Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?
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.
Certificate Expiry Leads to Total Outage For Microsoft Azure Secured Storage
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.
Will Microsoft Sell Off Its Entertainment Division?
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.
Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?
http://www.scarecrow.com/ - it's just a matter if your local market will support it..
Ask Slashdot: Networked Back-Up/Wipe Process?
Unless you're looking to use the drives after the fact...
VMware vSphere 5 Released
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.
Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks
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.
Reasonable Hardware For Home VM Experimentation?
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.
Parent-Friendly Wireless Bridge To Span 500 Meters?
Get two, set them up, alignment LEDs are on the back.
It doesn't get much easier.