514 posts • joined 4 Jul 2007
Re: success rates in restoring from tape?
Which tape formats did you try to recover from?
It sounds like DAT, MiniDV, or possibly a 40GB DLT...
Re: Lowest-cost archive medium
DO NOT mention DAT and backups together!
The only media worse than DAT is VHS tapes. Even 8mm tapes were better!
DAT tapes can't F! handle the all the sudden starts, stops and winding operations and will stretch the band, making it unreliable after just a few uses.
I've used them all, DAT, Mini DV, 8mm, QIC, SLR, DLT, super DLT, LTO2, LTO3, LTO4...
And probably a few I've managed to repress the memory of...
For home use today, I'd say to use multiple USB or networked HDDs, do 'full backups' and not to trust a drive older than 3 years.
I have a 'main' 4TB networked drive at home(locked in a closet together with the router), and two USB drives of the same capacity. Every month I backup the networked drive to one of the USB drives, and bring it 'offsite(drawer in my office), then I bring home the other drive to await the next 'full backup'
Any changes between the backups is copied to a USB-stick.
In the case of many changes or lots of files added(ripping a complete Dr. Who season from DVD, maybe) I do the backup as soon as the changes are done instead of waiting for the 'monthly'
Digital photography and inkjets...
While digital photography seems to have matured(I still can't take a decent picture, though... but now I can't blame the camera), inkjets are a different matter...
Sure, some of them now has ink that costs less than high-end perfume, and sure they print pretty pictures... then they start clogging...
Porn industry and 'emerging technology'...
As there are now flexible materials coming on the market, and even dedicated printerheads capable of working with silicone and similar materials... How long until you can print replicas of 'anatomical details' of actors/actresses?
'Ribbed for your pleasure'...
That fibre-attached SAN?
Was it a HP 2324fc?
If 3 drives dies, the controller handling that array goes down. And the other controller?
Instead of taking over, which HP drones told us it would do, decides to lock up in sympathy...
Try finding a serial number on it... without pulling it from the rack...
(No beancounter will EVER be allowed to touch the back of a rack I'm responsible for.)
And while I can't really blame the Brokade SANswitches on them, I'm going to anyway, since we have the models that fits in the back of HPs C7000 blade enclosures...
I feel dirty every time I log in to reconfigure them... And that's without using WinME to connect...
Re: Prior Art
The 5300 'HindenBook' came with either Ni-mh or Li-ion battery packs, and it was the Li-ion batteries(manufactured by Sony, who claimed that Apple screwed up in the charging circuitry) that caught fire.
The BEST, PRACTICAL use of a 3D printer was demonstrated 2 years ago...
Have anyone seen the carpet I bought last week?
That, and a roll of duct tape seems to have disappeared from my car...
Oh well, it was just a cheap IKEA carpet. No big loss.
Cars with motorized windows also 'assemble themselves' when the driver locks the door and the automatics closes the windows?
Man, who oversaw that project?
Re: Practical action?
you're kidding, right?
Hotmail and Google at least, have even removed the X-originator line from email headers, so it's now F! impossible to track it back to the sending PC, Open proxy or VPN service.
The only way these days, to find the spambots is to set up a dummy forum and log the IPs of new registrations.
Re: and in the real world
And how do you block webmail?
(Besides YaHell and Gmail, of course)
I have two webmail services I use regularly, and one or two that are 'not so regularly' checked.
What kind of topping?
Re: Trevor for the win!
Sure it's security.
A NATing firewall won't resend anything that it doesn't have a translation entry to.
And only machines on the inside of the NAting firewall can set up those tables(done automatically when it accesses something on the outside. )
Which means sending a 'reply' package won't get through to a machine on the inside unless it has actually sent an initial package outward first.
It's a pretty effective filtering mechanism, really.
(Unless the attacker can sniff outgoing packets, of course)
Trevor for the win!
Yeah, I can't understand why they threw out NAT, either.
Maybe they thought the only reason people used it was to allow more computers to use the same IP?
(Which is kind of a neat, thing, really)
But the most important reason is to hide your computers.
I want as many layers of security between my computers and the big, bad internet as is possible.
Why couldn't they just have added a couple of octets and said "jobs a done, now for a pint at the pub"
Re: Can't beat the original
you know, if you stand on a specific point on the righthand platform, and fire continually to the right, none of the aliens will ever hit you...
(Or was it on the lefthand platform, firing to the left? Need to dig it out and play a few games... )
It's incredible what a joystick and a couple of rubber bands could do to help your score...
Re: As pointed out above
It IS easier to survive a tsunami out to sea than on shore.
The big wave doesn't really start to form and crest until it gets close to shore.
Far out on deep water you'll only notice gentle swells.
Unless it's caused by a ginormous hunk of rock dropping at supersonic speeds into the drink close by, of course...
Re: The customer is always...
Please tell me you have a picture of that...
Don't touch that CABLE!
Last year, I think it was, I had a call from one of our offices. They had moved the big multifunction machine(print/copy/scan/fax) around a bit, and had managed to rip out the fax cable...
