137 posts • joined Wednesday 13th January 2010 22:04 GMT
Yes, dull, dull
Only 8 comments, that's how Dull this whole business about Dull is.
If the article was about a revolutionary user interface or the latest tweak of a fondling thing we'd be at 88 comments in no time at all.
FWIW, I think Mr Dell should be let get on with his plan (I believe he thinks he can do a Jobsian job on Dell but then he hasn't got the balls to do it while facing 'The Street' every 12 weeks).
iCan simply sees an opportunity to make money, isn't that the American way?
So earthshatteringly relevant
that only 3 comments ensued.
Opensauce is really cool stuff but it doesn't get sold. Peeple need to be sold stuff for things to happen. Hordes of expensively besuited sales, nay account, managers patrolling the mahogany sidled corridors gunning for c level targets. TCO models, RoI proof cases, non-committal commitments and win-wins. Can't do that for free beer, doesn't work.
The Meg and Dave Show
Too little, too late. Too little, as in 8GBytes, and too late, as in it's 2013.
Nail on head
You hit the nail on the head in your opening paragraph, effectively posing the question: "can your infrastructure survive failure".
My day job exposes me to many IT shops who simply cannot answer that positively, it's really scary how many. They neglect to ask themselves, "what happens when 'x' fails?", and plan for the inevitable.
Few take an integrated, systems and services focussed approach. In regard to the rest of the article, I'd have liked to have read more more about what makes a storage system, be that block or file. In my book an array is isn't a system, it's just a pile of rust externally connected to a server system whereas a storage system has to be something that adds some considerable value to those little modules of rust: e.g. data integrity on top of the hardware redundancy, local & remote replication, efficiency, performance management, to name a few.
Keep these articles coming, they make for genuine discussion and an interesting distraction from the vendor fodder that has to make up most of El Reg's output.
I misread the headline as "Pointless Internet Biz Pinterest....." and the first line as "Online crap repository".
Not far off the truth, eh?
Lawyers and shoes
So, do they all wear white shoes at the law firm?
Don't understand the lingo old chap, "drops"?
In my little corner of the anglophone world the verb means to let go of, to let fall from one's grasp.
I nearly missed this story......
Re: What will the regulators make of this?
It's only a $3bn share of a $22bn capitalisation. Can't see the regulators get too excited.
Now, if only Dell's old 'pal' Joe Tucci felt inclined to weigh in......
£100m? For the UK? Scalextric probably turn over more than that.
Aircraft + fire
Just about the worst scenario you can have.
Engines throwing blades, yea, aircraft are designed to cope with that. The chickens attest to that & the more engines the better.
Fire... especially anywhere in the fuselage. Bad, bad, bad.
Boeing has messed up here, bad. I spent some around Boeing when they kicked off the triple 7 program & I was highly impressed at what I saw.
Failure: plan for it
Totally agree on the point made about understanding failure modes. It's a trait that I note is dangerously lacking in many 'architects' I have met of late.
Tablets would be considered secondary mobile devices after a mobile phone/smartphone, right? I you agree with that why would 3G be necessary on a tablet? Oh yes, 'cause the cellco's want to up their subs count.
A MiFi (unlocked, of course) or a tethering phone is a much better plan.
We need to get back to network operators operating networks and nothing else.
Ofcom or ofdev
Maybe they should rule that the telco's provide network time & Joe Punter gets a lease agreement with a bank for the device of his choice.
That'd put some good, solid business back to the banks.
Sum total of variance is 1.41 of something, is that a wow or a damp squib?
Servers just leave me cold.
the manufacturing site mentioned in the video for Atlas, during its later days through ICL & Fujitsu Services, had an informative mural on a corridor showing the evolution of the UK computer industry including Atlas. I think the tower at West Gorton might be gone now as it was shedding lumps from on high when I was last there.
why is this worth writing about?
Back in 2008 Paul Maritz was CEO of PI Corporation which was acquired by EMC.
