Category Archive: General

Jan 07

Security Quick Note

I think that every network security department operates under the following motto: “If you can do you’re job, we’re not doing ours.” The customer I’m with has instituted a massively long password scheme. Now I’m not going into details, because that would be telling and would give even the greenest of hackers enough to walk …

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Dec 09

Dear QLogic…

Here’s a note. If youre hardware has a driver that requires you compile it before use, and that can’t be easily upgraded. Your hardware isn’t ready for prime-time. It’s why I like Emulex. You plug it in and it works. You upgrade the driver with rpm and it works. You used to have great stuff. …

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Nov 20

Quick note…

Transitioning “dial-home” away from modem has got to be the crappiest idea there is. When the network is down, remote support is down. I’m sitting in a datacenter that was powered off this weekend (don’t ask) On recovering, one Symm failed to IML. The network is still down. I can’t even START troubleshooting the Symm …

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Sep 20

Dear EMC…

I would have much less problem with you putting Americans out of work by shipping our valuable support jobs to India if you could at least do us one favor: At least find people capable of actually providing support.  Your rep, Anshu Kitchloo, seems to have tremendous difficulty understanding basic sentence structure (let alone technology) …

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Sep 02

Redneck IT…

I’m going to do a giveaway.  I never do giveaways, but I have some collectable “State of Hawaii” starbucks cards in my desk drawer so it sounds like fun.  I also have nothing of substance to write about because I’m bored out of my skull. Cards have $5 on them and will be awarded randomly …

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Jul 07

When the links go bouncing…

In a true DR environment where Synchronous replication is used, it’s best to have two routes from source to target, or at the very least a switched route that can dynamically re-route in semi-real-time. Everyone knows the story.  The link is up, everything is good, source ack’s a write to the host when the target …

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Jun 15

On Manners…

So if consulting firm A talks to consultant B about an engagement, and then decides to go with consultant C because he’s cheaper it’s totally understandable. If consultant C then calls consultant B for help with that engagement, consulting firm A should expect to get a bill for the time. I mean first off, its …

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May 18

By request…

Ok, believe it or not there are a number of people who would like me to stay online. Though I can’t commit the kind of time I’d like to, so i’d like to request guest-contributors if possible. Just email – jg(at)50micron(dot)com

Mar 03

What I run… (And why boot-from-san is a good thing.)

It amazes me how much power you can get in a desktop today. From the Quad-core “Extreme” desktop processors, to 64bit Operating Systems that are almost ready for prime-time, the options are limitless. I recently ‘came into’ some hardware and decided to build a server workstation around it. The ‘found’ hardware was 16G of Registered, …

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Feb 24

On Symantec/Norton Technical Support….

Ok – I just had an interaction with a “technical” support rep from Symantec that is quite simply driving me insane. I want to thank “Shajeewin” for renewing my objection to outsourcing jobs overseas.  Yes people, it’s cheaper.  But then again you do get what you pay for. Background:  I am trying to set up …

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