Indeed, this weekend I just brought a 8x 4TB RAID6 array online at home. I'm wondering what approach I'll be taking myself.
You haven't seen how long my backups take at work...
Can we tell the spacecraft to turn back on its thrusters and science instruments after decades of silence and perform the intricate ballet needed to send it back to where it can again monitor the Sun? Unfortunately the answer to that question appears to be no. 'The transmitters of the Deep Space Network, the hardware to send signals out to the fleet of NASA spacecraft in deep space, no longer includes the equipment needed to talk to ISEE-3. These old-fashioned transmitters were removed in 1999.' Could new transmitters be built? Yes, but it would be at a price no one is willing to spend. 'So ISEE-3 will pass by us, ready to talk with us, but in the 30 years since it departed Earth we've lost the ability to speak its language,' concludes Lakdawalla. 'I wonder if ham radio operators will be able to pick up its carrier signal — it's meaningless, I guess, but it feels like an honorable thing to do, a kind of salute to the venerable ship as it passes by.'"
Heh, funny, this is exactly what I'm in the process of doing. Hell, if I can convince my cheapskate friends to pick up NASes, I'd start syncing with them too, especially the friends on the other side of the country from me, for the geographical separation.
This may not be the cheapest solution, but it's what I'm planning to do...
- Everyone acquires a NAS device (Drobo, Synology, etc) of an appropriate capacity, ideally something that can handle several TB and is expandable.
- Fill up with 4TB drives.
- Install BitTorrent Sync, and share out a portion of the NAS.
I'm primarily planning on just dropping something (probably a Drobo 5N) off at my mom's (she & my step-dad aren't tech savvy), and setting everything up for them, including backups of their PCs to the device, sharing of photos & videos, etc. And then setting up replication of critical, irreplaceable data between their place and mine. On my side, I already have a Synology DS1813+ that I need to set up, first.
The Synology stuff also has the capability to deal with IP Cameras for monitoring (though I suspect that if you just set up a share to dump images to, you won't need a license for it). For streaming, I believe both Drobo & Synology (as well as others) have media servers, so app-enabled TVs, BluRay players, and game consoles should be able to stream appropriate movies and music as needed.
I'm thinking the NAS, my laptop (which I'll also start backups to the NAS, likely NOT shared), my VPS, and my mobile devices (phone, tablet) will all sync, as will my wife's laptop & devices.
Yes, this is probably heavily overdone, but it also avoids putting private data on systems that I don't control, and avoids the commercial cloud providers at the same time. And, not surprisingly, I play a sysadmin for my day job, so this ties in nicely with that, too.
Seeing "CompuAdd" brought back memories. I may still even have a mouse pad from them. Got my first SoundBlaster there, too, with about a year's saved allowance... (Some of us
Through sheer coincidence, I started shopping for a "large" home NAS today (large to me, at least, 5-8 bays for 4 TB drives), while snowed in at home. So I've been looking a lot at drives, too. This may definitely help, especially since I do have a budget.
Of course for work, this may help even more, since I'm shopping for stuff for there during my day job. I think I'll probably specify Hitachi drives where possible for that. Oddly, most of the drives in our cluster happen to *already* be Hitachi 2 TB SATA drives.
Sounds like Mr. Wiggin designed the place. At least there were no rotating knives...
Especially every 90 days...
If the situation were reversed and democrats were demanding the abolishion of the second amendment
The Constitution doesn't work that way. To make it apples to apples, drop ACA in the current form, recraft it as a Constitutional amendment (which would require a 2/3 supermajority of *both* houses of Congress, or a national convention at the request of 2/3 of the state legislatures, but no amendment's ever successfully come out of that, so we're stuck with Congress...), and get 3/4 of the states to ratify it. Then you'll have a comparison of like to like.
I can pretty much guarantee that there are IT people (as well as others) in each of those agencies that have been designated "essential" who are still going into work and checking things. Source: I used to work for an NIH contractor during the last threatened shutdown (well, all the Obama years threatened shutdowns), and was designated essential to keep our VM/Web/HPC infrastructure up and running. I'm kinda sorry I left, I'd love to see what's happening there now.
Kinda makes me glad I have an unlocked Nexus 4... Sure, it doesn't have LTE, but...
* Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
* GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
* 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
* HSPA+ 42
Where a buddy of mine works, there's a tiny clause in the employment contract stating employees aren't eligible for re-hire if they don't give three months' notice. It's completely insane, and they missed out on getting a new COO because a decade ago the guy worked there & just gave a standard 2 weeks... And it wasn't discovered until they'd made the decision to hire him...
Places my wife has worked just have a blanket policy that they won't re-hire someone.