They had found a similar cable but that didn't work...
(I knew that the office had had 3 major rebuilds of the wiring in the years since it was built, and also that the first fax in that location had been a bit 'special', so the odds were that the cable had been a custom job)
I told them to NOT touch the cables, then jumped into the car and set off for a 1.5Hour trip.
Guess what I found when I arrived?
Not a single cable!
The one they had borrowed, they had of course returned, and the broken one they had tossed out somewhere.
So instead of spending 5 minutes making a copy of the old one, or just crimping on a new connector, I spent an hour digging through 2 decades of dust and grime following the cabling to the end, and replacing every custom job with standard cables.
The same with printers.
If someone calls me to tell me there's a paper jam, and that the 'paper ripped' when they tried to fix it themselves, I always tell them not to throw away the pieces. Which they do anyway...
(Luckily, they usually throw them in the closest recycling box, though, so I can find them)
Why I want the pieces?
So that I can tell if there's still paper trapped in the machine or not.
(I'd rather spend a minute with a paper jigsaw than 15 minutes with my hands inside a contraption of sharp edges, fiddly screws and god knows what, making certain the bl**dy thing won't crash again 5 minutes after I leave)
Re: Oh good
Did you enjoy the course?
Then it was the right one!
If it doesn't have anything to do with your current job it just means you have to be a bit more creative when he asks you what you learned...
My IT department was first 'Data', then it became IT, IKT, and yeah... there may have been a short stint of IS in there, too.
Re: Time to rebrand HR....
Sounds like he got everything accounted for...
Actually, I think some manufacturers of frozen pizzas have found a way to do this already as their product tastes like cardboard...
Re: Jheez, poor bastard. :\
And the way to see who is a good sysadmin from a bad is if he admits that he screwed up or tries to blame someone else.
If he blatantly blames someone else, he's a bad one.
Taking the blame is a good one...
Successfully laying the blame on Microsoft... Well, then you have a bona-fide Guru on your hands.
Re: Sleeper trains to China? (and the rest of europe)
I'd rather spring for a 4 berth cabin... Probably quite a lot quieter than a 4 birth cabin...
Re: Every time a government spokesman...
Actually, government spokesmen should be kicked in the balls before they're even allowed to speak as they're bound to say something like that anyway, and it's just as well to get it done with...
Re: Low quality, low applicability.
When they say "stupid accurate" do they talk about the app or the user?
Re: What's old is new again.
See what was done?
How they used to dump trash back then?
Or how to completely mismanage and ruin a game before even a single line of code was written?
There's a lot of examples of that already. No need to dig one up...
Re: Sharp PA-W1400 "Word Processor"
You didn't try to replace the drive in the Sharp, then?
Re: Sorry Neil McAllister.
Most probably your issue wasn't sh!te floppies, but really sh!te drives...
The latter years of 3.5" drives were so unreliable that you could sometimes be amazed that they managed to hit the floor if you dropped them...
The stuff they sell as USB-based drives today?
I've started to bring 'findings' from the office home with me for analysis instead of trying to read them in the USB-based drive. (I have a 'fair collection' of 3.5" and 5.25" drives that I can trust at home. I also have Zip, Jaz, Clik! and a host of other formats, even a MD Data drive. No Bernoulli or LS120 drives, though.)
The Cryoflux was new to me, though.
hope shipping doesn't take too long...
Re: Not that bad
It's a lot better than most 'tributes' to famous people I've seen.
Re: "Because ethernet and wireless are the same."
As if you need to hack their GPS for people to drive into rivers, onto and along railway tracks, narrow foot-trails along cliffs and so on...
Re: No, dowsing isn't another Blah!
Frankly, I wouldn't want to do a JREF test.
First of all, this is for 'supernatural' or paranormal abilities.
Dowsing has nothing to do with the mumbo-jumbo crowd.
If it IS in fact based on geomagnetism, then it's a natural phenomena, and we just need to figure out exactly how it works. Unfortunately, there isn't a reputable scientist in the world willing to touch dowsing with an Imperial pole(much less a dowsing rod) because he'll be instantly ridiculed and lose all standing in the community.
(I'm no scientist, and frankly have no idea where to start, even if I had time to do it. Which I don't. )
Then there's the possibility that it was a fluke that I managed to find water that time.
Or maybe the dirt is the wrong type for dowsing to work, maybe a piece of quartz or a granite boulder triggers a 'false' positive.
Yeah, right... That would look good on a test.
All I'm certain of is that the man who taught me the stuff all those years ago used to drive a hydraulic digger, and he never damaged a single cable throughout his career. He even avoided old german phone cables from WWII and slightly more recent NATO cabling, neither of which are on the official maps.
Re: No, dowsing isn't another Blah!
Hey, anon F! tard...
(I used my name. What are you afraid of?)
I have no idea what you're raving about...
I was mentioning finding water, and you're complaining about stress?
As I understand it, running water such as an underground stream will subtly distort the geomagnetic field, much the same way a conductor in a magnetic field will.
The same with metals.
