* Posts by Roger Lipscombe

7 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007

Xen says its security policies might be buggier than its software

Roger Lipscombe

Re: but surely

VM migration isn't quite as transparent as it could be, which means that AWS / Rackspace customers still have to plan for potential downtime.

Moreover, you need a sufficient number of patched hosts, otherwise have to move VMs from host 'A' to vulnerable host 'B' before you can patch 'A'. Then you have to move the VMs from 'B' back to 'A'. This results in annoyed customers, because their machines were moved twice, rather than once.

And now you have to do all of this within an announced and (hopefully) short maintenance window, so that your customers can make sure all of their devops guys are on deck for it.

The AWS fix for this was spread out over several days, with several multi-hour maintenance windows. It didn't impact us greatly, but it could have been a lot worse. For some customers, it might well have been.

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WD glams up SmartWare with Dropbox

Roger Lipscombe
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Previous versions

Dropbox does keep previous versions -- right click on the filename in the web browser.

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The terror dam of doom that looms over Boise, Idaho

Roger Lipscombe
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Re: Surely not

Volume of water is measured in gallons or liters (since this is in Idaho) or m^3. Acre-feet is like me measuring the area of my back garden in furlong-inches.

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Microsoft takes a back seat as Orange goes for the eyes

Roger Lipscombe
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...which sees a host of applications pre-installed

Great, so it'll be like a Windows PC (e.g. from Sony) where there's a whole heap of sh*t (usually 30-day trial versions) pre-installed that you don't want, and that's really hard to get rid of, just because Orange gets a back-hander from the vendor.

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Note to despots: You can't kill the internet

Roger Lipscombe

RE: Burma?

It was renamed Myanmar by the military dictatorship, and the UK doesn't recognise the change:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7013943.stm

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Dubai claims world's tallest building title

Roger Lipscombe

Express lifts versus local lifts

Charles has it about right. Tall buildings these days have express lifts that go to every tenth floor with slower lifts serving the floors in between.

It's not just for speed; it also uses less space in the core of the building. See Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_lobby.

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Gigabyte Odin GT 800W power supply unit

Roger Lipscombe

Naff monitoring software

If I never see another naff, custom-designed, skinned fan/temperature monitor, it'll be too soon.

Asus does it; Motherboard Monitor (MBM5) does it. They all look like sh*t, and usually don't work with a limited account (LUA).

I think that Microsoft should force hardware vendors to make this information available as standard Windows performance counters, which means that I can use standard tools to monitor them.

Maybe make this a logo requirement?

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