Is someone wedded to a PI idea? That's all.
Re: Has Ciso never checked TP-Link's catalog?
That item does it the wrong way round, it consumes rather than serves the 3G service. It doesn't even seem to include the 3G hardware.
So that 's STEC and OCZ looking like they've overcooked the FLASH game.
It's not everything it's cracked up to be...
Know your niche and stay there.
The men from Japan just don't get it.
The core platform might be sexy good but everything around it is just bad, really, really, bad.
The website: playstation.com or .net or whatever. An appalling morass of incoherent junk.
The "strategy” of pricing for memory cards (not the game cards, just the add-on storage). Sorry, punters really don't like being taken for dicks. EPIC fail.
I tried to help my son get some music onto his Vita this week: another EPIC fail. Obviously the memory card can't be plugged into any other PC like system; OK try mounting the device via USB, nope, not recognised; no way I'm installing a load of Sony bloat ware; revert to PLAN B - let's just put the music on your Android phone.....
The men from Cupertino win, I think there's a couple of iPad Minis headin this way come the big roly poly scarlet besuited one.
I baulked at the first paragraph then bailed out half way throught the second. Editor, help, please?
I've only cursorily scanned the comments but dozens are very useful units. I can count to 144 using my two hands. No doubt if we looked at the history of weights we'd find some explanation why 14s and 16s were the multiples there.
But, today, even my pen counts so I don't need to use fingers, toes, staves on a barrel, whatever.
Geography and lottery
Satellite comms work on a big geographic scale, the UK is smaller than Texas with quite a few thousand telephone exchanges so there's more local loop coverage. Too few punters UK to really make satellite services viable for consumers.
Camelot, lottery and sat comms: they needed reliable comms, preferably under one contract for the whole country from the Scottish islands to Cornwall and all points east to west across England, Wales & Northern Ireland - only option was satellite. They must have upwards of 50,000 locations, not a big throughput requirement, sat works.
Like the enlightening AC, above, I have past professional knowledge of a network required to service a 'retail' business network that covered the UK, top to bottom and side to side. It required landline, satellite and mobile service providers. The services are there if you need them but as with anything, 'pays your money and makes your choice'.
iOS devices have been flakey on my WiFi for ever, that includes an iPhone 4S, and iPad and an AppleTV (the first iOS 720p version).
If I look at the router management console I can see they're constantly dropping the connection & renewing it!
I got Apple to exchange an AppleTV over it but the replacement wasn't any better.
I can also confirm that it works fine without security set, either WPA/WPA2 (didn't bother checking WEP).
I live with it, if I want to watch a movie I generally just recycle power on the new tear & it holds out long enough.
On bigger fleas backs do littler fleas live
I don't understand how anyone can believe that I'm going to buy their crappy product when someone metaphorically waves a banner, promoting it, in my face from a bit of a web page that really should be white space.
Even stoopider are the sheep who think (or in the case of Facebook, thunk) that it's the next (fools) gold rush.
So £13.7, or so, for Belfast? BT has already had chunk of cash from devolved government for fast b/band rollout in NI in 2 tranches I think. Most Belfast exchanges are now 21CN and FTTC enabled, 'orrible big green cabinets everywhere, plus some FTTH. Virgin's all over the city too.
Don't quite get what that dosh is gonna buy, not complaining mind you, I've got 80/20 FTTC from the cab a few metres up the street & I live in a medium sized village that's benefitted already.
What goes around
Sir Peter Gershon who did all the efficiency stuff for dear old Tony & co (you remember, the last lot of story tellers we subjected ourselves to) described the Civil Servants who try to do real stuff like IT as "talented amateurs".
Actually, the worst is that some of the cast offs from "Talented Amateurs" are finding their way into the commercial sector & that's really funny!
Transformation. What's wrong with change?.
See the problem is that the offshore wallahs don't have the experience of what "sh1t hitting the fan" means. I've been there, in a professional/business capacity, the offshore culture simply doesn't have the experience to deal with operations of this importance.
