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Comment: Re:Tape Culture Fallacy (Score 1) 229

by donaldm (#48465481) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Agreed, restore check is essential, whatever the backup method, and my employer offers that as a managed service. But it's also hard to convince a non-technical, small business client to invest in best practice, unless they've already experienced a disaster first hand.

It is normally impassible due to time constraints to do a restore check after every backup. Even if time does permit you are going to effectively reduce the life of the tape by a half. What is important is to initially set-up and confirm that the appropriate backups work and can be recovered. Once this is done you can be fairly confident that backups are going to work (checking logs is important) however you must perform test recoveries to machines that can be made available for testing purposes on a regular basis as outlined in the company IT disaster recovery plan.

Don't have a company IT disaster recovery plan? Then you as the consultant or IT manager better arrange to have one implemented.

Comment: Re:Tape Culture Fallacy (Score 1) 229

by donaldm (#48465439) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

I've been on calls to clients who've diligently changes their tapes nightly, but the backup software has been crashed for months...

I have seen this also on a Unix system with a script that diligently backed up the database infrastructure however the script actually forgot to backup the database. Needless to say when the data disk (it wasn't even mirrored or RAID'ed) died they lost all their data and it cost the small company tens of thousands of dollars to fix the issue.

When I asked if they tested the backups for recovery the manager replied that the person who wrote the script was highly recommended, it was all I could do to suppress my laughter. The only thing I could do was to stop the Clerical Assistant (female, who was in tears) from getting the sack since it wasn't her fault since she did not know what to look for. All she knew was the backup had completed without errors which it had.

To compound the issue I asked for the system backup tapes since the overall system and data wasn't that big and would fit on their system backup tapes of which the script had been written to backup everything. I was then was informed that of the two tapes that they used (that was all they used) one had failed which rendered the system backups useless. On that note all I could do was give up and wish them luck since I was only doing this as a curtsey and was not getting paid.

Comment: Re:The magnitude of Tape:HDD difference is shrinki (Score 1) 229

by donaldm (#48465367) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

For some time the tapes that were readily available had a huge capacity advantage over hard drives. That advantage is quickly shrinking. While there is still an edge in cost-per-TB for tape, that is decaying quickly as well.

That is not the point. The reason for doing backups is to recover data to a state before loss of data occurred be it deliberate or accidental.

Sure you can get hard drives that you can can fit your data on however to do a proper backup you should send your backup media off-site. Doing backups onto a hard drive may be fine for home use, in fact I do this my self, however for business this is not a solution in fact it is a disaster waiting to happen since a hard drive (SSD or spinning disk) is an electronic device and a relatively fragile one at that, with more potential for failure than a tape which is a robust passive device.

As an example say you want to backup a 25 TB of data how would you go about doing this and be able to go to your manager or even Board of Directors with a confidence factor of 99.999% reliability for recovery? OK I will make this easier, how do you backup 1TB of data and still be able to meet this reliability? While I am not going to answer since it would take up many pages of documentation (ie. IT disaster recovery) it must be said that backup solution consultants get paid quite a considerable amounts of money to make sure that a companies' data has very little chance of being lost.

Even today with much larger capacity disks you still need reliable backup and recovery strategies and hard disks while they can assist (see Disk based Virtual Tape Library) are still not a total solution. Even "Remote IT Services" (aka "Da Cloud") still require a very high level of reliability so backup and recovery solutions are still very important and (if they are professional) they still use backup tapes.

Comment: Re:Dear Sony, I am delighted! (Score 2) 151

by donaldm (#48456527) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

Would I be right to believe the Sony Pictures, being part of the Sony conglomerate, are infected with the same high-handed corporate arrogance that we have seen at Sony Music? "cough" root kit "cough"

Not bad bringing up something that happened in 2005 with the scandal having impact to 2007. Yes Sony BMG was IMHO stupid to put what is called a "root-kit" on a PC running a Microsoft OS. Although that root-kit was benign and Anti-virus firm F-Secure concurred, "Although the software isn't directly malicious, the used rootkit hiding techniques are exactly the same used by malicious software to hide themselves". This is not to say that this absolves Sony BMG however the finger of blame should also point at AV protection software and the Microsoft OS as well that allowed the root-kit to be installed in the first place.

I shall be wearing the smile today, all day

You may not like Sony and that is fine, however extortion is a crime and carries a fairly stiff punishment. It is definitely not something to be applauded.

Comment: Re:Square? No Thanks (Score 1) 328

by donaldm (#48442969) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Square doesn't help me any. 16 high by 9 wide suits my needs reasonably well. Almost as good as the Apple monitors we had back in the 90s for publishing applications. Oh, God, I said something positive about Apple.

Have you ever thought of sizing your work window to the appropriate aspect ratio. You know you can get fairly cheap screens that have a vertical hight greater than A4 if you really need that height. You may have "real estate" left over but is that such a big deal.

Comment: Re:I'd be happy if 4:3 came back! (Score 1) 328

by donaldm (#48442939) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Forget square monitors, I'd be happy if 4:3 made a comeback.

