• Listing Hard Disk Serial Numbers on Solaris

    When a device has a name like /dev/dsk/c7t0d0 how do you know what physical hard disk this maps to in your Solaris system? Locating a physical hard disk by its device name can be achieved by having Solaris list the device serial numbers and then looking at the labels on...


  • Windows Backups to NAS with Acronis

    What do you do when you power on your PC all you hear is a click, click, click coming from the hard disk and it never boots? Unless you have a backup it's game over for any data on that disk; you just lost your pictures, music, movies, emails, and...


  • Budget Build - 4TB NAS with ZFS

    This page details my budget build of a 4TB NAS based on Solaris and ZFS. Bill of Materials Price Motherboard: BIOSTAR TA890GXB $95 Memory: PNY Optima 4GB DDR3 1333MHz $39 Power Supply: Ultra 750W (already owned) $70 Optical Drive: LG GH22NS50AUAU DVD Writer - DVD+R 22x, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6x,...


  • CVS Password Recovery Using Java

    Have you forgotten your CVS password? If you have performed a cvs login on the machine in the past then you should have a .cvspass file stored in your home directory. This file contains an encrypted version of your password, and you can easily recover your password from it. Its...


  • Insteon Programming

    Insteon is a home automation networking technology by SmartLabs. It is a reliable protocol with communication over home power wiring or RF. The protocol is backwards compatible with X10. Communication with the devices on the network is done through Insteon modems which are plugged into the power wiring or send...