Show Your OpenSolaris Love By Wearing This New Firefox Persona!

Firefox wearing the OpenSolaris Persona

Firefox 3.6 has introduced a new feature (that was in Beta for some time): Personas.

What's a Persona? From Firefox' own description: Personas are easy-to-use themes that let you personalize the look of your Firefox There's a very nicely done video on the Firefox Personas site to introduce the feature.

If you (or your friendly sysadmin) haven't upgraded to Firefox 3.6 yet, you can still install the Personas Plus Add-On to enjoy all of the Personas goodness.

OpenSolaris Home Server Scripting Howto Part One: Intro and a Simple ZFS Auto-Snapshot Enabling Script

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One of my OpenSolaris Home Server Tips is to script everything. That triggered quite some interest. So let's start a short series around OpenSolaris home server scripting.

Today, we'll talk a little bit about the "why?" of home server scripting, then run into a small surprise while we write a small script that will enable/disable the OpenSolaris ZFS Auto-Snapshot Service for us.

How to Customize Your Drupal Theme and Make it More Blog Friendly in 9 Easy Steps

Over the weekend, I redesigned the theme of my blog. I hope you like the result!

While I'm not a web design nor a theming expert, it was still quite easy to find a nice theme, and apply some blog-friendly customizations to it. Here are a few tips to get you started in Drupal theming:

More Ebook Thoughts: Barriers, Business and Battles

A book goes electronic. Sort of.

A while ago, we tried defining ebooks, and figure out what they are, and what they aren't.
Now, let's have a look at some success factors, or barriers, business implications and the (un)necessity of DRM.

How to Add Creativity to Your Technology Career and Save Yourself from Automation and Outsourcing

In a recent blog article about the future of IT admins, my MUCOSUG-Buddy Wolfgang wondered whether the new generation of self-managed, appliance-like systems like Oracle Exadata, Oracle Sun Storage 7000 and their friends from other vendors are making IT personnel redundant, or what kind of jobs IT people are supposed to be doing in the future.

This reminded me of Dan Pink's book "A Whole New Mind" (Amazon.com|co.uk|de, BooksOnBoard). Pink argues that today's "left-brainish" jobs are threatened by "abundance, automation and Asia" (the latter really meaning "outsourcing") and that today's knowledge workers need to learn how to better employ their "right-brain" and add creativity to their jobs, as a new competitive differentiator.

How does this relate to Technology or IT jobs?

Seven Useful OpenSolaris ZFS Home Server Tips

AMD Athlon II X2 240e

A lot of people have read last year's article "A Small and Energy-Efficient OpenSolaris Home Server" (Thanks a lot to Andre Lue from the EON project for linking to it!) and there was quite some discussion on different RAID options as a result of my RAID-Greed article.

So let's continue the theme and have a look at the following home server tips that helped me a lot during my own home server planning, building and installing:

How To Properly Cut An Image From A PDF Into Your Presentation Or Blog

I give a lot of presentations to customers and I tend to create a lot of new slides for the presentation decks I use. I'm also a huge fan of Presentation Zen, the book and the blog, as well as Duarte Design's blog, with their excellent slide:ology book. When giving technical presentations about computer hardware or software though, sticking to good presentation principles is tough at best.

But there are a few simple tips that everyone should follow when preparing a presentation, and I hope to collect a few of these in this new category. Today's topic is simple, almost trivial, but powerful. And I see too many slides on an almost daily basis that violate some basic graphical principles: