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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

ejoe_mac LTO for backup is dead, but alive for archive (284 comments)

There is a huge difference. RTOs no longer allow for the time to restore from it, but long term archival to take is very viable. It's power is that the medium is separate from the mechanics of the heads and drive motors. You can replace a drive with a newer one and read a few generations older tape - but if a hard drive has an internal breakdown, you're sending it in to a data recovery company.

about 2 months ago

Certificate Expiry Leads to Total Outage For Microsoft Azure Secured Storage

ejoe_mac Microsoft has it's own internal CA (176 comments)

So wrong in so many ways. Any reason you wouldn't purchase a 100 year certificate and just roll with it? Too bad about 1/3 of all Azure disk space is used for endpoint backup. This reminds me of the leap-year calculating bug - Feb 29 2012, you couldn't generate a site because the default is to generate a certificate for 1 year, and well, Feb 29 2013 just doesn't exist. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2012/03/09/summary-of-windows-azure-service-disruption-on-feb-29th-2012.aspx

about 2 years ago

Will Microsoft Sell Off Its Entertainment Division?

ejoe_mac XBox would be spun out to existing shareholders (404 comments)

They would spin off the Entertainment Division into a separate company to existing shareholders, but the risk would be that the exodus of MSFT stockholders after that. XBox is a huge brand that has lots of value that is looking up, not down. It may be a job saving tactic for Ballmer, but I doubt it would work.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Networked Back-Up/Wipe Process?

ejoe_mac Image the drives and Degauss (253 comments)

Unless you're looking to use the drives after the fact...

more than 3 years ago

VMware vSphere 5 Released

ejoe_mac Re:As a Mac user... (95 comments)

Console is a VNC session - so you just need to connect to the port in the correct way. I know some folks who do it already, so it's got to be written somewhere.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks

ejoe_mac Lowepro Fastpack 350 or ThinkTank (282 comments)

Most bags are great, the big deal will be if you're doing a pro body (or standard body + grip) or a standard body. Lots of options that will depend on if you're hiking or hitting airports. I had to go the Lowepro route due to the pro body - and it'll fit a 70-200/2.8 and 3-4 lenses.

more than 3 years ago

Reasonable Hardware For Home VM Experimentation?

ejoe_mac Hardware things you have to consider (272 comments)

So off the top of my head:

- For HyperV & Xen you need VT-enabled hardware, latest Intel & AMD only
- Go for more than 4gb of RAM, part of this is about pushing a few limits, and you'll want to run a few VM's at the same time
- Get a hardware RAID card - I think the LSI MegaRAID SATA-150 is about as standardized and supported as it gets - ESX/ESXi work fine, and Xen and HyperV should all work
- Use laptop drives for your RAID set - they fit much nicer into cases (4x320's gives you 900gb)
- Go for 2-3 network adapters - Intel or Broadcom only (10/100 is fine)

Pick a base OS and run VMWare Server - trust me on this. Instead of reinstalling the OS off of cd, you're mounting the cd in the VM and doing your installs without the legwork. You can also download pre-built demo appliances so you spend your time dealing with the product (Oracle, IBM, etc), rather than tweaking out your CentOS config.

If you're going to stick with VMWare ESX/ESXi you can get any server hardware from the last 3 years. Sun x4100's, Dell 1750/2650's, HP DL380/385's all work fine, though RAM is mostly still expensive :-p.

more than 5 years ago



Apple no longer available via Insight Direct

ejoe_mac ejoe_mac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ejoe_mac (560743) writes "Every day I rely on Insight.com to provide my customers with a complete product suite and competitive pricing (and credit terms). I was amazed to hear and now see that they are no longer carrying Apple products. My understanding is that since Insight wasn't going to take an Apple-centric sales approach, they were not going to be able to sell Apple products. Apple-centric sales — yea, forget that pc thing and here's a Mac Mini — come on! For Apple to try to dictate to a tier 1 vendor how their products are sold to Corporate customers is ludicrous! Apple doesn't target big business (by their own mouth) so to cut off an existing established sales channel to big businesses (CEO's assistant wants a Macbook Air) is wrong.

Check out the brands that they list — notice no Apple? I purchase everything from them, due to ease, availability, and shopping around doesn't count as billable hours. I trust that I'm getting a fair price, and can be certain that if I need something delivered on Saturday, it will be there. Figure it out Apple!"

ejoe_mac ejoe_mac writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ejoe_mac (560743) writes "Surfing for drivers has introduced me to 2 new Dell Dimension PC's, now with AMD processors. Listed as the C521 & E521, they're listing with Sempron, Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 cpu's. Finally, now we're just waiting for the Poweredge Servers to show up. Anyone see ice anywhere? Dell Link"


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