Category Archive: General

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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Feb 21

Haitus….

Well – thanks to a contract glitch I’m spending a few weeks off work. 🙂 No biggie, and I’ll be back before you know it.  It’s been a great opportunity to get some stuff down around the house, build my new workstation, get backups under control, etc. 🙂 My new workstation is a riot, started …

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Feb 11

Government purchasing….

Ok, the way government budgeting/purchasing scares the hell out of me as an engineer, and as a tax-payer it gets me absolutely barking. It starts off in the budget.  Department heads go around and ask all of their people how much money they’re going to need to do their job.  When supplied with this information, …

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