Monday, November 25, 2013

Commentary on the "Enders Game" movie

The producer tried to cram way too much stuff into 100 minutes of film.  There was no character development, huge elements of the story were omitted or glossed over, and who the heck knows what was going on the entire time...  That was a train-wreck.

I suspect that the film was going to be way over budget if they tried to create the battle-room scenes with squads of kids flying all over.  I don't believe that it's possible to create realistic zero-g interactions between mobs of people using wires...  The whole scenes would need to be animated, at huge cost.

I hope that, someday, this movie is re-done as a 3 part anime series, allowing more like 6 hrs to tell the whole story.  Look at "Macross Zero" for an excellent example of this.  An animated format would let the characters be presented at proper ages, allow for way better zero-g fighting and battle room scenes, and so much of the story could be left true to the book.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Google Drive Cleint for Linux

It's been like two years now, and there is still no Google Drive client for Linux.  What gives, Google?

A lot of us Linux users use your services exhaustively, but we have to fall back to 3rd party tools to sync files into Google Drive.

Despite all of the privacy controversy, I would LOVE to have a central place where I can sync back (and edit) some of my scripts, application config files, etc.  I use gdrive for everything frikin' else.  It feels even less security having to grant some 3rd party middle-man access to my account so I can sync from my computers.... Argh...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

vCenter 5.1 is a pain!

I'm wishing I could just use 5.0, but I need some of the 5.1 functionality for nested virtual servers...

After running the Simple Setup, I get an error trying to log into the web client:

Failed to connect to VMware Lookup Service
https://:744/lookupservice/sdk - SSL certificate verification failed. 

Rebooting and waiting ten minutes for the service to start up fixes this.

After successfully logging into the web client with admin@System-Domain account, it doesn't list any available vCenter servers.  It appears that the vCenter service never registered with the Lookup Service, so this has to be done manually, per the doc at  See the "Registering vCenter Server with Inventory Service" section.

cd C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter Server\isregtool


This seemed to work well.  Loads of text scrolling by during the register.  After connecing back up to teh Web Client, There was a message showing the following (not exactly, I didn't capture this verbatem):

Unable to connect to one or more vCenter Servers:

So I'm pretty back to where I was before trying to register the vCenter server with Inventory Manger.