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* Posts by Rob F

11 posts • joined 4 Oct 2012

Virtual currency speculators shut down cloud

Rob F

Re: Cross Marketing

If you had said AWS and PrimeCoin, I would say you were on to something as they charge by the clock cycles. Companies like DigitalOcean are only going to make money on Pareto's Law where 20% of the servers are heavily used. If all your servers are running at 100% CPU 24/7, then it will get very expensive for them very quickly or they will have to change their business model.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

Rob F

Here in the land of the long cloud

NZD$649 around USD$10 cheaper than in Australia. https://ebgames.co.nz/featured/playstation-4

In general a 1 to 2 kg device would generally cost NZD$100 to deliver plus import tax for expensive items, so I'm not actually feeling too sore about it.

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Bill & Jobs' excellent adventure: Steve's tech looked better than mine

Rob F

Citrix

I use Windows/Office very happily on many a fondleslab with Citrix.

Citrix for the home user would be a nice addition.

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DoJ to Kim Dotcom: We never asked you to retain files

Rob F

Re: Whom to believe

It isn't that hard to fabricate an e-mail. You can fabricate the delivery path and the headers and even the content themselves. For that very reason, the football association only accept faxes or e-mailed scanned documents on the transfer deadline.

So unless Kim has something concrete like a signed document from them, then he's going to struggle to prove this case whether it is true or not.

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Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

Rob F

This is how I see it going

The final block will finally be sliced up and exhausted and then we will be on to the exciting game of highest bidder wins. Like carbon credits, the price will go up as the availability decreases and especially ISP's and hosting companies will have to acquire ranges any way they can. I have already been involved in a project where a company had an entire migration to a managed datacentre for their web-servers (some major clients) which was pretty involved, for the princely sum of a /20 range that they owned.

I also know Universities that have so many public IPs that they use public ranges internally so don't be surprised if they suddenly make a quick buck by selling some of those ranges.

The tipping point is when the price of these ranges changing hands becomes more expensive than just upgrading the infrastructure/using 6to4/etc. The question in my mind is just how quickly these prices go up. If it is reasonably gradual, then the majority will have time to get themselves sorted. If if goes into the stratosphere very quickly, then get out the popcorn because it is going to get interesting.

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Telecom NZ slashes cost of unexpected journeys

Rob F

Offsetting Vodafone's efforts

I'm pretty sure this is a response to Vodafone NZ releasing their Data Angel plan.

Pay NZD$15 when you land in Australia and get 100Mb of data. The same price gets you 40Mb in Europe, Asia and the USA. There are higher data amounts and usage lasts 30 days, which is pretty good.

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Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

Rob F

Beware uninformed customers

I worked for an insurance remediation contractor service in the UK on the IT side. I had to write a number of workflow systems through the CRM system to filter out anything that wasn't a verifiable complaint so it could could be correctly reflected in the reporting system.

People would complain because of things like we couldn't replace the model of sink that was manufactured 20 years ago or because we wouldn't repair beyond "as fit" (as per your insurance agreement). The majority of the real issues lay down to heel dragging on behalf of the insurer, agreed scope of the work and the customers understanding of that (i.e. it may not have been explained well). Most people don't read the fine print in their insurance and get bitten by it. Just because it was the cheapest insurance doesn't equate to equal coverage to a more expensive one.

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10 Gigabit Ethernet still too expensive on servers

Rob F

I am working on a education VDI deployment

on a large greenfield campus. Their preferential vendor was Dell and their core switching is Brocade.

Pricing up the Dell Blades was a strange one because the M620 comes with 10G on the LOM. Additional 10GB Broadcom cards were the same price as 1GB cards and that is before the insane discounts that the education sector gets.

The M1000e was kitted out with 6x IO Aggregators which have QSFP+ on board for a 40GB to uplink. Unless you start spending silly money trying to convert the QSFP+ to optical, you need a SFP+ or QSFP+ capable switch. The one that made sense was the Force10 S2410, but it doesn't exist any more so we had to go for the S4810 which comes in at $30k and then there is the price of the cables. Again education prices made these dramatically cheaper.

Where it got really expensive was the Brocade MLXe 24 port SFP+ modules. Unfortunately the Brocade MLXe doesn't support 40GB QSFP+, but their top of rack switches, the ICX 6615 does. Also Dell were being really fussy about what they would support, so this became a no go.

So really, this reiterates what others have said. Switch prices and options are the problem. I am struggling to justify having 96 SFP+ ports on a two-switch redundancy design, but it was really the only option given to us. When the environment is fully kitted out with SANs, uplinks, connections to the Blade Chassis, we will only need to use 4 per blade chassis, 1 per iscsi SAN and maybe 4 to the core.

Datacentres have a different problem, but environments that are smaller really need some smaller switch options to justify 10GB or a reduced price point.

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HP upgrades Linux Foundation membership to Platinum

Rob F

Re: Internal investment

Recently had to work on a DL380p and the new HP Intelligent Provisioning application on the NAND looks like it runs some form of Linux.

Also, if Steam starts to get serious about their Linux games, HP would be probably keen to ensure their prospective consumers have decent graphics drivers.

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Surface RT: Freedom luvin' app-huggers beware

Rob F

Re: "New apps can only be installed from the Windows Store"

The Computer nerd in me says that you are absolutely right, but my experience is that if Microsoft take a similar approach to the store as Google does then most users aren't going to care that they cannot run unsigned code. If they put their business interests first, then I guess it will be a race to see who unlocks the system first and get the EFF to defend it.

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ScanJet sings number one hit

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I think my favourite musical computer component goes to

What is Love on 8 Floppy Drives

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk_XaJ7gE4Q

and

Radiohead - Nude

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmfHHLfbjNQ

Could do without the torturous memory of waiting for tapes to load.

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