Technical Blog

VMware ESXi toolchain build

I’ve been back to the toolchain for ESXi again and had some success.

I was really getting frustrated with my lack of success in building the VMware ESXi 5.5 toolchain and compilers. It was a multi-week effort and I’m usually able to get something like that working eventually. I took a couple of month break from it while I worked on some other things including this website(WordPress) and my email servers. This gave me some perspective.

First Post

I’m transferring all my technical writing and projects to this website. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of technical content and wanted to centralize it.

If you are looking for the old DarkMagic repositories, those will start getting imported as I pull them from tape. If you are looking for work on embedded ARM systems, those will get moved over as I can get time. My work on native VMware ESXi software development will show up as I get it in shape for others to use it. The work on open source software will get documented here to include at least Eucalyptus, MXE and SmarterApp.

Lastly, I’ll probably document my work in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning here as I take course work and learn more.


I’ve got a pile of certifications that I’ve accumulated over the years.

Below are my Redhat Linux, Microsoft, Sun Solaris, Nortel Networking and ITIL cert logos. I think the RHCE and Sun Solaris certs were probably the hardest of this bunch.


Here are my SAS certifications that took me six months to complete on my own time. The Clinical Trials Programmer exam was by far the hardest of this set of tests. I mostly use my SAS experience now to port software to R.


I’m interested in the security CISSP and VMware VCP5 certification but have not had the inclination to spend the money or time yet.

DLNA with Sony

Bought a Sony Blu-ray player with DLNA support. Added MediaTomb with a static binary on the Blackarmor. Tested it an it wasn’t very happy. It did run but the performance just wasn’t there.

The default Sony Blu-ray with my new BA NAS 400 series works just fine. A solution to my long standing problem with playing my digital content on my TV and sound system. DLNA support in the Sony equipment just seems to work.