Showing posts from 2012

Book Reviews: Life of Pi and The Lost Symbol

Life of Pi: Story of survival in the pacific ocean of a boy, named Pi Patel, with a strange companion (a tiger, who was called Richard Parker). The story is being narrated by the man Pi Patel who lives in Canada and is being interviewed by the author (Yann Martel). The story starts from Pondicherry where the boy Pi and his brother live with their parents. Pi’s father runs a zoo in Pondicherry but during the country-wide emergency (as declared by the then Congress government led by Mrs. Indira Gandhi) the zoo was under pressure to become state-owned and so Pi’s father decides to immigrate to Canada and also sell his zoo animals to American and Canadian zoos. So Pi and his family board a Japanese ship to cross the pacific ocean and go to Canada. Just a few days into their journey there comes a storm while their ship is near the deepest part of the ocean and the ship was badly damaged and it sinks. Pi was put on a life boat on which there were a few others – all zoo animals – a hyena, a …

Setting up wireless video surveillance with DVR

I setup video surveillance recently with the following gadgets:Foscam FI8910W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with IR-Cut Filter for True Color Images - 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle) – White = $89Uniden UDW20055 7” LCD Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Video System, Remote, 500ft Encrypted = $250 (however I got refurb one at $150) – it comes with 2 wireless cameras and 1 LCD monitorIt comes with a Uniden Surveillance System software that can do continuous video recording and save to disk (DVR function, of course, you will need to have a PC and spare storage space to save the recordings). You can time the recordings to delete after n number of days. Foscam Pro: Two Way Audio and Recording, v2.0 App for iPhone ($6) – this enables discovering One interesting experience I had was I learned the hard way that if your router is behind a VOIP phone adapter then port forwarding cannot work and I wasted quite sometime before I realized this fact and put the phone…

Upgraded to Windows 8 Pro

Microsoft has taken a bold step towards removing the start menu from Windows 8. However that is not a big deal as it was made out to be by the media prior to the launch. The upgrade process from Windows 7 home premium to Windows 8 Pro for mere $40 was awesome. The upgrade goes through very smoothly and Windows 8 is quite fluid and fast. The metro look and feel is very effective and looks good. The tiles on the screen could be better utilized on a touch screen tablet or touch sensitive monitors. For a regular desktop use you may not feel much of a hassle in getting used to the tiled start screen. On the bottom left there is a tile to take you to desktop mode and that's it - ones there it is as usual. I used to use launchy (which continues to work even after the upgrade) for accessing any program in the start menu and rarely had the need to go to the start menu so for me it is much the same as before. So did you like Windows 8 Pro - feel free to leave your comments.

Installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu Guest OS

VMware Tools are binaries that are guest OS dependent and need to be installed on the VM after the guest OS has been installed. The tools are required to see the IP addresses assigned for the network interfaces of the VM (among other things). Following are the steps:Power on the VM.Once the guest OS has booted up, go to the VM > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools menu.This will put the VMware Tools directory under /media directory in /media/VMware Toolscp /media/VMware Tools/VMware*tar.gz /tmpcd /tmptar xvzf VMware*.tar.gzcd vmware-tools-distrib/sudo ./vmware-install.plWhen the installation scripts promps for answers, just hit Enter since defaults are OK.The above is based on:

Me in Java One 2012 Video

We shot for this video during the Meetup at Oracle Santa Clara where we met James Gosling. I am seen at duration 0:49 sec of the video.

PRO pack development for SCOM + SCVMM 2012

Over and above what is found in the documentation Building PRO Pack for SC2012, we also need to set the following property of the PRO.Base class during the PRO target instance creation:objInst.AddProperty("$MPElement[Name='PRO!Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager.PRO.Base']/Name$", <target hostname>)Only then will the PRO tips targeted to instances of the PRO target object be fetched into SCVMM 2012.Also one important change in SC2012 is the MP Authoring toolkit has been replaced by Visual Studio 2010 Authoring Extensions for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager.

