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+ - IT disaster recovery lessons from Waffle House-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In IT, we often find ourselves in situations where planning for the future is the choice we would like to make, but making such plans would take away from the work we need to do now. Such is the lot of human beings: We can conceive of the future, but we're pretty bad at actually planning for it.

One example of such planning gaps in the IT world is that old bugaboo, disaster recovery. Everyone in IT knows they should do it, but rarely it gets done. In fact, disaster recovery planning is something that is not getting done in a lot of organizations. But every once in a while, an organization can break the mold and do a better job.

You wouldn't think Waffle House restaurants, a staple of interstate exits throughout the U.S. Southeast, would be a model for disaster recovery, but they are. The 24-hour restaurant chain has drawn up such a good disaster plan for their stores, people started noticing. If there's a natural disaster, such as a flood, hurricane, or tornado, Waffle Houses are pretty good about keeping their doors open and their hash browns flinging."

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Comment: Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (Score 2) 399

by macxcool (#46859003) Attached to: Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches
I agree. When I write anything of significant length which, I'll have to admit, doesn't happen as much as it used to, I prefer one of my fountain pens. They're attractive and different, but mostly I just like the way they write. Neither one of them was very expensive.

Comment: Arch and ArchBang (Score 4, Interesting) 357

by macxcool (#38460614) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?
I like cobbling together my own desktop too... sometimes. I have a family computer at home with KDE, but my own laptop uses ArchBang which is really Arch Linux with Openbox. Openbox is very sparse though and you can use your own menus, taskbar, system tray, etc. etc. etc. I like the control and I like finding out what's out there and trying new solutions to the Desktop 'problem'.

+ - Good book for beginner Python programmer

Submitted by macxcool
macxcool (1370409) writes "I'm in technical support in an XP/Active Directory environment but have been working with Linux for many years. I've programmed in Commodore Basic ;-) (many years ago) and Bash (of course, including some fairly complex scripts) but am very interested in Python. Can anyone recommend a book that would get me into Python perhaps using an IDE like Eric. I'd like to have something that would get me doing some projects and get into GUI programming as well.
What do you think?"

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