* Posts by adamsharif

3 posts • joined 5 Nov 2012

Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?


A few years ago I was working at an SME in Shoreditch, which was, back then, an area notorious for its poor power supply and frequent blackouts...

We had just created a brand new infrastructure, and apart from mail (hosted by Google Apps), everything was hosted on-site in the same office as where the employees were working.

One day I had a call - everything was offline! So I rushed in, and the situation was very odd...

Seemed that there were two power feeds coming into the building, and the consequence of this was that there was power to the comms room (thankfully), however our actual office had no electricity whatsoever (was on a faulty EDF feed), and according to the building management there was no way of routing the other feed into our office (it was a managed office). Subsequently, we (~40 staff) had to set up camp in a shared meeting room which did have power, since EDF told us that the issue wouldn't be resolved for 24-48 hours! The issues here were: we didn't have Wi-Fi, there were only a few ethernet ports in the meeting room, there were about 8 mains sockets AND... Only around 10-15 staff had laptops!

All we could do was patch our core switch down to the meeting room, daisy-chain a ton of extension cables, and then also daisy-chain a few 4/8-port switches!

That was a really grim two days, although we were SO lucky that the servers still had power.

Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple



It's all well and good being able to add to the capacity by means of an SD card or similar, but I'd imagine that this type of storage is significantly slower than the onboard storage.

I remember when I had an HTC phone which had a microSD slot that apps would load a lot quicker from the onboard flash memory. I know there are faster generations of SD cards, but can they compete with the onboard memory?

Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript


Nothing that a Firebug can't solve...

Much better! http://tinypic.com/r/2i09hg3/6


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