VMWare player and IP addresses.


Don’t forget when creating a VM lab in VMWare player: When using host networking, don’t forget the VMWare host takes the first IP address.

Oracle’s docs stink. ZFS to the rescue.


Never take Oracle’s recommended minimums as gospel. Double them.

I’m installing Oracle Database 11gR2 into a VM on my Mac for testing a few things. Reading Oracle’s docs, they state minimum recommended is 2GB Ram, 1GB Swap on Solaris 11 x64. No big deal, right? Yeah, well the installer blows up with ‘out of memory errors’. At first, I thought it was possibly ulimit errors, since I had plenty of disk space. Checking the system logs doesn’t seem to say much, but eventually I got a line about out of swap space…Ugh.

Shut down the VM, bump it to 3GB, restart and then change swap to 6GB. At least using ZFS makes this brain-dead simple. There is no need to boot to single user mode, this can be done while the system is running:

zfs set volsize=6G rpool/swap

I’d forgotten how much I like ZFS. Shame Apple killed support for it in Mac OSX 10.6.

Removing screws on a MacBook Pro


I replaced my 2009 MacBook Pro’s drive with an SSD. I used a tip from my scale modeling hobby when removing the screws: Back each screw out until you feel the click of the threads on the hole. Then put a piece of tape on the head and lift it out. The tape will hold the screw, preventing it from being lost to the carpet monster.

Oh, and the 3 long screws go the back right 3 holes.

Photo Gallery upgraded


With the release of Menalto Gallery 3 I’ve upgraded the photo gallery. Let me know if you have any issues with it.

Starting to get things filled out.


I’ve started filling out the various areas on the site with both my hobbies and professional interests. Please use the comment system to start letting me know what you want to see.



Somedays it isn’t worth chewing through the leather straps in the morning. – Emo Phillips

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