How To Build a Cheap Petabyte Server: Revisited – SmallNetBuilder

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If you’ve been researching storage solutions like we have at UC Davis, you need to give a strong look at these 0ut-of-mainstream NAS setups.

The only problem we have is relentless bombardment from mainstream reps that convince those with the purse strings that they are worth the premium.

That isn’t always the case. Case in point:

How To Build a Cheap Petabyte Server: Revisited – SmallNetBuilder.


HTML5 and CSS3: Animation without Flash or JavaScript | TechRepublic

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I’m going to devote a lot of energy into removing Flash and Javascript from everything in the world.

HTML5 and CSS3: Animation without Flash or JavaScript | TechRepublic.

Bulldozer’s Disappointing Debut

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Once an AMD fan, I fear their days are numbered.  Get ready for a flood of AMD engineers entering the very, VERY soft job market.

Can AMD survive Bulldozer’s disappointing debut?.

Firefox: It Is OVER! (A Rant)

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That’s it.  It is OVER!  I was not happy with Mozilla’s new rapid release program.  In an enterprise environment, it is ESSENTIAL to test browsers to certify them to work with your webapps and pages.  We follow standards when we can, but we have legacy systems that can’t easily be changed to suit the needs of our users who get a new flippin’ browser ever 6 minutes. But, I was willing to try an live with it as long as it didn’t mire our helpdesk with more issues.

After two weeks of dealing with new issues that came up with the latest Firefox release at work (6.0.2), I sit here at home this morning trying to pay my bills online and clearly a THIRD of the sites can’t be rendered by Firefox.  It doesn’t matter to me in USER MODE that it’s Firefox’s fault or the website’s fault.  It just didn’t work.  That’s it…I’ve had it…It is OVER.  I will now start testing Chrome to replace Firefox in our desktop images.

What kind of world is it that would force me to use Internet Explorer?  I can’t stand IE, but at least it bloody WORKS!!

  • Firefox: removed from my personal computer.
  • Chrome: Installed.
  • Checklist: Completed.

If you’ll pardon me for saying so, Mozilla: Fuck you.

Outlook for Mac: A Quick Rant

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Anyone who has the choice to use Entourage and Outlook 2011 and chooses Entourage, chooses poorly.  That program’s monolithic database is a time bomb waiting to corrupt.  Just ‘Google’ “Entourage database” to see what I mean.  A mountain of missing functions and incompatibilites with standard enterprise-level services is the KEYSTONE to Entourage’s reputation as a piece of shit in and out of IT circles.

I understand people’s reasons for not wanting to change.  Entourage’s interface requires complete faith and immersion.  When you put that much into a product…when you get to that point where you’ve minimized the time in front of your email and you can put your energies into your REAL job, you don’t want to change. I get that.  As an IT person, I’m confronted with software changes 100 times more than the typical user.  I’m not complaining…this is why I make the big bucks. <grin>

Bottom line: I have no issue with a person’s choice of OS/Interface.  What I have issue with is someone intentionally using flawed software when there is a vastly superior alternative.

You may be happy with Entourage.  Good.  Good for you. <patronizing>.  However, don’t complain when things break or don’t work like the rest of your co-workers’ systems do, ok?  And don’t act as if it is IT’s fault that you can’t move forward in time without a Tardis.  If you’re in an enterprise environment, switch to Outlook 2011.


Before you pick up that next DVD…

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A co-worker and I were remarking about someone who had 3TB of music. So then we got out the scientific calculator and figured:

1TB = 2 x1040 which ends up being 109951162777610     …so 3TB ends up being 3,298,534,883,32810

We decided that the average song was 4 minutes and that a 4 minute song encoded would be about a MB/min. Not exactly hyper-accurate, but close enough for IT work.

4MB is 4,194,30410 so, we divided 3TB by 4MB to come up with 786432 songs.

We then multiplied it by 4 minutes to come up with 314572810 minutes of music.

3145728 minutes divided by 60 minutes = 52428.8 hours

52428.8 hours divided by 24 hours = 2184.5333333333333333333333333333 days

And, assuming a non-leap year, 2184.5333333333333333333333333333 divided by 365 days was 5.9850228310502283105022831050228 …just shy of 6 years of continuous play without any repeats before the entire catalog had been played.

I haven’t ‘Googled’ this, but I’d bet you we aren’t the first geeks out there to wonder about this esoteric crap.  The whole point of this exercise was to understand how gathering music just to “have” it is essentially a waste of time and money.  Apply this idea to your DVD library and estimate – based on your age – if you’ll have enough days left in your life to see all the DVDs you have accumulated.  I’d bet not.

The EASY & the HARD way

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From  This applies to everything you do in life, not just IT.  This appears to be Jeremy’s version of the Robert Frost poem.

The EASY way, is the HARD way. The HARD way, is the EASY way. | Group.