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Comment Re:How do you back up Ceph? (Score 5, Informative) 18

(Inktank community guy here)

There are a number of different options for backup/disaster recovery solutions with Ceph, depending on what piece(s) of the platform you are using. For instance, the object gateways (think S3) from multiple clusters can be plugged together for multi-site replication. The CephFS and block device portions both have snapshotting built in that can be replicated offsite.

In the medium-term we're looking at having a way to replicate your entire cluster over the wire at the RADOS level (underlying object store). Longer-term we'd love to be able to offer WAN-scale replication for a single cluster and the ability to snapshot a cluster (or portions/pools therein) easily.

I hope that helps. If you have more questions hit me up on #ceph at OFTC.net IRC.

Comment No mention of Roboform? (Score 1) 445

I have been using Roboform for over 5 years. Currently I have 600 sites/passwords, all different, stored on my laptop & password-protected. The beauty of Roboform is that it will fill in passwords for Windows programs like SSH & SFTP & VNC as well as logging you in to sites automatically.

Off my laptop I store Roboform2Go in a Truecrypt volume on a thumb drive.

In the cloud I use SpiderOak to store the password-protected passwords.

I'd like to know any reasons why this is not safe? It is most convenient & runs on my Linux box too.

I do NOT use Roboform online sync, only locally.

Comment Visipics is excellent. (Score 3, Informative) 243

I use VisiPics for Windows. It's a free software that actually analyses the content of images to find duplicates. This works very well because images may not have exif data or the same image may be different file sizes or formats.
I don't know if it will work under Wine, but it's worth a try.

Visipics is the only tool I have ever found that will reliably use image matching to dedupe; it is Windows only but I have used it on my own collections & it works very well indeed: http://www.visipics.info/

Now (v1.31) understands .raw as well as all other main image formats & can handle rotated images; brilliant little program!


Submission + - Three-Year Rise in Patent Lawsuits (syr.edu)

StevisF writes: The latest available data from the federal courts show that during January 2013 the government reported 530 new patent civil filings. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 46 percent over the same period one year ago, and is nearly two and a half times the level reported in January 2010 (up 147 percent).

Comment Re:What it needs is some beef (Score 1) 152

As one AC already pointed out, you should check out Ceph (full disclaimer: I work for Inktank now, the consulting services company that employs most of the core Ceph devs). Ceph is, at its heart a Distributed Object store, but we allow you to access in a number of different ways:
  • * Native API
  • * Via a RESTful interface that can handle native Amazon S3 and Swift API calls
  • * As a thinly provisioned block device
  • * Mount it as a POSIX-compliant file system via CephFS (although this is a bit rough for production environments just yet)

Josh Durgin has actually done some really interesting work in using the block device (RBD) to back Cinder which you can read a bit about here.

The cool part about Ceph is it was designed to be massively scalable (petabytes and beyond) and extremely fault tolerant / HA / etc. DreamHost actually just built out a huge production deployment of Ceph and OpenStack for their new DreamCompute / DreamObjects offering. If you have questions feel free to hit up the #Ceph irc channel at irc.oftc.net or poke me via email (my UN at inktank.com) and I'll see if I can't find the right person to help.

OpenStack really has some awesome potential, and we're excited about poking at it more with our semi-sharp Ceph-stick. Good luck.

Operating Systems

Why Are Operating System Version Names So Absurd? 460

jfruh writes "Apple's spent more than a decade on version 10 — or, rather, X — of its flagship operating system, with .x versions named after big cats (and many of them, it turns out, after the same big cats). Ubuntu Linux is scrambling to find ever more obscure animals to alliteratively name its versions after. And let's not even talk about Windows, whose current shipping OS is sold as Windows 7 but is really Windows NT 6.1. Why is this area of software marketing so ridiculous?"

Comment Re:Subsidized price (Score 1) 363

That list has 121 items on it and you took issue with thirty of them. Assuming you are 100 percent right, that still leaves 75 percent of what the OP said on the table...

Agreed. I had a Windows Mobile phone way back in the day and I trashed it for only two shortcomings:

1. The scroll bar on the contact list would get messed up, so that you could not scroll to the top anymore, so your top 5 contacts were inaccessible.
2. The phone would appear to have signal and be working properly, but it actually had fallen off the network.

Rebooting fixed both these issues in standard fashion :-)

Comment Re:The vast majority (Score 1) 432

Note this does not include the vast majority of what the government currently does, which falls well outside the limits of the constitution.

Please read this post as sung, thanks.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The preamble, at the very least, sets the tone of what the founders expected government to do.

Comment Transport in (for) London. (Score 1) 187

There has been a quiet revolution in real-time public transport information in London (UK) also.

Transport for London has equipped all buses with real-time GPS and this info is available via web and SMS.

Apparently they are looking for third-party developers to use their APIs but I've not seen anything yet.

Here's how to find when the next bus is coming:

Since most ticketing is now electronic (the Oyster card system) there is also live info an nearly all the millions of passengers; at the Transport Museum they have some displays showing this off.

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