Review of ESXi 5 for virtualization

In my discussion of my home-based server, setting up an ESXi 5.0 server was one potential solution for my requirements.

I first heard about VMware back in 1998 or 1999 when reading a story about them in the Wall Street Journal (newspaper). I sensed immediately that they were onto something big. Turns out the company has executed well on bringing virtualization into the main stream.


Review of KVM virtualization under Ubuntu server 12.04

In my discussion of my home-based server, setting up an Ubuntu 12.04 server and using its "native" KVM virtualization technology was one virtualization solution.

Up to this point, I had never tried KVM, although I had dabbled a bit with QEMU which appears to be a part of KVM.



Phoronix Test Suite for virtual machine benchmarking

In my discussion of my home-based server, I wanted to test virtual machine performance in several environments (VirtualBox, KVM, ESXi, Hyper-V).

At first I thought I'd just do some seat-of-the-pants qualitative tests, but then I thought I'd look into using a more rigorous approach.

Without too much research, I uncovered the Phoronix Test Suite (PTS). This seems to be an industrial-strength, free "hardware" benchmarking tool with a long history and many features.


Review of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

In my discussion of my home-based server, setting up a Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V was one potential solution for my requirements.

On the server side, I've mostly used Linux/Ubuntu solutions over the past 5-10 years. But my family still mostly uses Windows clients. Since I need SMB-based backups of the clients, I thought I'd give Windows Server 2008 R2 a try.


HP MicroServer as home-based virtual host

I recently purchased an HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer as the basis of a small home network. Basically, I need to be able to backup a few Windows client machines and run 2-3 virtualized Ubuntu servers.

To me, backing up the Windows clients means I need the MicroServer to expose SMB-based shares to the Windows machines. I've been doing this in the past with a D-Link DNS-323 NAS with rsync. It seemed to work fine for me, and I thought I'd continue with that but use the Microserver for the backups as the DNS-323 has more limited size and capability.


Using jQuery in Chrome User Scripts (Greasemonkey scripts)

If you want to much of anything useful in a Greasemonkey ("User") script, you'll want to use jQuery or similar library.

Greasemonkey uses a "@require" command to pull in these libraries, but Chrome won't allow this.

To include jQuery in a Chrome user script, here's a good link which pulls in jQuery by adding a element to the page you're working on.

Greasemonkey (User Scripts) in Chrome - @include vs. @match

Greasemonkey uses a "@include" syntax to indicate which web sites a given script should run on.

I believe Chrome accepts the older "@include" syntax for the sake of compatability, but Chrome prefers a "@match" syntax.

For example,
@match http://*
will run the indicated script on any domain.


HTML Mock-ups (prototypes)

I had an earlier post describing free or cheap UI mock-up tools.

To take things to the next level and start creating prototypes, I was looking for rapid application development (RAD) tools that would allow me to draw out HTML pages with dragging and dropping.

I haven't yet found a suitable RAD HTML editor, but I did run across a blog post which provides copy-and-paste HTML elements (source) which you can use to quickly cobble a UI together. Here's that link :



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