Using IOMeter

Excerpted from IOMeter tool can be used to test disk performance, IO transfer rate and IO response time. I used it to pump some traffic (read, write or both) in the network and measure the performance of the ports utilized and trigger threshold crossing events.Some important points about using this tool are mentioned below:1. Run this tool as an administrator user.2. Select the disk targets which are generally in my case remote SAN/LAN disks presented to the host or VM on the hypervisor. You should specify the number of sectors Iometer can use for the performance test otherwise it will use all available disk space and if the disk is huge then the tool just appears to have stuck in “preparing disk”. So set the “Maximum Disk Size” to 1000 sectors as shown below.3. You should configure the “Access Specifications”. Any pre-configured specification (like “512B; 100% Read; 0% random”) can be used for basic traffic related test…

A simple chrome web app

To create a chrome web app follow the below steps:1. Create a new folder.2. Have an icon from and save the icon (PNG format one in the above folder).3. Create a new text file and copy paste the below (the below sample creates a chrome web app to launch this blog):{
"name": "Watsh's Blog",
"version": "1.0",
"manifest_version": 2,
"description": "Launcher for Watsh Rajneesh's blog",
"icons": { "128": "gnome_blog.png" },
"app": {
"urls": [
"launch": {
"web_url": ""

The highlighted parts above can be changed to create your own chrome web app.

4. Save the above file with the name “manifest.json” in the same folder we created above. The complete manifest file info is found here.

5. Now to install it in chrome browser, select the settings icon “wrench” on the top rig…

Using NPIV port for RDM disk access in VMware vSphere

Following are the steps to create NPIV port on an adapter (only tested with Brocade HBAs) on a host with VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi hypervisor:
Generate NPIV port(s) WWNs for VMUse the generated NPIV port WWN, the physical port WWN and the storage port WWN in one Zone (don’t put any other WWNs in the zone). There could be other zones in the final activezone config but the zone which is to let the vSphere create NPIV port should only have those 3 WWNs (physical port, NPIV port and storage port) Note: It is important to note that for RDM access through NPIV port to work we also need to have the base port in the zone. We cannot remove the base port from the zone after the NPIV port is created. Doing so results in making the RDM disk inaccessible.Confirm that the SAN storage is visible in the Host > Configuration > Storage under Devices. Power off the VM. Add a hard disk to the VM (VM > Edit Settings > Add > Hard Disk). Choose the option “Raw Device Mappings” to create an RD…

Agile Software Development Training

I recently attended a 2 days training on Agile methodologies for software development. Following are some of the salient points that i took a note of (may not be in order):

Agile software development emphasizes on more frequent releases (at least once per month). At the end of every sprint the product should be in releasable quality.In order to keep the software in a release-ready state we need to build automated test suites and run the tests upon every check-in (continuous integration).Plan only for short term (at max 2 sprint worth of duration) so that we can always re-prioritize the requirements (grooming the backlog) to accommodate any changes to the requirements.We need to focus on driving down the fixed cost of development (like the cost to run the regression tests by running the regression tests through automated test suites) as much as possible.Break down the dependencies on the hardware device by employing simulation tools or mock testing whenever cost to do so is acceptable.…

Meeting with James Gosling (father of Java)

(Myself with James Gosling)
(Having a beer at the event)
(James presenting his talk)
Yesterday (07/19/2012) i went to attend the “Bay area all JUG event at Oracle with James Gosling” where all the JUGs (Java User Groups) in the bay area had gathered for an evening of socializing and to hear to James Gosling speak at the Oracle campus in Santa Clara.

The evening started with a casual social gathering in the 4030 George Sellon Cir, Santa Clara, CA campus of Oracle (erstwhile Sun campus) where dinner was served and Java developers from all over bay area (around 200+) interacted with each other, talked about Java in general, heard James talking about his work in Liquid Robotics or posed for a Java Music Video which was in the making on site. The camper chairs with Java logo on them were souvenirs which people were asked to take with them if they wanted to – so almost everyone promptly got up from their chairs and folded them and put them in their cars :) – this was funny but i too picked m…

Eclipse cut, copy & paste key bindings not working

The key bindings for cut/copy and paste did not always work in Eclipse Java editor in my Eclipse Indigo installation. The fix for this was to go to Window > Preferences > General > Keys and unbind the key bindings for Cut, Copy and Paste commands.After this, it works fine. I found this solution mentioned in

vCenter Inventory Service Tune Up

I noticed that the wrapper.log file (typically found in C:/ProgramData/VMware/Infrastructure/Inventory Service/Logs/wrapper.log) for the VMware Inventory Service (which gets installed with the vCenter server) can keep growing by default and so if you are not interested in wrapper.log file to keep growing forever and thus impacting eventually the vCenter server itself (since it will fill up the entire disk space) then change the wrapper.conf to have a rolling file instead of a growing log file.#********************************************************************
# Wrapper Logging Properties

# Log file to use for wrapper output logging.
wrapper.logfile=C:/ProgramData/VMware/Infrastructure/Inventory Service/Logs/wrapper.log

# Format of output for the log file. (See docs for formats)

# Log Level for log file output. (See docs for log levels)

# Maximum size that the log …

Resolution for “No buffer space available (maximum connections reached?): JVM_Bind” issue

I hit this issue recently which occurred on only one windows 7 host. The error was caused by this hard to guess reason ( The default number of ephemeral TCP ports is 5000. Sometimes this number may become less if the server has too many active client connections due to which the ephemeral TCP ports are all used up and in this case no more can be allocated to a new client connection request resulting in the below issue (for a Java application):
Caused by: No buffer space available (maximum connections reached?): JVM_Bind at Method) at at at at at<init>(…

Clearcase code merge on Unix

Following are the steps to perform a merge from branch1 (for say release1.0) to branch 2 (for say release 2.0) in clearcase on a Linux system:
1. Create a view to branch 2 where you want to merge the code to and set to the view. Then launch clearcase merge manager GUI.
$ clearmrgman2. The merge manager wizard will prompt for the following:
Step 1 - Specify the dynamic or path to snapshot viewStep 2 - Select the elements you want to consider for mergeStep 3 - Select where you want to merge from by branch name, label name or from another clearcase view.Step 4 – merge options like:auto merge for directories – default yesauto merge files in the directories – default yesfollow VOB symbolic links – default no3. Once the merge completes, if there are any merge errors requiring manual resolution then those files are shown and one by one you can resolve them.
4. Once the merge is completed, all files modified, added or unloaded due to merge are in checked out state and require check in. So check…

A clearcase pre-code delivery check script

The following script finds all hijacked or checked out files recursively in the directories starting from the current working directory and dumps the data in an output.txt file.
@echo offset output=c:\output.txtecho Pre Delivery script started @ %TIME%if exist "%output%" del "%output%"echo List of Hijacked files in %CD%.  >> "%output%"echo _______________________ >> "%output%"echo Finding hijacked files. Please wait...cleartool ls -recurse | findstr "hijacked" >>c:\output.txtecho List of View Private files in %CD%. >> "%output%"echo Finding view private files. Please wait...echo ___________________________ >> "%output%"cleartool ls -r -s -view_only| findstr /V ".contrib \\dist\\ \\build\\ dist .keep .class" >> "%output%"start notepad "%output%"echo Pre Delivery script completed  @ %TIME%. Please refer c:\output.txt file for hijacked and view private f…

Converting from RHEL 6 to Centos 6.2

I recently installed RHEL 6 (workstation) but had not yet purchased an RedHat Network subscription when i learned that i can change it to Centos very easily and then updates will work off of Centos repository. So i upgraded RHEL 6 to Centos 6.2 with the following commands executed in order:

yum clean allmkdir ~/centoscd ~/centoswget --import RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-6rpm -e --nodeps redhat-release-serverrpm -e yum-rhn-plugin rhn-check rhnsd rhn-gnome-setup rhn-setuprpm -Uhv --force *.rpmyum upgradereboot This above is based on htt…

foobar2000 - A pretty nice music player for windows

foobar2000: I discovered today foobar2000 and have used it for almost the whole day today and i must say that its very light and fast (you really can feel it is so). Highly recommended - go check it out.

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Batch script to change Java Home between different JDKs

I recently happened to be working on multiple releases with some of them requiring the code to be compiled with JDK 6 whereas the more recent releases requiring code to compile with JDK 7. So i wrote up the following batch script to make the job of switching between the 2 JDKs easier. Before i run my ant build script i run the below script to set to ‘7’ for JDK 7 or ‘6’ for JDK 6.@ECHO OFFecho %1%if"%1"== "" ( echo "Syntax: javahome 7 or 6" Goto :end) if"%1" == "7" ( echo "Setting JDK 7" set JAVA_HOME=C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_01 GOTO :printver) if"%1" == "6" ( echo "Setting JDK 6" set JAVA_HOME=C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_23 GOTO :printver):printverecho %JAVA_HOME%set NEW_PATH=%PATH%FOR /F "delims=;" %%P IN ("%PATH%") DO ( @ECHO path = %%~P)set PATH=%JAVA_HOME%\bin;%NEW_PATH%echo %PATH%java -version:end