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Comment Enjoying PostGreSQL myself ... (Score 1) 190

My healthcare IT supplier switched from using Oracle to PostGreSQL a few releases back, and since then it has been so much easier to work with them. Previously if we needed a test environment, or a migration environment, or a pre-prod or post-prod or whatever there was a significant cost for licences. Now they are using PostGres on Linux, we can spawn sandboxes to work data without thinking too hard. Or paying much.

Comment Medical imaging data needs backup (Score 1) 229

I am the technical architect for the Diagnostic Imaging solution for a number of National Health Service Trusts in the south of England. Currently, to provide the imaging for CT, MRI, a bit of cardio and a whole lot of plain xray and ultrasound, we have an archive of about 300TB of data. Replicated, and with local caching that is about 1PB of deployed storage. I am paying heavily for a second site replication, old school kind of solution, and it really doesn't scale well. Now I am looking at adding Digital Pathology to the shared imaging solution, and I really don't think that having two data centres growing to keep an online second copy of all of that data is viable; not least due to the cost of electricity of keeping a second copy spinning.

So, alternatives to this are:
Keep a second copy in the 'Cloud'. No clue on what my RTO would be.
Tape: Defined RTO, RPO, mostly passive means I don't have to worry too much about power consumption. I can keep multiple generations of data on tape if so required. My existing applications support Information Lifecycle Management and Online/Nearline/Offline storage heirarchies

Why would I NOT want a high density tape store as part of my solution?

Comment At least it will be safer for motorcycle riders (Score 1) 477

With all these vehicles on the road performing in a consistent, safe style rather than hare-brained petrolheads in their Subarus and Peugeots changing three lanes at once, it will be a lot safer to ride a motorbike - especially if 'White Van Man' is also history.

Comment Re: Ergo! (Score 1) 452

.. Ah, the old beam spring technology. I loved it, from Keyboard D onward. My first keyboard at IBM was an IBM 3277, which was lovely to type on, and for me, following keyboards were a cost-reduced attempt to emulate that delighful force feedback profile.

Also, the IBM AT keyboard had the function keys down the left hand side, where &deity. intended them. Hunting and pecking for the right F key over the top of the numerics, has meant that the use of F (or Programmed Function key) has fallen into disuse. Even Keyboard F for the IBM 3278 kept them down in a rectangular matrix that you could use to find a key without looking.

Comment I'm not sure how to classify my own use of Linux (Score 2) 282

I've a big machine in the office at home. Some of its time it is a media server, some of the time a database server, apache/php web server and so on; equally it is my go-to client machine for highly interactive desktop applications like schematic entry, PCB layout, graphics and so on. Now it is not the music production machine, and on that I am using low latency kernel and I keep down the number of server-like processes. But they both came from the same distro, with light bits of tuning and configuration. I really, really don't want to have to manage multiple disparate distros based on usage of the day.

Comment Re:anyone remember when (Score 1) 316

My first hard disk failure at home was a 20MB drive .. it failed to spin up one cold morning. I eventually got it going by giving it a good lateral twist when applying power, and it started again. Needless to say I took the opportunity to copy the entire volume onto my brand new 30MB replacement hard disk. The 20MB became a doorstop to my office for many a year - being a 5.25 inch drive, full height, it weighed enough to keep the door open in a gale.

Comment I can't ever work for IBM again .. (Score 1) 282

I took 'voluntary' separation from IBM, and part of the conditions for leaving with a lump sum was that I can never work for IBM either directly or via an agency or contract anywhere in the world ever again.

There's always a risk that IBM would take over all of the major employers and I would have been right royally fucked, but then what are the real chances of that ever happening?

Happiness is a hard disk.