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+ - Glee Airs Performance of Jonathan Coulton's "Baby Got Back"->

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jawtheshark writes "Jonathan Coulton, of "Code Monkey" fame, got notified by a fan that Glee was apparently using the melody of his rendition of the song "Baby Got Back". No credit was given. While the song is a cover, the melody written by Coulton was original.

Johnathan Coultons blog
The Escapist Article
Spectral analysis featuring a "duck" sound within Coultons melody."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Home IT Rack 1

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jawtheshark writes "I'm building a house, and obviously I want a modest network built-in. Nothing fancy, two RJ-45 per room, four in the living room, and that's basically it. I already got myself a rack mountable Cisco Small Business switch and I have a self-built 4U server (low-power, won't make much heat) which can be rack mounted (505mm deep).

Now, the construction company suggests a wall mounted rack (6U: 340mm x 600mm x 480mm — 6U definitely won't be enough, but a 12U model exists). It's not expensive, but I have never worked on a rack where the backside is unreachable. (For work, I get to work in a data center with huge racks that are accessible from both sides). Now obviously, I don't need a data center-grade rack, but these wall-mounted racks scream "switch-only" racks to me. What are your experiences? Is it possible to put servers in racks like these, or should I find a "both-side-accessible" rack instead?"
Music

+ - iTunes Plus DRM-free tracks expanding, dropping to->

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jawtheshark writes "According to ars technica, Apple is going to revise the pricing of Plus songs on the iTunes Music store:

The bigger news on the iTunes Plus horizon, however, is that Apple plans to drop the price of all iTunes Plus tracks. Currently, each track is $1.29 while "normal" DRMed tracks are 99 apiece. That discrepancy will be no longer, as Apple will begin pricing all of its iTunes Plus songs at 99 apiece (DRMed tracks will also remain at 99).


I guess, I won't get any refunds for my purchased Plus songs, eh? ;-)"

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Intel

+ - I know what to do with the P-IV

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jawtheshark writes "

My father in law has a serious lack of IT management in his company. No wonder, it's a typical small business. Files scattered all over. I occasionally went over there in my free time to help a bit out. They had an "old PC" with data on it that they couldn't recover. Of course, I recovered the data and from then on it just sat there. Now it was a P-III 900MHz with 128Meg RAM. It ran dog slow with the common Redmond OS, and I thought it would be a nice platform to build a small business server on. You know, a samba server, automated backups at night. The usual, or at least what is "usual" on my own small networks.

Well, I had this machine in my car for a few weeks and I finally decided today to take a look at it. Well, as it turns out, one of the memory slots is not working. I can put any SD-RAM module in it (and I have quite a variety) and it will not boot. Frankly, while the 128Meg will probably be fine for a small business server, I am not going to build a critical server on a machine that is already partially defect.

So, the P-IV that I found in the dumpster will get the job, and the P-III 900MHz will find its way into the dumpster (after I "harvested" it of course!) Advantages are that it has a 100Mbps integrated network card and USB 2.0. (The P-III has only USB 1.1 and the network card was awfully slow, even though it is marked as 100MBps) The USB is going to be nice because that's what I'll use for backup: an external USB harddisk.

I already have two 160Gig harddisks that I will put in software RAID. That should do for a small business server. I hope at least...

This reminds me: he wants to pay me for my work! He had this old IBM PS/2, running a metal cutting robot. The machine was failing slowly, so I replaced it with an old computer which I got from a friend. I think he bought it in 1995 and used it at least 5 years. Then he gave it to me and it served as the family server for another 4 or 5 years. Then I retired it. It sat there for a year and now it controls a robot. Hehe, and my father in law asks me how much he owes me for that machine. What do you ask for a machine that is over 10 years old and strictly has no value at all. Okay, I put my work in it, installing FreeDOS on it and adding some hardware I had lying around... At least one can say that this machine really had a useful life ;-)

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