less than $20.


“With normal usage it was 70.5 hours real time duration before I reached the 10% minimum level at which I needed to put it back on charge, thatÔÇÖs a predicted total of over 75 hours duration and a Pocket Plus measured usage of almost 19 hours – Wow!”




Source: http://www.mtekk.com.au/browse/page1128

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vandalism – damn this isn’t france, is it?


Bad things are taking place in Ilmenau these days. First there was the WiFi link of FeM which was stolen whilst we’re at the christmas party….



there was a SOEKRIS PC.


The thieves left the enclosure open so there’s probably water in the cableing. ­čÖü


And as if this wasn’t enough on this saturday some bad guys destroyed two of the server room air conditions of FeM:



server room: I



server room: C



temperature peak after the air condition was gone


The I server room air condition was fixed with parts of the C server room air condition – but the C server room remains with temperatures around 30 degrees after we shut down the not necessarily needed servers. Damn my mail server is down since saturday since it’s a 4-way xeon machine consuming way to much power and producing way to much hot air for an unconditioned server room.


What’s going on people? Hopefully the thieves and vandals will get caught.

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so these next-gen consoles are all about circles? Sony vs. Microsoft

We all know the Xbox 360 Ring-of-Light green circles logo below. It’s just everywhere these days. So concentrate on the Ring-of-Light and scroll down:




Xbox 360 Ring-of-Light


So since this weekend the CES 2006 website of Sony is online. At the CES 2006 Sony is supposed to show details and in-depth information about the upcoming Playstation 3. And well the site looks more like if they have to tell us something about the Xbox 360:




Rings-of-Light?

This is quite funny – I wouldn’t bet it’s not a marketing gag but if it’s not it’s funny and stupid. Please Sony! More information on your vaporware!

Source: http://www.sony.com/ces/index.shtml

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some DivX news …


Great news these days: DivX 6 is finally available for the Mac – which is great since the last version was 5.2 available since August 2004.



But that’s not all they have for the starving encoding community (yes, it’s you Karsten!). DivX Labs released a new version of the DivX codec for Windows. And this time they tuned the hell out of it: 14 to 80 percent faster by their benchmarks:


“According to our benchmarks, even a modest single CPU will run anywhere from 14 to 80% faster than the 6.0 codec depending on the quality mode selected. At the same time, brand new support for HT, SMP, Dual Core, and Dual Core + HT CPUs allows for gains of up to 300%!”


Finally multiprocessor concepts have found their way into media codecs – finally because this is what we’ve been waiting for years.


Source 1: http://www.divx.com
Source 2: http://www.divx.com/divx/mac/

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listen up Tino Seeber! two new Mac mini and 19″ Samsung TFT displays…


Tino Seeber! Look what we bought with your 40 euro membership-fee! Two new 1.5 Ghz Mac minis with 1 GB RAM and 2 new SAMSUNG 940T TFT 19″ displays.


The only things that where not delivered in time are the wireless mice. (no, NO MIGHTY MOUSE!)



the famous “Mount mac-mini”



reorganising the desktop



ready steady go…



installing Microsoft Office for Mac 2004


For those who don’t know who Tino Seeber is or why I am adressing him in this article: Tino Seeber is a guy who thinks that the only purpose of FeM is to give him cheap broadband access to the internet – that’s why he only wants to pay for his internet uplink which is ridiculous since FeM is a research organisation and not an ISP.


Source: http://www.fem.tu-ilmenau.de

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bending pcmcia cards…


uhh well cosrahn had the great idea to insert more than one card into his tight PCMCIA slots… you can see… a TV card and a DLINK WLAN card beneath it…



bend it baby!


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secret intelligence information arrived


Plasmon Raidtech sent a quite interesting marketing brochure. Designed like a intelligence report … photos…some text… whuu.. it even disappeared today… ­čśë



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storage space sizes for removable media growing…


Finally there are definitive words about holographic storage medias. Maxell made a press release today of it’s upcoming 300 GByte holographic medias – yeah!


“With uncompressed storage capacities achieving 1.6 TeraBytes per disk and data rates as high as 120 MBPs.”



“One 5┬╝ inch-diameter optical disc can store up to 150 million pages – more than 63 times the capacity of DVD. Also, with holographic recording, a multiple of form factors, such as discs, cards, etc., and laser wavelengths (red, green, and blue) can be used. “



“The first generation of holographic media with 300 GB of storage capacity and a 20 MBPs Transfer Rate is scheduled for release in late 2006.”


Source: Maxell-USA

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Windows Media Center Edition for in-car use


So this is what namenlos is working on at 3soft!?


“The 7″ touchscreen is connected to a computer under the temperature controls. The computer features 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, wireless 802.11g networking and a slot-loading, dual-layer DVD Burner. If you’re like me, you’re already making a list of the items you’ll need to complete this in your car. Absolutely amazing.”



Source: http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/entry/1690/windows_media_center

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FeM condoms – be smart, be safe, your future depends on it.


Hrhr…. the official FeM personal firewall.





remember…December 1st is world AIDS day….

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NetApp test aborted.

Disappointing but true: due to the nearly complete lack of documentation and time we aborted the test of the NetApp FAS270 and DS14MK2 today.


The management software is… well – not self explaining at all. Since we do not have a documentation that goes further than setting up the basics we where unable to create a volume big enough to test with – we even where unable to create a iSCSI LUN/volume at all.


Of course we tried and looked – it’s not as if we’re totally unexperienced with such devices. But all hope that we possibly would see a concept that would self explain what to do to get to the goal was not fulfilled.


Very disappointing – unfortunatly the time we had for testing is over – so good bye NetApp – hello IBM. The next thing to test is the IBM storage solution – hopefully better documented and manageable.


The last words of this article by the NetApp:

fem-iscsi-test> halt
Thu Jan 1 01:23:47 GMT [fem-iscsi-test: kern.shutdown:notice]: System shut down because : “halt”.
Thu Jan 1 01:23:48 GMT [fem-iscsi-test: iscsi.service.shutdown:info]: iSCSI service shutdown



CFE version 1.2.0 based on Broadcom CFE: 1.0.35
Copyright (C) 2000,2001,2002,2003 Broadcom Corporation.
Portions Copyright (C) 2002,2003 Network Appliance Corporation.


CPU type 0x1040102: 650MHz
Total memory: 0x40000000 bytes (1024MB)
CFE>

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we need your help: be a video angel for the 22nd Chaos Communication Congress



This year more than any year before the 22nd Chaos Communication Congress needs your help!


Since FeM e.V. plans to help the team of the 22c3 with equipment and manpower there never can be enough hands to help at such a big event.


If you want to assist and help us recording and streaming the whole congress than surf to the official 22c3 wiki and state your intention to help by contacting the orga-team telling them that you want to be a videoangel.


Source 1: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/
Source 2: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/crm.en.html

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it’s alive!!! the NetApp FAS270 and DS14MK2 is up-n-running… YEAH!

NetApp Release 7.0.2: Sat Oct  8 01:25:43 PDT 2005
System ID: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx(); partner ID: xxxxxxxxxxxxx()
System Serial Number: xxxxxxxxx ()
System Rev: F0
slot 0: System Board
Processors: 1
Processor revision: B2
Processor type: 1250
Memory Size: 1022 MB
slot 0: FC Host Adapter 0b
28 Disks: 3808.0GB
1 shelf with LRC, 1 shelf with EFH
slot 0: Fibre Channel Target Host Adapter 0c
slot 0: Dual SB1250-Gigabit Ethernet Controller
e0a MAC Address: 00:a0:98:02:0e:1a (auto-1000t-fd-up)
e0b MAC Address: 00:a0:98:02:0e:1b (auto-unknown-cfg_down)
slot 0: NetApp ATA/IDE Adapter 0a (0x00000000000001f0)
0a.0 245MB

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graphic card on it’s way to fail…


Thankfully enough my graphic card seems to announce that it’s going to die in the near future… sad but true: the Geforce FX 5200 passive cooled graphic card is obviously not cooled well enough…


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HDR what?



“Click here to search a HDR capable cable on amazon.de”
hmmkay… what kind of wire would that be?

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Burning a CCD


Do you see the slight pink line in the right part of the picture… that’s what the sun does to the CCD when you are not careful… in this case a NIKON Coolpix 990 CCD sensor just died…


Source: http://www.philohome.com/skyshooter/burning_ccd.htm

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thanks for the Wafer…


I held a 3 hour lecture at the “.NET Chaostage” event at the FH Deggendorf last week and I got this really cool present from Helena:




It’s a real silicon wafer from Intel (of course a not usable one with contamination). But cool, eh?

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Ford Galaxy…killed in action

Last friday I was on the streets as usual on my way to a lecture at the FH Deggendorf (.NET Chaostage, you remember?)…It was a normal ride until suddenly the turbocharger decided to stop working for me…Since I was driving at about 180 km/h at this very moment it felt like getting massive headwind.



killed in action.


So…I called the SIXT service and got a new car…a Ford Focus this time…small very very small. But nice to drive. Infact the Ford Galaxy was way more comfortable …



a turbocharger…


Source: Wikipedia Picture

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22C3: 3G Investigations – scanning your 2.5G/3G ip network for fun and profit



Ahzf and myself are going to present a lecture at the upcoming 22th Chaos Communication Congress (22C3) in Berlin at the end of this year (27.-30. December). Today the Final notification of acceptance of our proposal arrived…



At the moment I am in the Implementation phase of the project…:



IPv6 on Windows Mobile 5…cool eh?


The final papers need to be ready due to december the 1st…


Source: http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005/

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inspected with pride


Namenlos reports that there was a delivery today at the office containing the brand new notebook bag…and inside there was a small note that made us proud…



Source: namenlos’ blog

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XEN

Florian is working on a XEN setup for our new web hosting machine. It’s a Dell PowerEdge 1850 machine with enough RAM for the four instances…more on that when it’s running productive…



Source: http://www.xensource.com

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networked doorbell


Hmm..how many wires do you need to connect a doorbell? You need 8 wires of course! Do we actually have any cables !=CAT5/5e/6 ?



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JASJAR cluster…



hrm….Me is happy.

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OH MY GOD! the Easyraid X8P died?


Well… first there was a 1.3 TByte RAID5 volume that showed several defect sectors…and then it disappeared completely.



Now what? – We changed the internal cabling of the host system … nothing changed. The SCSI Interface Card does see an Easyraid X8P device but no volume shows up in the Disk Management.


Fortunatly I made a copy of all the data to our – now working – Promise VTrak m500i…

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the Network Appliance FAS270 and DS14MK2 arrived…hurray

28x 146 GB hardrives (Seagate Cheetah ST3146807FC and Hitachi Ultrastar HUS103014FLF210)…I am waiting for my now.netapp.com login to be activated at the moment – so I could not do any tests. NetApp decided to not deliver any CD or manual inside the two packages…weird.

The hardware itself looks very very promising (got the joke?)… it’s all redundant and quite heavy. You can clearly see that it’s far more pricy than the cheap promise/easyraid hardware.


Eggs! Eggs!? Eggs?


on top the FS270 and below it the DS14MK2. All equiped with 10k UPM SCSI drives.

As soon as I got all my logins I will post several tests and information about the two devices. So be sure to check back often to technology-ninja.com

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unerring dart game


You can have a lot of fun building cool things when you’re student… and in that particular case they built a dart game that is really cool ­čśë




The dish follows the dart…


Source: http://www.treffsichere-dartscheibe.de/

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doing research is fun…toys-for-boys pt. 2



awww look the two got a little MDA2…aren’t they cute?

