Computers

Zoneminder Linux / mdraid Optimizations

I was looking at things on the new server that I had just setup today and I noticed that the SSD was being written to at a continuous 35MB/s. This was as a result of the zoneminder /var/tmp/zm being located on the primary disk. The solution was to add a line to /etc/fstab and dedicated […]

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Getting PCRE to compile on Solaris 9 SPARC

So there are some folks who are still trying to run modern things on old SPARC machines still. I pulled out my old Solaris server that I used to host a backup of my website back in 2013, dusted it off and booted it up
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Without missing a beat, not taking backups or snapshots other than the existing website and database itself, I decided to apply these updates and and just let it fly. Oh boy how we crashed and burned.

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Make lto-cm compile

lto-cm doesn’t compile, here are some tips! Those of you who are looking to check out the lto-cm utility located here https://github.com/scangeo/lto-cm may find that the damn thing doesn’t compile. Here are some quick notes that allowed me to get it up and running. Many thanks to my friend Kevin for discovering this. I have decided to […]

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E2900 / V1280 Enable GUI

I have a XVR-100 and a USB card installed in my E2900. To enable the graphical console login in Solaris 10 I have done the following post installation: #/usr/dt/bin/dtconfig -e # svcadm enable # ln -s /dev/fbs/pfb0 /dev/fb # fbconfig -xserver Xorg # reboot I did repeat these steps after another install, and had some […]

Computers

Time for a new workstation, well… old new

It has been a really long time since I’ve had a new desktop. Actually, because of the mobile nature of my life, being on the road and all; I have to use a laptop much of the time anyways. After being in North Carolina for an extended 2.5 year hiatus I returned to a workstation […]

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News and info for August 2017

Howdy!   Alright, I must admit that it has been quite a while since I really have posted anything. There has been a lot going on, but finding time to sit down and write things isn’t always easy. First off, the site has been moved off of Fookushima, the G5 Quad has been removed from […]

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April Update 2016

The G5 quad is doing great. The system has been up for more than 175 days now after traditionally it crashing out after 30. I am currently running the stock cooling system until issues are resolved with the other one. Though, I’m out of town, so hopefully the factory one holds out well. I feel […]

Automotive Computers Electronics

New Corrado, Vintage PC Goodness to come, October Update

Hello all! As you may or may not have noticed, comments on this site were broken, and now are fixed. Since I have been consistently updating wordpress, but not really wanting to update my theme, comments ended up breaking within the last month or two with the recent updates. At any rate, I have updated […]

Automotive Computers

Things that I’ve been working on…

Here is a random post with several things I’ve been working on over the last month that I figure you might enjoy..   This is a 1996 Bluebird Wanderlodge, I’ve been doing various things to it. I enjoy the drivers area as it kind of reminds me of a space shuttle with all the instrumentation […]

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Zoneminder is back! More security cameras woooo! DIY CCTV

For those of you long time DoogieLabs site visitors you might remember this post from long ago when I had my old house and was using zoneminder to monitor the security cameras: http://doogielabs.com/2010/11/news-for-thursday-september-25th-2010/ It has been years since I’ve used it, though I have been longing to use it again because I had great success […]

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Apple G5 Quad “Fookushima”

Realtime system status can be found here. There no need for me to write out a lengthy introduction for this machine as my intent was very clear with this project, and outlined here in the below video: This machine, as of May 5th 2015 now hosts the DoogieLabs.com website and all other associated websites and […]

Computers

“Military Rack”: Deployable servers and full network with wireless in a flight case.

One thing is for sure, we love our data. In modern society people use / need their data for various reasons. I have always been an advocate for personally keeping all my data and working from local copies versus storing stuff online. I have no problem with interacting online and sharing that information here, but […]

Computers

How to Install IRIX from a Hard Drive

After getting more involved with SGI stuff as of lately I must admit it is a real bear to get IRIX loaded onto these puppies. This is for several reasons, one of which being I don’t have an external SCSI CD-Rom drive always laying around. Maybe I do now,  but changing CDs and hoping that […]

Computers

December what?

Welcome and for those are read the site, thankyou! It’s really all of you that keep me going. I could pack all this in and go to work at a regular place and do the bare minimum for only self benefit but where does the rest of the world benefit from that? It doesn’t! My […]

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November 2013 Update

Chinese made Laptop Battery Review: I got a new battery for my IBM ThinkPad, I took a gamble on one of those cheap Chinese batteries from eBay, as seen here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/190800977853 This battery was not the greatest in my opinion and great care should be taken when purchasing such batteries from eBay. This is the […]

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On my way back to Colorado

Well, I must say I’ve had an awesome couple of weeks at The Geek Group in Grand Rapids MI. I went and worked on a bunch of cars and not only got to see the lab for the first time, but was given the opportunity to have a permanent place there as the Director of […]

Computers

ffmpeg on Solaris Sparc, is very useful!

