Archive for the tag 'hardware'

Jan 28 2010

iPad: Yet Another Opinion

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Here are my initial, general thoughts about the much-hyped iPad. Clearly the world doesn’t need another blog post about this, but it sets the stage for something coming next. As many have observed, iPad is most easily summarized as a larger iPod Touch, plus some of the mobile data capability of an iPhone. Although this […]

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Nov 15 2009

I Went In a Boy, I Came Out a Man

Published under Technology

Not really, it just seemed like the sort of over-the-top thing a rabid Mac fan might say. But I did replace my main Windows PC with a MacBook Pro. I’ve used Apple products occasionally over the decades, going all the way back to the Apple II, IIe, IIgs, and orignal 1984 Macintosh. I’m not “switching”, but rather adding; our […]

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Sep 01 2009

Finally, massive storage done right

Published under Technology

Last year, I wrote about my efforts to find a storage server with lots of storage at a low cost-per-byte. What was obvious to me at the time, but apparently not obvious to many vendors, is that the key to cost effective storage is to buy mostly hard drives and as little else as possible. […]

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Dec 02 2008

Large, economical RAID: 10 1 TB drives

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I recently needed a file server with ample capacity, on which to store data backups. The typical data access pattern for backups is that data is written once and read rarely, so bulk backup storage has much lower performance requirements than, for example, disks used for database files. I need to store a great number […]

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Oct 19 2008

Network / System Monitoring Smorgasbord

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At one of my firms (a Software as a Service provider), we have a Zabbix installation in place to monitor our piles of mostly Linux servers. Recently we look a closer look at it and and found ample opportunities to monitor more aspects, of more machines and device, more thoroughly. The prospect of increased investment […]

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Apr 18 2008

RocketModem Driver Source Package for Debian / Ubuntu

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A couple of months ago I posted about using the current model Comtrol RocketModem IV with Debian / Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu/Debian includes an older “rocket” module driver in-the-box, which works well for older RocketModem IV cards. But for the newest cards, it does not work at all. The current RocketModem IV is not recognized by […]

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