So there’s been a bit of noise about a new sysadmin program from Sun called DTrace. From the home page:

DTrace provides a powerful infrastructure to permit administrators, developers, and service personnel to concisely answer arbitrary questions about the behavior of the operating system and user programs.

That sounds relatively boring. But check out this Introducing DTrace post.


I don’t do much sysadmin anymore, but when I did I wanted exactly that tool. I’d asked myself that question numerous times, and always came up short on ways to figure it out. Now, someone should wrap it in a application layer that focuses on detecting anomalous programs from a security perspective.

quitting smoking

(or: Fuck! Ass!)

Don’t let anyone tell you that quitting smoking is easy.

I spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday either unable to focus on anything for more than 2 minutes, or drunk to escape that fact. Which is really fun when you’re trying to get work done — and get frustrated when you can’t get work done.

Wednesday was the first day that I could actually plod along and do stuff, and even then it’s still not a cakewalk.

Yesterday still wasn’t so hot.

Today is better, but still not great.

Anyways. I can start to smell things again — thank god I don’t live in SF anymore. ;) I think I’m going to start cooking things a bit more.

small things

So I just went through my Small Things box to find a old pair of red/blue glasses so I could view http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040108.html; I didn’t find them, but I did find the Certificate of Title to my car, which I thought I lost. So I guess I win.