"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Wasting time through idiocy

Spent three hours this afternoon trying to install OpenBSD on an Ultra10. There's a known issue where the damn things don't like booting floppies. So I grab the OpenBSD boot CD, and try to boot it. It refuses. So instead of trying the obvious (as Harry eventually did with one of his own U10s) and swapping the CD-ROMs out -- the first thing I would have done on x86 -- I screw around with it for hours. If nothing else, at least I got openboot flashed and all up to date and happy. This machine is actually pretty nice. 450Mhz, gig of RAM, two 20GB drives (though one of those will be pulled, as it's unneeded here).

Yeah, anyway. Grabbing the install sets now. I sure feel pretty stupid.

This is really my first time working on a Sun workstation form factor, and it sort of weirded me out that I had to turn the box upside down to pull the case off. Odd.

May 20, 2004 4:55 PM