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VGA resolution is fun on a Windows Mobile device…


Since the JASJAR / MDA pro has a gorgeous 640×480 display there are some tools – originally designed for Windows Mobile 2003 SE to allow you to use the high dpi display with all it’s capabilities.


The normal case is that Windows Mobile scales everything up when it detects a higher resolution than 320×240 (QVGA). Since that means that all text on the screen looks really good but takes the same space like it would on a QVGA.


And there comes ozVGA. It’s a small tool that helps you to configure the systems dpi settings to better match the display. That does not necessarily lead to a better readable display but you’ll have much more space on the display since it’s used in it’s “unfiltered unoptimized raw dpi”-beauty.



before ozVGA



after ozVGA.


There are some bugs to this moment: the status bar at the top is not displayed correctly. Some of the applications cannot cope the high dpi (such as the calendar…) – But I hope that future updates of ozVGA will solve that.


Source: http://oz.sciox.org/

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it’s JASJAR / MDA pro time… yeeeehaa!


After several weeks of waiting today the JASJAR / MDA pro arrived together with the T-Mobile UMTS contract + USIM.


As you can imagine the unpackaging was quite an event (I am not posting the pictures that show me retardedly smiling)



Everything in place….





UMTS…narf!


Since ahzfs JASJAR also arrived today and the third one is on it’s way and expected to arrive on monady we now can just start over developing the applications for our research project.


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What now about the Promise VTrak m500i? Final news.


So I was asked why I would accept another test, after all the unsuccessful tests and support calls. The point is that I wanted to give Promise a second chance because they contacted us on their own talking about concerns they have that we do have some problems with their Promise VTrak m500i.


After all we got our hands on a disclaimer-less firmware update which solved at least our 3 Terabyte problem: We could not create a 3 Terabyte RAID volume. It just did not sync. 2 Terabyte was the maximum volume size.


This bug is fixed. The other ones not. Like the complete crash of the m500i when you try to enable DHCP on the management network interface…

Promise M-Class | Logical Drive 0 Info and Settings

LdId : 0 ArrayId : 0
OperationalStatus : OK NumOfUsedPD : 14
NumOfAxles : 1 RAID Level : RAID5
Stripe : 64KB Sector : 512Bytes
Capacity : 2.94TB PhysicalCapacity : 3.17TB
SYNCed : Yes WWN : 22a6-0001-5501-c7bf
SerialNo : 114163942163624924927000000000000

Alias : raid_3TB
ReadPolicy : ReadAhead
WritePolicy : WriteBack


Hurray! 2.94 Terabyte!!

Promise M-Class | Controller 1 Basic Information

Alias :
Vendor : VTRAK-MB
Model : VTRAK
OperationalStatus : OK
PowerOnTime : 3 hours

CacheUsagePercent : 0% DirtyCachePercent : 0%
CmdProtocol : SCSI-2 WWN : 2000-0001-5500-2027
PartNumber : P29000020000036 S/N : M06G05715100016
Revision : 3 ManufactureDate : Jul 23, 2005
BootLoaderVersion : 1.05.0000.00 BootLoaderBldDate : Jun 17, 2005
FirmwareVersion : 2.00.0000.00 FirmwareBuildDate : Oct 3, 2005
SoftwareVersion : 2.00.0000.00 SoftwareBuildDate : Oct 3, 2005


We actually discovered some software limitations…for example the H2bench which I used for the benchmarks:

H2bench — by Harald B├Âgeholz & Lars Bremer / c’t Magazin f├╝r Computertechnik
Version 3.6/Win32, Copyright (C) 2002 Heise Zeitschriften Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Dutch translation by F&L Technical Publications B.V.
*** drive too large.

