My hopes for this blog

It's always a good idea to put your thoughts down on paper, or in this day and age, electronic documents. I want to basically outline the goals I have for this blog on my website. Being an American living in Japan life is always not to easy. Submerging yourself in the culture, making friends, learning how business runs and operates, and all that fun stuff. My hopes are to write blog entries that you, my readers, can read and gain some knowledge or find the answers to those questions that have been bothering  you throughout your time in Japan. Read more »



Getting a job in Japan - Japanese speaking ability...while not a requirement, has its advantages

What are the common industries in Tokyo that cater to non-native Japanese speakers? Okay, well a common question I get when I meet people currently living in Japan as well as traveling through Japan is "do I need to speak Japanese to get a job in Japan?" To answer this question, it really depends on what exactly you mean by a job. Are you looking for something fun that will provide you with a salary and some freedom, or are you looking for something more, such as a career, something that will provide you with a nice salary and potential growth and career advancement?

If the answer to this question was the former, then there are plenty of these jobs, but most involve you teaching English, being a recruiter, or bartending at a bar. These are the most common jobs held by individuals living in Japan that cannot speak Japanese. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, as there are other jobs available, but these are the most common. Now, as with any country, if you possess a skill or trade that very few people can match, there is always a job for you and you will always be sought after; whether you speak Japanese or not. Read more »

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Sun Solaris 10 - Creating File Systems

This guide shows you how to add a new hard drive to your Sun Solaris system. First add your hard drive physically in your server and then start it up. After your system has finished loading, go ahead and login to the system.

At the terminal type the following three commands:

# drvconfig
This takes your devices and applies ownership and permission changes to them.
# disks
This will create entries in your /dev/ directory for hard disks attached to your system
# format
This will launch the disk partitioning and maintenance utility and you should be able to see your new drive that you just installed.

After you run the format tool, you should see a list of the installed hard drives and their names. You should have some output that looks like this:

bash-3.00# format
Searching for disks...done
AVAILABLE DISK SELECTIONS:
0. c0d0 <DEFAULT cyl 1302 alt 2 hd 255 sec 63>
/pci@0,0/pci-ide@7,1/ide@0/cmdk@0,0
1. c0d1 <DEFAULT cyl 1021 alt 2 hd 128 sec 32>
/pci@0,0/pci-ide@7,1/ide@0/cmdk@1,0
Specify disk (enter its number):

In the example above I am going to be setting up the new file system on disk 1 identified by c0d1.

This device should be located in /dev/rdsk/
Enter 1 and follow the onscreen instructs to complete the format job.



New site up and operational

Well, I have finally gotten around to setting up my redesigned jbellendir.com website. It has been a while and this site was designed about 5 years ago so the style of it was a little outdated. I decided to go with a CMS system to help with the management of the site. I will be posting more and more information here. I hope to get my publications up soon as well as add my tutorial documents to the Tutorial section. I will use my blog to update you all with news and information pertaining to my current work and projects I am involved with.
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