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Comment: ass (Score 1) 297 297

by krray (#49970819) Attached to: When Will Your Hard Drive Fail?

If you don't make an ass out of you and me (assume) that the hard drive / ssd WILL fail then you are just the ass.

Backup your systems. Backup the backup. It will fail too.

S.M.A.R.T. is useless today IMHO. Don't believe anything it says about your drive. I've had drives that I know are failing, clicking, unable to read blocks -- but the SMART status says all is A-OK.

I personally like to put RAID-1 in my end user systems. The data goes to a RAID-6 array. The array is duplicated to another live. Never lost any data yet...

Comment: Why? (Score 2) 265 265

by krray (#49963405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Effective Is Your ISP's Spam Filter?

Like everybody else is saying -- Why are you using your ISP's email? They should only be your pipe. I personally stopped using any ISP's email in the 90's... It was after the first switch over that I figured this problem out.

Originally I ran my own domain and spam filtering. I was on the first batch of first spam from those lawyers. Fuckers. Anyway...

Have since migrated domain email to Google apps -- not free anymore for you unfortunately, but on a user basis is still very free.

For speed Google wins -- never even came close to matching their speed for users with gigs and gigs of email they refuse to delete. Not that I'm one to talk.

Their spam filtering beats anything I've seen. I always had too many false positives on my setup; Google has really had one problem in the last decade with that -- false positives from the COPIERS (they have their own accounts and in the domain mailing to same domain users). Annoyingly I had to add a filter to each user to fix that problem.

Otherwise their spam filters are dead nuts on for me. One, maybe two spam messages will hit my Inbox in any given year. My account will @ the .com variant of the domain will get 2-5,000 spams a DAY...

Use Google.

Comment: Oui (Score 1) 479 479

by krray (#49909877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Service Providers When You're an IT Pro?

I always hate when I have to deal with "technical support", well, with one odd exception: our accounting co. rocks, but I digress.

Today Comcast wins for dollars to speed (in this area). Fortunately my technical support contact with them has been minimal so far -- it's been working nicely actually (!?). Knock on wood.

I remember having a 768/384 DSL connection w/ at&t (then Ameritech here) -- and one day my PTP connection speed changed to 384/128. No reason or billing adjustment. Should have been 768/384 -- their tech support asked me if somebody else in the neighborhood god DSL and that's maybe why my speed "seems slower". Disconnect. Right there. They lost my telco / backup ISDN to VoIP that day too...

Be polite and in my experience I'm vetting how knowledgeable a person is that I'm talking to... Don't talk down to them, but be politely forceful in your request. They'll either "get it" or pass you up to someone who does.

Be prepared to DISCONNECT when necessary. I usually make that the second call once I realize I'm not "getting through" on the first one. Have secondary service setup and in place to mitigate disruptions.

Ugh. Technical support. I AM IT

+ - Apple to develop high-speed cloud and data center infrastructure->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has announced that it is implementing a high-speed data network and upgrading the way it designs its data centers, to be able to better compete with cloud services giants Amazon, Google and Microsoft. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple’s plans involve connecting its main data centers in California, Nevada, North Carolina and Oregon, and other states using its own private fiber optic links to improve content delivery speeds in densely populated areas. The tech firm has insisted that it will itself manage more of its traffic and not rely as heavily on renting server space from cloud service providers such as Amazon and Microsoft. Currently Apple data centers are also installed with third party equipment including HP servers, Cisco switches and NetApp storage. For now it is expected that Apple will maintain most of its existing vendor relations but plans to soon develop and bolster its existing infrastructure.
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Comment: Synology (Score 2, Interesting) 170 170

by krray (#48214497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
You're living in a digital cave IMHO.
Don't worry, I was too until recently...

Always mucked with fast external storage as the "main" solution -- firewire, thunderbolt, etc. This system is the main and had a few externals hooked up, that system had another, another over there for something else. It was a mess all around. How to back it all up??

Gave them all away -- bought a Synology

Then bought another (back it up :).

180-200M/sec throughput is the norm. On the network. Beats out most external drives I've ever come across. Everything ties into / backs up to the array. Home and work now too.

