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* Posts by Dwayne

30 posts • joined 25 Apr 2008

Google's Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off

Dwayne

Re: More internet of things

Totally agreed. Yesterday I almost poured gasoline over my toast.. Could have been disastrous!

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With 10 foot ceilings, the nest wave was actually a useful feature for only one detector located in the kitchen. I had not purchased other detectors as my house has wiring for mains connected detectors with a third wire for linking them together. Burning toast in the kitchen used to set every single detector in the house screaming. Pushing a button to silence a detector is a PITA and involves a dangerous balancing act so I'm looking forward to Nest fixing this little glitch. As far as hackers and such and over the wire updates, just sensationalist journalism.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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The best new phone ever - For free.

I have an iPhone 5 and I'm really really impressed with iOS 7. The look and feel of the phone is so different while being intuitive and faster. The graphical elements and transitions are smooth and pretty much everyone I know who has an iPhone is raving about their iOS 7 upgrade. Well done apple for pulling this off so well.

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

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FAIL

Re: I'd look at the Battery Power Conditioning Circuits

I believe temperatue also plays a role in this. My friendly Li battery expert who provides me with Li batteries for Dive Propulsion Vehicles has charging/load protection to stop the use of the battery when the battery is too cold. Bad stuff happens to Li batteries when they get too cold and once the battery has been frozen, its basically kaput. It is winter in the Northern Hemisphere and I have to ask what temperature cycling is occurring in the belly of an aircraft sitting for extended periods in below freezing conditions while the aircraft is powered down?

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

Dwayne
IT Angle

iSCSI

Any feedback which units support iSCSI? Also clarification if shared CIFS/NFS mounts are support would be helpful?

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DIY virtual machines: Rigging up at home

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Virtual on virtual

I went with the MacBook Pro Core i7 with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD... Two ESXi Servers with a number of VMs plus W2K8 Server for Virtual Center and a W7 Desktop.

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Gas bill climbed £13,000 after correct online reading given

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Unhappy

I actually got billed...

1. Early days of bill pay - I had my gas bill set up to auto pay but bank bill pay system did not have limits.

2. Gas man read the wrong number and gas company billing system assumed I had wrapped the gas meter.

3. Gas company billed me for $7000+ dollars and bank bill pay happily obliged.

Took two weeks for the gas company to credit my account.

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Apple seals $66bn in Jobsian wallet

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Get it right

Because great people busted their guts to build a fine company and great people lost their lives on the job so we can have the pleasure of filling our tanks with gasoline.

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Get it right

ExxonMobil (no space) or Exxon Mobil Corporation (space)... Certainly not Exxon Mobile

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Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate

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Wish it was better news but it keeps on getting worse...

IAEA reports detail workers were exposed to 2-6 Sv in contaminated water... This is just an ugly situation and likely confirms loss of primary containment.

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EMC blows benchmark away - again

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WTF?

The fast and the furious

LOL!! Thats what NetApp have been doing for years!

http://blogs.netapp.com/dave/2008/02/controversy-net.html

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Gone with the wind

Nope - EMC like NetApp provides NAS via integrated or gateway. The SPECsfs2008 above is based on a gateway solution which scales from 1-8 data movers. Backend (VNX) storage array(s) can be independent.

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a bridge too far

http://www.spec.org/sfs2008/

Well - SPECsfs2008 is not a $/IOPS - It's performance benchmark and its pretty telling how a specific vendor solution can and will scale. When you (or I) develop an industry standard benchmark for $/IOPS against specific capacities, the benchmark would be no more real world than SPECsfs2008.... Just enjoy the fun and take it for what it is.

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the sound of music

...I'm a geek and I am interested to see how specific vendor solutions can be scaled for performance... Spec benchmarks are a great way to showcase this.

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BT fibre-to-the-premises trial takes 7 hours per install

Dwayne

Verizon FIOS - Redondo Beach, USA

Verizon FOIS to the house which provides Digital TV, 4 POTS Lines, and currently Internet at 25Mbps down, 5Mbps Up requires pulling a fiber from the splitter hanging on a pole across the street to the roof and down the side of the house to a box which splits out the various services. An install takes 4+ hours if you also figure in the TV DVR and any funky internal wiring. Certainly 7+ hours is not unusual. Once its in, its rock solid. Just takes time to pull old copper and replace with fiber.

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The Woz speaks: Fusion-io plans IPO

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Just another title...