And interestingly there are some limitations in Windows. After I connected the iSCSI device and initialised the drive:




I had two partitions…automatically created. Because the maximum size of partitions on a MBR-Volume is 2 Terabyte.:


“Because partition tables on master boot record (MBR) disks only support partition sizes up to 2 terabytes, you must use dynamic volumes to create NTFS volumes over 2 terabytes. Windows XP Professional manages dynamic volumes in a special database instead of in the partition table, so dynamic volumes are not subject to the 2-terabyte physical limit imposed by the partition table. Therefore, dynamic NTFS volumes can be as large as the maximum volume size supported by NTFS. Itanium-based computers that use GUID partition table (GPT) disks also support NTFS volumes larger than 2 terabytes.”


So I just had to convert it:



and there it is:

   3086914 MB Speicherplatz auf dem Datentr├Ąger insgesamt.
307200 KB in 2 Dateien
4 KB in 9 Indizes
0 KB in fehlerhaften Sektoren
162455 KB vom System benutzt
65536 KB von der Protokolldatei belegt
3086456 MB auf dem Datentr├Ąger verf├╝gbar.

4096 Bytes in jeder Zuordnungseinheit
790250239 Zuordnungseinheiten auf dem Datentr├Ąger insgesamt
790132825 Zuordnungseinheiten auf dem Datentr├Ąger verf├╝gbar




Since there are some problems with the machine left and I am testing it right now you can expect some more news on that subject…


Source 1: Promise Disclaimer Trouble
Source 2: Size Limits in NTFS/Windows

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Blinkenlights reloaded

Surprisingly Blinkenlights is back for our viewing and gambling pleasure. If you are in Berlin these days, make sure you’ll take a look.



(it’s the building in the upper middle…which is used as a big b/w screen)


Source 1: http://www.berlin.de/webcams/.bin/index.php
Source 2: http://www.blinkenlights.de/

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VTrak M500i shutdown -a shutdown

You may ask why we are still testing the VTrak M500i… well… this and more details when I am awake in some hours, until then:

administrator@cli> shutdown -a shutdown

**** Shut down in progress ****

administrator@cli> Shutdown complete. It is now safe to power off the subsystem.

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a windows iSCSI target software: Stringbeansoftware WinTarget 2.0

We recently tested Stringbeangsoftwares WinTarget Version 2.0. It’s a software implementation of an iSCSI Target with a huge feature set.


“WinTarget Standard Edition provides the core SAN functionality required to centralize, consolidate, and manage storage centrally. The Standard Edition provides this core functionality on an economical basis for those customers that do not need, or are not ready to implement more advanced data management and protection solutions.”


We tested the Standard Edition Evaluation Version 2.0 since we do not need the other features at the moment (like DataView, Snapshot,…).


As usual first the testing setup:



We got 6x 250 GByte Harddisks on 2 Promise FastTrack 150TX4 Controllers. All this on an Intel Serverboard with an 3 Ghz P4 and 2 Gb of RAM. As the client we used the same machine as in all other tests.



14 days should be enough


When you installed it and started it the first time you’ll have something like that:



The Main-Screen of WinTarget 2.0 is divided into the information pane on the right and the section tree on the left side of the window.


WinTarget divides it’s structure into Hosts and Devices. The Snapshot Feature was not tested/used.


We started by creating a new Host:




next!



entering the host name and description



we have to specify which Client IP can access this host…



Finished.


After creating the host we can create the iSCSI Target Volumes (called “Disks” in WinTarget 2.0):






With WinTarget you can use an actually existing volume or a file to create a iSCSI Target.



We choose the RAID…



Next…



a descriptive name…



to which host does the belong to?



Finish.



Attention: All Data will be deleted from the volume…(we even didn’t have to format it in the beginning…)



there it is…



and it looks good ­čśë



There’s a snapshot feature in WinTarget that we just didn’t test due to limited testing time.