I use everything but Microsoft products. They're shit.

My filesystem is 60T w/ under 10T used today. I'll consider plugging in more drives or changing them out in the Synology somewhere between 2017 and 2020...

Comment: I fear (Score 1) 451 451

by krray (#46423189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

I think I fear for our children's future... (and mine)

> I'm 30, and I am a technology teacher [and]
> I like Microsoft products and would head in that direction, probably.

Is that what you teach? I mean, I realize Microsoft is a HUGE company making billions and billions every year. Amazes me people STILL buy their crap. The software they produce has pretty much always been bloated, slow, buggy, and a complete waste of my time. Thus I don't use them anymore.

> Is it too late for me to think about this?

YES. Apparently so. Go learn UN*X. Try BSD, learn to love Linux. Understand UN*X compared to Windows. Once you do you'll laugh at Microsoft.

> What is the best way to get started on this path?

Go to -- click on everything. Download and install Ubuntu (just my choice :) -- then once you "understand" ... go buy a Mac.

Comment: Re:I had to put down my 15 year-old dog. (Score 3, Interesting) 473 473

by krray (#45169113) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

I'm not sure why you got flagged funny.
Off-topic, sure, but FUNNY?

I'm with you though. Had to do the same not too long ago. 15 years and 10 months my black lab made it to. Hardest day of my life was putting him down.

And then shortly after... My uncle went ape-shit crazy. Killed his wife. And was shortly thereafter murdered himself by S.W.A.T. No joke.

And there sat the dog. So I got on a plane and drove the dog home +2,000 miles.

Probably the best dog I've ever had yet...

Comment: Obitalk (Score 1) 172 172

by krray (#44129415) Attached to: Is Google Voice Doomed To Be 2nd-Class Messaging System?

I guess I went a different direction with Google Voice. Best case my "home" line was a $25/mo VoIP line. $40/mo with the various Ma-Bells for a basic / barely use it line.

Then I ported existing home number first to Sprint (which was on some obscure VoIP provider which had ported it from at&t where it originated). Here I played a gamble as I already had an existing account with Sprint (wife's cell, I use wifi another GV# for mine w/ no issue). NOT having an account here would have seriously cost me [~$200]. Technically they could have charged me. $0 cost.

This could have just been a easy one step port, but because I was off on some unknown telco Google wouldn't port from I had to do it. Lost one day.

The moment the number went active / worked on the cell I initiated the new number request / port [one time $10 fee] with Google Voice for that number. It worked one day on the cell, and the next on Google Voice.

Then added Google Chat as a forwarded call line.

Bought the Obitalk device and configured it. One time fee $50. So for sixty dollars or within three months the move has paid for itself [so far :-].

Setup a free account ObiTalk at -- needed to configure the device...

So far Google / ObiTalk are $0/mo. EITHER one could change the terms and/or just cancel service with little to no notice. No notice with Obi and I'd just have to port my number someplace else. Same if Google cancels service (though they're good about notifying you). Problem: WILL Google port numbers out. Technically they are not a "telco" and I'm sure there's a loophole allowing them NOT to. Betting on "Do No Evil" here with my 30 year old phone number. Yes. It. Is. Cool.

Comment: Re:Apple wants to get it right? (Score 4, Informative) 252 252

by krray (#41843609) Attached to: Apple Delays Simpler and Cleaner iTunes 'to Get It Right'

AC is correct -- music from iTunes has been DRM free for years [again]. Originally it was all MP3's -- then yes, it was DRM'd AAC files.

Today it's DRM free AAC files -- that yes, have your Apple ID embedded. So what?

Even when it was encrypted it was trivial (for a geek :) to convert them to MP3's. Originally you could use your Firewire iPod connected to decrypt the files on the fly -- then Apple blocked that. Always has been possible to use something like Audio HiJack to re-record to MP3's.

Today -- just convert to MP3 in iTunes. No issue. And I keep going back to MP3 because of legacy devices connected to stereo's that only understand MP3's [original SliMP3's :-].

What the issue? Sales are up (and my stock :)

"Ninety percent of baseball is half mental." -- Yogi Berra