You should know that 16:9 screen aspect ratio is really a compromise out of all of the other aspect ratios out there. Personally I have never had a problem with working on a 16:9 aspect ratio screen since all you need to do is resize your windows (I use Fedora 20 with KDE) to the appropriate aspect ratio that suits what task(s) you are currently doing. So you may have some so called "real estate" left over is that such a big deal.

I have for many years going back to the very early 1990's used multiple virtual screens which allow me to create tasks particular to what I want. It must be noted that a particular task may take up one or more virtual screens out of which I can create or delete (normally I have four default virtual screens) accordingly in less than a second. Switching between virtual screens takes approximately half a second and if I want I can display all windows on my physical screen, again within half a second.

So all this ranting about how people would like a specific aspect ratio screen is to me rather childish since it is possible to be comfortable with any reasonable aspect ratio screen providing it it of a size that will let you do what you wish to do. Basically aspect ratio, pixel density and screen size are all important however there is still a need for compromise.

Comment: Re:ObFry (Score 1) 328

by donaldm (#48442865) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Shut up and take my money!

I do my DTP on a Pentium IV with a 4:3 screen because the simple fact is it's far more comfortable looking at a document on a 4:3 screen than it is a 16:9 or a 16:10.

you don't have to keep every window maximized to the full width of the screen... you can have multiple windows, each with a 4:3 ratio. Just a suggestion. #NOOB

Careful you may give the poor guy a brain aneurysm with that logic and whatever you do don't mention the command line much less a visual editor ... Oh! sorry. :)

Comment: Re:Hooray! (Score 1) 328

by donaldm (#48442837) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Finally get back some of the vertical space lost when every laptop and desktop downgraded to "HD".

Absolutely. I mourn the dearth of tall-screen monitors. When I want to watch TV, I use a TV.

Ah but do you predominately watch shows with a 4:3 aspect ratio or 16:9 or 2.4:1 or 2.35:1 or ..? Well you get the picture :)

Comment: Re:Squarer is better. (Score 1) 328

by donaldm (#48442797) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

The move from 4x3 to 16x9 was already a big loss - more scrolling for no advantage except using the PC as a TV. Don't know about 1x1 but the old 5x4 worked just fine for me.

I take it you have never heard of video and image editing, software development or even video gaming. Not everyone uses their monitor to create, edit and view documents. As to why the industry chose a 16:9 aspect ratio well that is basically a compromise since there is no perfect solution. As a customer you are certainly entitled to purchase the monitor that suites you however remember that just because you buy a monitor that suits you that same monitor may not suit everyone.

When you say "more scrolling" (I assume up and down) then why don't you get yourself a larger monitor. 27in 1080p IPS monitors are not that expensive, you can even get 4k 2160p 28in monitors for around $500 now if you need the higher resolution although why you need a high resolution for documents is beyond me since even typesetters (been there done that) don't really need that resolution unless it is for bragging purposes.

Comment: Re:yes (Score 1) 328

by donaldm (#48442677) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

I always thought it's odd that monitors are wider than they are tall. Isn't it far more convenient to use them, well, like we used to use paper?

If all we did was read papers on our monitors then maybe portrait (you really can get them) monitors would be the norm however a monitor can be used to display lots of different things so it is more practical to display on a landscape monitor. In fact any monitor that has an aspect ratio of greater than one is in effect a landscape monitor.

As for why most HDTV's and modern monitors have an aspect ratio of 16:9 that is a compromise between the many competing aspect ratios that are currently available. For a better understanding read this and there are many other sites that discuss this as well.

Comment: Re:yes (Score 1) 328

by donaldm (#48442641) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

I am using 4:3 monitors currently because having less than 1200 vertical pixels sucks

There are 4k (3840x2160 pixels for a 16:9 aspect ratio) monitors out there although you will pay for them. A simple web search will find them. Now if you really want to be an elitist and have more money then sense then how about an 8k monitor.

Comment: Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (Score 1) 171

by donaldm (#48439803) Attached to: Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

Marketing does not care about the kernel version

Why would they need to know? Although they may need to know what the version of the software is.

Seriously, most people who use Windows have absolutely no idea what a kernel even is, let alone what version their Windows kernel is.

Quite right, however they don't write the applications. It is really up to the application software writers to know.

And the people who do know what the kernel is and what the kernel version is are not going to be interested in marketing anyways.

.While a programmer may not be interested (although many are) in marketing they need to know the kernel version and the versions of the API's that they are going to use with their software if they are going to be programming under MS Windows. If they are going to be programming under Unix or Linux then they need to know what the version of the kernel is and the versions of the libraries that they are going to use with their software.

Comment: Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (Score 1) 171

by donaldm (#48439749) Attached to: Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

Note: Starting with Windows 2000, the versions are NT versions, Windows 95/98/ME are actually numbered based on the DOS Windows (as in Windows 3.1).)

MS Windows 95 had a 7.0 version of MS-DOS. MS Widows 98 had a 7.1 version of MS-DOS and MS Windows ME had a 7.0 Version of MS-DOS. See here.

Actually MS Windows 10 is supposed to have an NT 6.4 kernel

If developers can't tell the difference between MS Windows NT and MSDOS then they really should get out of the IT industry and take up say "basket weaving". After-all the world would be a much safer place although I am a bit worried about the quality of the baskets that would be produced. :)

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein