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Comment: Re:Why Is This Still A Thing? (Score 1) 986

I'm following the E-CAT stories because I am really curious how Rossi is managing to fool everyone over and over again. It seems like everyone knows it's a scam, but nobody knows how he's actually pulling it off. That is the interesting part: I want to find out HOW he's doing it.

Comment: My RAID horror story (Score 1) 268

by coldsalmon (#47911797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

I once had a RAID5 array with 4 disks on my home computer. Two disks were connected to the motherboard, and two were connected to a SATA PCI card because the MoBo didn't have enough SATA slots. One day, the PCI card had a little hiccup, and two of the 4 disks got out of sync. The array was toast. Note that my RAID5 array contributed to this failure -- it would not have happened if I had not been running RAID (and if I hadn't made a poor configuration choice). Fortunately, I had a backup.

RAID is great for protecting mission-critical systems from HDD failure when uptime is a major concern -- but it can also cause more problems than it solves. Now, my business server uses RAID but my home computer does not.

Comment: My office backup (Score 1) 268

by coldsalmon (#47911631) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

For my office data, I have an external HDD that uses rsnapshot to create incremental snapshots every hour, day, week, and month. The server data is also mirrored to each desktop in the office, and my laptop, daily. For offisite backups (other than my laptop), I use duplicity to backup to Amazon S3, which costs about $3 per month. I realize that there are some security issues with this setup.

Comment: My offsite HDD routine (Score 1) 268

by coldsalmon (#47911559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

I store my offsite backups at my office. To do this effectively, I use three backup HDDs. One sits in a SATA dock at home, and mirrors my data every hour. The other two are at the office. Every so often, I take one of the HDDs home and stick it in the dock so that it updates to the latest version of my data, then I bring it back to the office. Next time, I take the other HDD home. This ensures that one of the HDDs is always offsite, and all three of the HDDs are never in the same place.

The obvious downside to this is that I have to remember to carry my HDDs back and forth. I haven't done it for a few months now. I suppose that an automated and encrypted rsync solution would be superior, but I honestly don't really care about my data very much.

Comment: Re:It's a still a nice PC. (Score 0) 337

by coldsalmon (#47648935) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

The only thing that comes to mind after seeing those outdoor pictures in the article: please give us a model with a matte display. I dislike glossy screens in general, but on tablets that will probably be used outside in the sun they are positively horrible. In the photos you can hardly see the screen for all the glare.

This. I'm using mine outdoors right now, and the display is really suffering from reflection. This is unfortunate, because it's the ideal machine for me to use if I want to take my work outdoors on a pleasant afternoon. It's still usable, but less so at certain angles. And it helps if you wear a black shirt.

Comment: Re:Pick your poison (Score 1) 337

by coldsalmon (#47648901) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

My Surface Pro 3 keyboard is actually larger (i.e. wider) than my full-sized desktop keyboard. I find it to be a very good keyboard, but it's a matter of preference. I find the keyboard on the Macbook Air to be irritating, and a lot of people like that keyboard very much. You can always get a separate bluetooth keyboard that you like better. This is probably the reason that MS didn't bundle the keyboard with the device.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.