This is a terse post, it may appear politically incorrect but it's Friday evening & I'm tired.
an Acer Revo.
For casual, non techie users, I've set a few Acer Revos up among the usual friends & family cohort one gets the "help!" calls from. With Ubuntu installed, the phone certainly rings less often.
The Linux variant of the Revo is usually less than £200 (& it has HDMI).
I think Google & Samsung are onto a loser here. The review is clear, the thing isn't going to do what even the mst casual user expects.
So DD seems to have done a pretty good job of owning the disk based dedupe appliance market. But that really only goes out to 100s of TBytes (raw) primarily for recovery purposes?
Petabyte archives? Different use case & in this big data world, sure, only tape can handle that: pure economics, simple.
But how many shops have multi-petabyte requirements? Some yes, but not as many that can make use of disk based dedupe.
Who's pulling the strings
BT has history here (hasn't everyone?). They had public money to roll out ADSL2 for 8mb to every exchange & then they got funded to roll out FTTC just about everywhere too.
Wanda likes 80Mb broadband.
I have a vague recollection that BT-Openzone rolled out a city wide WiFi network not so long ago but hey, who could be arsed to pay for that & the steeple BT Broadband customers won't be up to working out how to use that.
So the cynic in me suspects that this City Centre WiFi net will be provided by BT-Openzone as a means to recoup their outlay from someone.
I believe the idea for Windows 8 is that you have something like an Acer Iconia W500 tablet or that outrageously expensive Samsung Series 7 touch & pen-tastic slate.
Either drops easily onto a dock at one's desk or gets carried around, well, like an iThing.
So it's a multifunction device - desk bound and pret-a-porter. I kinda like the idea but the lack of any software worth a poo is rather frustrating, I actually do like the Metro tile with active content idea. Sheeple don't like complex ideas though & this might just be perceived as neither one nor the other.
I think the play will be for the new corporate mobile "paradigm". BYOD (Android or iPad) isn't going to work in so many places.
The last thing we, the people, should do...
is agree to such junk.
Re: my first
If those companies were directly taxed they'd just take off altogether. Less direct disincentives would be more appropriate like the public sector positively discriminating companies products based on contribution to UK plc.
Let's face it, who sets corp tax policy? It's a compromise between big biz & the gov.
Monopolies in their field
BAE Systems & Sky (refer yesterday's rant).
Who's going to play the Tom Watson part & get those BAE skeletons out of the cupboards?
Re: If only
Agree, this habit of tech vendors playing consumers along with 12 month teases is tiresome (eg PS Vita). Sure, this is research & perhaps needs some exposure to garner feedback but I subscribe to the 'gut instinct' philosphy: if you believe it, just do it.
Vertical vs horizontal models
It seems to be accepted that Sky has a monopoly on most sports.
British Gas, British Telecom, Electricity Boards, etc, used to have the same monopoly through end-to-end, vertical, integration to provide those old style utilites. They were re-regulated to introduce competition.
Do the same with Sky - break 'em up, change the regulation. Leave them with the wholesale layer to deal with the Premiership, the FA, Bernie Ecclestone, the PGA, etc, but keep them away from the consumer.
Then reseller can trade what he wants & provide a more flexible feed to the consumer. Maybe not pay per view but get what you want, not what the platform proscribes. If I want the F1 channel I buy access from an intermediary: maybe my cellco, maybe my ISP.
US telecom form factor maybe
19" is the EIA racking form factor that telcos may have standardised in N America but I started my career in UK telecoms and the racks were definitely wider and higher, so much so that each aisle had a fun travelling ladder. A big thick copper busbar fed -50V DC along the aisle.
Interesting to see the mould/mold being recast but when you're defining technology at this industrial scale you do have the freedom to make the rules at triple rack level.
In my day job nowadays I see few environments that require more than one commercial blade chassis (not to say there's still many over provisioned CPU & memory shops out there).