[rescue] SunHELP Status Update

Ian Finder ian.finder at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 13:49:46 CST 2012

Hi Bill,

Just wanted to chime in here and tell you that I really enjoy reading
SunHELP and Rescue.
I was never a Sun sysadmin or anything like that, but I'm a casual
collector with a few Sun 3s, and a small handfull of Sparc gear.

Most of this gear is almost as old as I am, and there are really no
resources out there available to learn about it anymore.

Your lists are a catalyst for the community of those of us who would
prefer not to forget that there were fantastically-engineered machines
that existed before the world went to commodity hardware.

I enjoy reading the threads even when they're largely irrelevant to my
issue, as the anecdotes shared are often insightful.

Although the lists, especially SunHELP, are fairly low traffic, there
are those of us who follow them closely and truly appreciate the fact
that you've kept them up all these years.

So thanks-- Do what makes you happy, but as long as SunHELP exists,
I'll read it.


- Ian

On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM, Bill Bradford <mrbill at mrbill.net> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 02, 2012 at 09:13:29AM +0000, microcode at zoho.com wrote:
>> I realize we can't get patches but is there anything that critical
>> (besides
>> the free and never-ending Java "security" updates Oracle keeps pumping
>> out)
>> to stop you from running SunHELP on an older copy of Solaris? I've been
>> using my Sun-entitled Solaris Update 8 and things have been mostly fine.
> For financial reasons I had to switch from having space at a colo
> facility (in Austin) to running off a Comcast Business Class line with
> static IPs at home, so power usage and (most importantly) *noise factor*
> is very important.  Sure, I had it on a T1000 at the very end of
> residing in the colo facility (about two years ago) but that system is
> IMPOSSIBLE to run in a residential environment due to noise issues.  I
> ended up building a "decent quality" x86 system (AMD quad-core 3Ghz, 16G
> RAM) with a quiet third-party CPU heatsink/fan, near-silent 120mm case
> fan, and a nice insulated Antec case.  I wanted to run Solaris x86
> originally, but with the Solaris patch situation and Oracle, that was
> prohibitive.
> Being as it's an Internet-facing system and in addition to SunHELP, also
> hosts all of my personal email, websites, a private IRC server, and some
> hosting for friends, I don't want to run on an older version of Solaris
> x86.
>> Yes, it's one of the best Sun sites around and the lists have one of the
>> best S/N ratios of any mailing lists I receive. I would like to see you
>> get
>> a copy of Sun Shack's stuff (personally I'd like a copy also) and
>> hopefully
>> a mirror of the other Sun site that went offline recently.
> I've contacted Craig a couple of times and never heard anything back.
>> I found the vendor I bought from (showmecables.com) recommended on
>> your site too. And another vendor I did business with (workstation.net)
>> is sponsoring your site now. These two shops are *good* shops. They
>> ship worldwide and they do what they promise at a fair price.
> I don't list a sponsor/contributor unless I can vouch for them or have
> done business with them myself.  That said, I will probably remove the
> ads altogether in the near future as I've not gotten anything from the
> supporters/sponsors in quite a while and Google ads trickled down to
> "not enough to make it worth running ads".  I was happy at one point if
> I made enough off the site to take the wife to a nice dinner now and
> then, but it's basically zero now.
>> THANK YOU, Bill, for all you're doing. And thanks to the list members for
>> being there. Too damn broke to help you, but I can say thanks, and you
>> know
>> I do that at least twice a year.
> You're welcome.  I'm glad to be of help to someone, anyone.
> Bill
> --
> Bill Bradford Houston, Texas
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