The BOFH would love this
The BOFH would love this
Managing a network just got a whole lot more fun - Aussie boffins have created a version of Quake which finally lets you deal with network problems with a shotgun. Researchers at Swinburne University, Melbourne, have mapped network services and events onto a Quake Arena, allowing budding BOFHs to utilise skills honed over hours …
Ahh, so now the sys admins can finally get some work done. Until now, they could only get work done when the problem was bad enough to prevent the FPS game from connecting to the server properly, or some problem caused latency to spike. Even then, the problem solving had to be quick and get direct to whatever was impeding the connection, only fixing any other issues as a side effect.
Shame on you, Bill.
A Doom (FPS) reference here at the Register, for this article?
I have been a faithfull Reg reader for a number of years, and when I think about "using extreme violence to manage system processes ", the first thing I think about is the BOFH, not the game Doom !
I hope this week-end in the elevator has made you think about proper references.
and sees me playing this modded Quake. I just have time to register his snide remark "I feel pink slip time coming up" as my amygdala kicks in and my mouth automatically voices the elegant reply "The major advantage of such systems, regardless of their base code, is the ability to see massive amounts of information at a glance, ensuring that everything is ticking over and quickly zooming in on areas of concern."
Unfortunately, boss isn't fazed.
"Or you could use rrdtool. Security will help you pack."
Let me guess: this is really an outgrowth of having a few of yesteryear's high-end gamers graphics cards lying about and wanting to put them to use. Yes, you can have ludicrous fun with 3D images. No, it doesn't mean that you have something radically new and useful.
Ermmmm. In the good old days (about 1996) there was a Linux / Unix - Doom interface which allowed us as root to kill processes by shooting them. It was hard as bunnies to get working but when it did it made our oh so boring lives much more fun. Quake interface??? Old hat if you ask me....
You know the way people "walk" through data in SP movies? Johnny Mnemonic, Matrix etc. (less the Minority Report, that was more an early version iPod Touch GUI)?
If you think about it, a massive, interoperable world like Second Life has the potential to become just that if one could enter a 'portal' and then browse (or come up with some process to transfer between systems, thus presenrving the neutrality and diversity of the Net which is a sort of resilience in itself. All you need is a model to represent interconnects, systems files etc - we have planets, streets, tunnels - whatever. Once you have the protocol defined you can leave it open how the item is actually represented so you have a default which can be changed, and you could pull stunts like teleporting etc (shortcuts).
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This was done first in at least 1998: there was a Doom II interface to the UNIX process list in circulation back then. It was written by a summer student on a DARPA or NSF grant. It tied PIDs to monsters, if you killed a monster then you killed the given process. As I recall there was no particular indication of what process a monster was tied to, so you could kill your own shell, or even kill init.
A guy I worked with back then built it and ran it on a Linux box he used as a gateway at work. It was a curiosity, but it was entertaining.
""even the idea of using extreme violence to manage system processes is nothing new" ....... True, it is very old [black] hat and decidedly tired/tiring and if the truth be further told, also real dumb ...... for it doesn't scale at all well.
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yep, the good old "this is unix" line.... makes me think sony stole it for "this is living" in the ps3 ads.
the software you're talking about is FSN pronounced 'Fusion', and it's a file browser for IRIX, where the size of the folder/file gives you a bigger tower, and you can navigate in 3d.
i still use it occasionally, but i personally would use this new software more (if i could get away with it), as seeing system processes running like that would be more useful.
unfortunately, we've already written software with 'traffic lights' status indicators for our machines, so the likelihood of me not getting fired is pretty low.
I scrolled down and saw all these bloody Capital Letters and thought 'Where's all this EvanGeliZing coming from?' . Then I scrolled back to the title.
I keep expecting to see the usual M$ v's Penguin fanboi handbag fights looking like this.
Not sure that the BOFH would go for this as farting around with a mouse to point at pretty pictures will eat into mission-critical pub time.
At least (so far) no-one has said that it's 'Kewl' but it's getting very close.
These comments often make me laugh. In this case I am laughing at the number of people who didn't read the whole article as they were too keen to shout "but but but... there was a Doom version first".
And now they all look silly when that is clearly described in the article. :)
Seems to happen all over the web... some people think telling everyone their comments are FAAAAAR more important than actually reading the article. :-)
ok, well maybe not this exactly but something very simmilar:
story "The game's the thing by which to humiliate the Boss but it serves him right for getting the Head of IT1s fancy woman to do the shopping... war and peace as usual "
sorry its on the old 1998 pages so theres no easy way to link to just the right bit :/
I've been doing that for years.
Mr Sledgehammer, meet the windows machine that has pissed me off for the last time....
TCF may not be the best way to manage certain system processes, but it sure is a lot more fun.
And they're actually moving onto making it more useful than being just a toy now. Check out the website... It now does a heck of a lot more than what the videos on Youtube imply.
If I can get it to monitor printers and things too, then I'll definitely be installing this on my PC at work... Assuming I can run it on the crappy i965 graphics chip under xorg.