June 2008 archive

Short observation….

The difference between consulting and contracting. Contractors are there to perform a task. Consultants are there to solve a problem. Now there are Consultants who perform contracting work – it’s the way we stay in business when there isn’t consulting work to be done.  (What I’m doing now) I prefer consulting.

CV or not CV?

Ok, related to my last post only slightly, so I thought it merited it’s own post. I’m coming to the point where I’ve spent a larger portion of my career consulting than I did actually working as an employee of a company. I worked from 1995-2001, and other than 18 months (wasted) with a financial …

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Interviewing – Consulting Style

Periodically I’ll put myself through the interview process.  Every once in a while I find a job that really gets my attention and warrants the time.  It’s safe to say that when I interview I really want the job (I don’t let it get to that point if I’m not interested, ask the 20-30 recruiters …

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Enterprise vs….not

I have a cousin. Very well-to-do man, owns a company that does something with storing and providing stock data to other users. I don’t pretent do know the details of the business, but what I do know is that it’s storage and bandwidth intensive. He’s building his infrastructure on a home-grown storage solution – Tyan …

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iSCSI

I continue to look for the ultimate (cheap) storage server. http://iscsitarget.sourceforge.net/ Here is a great iSCSI target package. I’ve not had a chance to do a full eval of it, but I can say that I got it up and running within 15 minutes. That’s not bad considering that the setup is done entirely by …

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Food…

Ok – it’s end-of-quarter, which means the last mad scramble to put to bed all of the contracts that didn’t get done during the quarter. So for the next two weeks I’m going to be in or driving through 5 states. Got a non-tech question – inspired by a few emails that went back and …

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Clariion – Mirrorview – Cisco – FCIP

Got into a scary situation this week.  Got called into help with a customer with a Mirrorview implementation. Situation was:  Customer had Mirrorview/S set up within the existing switch environment, replication worked perfectly. Then they reconfigured the switches to run FCIP so they could start replication to a remote site.  This is where things went …

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HPUX

It’s funny that I got my start working with HP systems, first HP-MPE, then HP-UX, because I hate HP these days. HPUX is still the only operating system that can’t tolerate something as simple as a switch migration. HPUX is still, to this day, dependant on the /dev/dsk/cxtxdx numbering in it’s volume groups.  Unlike all …

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