Originally just a personal homepage, Frank4DD.COM grew over the years into a multi-site operation that bridges the content from purely private to professional. Below are the four separate web sites that carry dedicated topics:
- nagios.frank4dd.com Because I genuinely enjoy working with monitoring solutions, I provide extensive documentation, code, plugins and how-tos back to the community (457 HTML pages, 1045 illustrating images - 36MB).
- linux.frank4dd.com This site hosts several thousands manual pages of openSUSE Linux commands, daemons, libraries and format definitions.
- kanji.frank4dd.com When I started to learn Japanese, memorizing Kanji soon became the biggest hurdle. I build this web site as a Kanji trainer for myself, and possibly others interested. It is based on Jim Breen's Kanjidic compilation of 6,355 Kanji, as specified in the JIS X 0208-1990 standard.
- blog.frank4dd.com With the appearance of Web 2.0, it became very though to continue maintaining web sites manually, and doing the HTML coding from scratch. Content management software like WordPress offer flexible configuration and ensure a consistent site design, letting us concentrate on the content itself.
Linux Cluster for High Performance Computing
I have been fascinated by clusters since 1995, when DEC VMS clusters where state-of-the-art and first Windows clusters emerged for simple storage sharing. Almost a decade later, cluster technology becomes mainstream through Linux, with falling hardware prices making it affordable for "home" use. What could I use a cluster for? Finally start my education in 3D Graphics Rendering and Computer Art Design? Donate power to SETI? Compute rainbow tables
and check out new ways of crunching passwords? [read article]
Sun's Sparc Classic with Solaris 9
In todays fast-paced society, IT technology has gotten such a short lifespan were systems become obsolete in a year or two, creating a throw-away mentality and endless upgrade cycles at an ever increasing speed. And while I marvel at the latest technology with its possibilities and improvements, I have also grown fond of "the good old times". Could a "ancient" system from 1992 still do its job? Is having "less" even more useful? [read article]
Nevadas oldest Town and Saloon - Snow, Deer and Whiskey
There is more then the lake or the casinos to California's Tahoe/Reno region. One example is the tiny town of Genoa, about half an hour from Reno or 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe. Mentioned as the oldest town in Nevada founded in 1851, it is also home to the oldest, still operating Saloon. [read article]
Keeping Time with NTP and a WWVB Radio Receiver
Almost everything in modern computers relates in some way to time: CPU cycles, bus frequencies, graphics refresh rates, file dates, even a simple cursor blink. Correct time is fundamental for reliable and secure computing. Yet setting and keeping correct time is one of the challenges standard computers didn't solve yet. Computer time happily drifts away and relies on the user to be set, while any cheap digital watch keeps better time when radio synchronized to a public time service. But there is help out there, NTP [read article]