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Comment: LTO for backup is dead, but alive for archive (Score 1) 284

by ejoe_mac (#48468545) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?
There is a huge difference. RTOs no longer allow for the time to restore from it, but long term archival to take is very viable. It's power is that the medium is separate from the mechanics of the heads and drive motors. You can replace a drive with a newer one and read a few generations older tape - but if a hard drive has an internal breakdown, you're sending it in to a data recovery company.

Comment: Microsoft has it's own internal CA (Score 3, Interesting) 176

So wrong in so many ways. Any reason you wouldn't purchase a 100 year certificate and just roll with it? Too bad about 1/3 of all Azure disk space is used for endpoint backup. This reminds me of the leap-year calculating bug - Feb 29 2012, you couldn't generate a site because the default is to generate a certificate for 1 year, and well, Feb 29 2013 just doesn't exist. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2012/03/09/summary-of-windows-azure-service-disruption-on-feb-29th-2012.aspx

Comment: XBox would be spun out to existing shareholders (Score 1) 404

by ejoe_mac (#42650093) Attached to: Will Microsoft Sell Off Its Entertainment Division?
They would spin off the Entertainment Division into a separate company to existing shareholders, but the risk would be that the exodus of MSFT stockholders after that. XBox is a huge brand that has lots of value that is looking up, not down. It may be a job saving tactic for Ballmer, but I doubt it would work.

Comment: Hardware things you have to consider (Score 1) 272

by ejoe_mac (#27325809) Attached to: Reasonable Hardware For Home VM Experimentation?

So off the top of my head:

- For HyperV & Xen you need VT-enabled hardware, latest Intel & AMD only
- Go for more than 4gb of RAM, part of this is about pushing a few limits, and you'll want to run a few VM's at the same time
- Get a hardware RAID card - I think the LSI MegaRAID SATA-150 is about as standardized and supported as it gets - ESX/ESXi work fine, and Xen and HyperV should all work
- Use laptop drives for your RAID set - they fit much nicer into cases (4x320's gives you 900gb)
- Go for 2-3 network adapters - Intel or Broadcom only (10/100 is fine)

Pick a base OS and run VMWare Server - trust me on this. Instead of reinstalling the OS off of cd, you're mounting the cd in the VM and doing your installs without the legwork. You can also download pre-built demo appliances so you spend your time dealing with the product (Oracle, IBM, etc), rather than tweaking out your CentOS config.

If you're going to stick with VMWare ESX/ESXi you can get any server hardware from the last 3 years. Sun x4100's, Dell 1750/2650's, HP DL380/385's all work fine, though RAM is mostly still expensive :-p.

Technology (Apple)

+ - Apple no longer available via Insight Direct

Submitted by ejoe_mac
ejoe_mac (560743) writes "Every day I rely on Insight.com to provide my customers with a complete product suite and competitive pricing (and credit terms). I was amazed to hear and now see that they are no longer carrying Apple products. My understanding is that since Insight wasn't going to take an Apple-centric sales approach, they were not going to be able to sell Apple products. Apple-centric sales — yea, forget that pc thing and here's a Mac Mini — come on! For Apple to try to dictate to a tier 1 vendor how their products are sold to Corporate customers is ludicrous! Apple doesn't target big business (by their own mouth) so to cut off an existing established sales channel to big businesses (CEO's assistant wants a Macbook Air) is wrong.

Check out the brands that they list — notice no Apple? I purchase everything from them, due to ease, availability, and shopping around doesn't count as billable hours. I trust that I'm getting a fair price, and can be certain that if I need something delivered on Saturday, it will be there. Figure it out Apple!"
Communications

+ - No third-party apps on iPhone says Jobs

Submitted by
wyldeone
wyldeone writes "In an interview with the New York Times, Steve Jobs confirms reports that the recently-announced iPhone will not allow third party applications to be installed. According to Jobs, 'These are devices that need to work, and you can't do that if you load any software on them.' In a similar vein, Jobs said in a MSNBC article that, 'Cingular doesn't want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up.'"
Space

+ - Mars probe may have spotted lost Sojourner rover

Submitted by
Maggie McKee
Maggie McKee writes "NASA's eagle-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may have spotted the tiny, toaster oven-sized Sojourner rover just a few meters away from its companion, the Mars Pathfinder lander. It appears to have crawled there in an attempt to re-establish contact with the lander after the lander had already died. But the pictures aren't clear enough to definitively ID the rover, and it's possible Sojourner simply took off on its own. If it were miraculously still alive after 10 years, it could be 3 kilometers away from Pathfinder — and probably impossible to find, even with MRO."
PC Games (Games)

+ - World of Warcraft hits 8 million users worldwide

Submitted by
Wowzer
Wowzer writes "With the arrival of The Burning Crusade next week Tuesday, it's no surprise Blizzard announced today that World of Warcraft is now played by more than 8 million gamers around the world. From the article: "World of Warcraft has also achieved new regional subscriber milestones, with more than 2 million players in North America, more than 1.5 million players in Europe, and more than 3.5 million players in China." Next week WoW's servers will be undergoing their weekly maintenance on Monday instead of the regular Tuesday. So when The Burning Crusade launches in the night of Monday to Tuesday, there won't be any interruptions for gamers assuming the 9,000+ servers won't melt."

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