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Comment: Re:family Archive (Score 1) 251

by Doug Otto (#48916539) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
The M-DISC has a limited lifetime warranty covering defects in materials and workmanship of the product when the product is used as directed and data is written to the M-DISC using an M-DISC READY Drive. Verification that an M-DISC READY Drive was used to write data may be required. If this product is found to be defective, it will be replaced at no cost to you. Product replacement is your sole remedy under this warranty, This warranty does not apply to normal wear or to damage resulting from abnormal use, misuse, abuse, neglect or accident, or to any incompatibility or poor performance due to the specific computer software or hardware used. Consequential or incidental damages, damage to property, liquidated damages, special damages, and any damages for loss of use or data are excluded. Defective discs will be replaced with a new, functionally equivalent blank disc only.

Well, at least they'll give your grand kids new media........

Comment: It's the egg and basket thing.... (Score 2) 251

by Doug Otto (#48916065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
Your best bet is to pick more than one. You have a better handle on your needs and recovery point objectives than anyone here. Pick two (or even three) strategies that fit your needs and utilize both. Finding out you picked wrong usually happens at the very worst moment. Duplicating your efforts adds an awful lot of cushion.

Comment: Re:Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX (Score 1) 431

by Doug Otto (#48895041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?
The only problem with Logitech mice is the Logitech software. I hate, hate, hate it.

I've got a big, heavy, Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Ghost mouse.You can modify the internal weighting to your liking. It's got the scroll wheel but it's big and grippy. You could also map away the scroll entirely, or map a side button for that dangling ring finger. One caveat is their software too. If you're on OS X, you need to set the mouse up the first time in Windows. It's an annoyance but it's a really good mouse. Maybe you can get an old school Sun3 mouse before they went to a wheel. You'd have to build/buy an adapter but it's be unique.

Comment: Re:I didn't think they called them that these days (Score 1) 164

by Doug Otto (#48819755) Attached to: The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!
Then there is z/VM -- this is IBM's software crown jewel of mainframe software. This is where most shops run virtualized Linux servers. Create, start, stop, reconfigure guests as needed. You can reallocate storage among guests very easily. You can create software-only (virtual) networks for the guests.

Sounds like a wicked expensive VCenter cluster.

Comment: It's been going on for years (Score 5, Insightful) 388

by Doug Otto (#48804011) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them
Even back in the 80s, I had a teacher fail me on a programming assignment because I was using things she hadn't taught yet. This isn't a 'new' problem. It's difficult for teachers to stay on top of the required curriculum and still have time to be continually training.

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