What problem are we trying to solve? The issue is SAS/SATAx is not as fast as PCI Express... Fix the bus with a Universal bus technology and FusionIO is relegated to the bit bucket... Watch this space for Universal/High Speed bus technologies!

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Just another title

Fusion IO is just another form of DAS. Freeing up captured (DAS) storage is one of the fundamental benefits of a SAN.... FusionIO is only fast and accessible to the server its installed in... Might as well stick it in a storage array and throw some tiering software at it.

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Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data

Dwayne

Takes time to get home...

...once the drive leaves the data center, the data is open to be compromised. Who's to say you actually did what you said you did?

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Police turn to extreme-sport mobe sucking

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Motorola Clamshell...

Scuba diving off the coast of Southern California and found a Motorola clamshell on the bottom at 45 feet. Took it into work and dried it out and we were able ti power it up. Had been on the bottom for ~30 hours. Original owner was very surprised - He had dropped it into the ocean while fishing.

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Intel needs to rethink security to profit from McAfee buy

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Power, Performance, Protection...

Pick two.

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Permabit's killer dedupe technology

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Making the Connection.

From Permabit...

"http://www.permabit.com/videos/dedupe-exposed-video.asp" -

Both Archive and backup with deduplication... Inline deduplication algorithms... Where have I heard this before? Chris help me?? Where have we heard this before???

Oh gosh - Just cannot make the connection this morning but hey Permabit makes dedup and NetApp does too and NetApp does purchase advertising from my employer so lets stuff NetApp into the article!

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NetApp plays out ASIS dedupe lead

Dwayne

The Difference In Dedup

Anonymous - Not sure I would agree with your assertion that somehow 1.8B was a good price but $2.1B was not. Data Domain global multisite de-duplication for both an archive tier of storage and backup just makes sense. Certainly not to be compared with local (individual file system) within a single array de-duplication offered by others. A big difference in de-duping 2-60 individual file systems across multiple arrays vs global across the enterprise which is why if the job is to save on primary storage space, compression on local file systems can work just as well if not better.

Also not sure what you are getting at by saying you avoid reading the entire array to make a backup? Arrays can fail whether there is SSD, FC, SAS, SATA, Compression or Dedup. The DD approach is high speed inline global de-duplication with replication. If you combine an archive Tier with your DD environment, you basically get global archive for free since its likely the archive has been backed up.

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Grenade

Remember Data Domain anyone?

NetApp doesn't do inline dedup because it could not afford it.

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PARIS pops down to QinetiQ

Dwayne

Oil

Mount the syringe vertical - Pointy end up. Add some vege oil plus the 15cc of air. Air should sit on top of oil and push down on the oil/plunger.

Dwayne

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Google promises what Jobs hates in next Android

Dwayne
FAIL

A big deal about nothing...

What a joke - I'm certainly not going to rush out and purchase a handset just because has flash on it.

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Intel investigates after retailer sold fake CPUs

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Another + for newegg.com

Nothing but positive experiences from this company and I have purchased quite a bit of kit from them.

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Symmetrix and the death of monolithic arrays

Dwayne

IBM SVC Tax

What's the deal about SVC?

V-Max is intelligent storage engines that communicate over a redundant fabric - Rapid IO. No intelligence in the fabric - Just really fast switches.

SVC is the hardware tax you pay to IBM to allow rebranded netapp, ibm, and whoever elses array IBM wants to sell this week to be managed as a single array.

Th idea of dropping in a new v-max array onto the floor and it federates itself into the virtual storage environment connected by a very high speed fabric is a very compelling vision of the future for data migration, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

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Pillar embraces Intel SSDs

Dwayne
IT Angle

Intel Not Equal STEC

There is no comparison between the Intel and STEC drives - X25 IOPS much lower, single interface on X25 vs 2 IO interface on STEC, no cache or power loss cache de-staging mechanism.

I think Intel sums it up when they say in the data sheet: "The Intel X25-E SATA SSD primarily targets high-end workstations, desktops, gaming and various server/storage applications."

STEC are clearly the market leader in Enterprise Flash Drives - You get what you pay for.

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iPhone 3G isn't necessarily

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Jobs Horns

Aussie Newspapers are saying the same thing

Really is a global problem.

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EMC's love/hate relationship with thin provisioning

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Virtual Provisioning Please

It's called Virtual Provisioning in the EMC world.

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