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Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?

AliasTheRoot Re:SQL Server experience (284 comments)

No, i'm not doing it wrong.

There's no business requirement for us to failover in 5 seconds, or 5 minutes for that matter; so long as we can continue business in an hour we will get by; people do have pens and paper to keep things running.

I'm currently unengineering a predecessors stupid decision to put an Enterprise DB cluster in place, one that costs us around 20% of our cash flow, we can't afford to upgrade and gives the HA levels we do not need.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?

AliasTheRoot SQL Server experience (284 comments)

I recently inherited an application built on .NET, we're a Linux organisation. The devs had typically built it on SQL Server Express with not a care in the world, but it was a core business app.

We bought a single license of SQL Server standard, and put it in Master Slave replication mode. Not having touched Windows for years (as a server) it was a bit of faff to get an Active Directory setup going, but it actually works okay. You don't need to license the failover server for SQL Server.

If there's a failure, it's about 10 minutes on notification to flip the servers over and a bit of manual intervention. You can cut this down by buying a third box to use as an observer, but that seems to be another SPF.

more than 2 years ago
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SeaMicro Unveils 512 Atom-Based Server

AliasTheRoot Re:Duke Nukem (183 comments)

Yes, but everyone knows Duke Nukem Forever hasn't been ported to Linux, BSD or any other of the Unix OS's yet. They'll probably try to get it running on OSX first anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Do You Have a Secret Immunity To 3D Movies?

AliasTheRoot Re:Artificial blurring sucks (495 comments)

I went to see Avatar at the local IMAX in 3D, and had to leave the movie halfway through with a massive headache. My eyesight is basically okay, but I just couldn't relax and watch the focal point the director insisted you watch - rather my cognition is rather pan and scan, I was constantly looking around the scene and kept on hitting things that I couldn't focus on and strained my eyes trying to compensate.

more than 4 years ago
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White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards

AliasTheRoot Re:So what about trucks? (555 comments)

This is an interesting point, the UK is very highly densely populated compared to the USA. England is 395/km2 compared to the US 31/km2 - that surely has an impact on fuel consumption.

more than 4 years ago
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White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards

AliasTheRoot Re:No (or little) change to mpg (555 comments)

Toyota is in direct competition with whatever shitheap cars your government are building.

more than 4 years ago
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SSD Price Drops Signaling End of Spinning Media?

AliasTheRoot Re:In 5 years (646 comments)

You are right, eSATA is better - it's what we are using. The cradle is an eSATA/USB hybrid & the controller is a LaCie eSATA PCI card (only one we could find at reasonable prices with win2k3 drivers)

There's not much need for using something like BartPE on Vista/7 really - you just right click drag folders from drive to drive.

more than 4 years ago
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SSD Price Drops Signaling End of Spinning Media?

AliasTheRoot Re:In 5 years (646 comments)

I'm doing this already, it works bloody well. I have my OS and Programs installed on a 120GB SSD, which sits around 50% utilisation and use NTFS junctions (aka symlinks) to map storage for stuff that doesn't need superfast seek speed (aka data) onto a group of 1.5TB drives. It takes a little management, so isn't quite ready for the average user yet - but you do effectively get something like 5TB of online disk space combined with SSD performance.

Interestingly, i've found on Windows 7 that by running OS/Programs from the SSD that the contention issues you would normally get on a spinning disk are mitigated a great deal - and there's no noticeable hit with having the entire user profile (including junk like web cache). The system is booted in 5 seconds after finishing its POST, and the desktop is snappy right from the get go.

As to the hard disks as backup, it works pretty good. At work we have maybe 1.2TB in a full backup - we do a weekly full backup and incrementals onto LTO tapes, and a second weekly backup onto a consumer grade SATA 1.5TB drive in a USB cradle. The SATA drives are taken offsite in case the office burns down, £80 + carrying a few hundred grams around makes for really cheap and fast data transfer.

more than 4 years ago
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What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

AliasTheRoot Re:Microsoft (896 comments)

Another vote for Security Essentials. I've replaced Nod32 at home, and Symantec at work with it. It's light, fast, free and does what it says on the tin.

more than 4 years ago
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Honda's Answer To the Segway

AliasTheRoot Re:Good and bad, computer chair version and some b (247 comments)

"The least-obese area in the UK is London. London has the least people who drive to work, a result of having the best public transport and the most walkable communities."

Is the ONLY thing that differentiates London and the rest of the UK? The highest per capita income is not relevant?

more than 4 years ago
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India To Issue Over a Billion Biometric ID Cards

AliasTheRoot Indian Democracy (167 comments)

Having spent a lot of time in India, those guys couldn't organize a meeting about writing an article about a potential piss up in a brewery. And this is the private sector, as soon as the Government gets involved there would be 400 forms to fill out in triplicate before discussing the running of the meeting (or the "runnage" of the meeting). And lets hope the people wanting to start the meeting are licensed organisers.

about 5 years ago
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Fighting For Downloaders' Hearts and Minds

AliasTheRoot Re:Fuck'em (2nd FAGGOT) (325 comments)

you are a gigantic great faggot
you're the man now dog!
netcraft confirms it, you are a faggot
in Soviet Russia faggots are you
I for one do not welcome you as our gigantic faggot overlords!

faGGOT@CRABAPPLE.COM

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Licensing a "Disaster" For XP Shops

AliasTheRoot Re:YOU ARE A GIGANTIC GREAT FAGGOT (567 comments)

you are a gigantic great faggot
you're the man now dog!
netcraft confirms it, you are a faggot
in Soviet Russia faggots are you
I for one do not welcome you as our gigantic faggot overlords!

faGGOT@CRABAPPLE.COM

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Licensing a "Disaster" For XP Shops

AliasTheRoot YOU ARE A GIGANTIC GREAT FAGGOT (567 comments)

you are a gigantic great faggot
you're the man now dog!
netcraft confirms it, you are a faggot
in Soviet Russia faggots are you
I for one do not welcome you as our gigantic faggot overlords!

more than 5 years ago
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Passengers Cheat Flu Scan With Fever Reducers

AliasTheRoot Re:Intent? (299 comments)

Never mind the fact that if you have a Cold or Flu the doctor will say stop wasting my time and infecting everyone else in the waiting room and take some over the counter pain killers, for instance Ibuprofen or Paracetemol.

more than 5 years ago

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AliasTheRoot AliasTheRoot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AliasTheRoot (171859) writes "Over the last year, the BBC has been promoting a distributed climate modelling project, along the lines of SETI@HOME and with the aid of 250,000 people produced a set of climate models up to the year 2080. The results show a marked increase in temperature. The British Isles themselves look to be having a 4C rise in temperature, and a massive increase in precipitation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/hottopics/climatechange/"
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AliasTheRoot AliasTheRoot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AliasTheRoot (171859) writes "There are millions of people in Africa, and other places — but especially in Africa that need our help. We have resources and knowledge that could help them, would it make more of a difference for us to earn money doing IT and send money to them or actually take our experience with networks and servers and teach and develop IT on the ground there?"

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