HP really doesn't want you to use a RAID card
The HP Z800 has four drive sleds accessible through the side panel. You can drop in a 3.5" drive and slide it in and it plugs into a SATA port at the back. These ports in turn go to four cables that can plug into the SAS or SATA ports on the bottom of the motherboard. Unfortunately the LSI controller in the Z800 is old and does not . . .
(Not really) securing a local server with Nginx
Being able to build and test software with every change is very important, especially if the goal is to iterate and deliver into production constantly. As projects get bigger the chance that you will have an unnoticed regression gets higher, and so it's important to catch them while you still have fresh in your mind what changed recently. . . .
Beware of crypto bearing software patents
Starting over with the new server
From Seagate Beyond 2TB site my understanding is on older BIOS the only way to make this work is with a special driver available . . .
Solaris workstation vs. MacOS laptop speed test
This makes no sense.
On most single-threaded benchmarks the workstation outperforms the Core i7 in the MacBook Air; this is not surprising given the Xeons are at 2.7 GHz and the i7 at 2 GHz. But on multi-threaded code and NIO, the little laptop whups the 12-core workstation.
The multithreading I think I understand. The . . .
Up and running with Solaris x86
With the Live CD issues sorted out, the installation was quite painless: double-click the installer on the desktop, indicate it could reformat the whole SSD disk, and away we go. The Package Manager made it easy to bolt on Java 8 and git, and tomorrow will download code and try a compile and run some of the benchmarks developed originally on . . .
New server arrived
The refurbished HP Z800 arrived today in good condition. I hooked up an old keyboard and monitor and attempted to boot an Oracle Solaris x86 Live CD. It crashed when starting the installer and kicked me into single-user mode. Turns out it pays to read the Hardware Compatibility List entry carefully; Solaris x86 does not like the RAID+AHCP for . . .