SO I had a video that I took while filming the stuff for the Talon, it was a camstudio encoded video that I filmed of the data logging software so I could sync the logs with the video. Since my video editing PC balked at opening the format, I decided to break out the Ultrasparc […]

Computers

Vintage Collection- SGI Fuel

Silicon Graphics Fuel The fuel by many was regarded as a later replacement for the O2. I think that it was definitely a more flexible and expandable workstation versus the O2, albeit still only a uni-processor system. The Fuel was also one of the SGI systems that more closely resembled a PC form factor. The […]

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Random Update

Sales, sales, sales. I have been working hard on getting my SGI Inventory out the door and into the hands of those who can use them. That’s mostly what I’ve been upto this month. Check the eBay and store sections for the latest parts postings. The SGI Fuel’s have been flying off the shelves, I […]

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SGI Stuff March!

I picked up a large lot of SGI stuff that was about to be trashed, and have been working to restore everything back to fully functional condition and then listing it up online. If anyone is interested in an SGI Fuel or Octane and wants it personalized just let me know and we can work […]

Computers

It’s going to be a busy month!

New Online Shopping Cart has been setup! I have been working hard at getting a real online store front end setup on this site. To a point it is for testing and self education, if someone needs a site with a good online shopping cart and doesn’t want to pay a pretty penny, I have […]

Automotive Computers Electronics

Late January update!

SGI Fuels are now in stock! Well things have been kind of slow in the way of progress of personal projects because I have been busy trying to get my stuff together and listed on eBay. I recently made the next round of purchases of computer equipment and a bunch of it will be listed […]

Computers

Doogie, what the shibobbies are you doing to your site?

If you read my last post (if you were even able to) you’ll notice that things have been slated for a change here on the server. Before moving any other websites to the virtual host configuration scenario I must do some testing first. I figured in this case it would be easiest to just monkey […]

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Vintage Computer Collection: Toshiba Libretto 50 & 70CT

I first picked up a broken one, then I was hooked and had to have a working one. After a couple of weeks of research I was ready to build my portable vintage DOS Gaming machine. I liked playing SimCity 2000, Simtower, Doom, the original GTA and the like. Modern windows does allow most of […]

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New DoogieLabs Solaris Tools!

DoogieLabs Solaris Tools v0.2 has been officially released! Solaris Tools now includes Solaris Backup Utilities version 0.93! After some more adjustments the program now sits just over 3,000 lines of code. most features are working and just needs further testing and ironing out of bugs. Actually short of the logging and a couple of minor […]

Computers

100 Posts! Old & New; Fuel Vaporization Experiment

Since December of 2009 I have been sharing my thoughts and projects using this website. It has come a super long way. It has become quite an archive of history, knowledge, and my abilities. Thanks for visiting, I hope that the information posted and provided here helps out people in their projects or adventures. A […]

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Vintage Collection: Sun Ultra Enterprise 3000

 Sun Ultra Enterprise 3000 [DoogieLabs Vintage Computer Collection] I picked up an Enterprise 3000 that had been sitting at the recycle for a few months. Everytime I saw it I passed it up because I couldn’t spend a great deal of money on something that’s well, useless. However, this very last time it was made […]

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How your freezer fixes Hard Drives, and more!

Beware, this can cause damage to your drive just as much as you may find it helps: As outlined on page 2 of this article here. .. For those who want to lecture me about the condensation problem, see the very last tidbit. I have told many people over the years the successes I’ve had […]

Computers

Who wants the internet, and why?

So today a campaign launched to once again raise awareness that there are companies and groups fighting for the levers of power over what is known as the internet. We all know that piracy has been a main reason for the push for legislation, but what about free speech? As you may or may not […]

Computers

News and ramblings 11-27-2012

The site looks a little bit different? Indeed, I was actually able to take some time and get some material posted up which is very nice. I basically sat at home over the entire holiday weekend and messed around with computer stuff. I did some performance tweaking on the server, a little bit more programming, […]

Computers

Motorola MW800 Tour & Resources

Motorola MW800, Tour and Information Resources: Once in a while I am able to obtain a batch of these magnificent machines, and when I do I sell them. Here is some information I have to share: For those who cannot watch the above video; the Motorola MW series are mobile workstations commonly used in Police […]

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Vintage collection: Apple Powerbook 1400cs

The Apple Powerbook was a series of laptops made in the late 80’s through the mid to late 90’s. They all feature either an old Motorola 68030, 040.. Or a PowerPC CPU. Apple was known for a number of innovations resulting from the powerbooks over the years. Including power eject PC-Card slots, and CD-Drives. This […]

Computers

Solaris ZFS Fun!

I have been working to make some fundamental changes to the DoogieLabs site and server. It was recommended to be by a friend to check out ZFS, he said I had no idea what I was missing. He was very right indeed, and after some research I uncovered something additional. No standard RAID 5 is […]

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Powerball Lottery Software Coming Soon

Every inspiring programmer needs good projects to sharpen his or her skill set. I decided that a lottery program would be a great way to play around with some new functions, and learn about the random number generator in c++. One night I was poking around the Powerball website and found the past winning numbers. […]

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Stand up and FIGHT! Or we’re screwed!

I received an email in regards to the six strikes rule. It sounds like the Obama administration is side stepping the house and senate to pass internet censorship on their own via an executive order. This could mean the end of the internet as we know, ushering in a new generation of mega corporate owned […]