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Comment: External Wifi Antenna (Score 4, Informative) 285

by SirSmiley (#45320355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?
A neighbour? Why not hook up an external panel antenna to the side of your place aimed at their place and have a NAS with wifi on it (may need external antenna for your NAS as well but maybe not). Then you dont even have any wires to worry about and its still on your network...encrypt the NAS in case of possible break and enters..

Comment: Linux growing in my datacentre (Score 1) 274

by SirSmiley (#44526283) Attached to: Microsoft Will Squeeze Datacenters On Price of Windows Server
I run a datacentre of roughly 20-25 servers. Traditionally they were all Windows servers. The Exchange servers and Active Directory and file shares are still Windows based due to simplicity in management however all the application servers have been replaced with Linux. My network management servers (Nagios) are now linux, as are the Tomcat servers, backup servers and various others. Ive gone to Linux for web and spam filtering as well. I would say I have moved up to roughly 50/50 Windows/Linux mix and saved a large amount in Operational costs. The administrative people have noticed I've saved on operational costs and have been able to reuse those funds for some projects instead of throwing money on licensing. What still kills me is the Exchange mailbox licensing. I create a rarely used mailbox for a photo copier and it will cost me an exchange license. Symantec then charged roughly 35 dollars per mailbox per year for premium antispam...brutal.... Our web filter was costing us roughly $1500 a year for 100 concurrent users. I saved about $5000 per year on antispam alone...

Comment: No Thanks! (Score 1) 368

by SirSmiley (#26862719) Attached to: Internet Killed the Satellite Radio Star
I cant see streaming via cell phone as practical....people have to pay for data plans, people take their phone with them when they leave the car. If i take my phone (assuming im paying lots of money for an iphone (i wouldnt i have a blackberry bold) and i have a 1 gig limit on it per month.)..i dont think ill be wasting it streaming audio....i leave the car to go shopping and my wife is in the car still, what will she listen to...no thanks, stupid idea....
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