THE CLOUD IS BROKEN !!
Heh. Amazon EC2 is having a major outage. It's been going on since around 2:00am. Super major brokenness all over.
We in the non-Amazon hosting business are watching in great amusement. :)
But you're not Elastic!
Heh. Amazon EC2 is having a major outage. It's been going on since
around 2:00am. Super major brokenness all over.
So much for elastic.
This brings to mind the recent discovery of the flaw in just-in-time assembly line production.
Just in time works just fine until japan as a whole goes off line and nobody's got any stockpile of parts anywhere in any warehouse and suddenly the entire manufacturing process of anything using parts coming from japan comes to a quick and grinding halt.
So now people are starting to rent warehouses not because they need to stockpile parts, but they need a buffer in case of disaster.
It looks like the amazon customers are learning this same lesson today.
People might soon find that running some of their own equipment and having on site staff and not relying on vendors for EVERYTHING might be a boon to their business.
I like those comments from the websites taking the hit "we're working as hard as we can to get the site back up."
You ARE? What, are you calling and harassing amazon support MORE than everybody else? Is that how you're helping?
So much for elastic.
Not exactly. Any elastic substance has both an elastic modulus and a yield point. ;)
Downtime has been spotty for us today. Mostly our dev environment was affected. Stage and prod stayed up.
There's another problem with Japan.
Japan is the only place that makes tape media used by broadcasters, from what I understand. That stuff just got very, very expensive.
They should probably ask themselves why they're still using tape media :)
I asked that, too.
These days, most of these guys are using digital tape, no less... which just seems bizarre to me.
The broadcasting industry is only just now starting to dip their collective toe into the digital age. This industry is so freakishly far behind the technology curve, it's amazing they can get anything done at all. But then, I suppose this is the industry that hasn't realized that they are soon to be obscoleted by the internet.
Being in the digital video storage marketplace would probably be a good place to be right now.
This industry will see some changes pretty soon anyway. Getting away from tape can only be a good thing.
While we aren't involved in digital video storage directly, we are a very helpful component of it. I just hope we get a little more popular as a consequence.
I honestly do not know why the industry uses tape. It's very, very expensive for how they use it, and these days you could store everything on digital media, which more cleanly transfers. Tape isn't very reliable, and I've seen some terrible problems come from it (e.g. garbled captioning, but then, that company used tape in an unapproved way).
I think the industry is just resistent to change.
got my bluetooth working.
Needed to install the firmware:
apt-get install firmware-atheros
and have a recent 2.6.39 kernel running which contains http://us.generation-nt.com/patch-add-atheros-bt-ar5bbu12-fw-supported-help-202165552.html this patch.
after that this device:
Bus 004 Device 006: ID 0489:e02c Foxconn / Hon Hai
Bus 004 Device 003: ID 0cf3:3005 Atheros Communications, Inc.
it seems as if it sometimes doesn't work well during bootup, the RF-Kill switch (FN+F3) for un/re-plugging the device does the job. Note that you need to press it several times to switch on/off wlan+bluetooth, have a tail on syslog/messages open to see whats going on.
so now there are just two things about this acer:
- won't wakeup after suspend
- won't switch to console / back / restart x correctly...
and with the 4g ram its pretty good useable. was a little fiddling to get the keyboard out, and open the "door" on the lower side... but now its working smoothly.
now this is damn cool:
(next to 'to cool to be true')
That's impressive. Even with all the limitations, and the lack of a network stack (I could see where that would be difficult), that's an awesome page there.
I could imagine using it to help teach people how to write C code, honestly.