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I have been struggling on how to get the Unix/Linux Commands monitor/rule working in SCOM 2012 R2. The information is really scattered around.

Let’s start with few tips:

  1. Basic information is always at the Technet site: SCOM 2012: UNIX/Linux Authoring with Shell Commands.
  2. Check on the special characters. The link only mentioned ‘<‘, ‘>’, ‘&’ and quotes. Actually, you also need to escape ‘$’.
  3. Which brings to another point, first test is to run it with /bin/sh –c “<your shell command>” – where <your shell command>.
  4. And another test you want to do is NOT to create monitor/rule with the command. But create a TASK with the command. With task, it will give you the necessary error output to work on the command/script.
  5. Go through the tips in OpsMgr 2012 UNIX/Linux Authoring Templates: More Information on the Shell Command Templates. It mentioned that you need to target Computer instead of Operating System. However, I tried to target Operating System before and I think I manage to get it work (unverified).
  6. Try to create the monitor/rule using the template in the SCOM console instead of VSAE. This helps to isolate other problems.
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I only started my MBA 3 months ago but I felt it has been ages. I haven’t felt so relax in the weekend. Weekend has been a study time for me. Either I’m reading the dreadful accounting or finishing up assignment.

It has been a very fulfilling semester. As much dreadful accounting is, I have to admit that I learnt a lot since I come from non-business background. Now, at least I am able to read and understand financial statement. Although, interpreting it is another topic altogether.

Tech & e-biz module is surprisingly very interesting. I expected that I would be bored in the class but in contrary, it’s an eye-opener. The professor lecture gave an insight on the what and why in industry.

The communication management is very useful although I feel that the value is reduced since it’s only a half-semester course. Nevertheless, it teaches the basic foundation why we need to communicate.

Time to rest and enjoy weekend now, before my 1 week recess course next week.

Many articles have pointed out that there is no tablet market. There is only iPad market. There are few contenders have tried to assault iPad dominance. HP TouchPad has failed. RIM Playbook has started slashing prices. Windows tablet is still 7 tech-years away (that is 1 human calendar year). And Android is unable to make an impact in marketshare.

An TechCrunch article has summarized the issue nicely.

It was supposed to stand-up, challenge the mighty iOS and ultimately slay the champion through a power combo of multitasking and openness. But it didn’t happen mainly because consumers don’t care about that nonsense. They want apps, which Honeycomb has very few.

All the competitors are still stuck in the midset of specs. They are competing on the tablet itself. And this has been happening while Apple is competing on another battlefield. Apple is increasing their domination in the complement of iPad, the apps. By driving up the product’s complements, Apple is increasing the value of the product. And how to make the competitors understand this basic tenet.

HP tried to compete on the same battlefield and lost. When they accidentally shifted the battlefield to price (by having fire-sale), they started to increase the dominance. Unfortunately, price is a unsustainable battlefield. It would be an attrition war against one of the most cash-rich company..

Another potential competitor is actually table from amazon. Amazon kindle tablet will shift the battlefield towards markets or goods. Amazon will flex their muscle in the online market to push for dominance. If Amazon is able to push the price down, it will make their tablet is more compelling.

However, with Amazon is using the older Android build, it begs the question another question. Is there a space for Android honeycomb?

It is a difficult situation for Google. They can’t fight directly on Apple on specs. Google is providing and selling services. They don’t have online market like Amazon, no social network, no contents (they are more like aggragators), also no developer program ala Apple or Microsoft. Google advantages are in their cloud infrastructure, solid back-end and good relationshiop with advertisers.

If Google is selling heavily-subsidized phone with advertisers backing, will there anyone buy? In the end, I think Google has to start their own developer program and give incentives for developers to create Honeycomb applications.

The Windows Phone 7 launch is indeed impressive. Despite the opague tagline, launching with 11 new phones is indeed impressive or is it?

If I am a customer to buy new WP7, I would need to sieve through the list of phones with all the features, prices and reviews. From a quick glance, there is no differentiating factors between all the phones. They all have 1Ghz processor, 3.5″ – 4.1″ inch screen with AMOLED, 8/16GB Space. Some have qwerty keyboard, some don’t. But there’s no deciding factors if one to choose a WP7 phone.

If you want an Android devices, there are many choices from HTC, Samsung, LG or Sony Ericsson.

But the brand that you must stay away is Sony Ericsson.

When the rest of phone manufacturers are releasing devices with Android 2.1 with Android 2.2 update is imminent, SE is still stuck.

Sony Ericsson has been playing fast and loose with its calendar yet again, as it has just announced that the hotly (and by now angrily) anticipated upgrade to Android 2.1 for its X10 family of devices won’t be happening until late October. We were given the gravest of assurances that the end of September would be the time our tragic wait would end, but nope, apparently “we need a couple of more weeks before we are ready to start the roll-out.”

Even if X10 is a good device, this lack of support is utterly dissappointing.

I can’t wait for official upgrade for my HTC Desire to Froyo. I proceed to root and upgrade it myself. As I’m using Cyanogenmod, I don’t have Sense UI.

Few things I miss from Sense UI:
1. The chinese input from the HTC IME (HTC CIME). I miss a little bit of the standard keyboard from HTC but quickly reminded how irritating the trying-to-be-smart prediction keyboard is.

Solution: go to modaco to download the apk. Just remember to do long-press on the input box to switch between android keyboard and HTC keyboard.

2. The calendar and friendstream widget.

Solution: no good 3rd party app yet.

Given a choice, I would still go to Cyanogenmod. I can do more customization on the device.

Latest update from HTC:

The online capabilities were not ground-breaking, but welcome nonetheless. Text message backup, photo backup, and lost phone functionality were all included in HTCSense.com. In contrast with Apple’s similar MobileMe offering, but in keeping with Microsoft’s equivalent MyPhone service, HTC said that HTCSense.com would be free for anyone with a Desire HD or Desire Z.

It’s understandable that HTC wants to differentiate its Android phone from the rest. However, if Google decides to add similar backup functionality and lost-phone recovery to Android base OS so everyone can enjoy the feature, what would happen to HTCSense.com?

The result of this could well be a marginalization of Google. Not overnight—companies like HTC still work closely with the advertising giant—but as the custom software matures, and vendors want to better distinguish their products, it seems likely. If the smartphone vendors are all writing their own software atop the free Android middleware, and eschewing Google’s paid applications, the result could be that there’s not much Google left. The Android strategy—give away the base operating system, but charge for the important user software that makes the OS useful—makes less sense if everyone writes their own user software anyway.

Would it be an era where people are using Android phone but they don’t realize it because there’s no much trace of Google left in the phone? Maybe it won’t be too bad after all.

Google may be comfortable with this—though it represents a potential loss of revenue, the company’s main purpose is to sell adverts, so as long as Android phones have free and unfettered access to the web, Mountain View should be happy. The hardware companies win—free access to a decent middleware platform—and though Google won’t exactly be winning too, it won’t be losing. Besides, there’s always revenue from the Android Market.

From phonedog.

As great as I think this device is — and when it works, it is sublime — I cannot recommend it in its current state.

After all, you just can’t take the “phone” part out of “smartphone” and call it a winner.

It’s my sentiment towards iPhone 4. A potential great phone but not at this moment when it doesn’t work as it should be. The screen is just gorgeous. I would upgrade to any Android phone with that screen (sans Samsung).

Despite all the bad rep about iPhone 4, people is still expecting it. Surprising.