Crazy war stories, indeed.
My decision to rip all of my audio losslessly to FLAC has been vindicated. I rip to Vorbis as well, but I always thought it was worth having the lossless originals around too. That way, if a new codec arrived on the scene at a later date, I could rerip to that without any further loss of quality. That codec is now here. Hello, Opus!
I have a backup server at a second independent data center
As do I
Some people think I'm paranoid. I wouldn't say so. It's just that I pay more attention to the potential worst case outcome that some. So when it comes to storage, I have a mirrored RAID array in my home server. The contents are backed up to a separate disk in the same machine. I also have an offsite backup in a datacentre.
I'll ask my electrician for a full size rack on wheels, but if he can't get one, the wall mount it is
Unless you need the full 42u, I'd definitely go for something smaller. A half-ish rack on wheels should be more than adequate, will be less imposing, and they're relatively cheap, too. We have a couple in the office at work because the few machines that aren't in one of the data centres don't need a full height permanent rack. I can't believe there isn't a suitable supplier in Luxembourg, given the number of financial institutions there. But if not, there should be plenty in Germany, right?
Yes. I've been saying this for a long time. Email is pretty much the definition of a perfect store and forward messaging system. Plus, I completely agree with him about the omission from the spec.
Also, good luck getting multiple monitors to work
I've had far more success with multiple monitors using nouveau than with the proprietary Nvidia drivers. I'm currently running with 4 monitors using nouveau, and have been for many years. Further, in the last few years I haven't encountered anyone else that's had problems with multiheaded support in nouveau either, and we have an office full of people doing so here.
I am stuck with a linux desktop that can't talk to my camcorder, scanner (though the linux-compatible printer now *finally* works), etc.
To be fair, those things are rarely due to resources being spread too thinly or duplicated efforts elsewhere and are far more commonly caused by patents, obstructive vendors and unethical business practices. Apple gets around this by paying the vendors, which simply isn't an option for most Linux distributions.
Red Hat seem to have a pretty good business model when it comes to open source, and are now a billion dollar company. That shows that you can do it. I don't think Canonical can follow their example, though.
But they are the only modern fantasy novels that are on the same high level as Tolkien
I couldn't disagree more. Donaldson has a terrible writing style that has a few brief moments of greatness and a lot of tawdry mediocrity. He doesn't come close of Tolkien on any level, and I found "The chronicles of Thomas Covenant the unbeliever" to be very dull for the most part. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.
Elizabeth Moon - The "Vatta's war" series (SF)
Vernor Vinge - "A fire upon the deep" and "A deepness in the sky" (SF)
John Wyndham is rarely mentioned these days
Yes. And not just the well known books, either. I'm rather fond of the collections of short stories, such as "Wanderers of time"