Now everything is setup. That’s it. ­čśë Just that few steps. We can now configure the iSCSI Client:



by entering the IP and Port…



selecting the exported iSCSI Target Volume…



and there it is on the client machine.



formating…



in the WinTarget environment it does look a bit different afterwards…


So. That’s it for the configuration. Since we had limited time we could not make a full benchmark of the device. It just took too long since it’s not as fast as expected.


We got around 30 to 40 Megabyte per second reading speed and not more than 7 Megabyte for writing. That’s simply horrible.


We therefore cannot recommand this software combination for our hardware configuration – maybe it’ll be faster with another hardware but as you know: we don’t have the time to test that.


Source: http://www.stringbeansoftware.com/

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we get full refund: the Promise VTrak m500i adventure is over… don’t buy it!


Today is a great day! We just finished the packaging of the Promise VTrak m500i and it’s hard disks. And soon it’s going to get back to Promise.


As you may have noticed we had trouble with our newly bought m500i. Very serious troubles that all pointed to one source: Promise. The firmware of the m500i just isn’t capable of doing the things Promise is promising. No 3 Tbyte Volumes. No DHCP for the Management port without a complete crash of the m500i. No saved settings (the m500i lost it’s settings after a power outtage). The list goes on.



mount(ed) harddisks:



Now back to business. We await the arrival of a NetApp and an IBM storage solution. So more on that subject soon.

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protect your property: build yourself a sentry turret

A quite nice job with some very interesting features. Please notices that this is NOT a real gun – it’s an airsoft replica of a FN P90.
These guys made quite an impressive job: Their turret is completly computer controlled and finds and follows it’s targets autonomously.



“Notice the tactical LED flashlight is glowing on the left side of the turret. There is absolutely no practical reason for that.”

Beside the complete building description there is also a short movie of the Sentry Gun in action on the website:



Source: Sentry Gun

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BUBBLES! BUBBLES! – the hitcounter YOU want to have.

You have a website and you feel depressed because nobody comments your stupid articles? You want at least a little bit of appreciation? The thing that could brighten up you’re world is: Netbubbles.

This little gadget “monitors” your website: Everytime a user hits your page, everytime someone “buys” or does anything valuable on your website the Netbubble will fire some it’s special-effect-bubbles or even some light effects.

It’s a visual feedback for “the webmaster that cares” (sorry Falko, I had to take it).

dear Netbubbles Company: I WANT ONE! ­čśë I could test it… send me one!!!!1 (I don’t get enough appreciation (e.g. number of comments!))

Source: http://www.netbubbles.de

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what’s this raid thing anyway?

You always wanted to know what I am talking about the last days? You got no idea what a RAID is? JBOD does not ring a bell? You think XORing is something sexually offensive? (Hey! You’re right!)

So free your mind of impure thoughts and look at this picture. If you did not understand that article, you probably understand what RAID is when you see this:



Source: http://exdream.dyn.ee/blog/

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Quantum notebook soon to be available…

There’s a great vision of the future when there are quantum computers available:

“Processor: 6.8GHZ CPU (AtomChip┬« Quantum┬« II processor / System Compliance: Two Operating Systems with Voice Command (Microsoft┬« Windows┬« XP Professional and Linux┬«) / Memory: 1TB Quantum-Optical non-volatile RAM (NvIOpSRAM-SODIMM 200-pin) / Storage: 2TB non-volatile Quantum RAM (NvIOpRAM-ATA IDE) / Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi / LCD Display: 12.1ÔÇŁ WXGA (1280 x 800, 16:10) TFT Glare Type LCD display with 1.3 Mega pixel CMOS camera / Video & Graphics: Two Integrated graphic controllers [Intel┬«855GME internal graphics, support Intel┬« DVMT (Dynamic Video Memory Technology) and AtomChip┬« DVM (Dynamic Video Memory)] / Communication: 10/100 Base-T LAN on board, MDC Fax/Modem V.90/V.92 on Board, 802.11a/802.11b/802.11g WLAN, Intel┬« PRO/Wireless 2100/2200BG/2915ABG network connection, WiFi, Bluetoth, GPRS -with Bluetoth antena, CMOS camera with USB interface, Mega pixel resolution CMOS image / Pointing Device: Synaptics touchpad with 4 way scrolling button / Application Launch Key: E-mail, Internet, Capture, WLAN / LED Status Indicator: Power, Suspend/Resume, Battery Charging Status, Quantum Storage Access, Num Lock mode, Caps Lock mode, Scroll Lock mode, WLAN Lock mode / Keyboard: 3.0mm travel, inverted-T, 88keys with 2 windows key (Internet & Microsoft For Connectivity) / Interface Ports Front Side: One 4-in-1 card reader slot (support SDIO/SD/MS Pro/MS), Audio line out, Stereo Microphone-in / Interface Ports Left Side: LAN port, Modem port, SVGAÔÇôout port, One Type II PCMCIA slot (support CardBus), 1394A port (mini jack) / Interface Ports Right Side: USB 2.0 ports x 3 / Interface Port Rear Side: DC-in, Kensington Lock / Audio: Built-in two stereo speakers and Built-in Microphone / AC Adapter (Input: 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 1.5A. Output: 20V DC, 2.5A, 50W) / Battery: 6 cell Li-lon battery pack. Battery Charge: 3 hrs charge time to 100% capacity while system off and 4 hrs charge time while system on. Battery Life: Approximately 8 hours for AtomChip┬« Quantum┬« II processor and 3 hours for 4 x Intel┬« Pentium┬« M processors 1.7CHz / BIOS: AMI, Support PnP, password, Bootable from USB and DVD / Power Management: ACPI 2.0 compliance / Smart Battery System Support / Security: Kensington Lock / Size: 320.0(W) x 242.0(D) x 22.0(H)mm/28.0mm (front/back) / Weight: 1.9kg(when fully equipped with AtomChip┬« Quantum┬« II processor) and 2,20kg(when fully equipped with 4 x Intel┬« Pentium┬« M processors) / Packing Accessories: Quick Guide, Support CD (Driver, Utility, Manual), AC Adapter, Power Cord, Battery Pack, BOSE Headphone Music System with noise Cancelling.”



The processor.



the non volatile RAM…

Source: http://atomchip.com/_wsn/page4.html

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benchmarking the storages: iSCSI Enterprise Target (+Software RAID0 3 drives)

This time we got a Software RAID0 Volume with 3 drives which made a volume size of 1465176195 sectors = 715418 Megabyte.

Interface-Transferrate with a blocksize of 128 sectors at 0.0 percent of the capacity:

sequential read rate medium (unthrottled): 78407 Kilobyte/s
sequential read rate Read-Ahead (Latency 0.90 ms): 61569 Kilobyte/s
repeatedly sequential read (“coretest”): 67066 Kilobyte/s

permanent transfer rate: (blocksize: 128 sectors):
read:

  • Average: 75843.9 Kilobyte/s
  • Minimum: 69892.3 Kilobyte/s
  • Maximum: 78817.2 Kilobyte/s

write:

  • Average: 30138.9 Kilobyte/s
  • Minimum: 29723.3 Kilobyte/s
  • Maximum: 30658.8 Kilobyte/s

access time read:

  • Average: 12.95 ms
  • Minimum: 0.16 ms
  • Maximum: 26.16 ms

access time write:

  • Average: 14.78 ms
  • Minimum: 0.34 ms
  • Maximum: 44.73 ms

access time read (<504 MByte):

  • Average: 5.87 ms
  • Minimum: 0.11 ms
  • Maximum: 19.22 ms

access time write (<504 MByte):

  • Average: 6.80 ms
  • Minimum: 0.29 ms
  • Maximum: 25.17 ms


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