And it's NOT about water that's so deep you have to drill for it. If it's deeper than you can dig in a inute or two with a shovel, I wouldn't even bother looking for it. (I'm a lazy bugger... )
How this interacts with the dowsing rods, though, I have no idea, and until I do, I'm not going to make a fool of myself on TV.
No, dowsing isn't another Blah!
I've actually tried it, and managed to find water.
(Don't know if I could do it 'on order' though. Probably be too stressed out)
It's not electricity, though.
(or at least not just electricity)
It probably has more to do with magnetism and that cables or underground streams affects the local geomagnetic field.
But the local politicians doesn't HAVE the power to decide what is or isn't acceptable roadsigns.
Which they knew, of course. They gave the OK to gain popularity because they knew that 'someone else' would say no later.
And yeah, we're really, really boring people.
Comes from being frozen solid in blocks of ice for months, then a slow thaw until right before it's time to find a suitable block of ice to lie down on again...
Re: Mixing measurements
Which maple leaf would that be?
Canadian or Norwegian....
Re: Getting beer too weak or strong is not as bad a fault as crashing a spaceship
Not as bad?
Without beer, that spaceship would probably never have existed in the first place!
Beer is the fuel for the creative genious, the backyard hacker, the honest workman...
How many inventions haven't begun with two blokes enjoying a cold one after a long days work, and one saying 'I wonder if...'
The whitehouse has a microbrewery... Just saying...
The only GREEN way of handling paper is...
Not Effing use it!
In my organisation we had a big problem of users coming to a location, connecting their PC to the network to read email or browse lolcats or whatever, and of course printing the sh!t to one printer or another...
Checking WHICH printer is set as default before printing?
That tended to waste a bit of paper. Especially when they accidentally sent long documents to one of the A0 Designjet plotters...
Now we're using a system 'Papercut' combined with card readers on all larger printers.
Anything they send to the printer but doesn't actually print out within 3 days is automatically deleted.
A 10% saving is easy to achieve with this...
Re: HP and Spanish inquisition...
You've probably never worked with HPs servers...
Trust me, they've all been designed to inflict pain on anyone who dares touch them.
Re: Aha! But that's clearly two words! *claims internet pendant award*
You must mean 'pedant', right?
Because 'Internet loose hanging jewellery award' sounds like something awarded to people playing with glass beads and pretending they're jewellers...
It tells you to sit completely still until you feel a stinging sensation in the neck and black out.
Oh, and if you think something happened to your room while you were knocked out, that's just your imagination. The Recovery Team will cut it out of your building and transplant it into a permanent exhibit in Redmond without even disturbing the dust under the bed...
First we got 3 atom thick LEDs, now an engine...
And boffins have long since been able to create similarly-scaled cogs.
So, where's the microscopic car?
Still waiting for a nanoscale airfreshener?
Re: Agenda Microwriter
I have one...
Completely useless for me of course as I'm left-handed...
Yes, it's just you.
The Palms doesn't even enter the picture because the article is about handhelds you could actually write on...
On my S3a I can write pretty fast. On my S5, I can type almost as fast as on my PC keyboard...
On a Palm/Handspring/any other character-recognicion-based-lump it's a bl**dy pain to write a complete sentence.
I often write 3 - 5KB outlines on my S3a, then transfer the SSD to my MC400 to finish it.
(There's a limit of about 42KB in the WP files in SIBO, because of 64KB data segments in RAM, but that still means around 20 pages of formatted text)
Of course, I don't write just ONE document at a time, often there's two or three, and usually a custom database or two is also open, for reference info.
(You can't have more than one document of each type open on a Palm, and you need to install another DB if you want anything more than a contacts list)
Yes, I own Palms. And handsprings...
And the Geofox One(one of those built by the user group after the company went tits-up)
I have Newtons, the eMate 300, HPs, the Portfolio, even a couple of REX PDAs...
NOTHING beats a Psion S3a/c/mx in usability.
Re: the SF novel of which this is the plot
Are you certain you don't mean Neuromancer?
I wonder how long the battery lasts...
Re: Truly awful ...
Or they could have gone Recursive...
An oversized iPhone in a pocket, where you can se the screen, and on the screen a picture of Jobs, with an iPhone in his pocket...
If that's the best entry...
I don't want to know how the rest looked...
Frankly, that... thing... is uglier than an Xbox...
Re: Administrating a domain is a black art...
Have them explain to the company president why there's a hidden share on a server pointing to a folder named 'goaty fun' that no one but the 'Domain admins' have access to...
Re: Far too close to the bone,
Doesn't Windows start nagging you for admin rights to install 'new' drivers if it detects a printer with a different serial, even if it's the same make and model?
(I networked my private printer years ago, and USB-printers 'just don't happen' at the office, so I'm not up to date on that crap)
Administrating a domain is a black art...
But these days, the only ones who should be burned are the ones who doesn't know the art.
As a long-time admin I must ask; Do you need a slightly leaky bottle of cleaning fluid that fits nicely in a pocket in that bathrobe?
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