fighting the lack of good ideas

defaulting pxe boots with hpsa 10.0

In follow-up to my last post, which itself was a commentary on an earlier topic, I have the additional steps you need to do the previous procude (which is to edit /opt/opsware/boot/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default):

/etc/init.d/opsware-sas stop smartboot

Edit file.

/etc/init.d/opsware-sas start smartboot

enter action with boldness – law 28 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 28

If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

everything with a webui should publish rss

RSS is far from dead – it’s ubiquitous.

What astonishes me, though, is that not all applications that have a WebUI don’t publish feeds via RSS (or Atom – same difference).

OpenNMS and Nagios (via a plugin) will push alerts via RSS – which is fantastic: there’s no reason everyone shouldn’t be able to filter what alerts they look at. I’m sure some other tools will do this, too.

But why don’t all WebUI-based applications support updates and content via RSS? Several of the applications I routinely work with have no possibility of getting data out with an industry-standard format – they use custom APIs (APIs are excellent – and RESTful ones are better, but they’re no RSS).

What benefits could come from every webapp being RSS-enabled? I can think of a few right-off:

  • quick user-by-user customization of content viewing
  • user-preferred interface for content viewing
  • lighter-weight interface for app access
  • quick flexibility

Is you’re developing a webapp, or you’re giving an app a WebUI – make sure you give the ability to get information out via RSS.

to engineer is human by henry petroski

I’ve ogled To Engineer is Human by Henry Petroski for several years. So when I saw it at a local used book store for just a couple dollars, I snagged a copy.

Along with some of his other works, such as The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance, I’ve found the titles interesting, and the back covers alluring.

Sadly, while the book isn’t bad in and of itself, Petroski’s writing sounds like that of his profession – a professor. His style, while informative, carries the dryness associated with being in academia far too long.

Henry obviously knows a lot about engineering – but his delivery is too formal. Compared to works such as 1421 by Gavin Menzies (review), To Engineer is Human sounds like a graduate thesis. Maybe that was the author’s goal – if it was, he accomplished it.

If it was to make something normal folks would like and want to read, I think he failed miserably.

play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following – law 27 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 27

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow. Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf. In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

If you want to make a little money, write a book. If you want to make a lot of money, create a religion. –L Ron Hubbard

new rules, new blog locale

Due to new social media rules from one of the agencies we are working with, most updates cannot be shared “publicly” – ie, they must be password-protected.

In follow-up to my post on, I’m posting here, too, that the new adoption blog is available at If you would like access, please email, call, txt, or facebook message me.