Category: General

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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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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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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Celerra fun…

Just a bit of Celerra fun. The content on this site is on a Celerra NS500 back-end.  It’s protected in a show of great trust and support by nothing but Celerra SnapSure.  (30 daily checkpoints) In the six or so months I’ve been running this there are now more than two dozen sites here, including …

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Microsoft loses data, but no backups?

Microsoft, T–Mobile Apologize For Data Loss, Offer Month Credit File this under whups.  Microsoft loses data.  That’s not a big surprise. But I’m in a situation where Microsoft is recommending to a customer that they use almost exactly the same technology to protect their new exchange environment – there is a HUGE part of me …

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I’ve got the power….

But apparently the brain-trust that runs the facilities for my customer doesn’t. If you’ve ever seen a datacenter go completely black, it’s a scary thought. If you’ve ever seen someone actually manage to take out the power to *JUST* the servers (leaving the lights and AC functional) Well that’s just a work of art… That …

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On storage requests

I got the following storage request today. “This host <hostname> is ready.  It will need storage.” Dontcha love it?  My response was equally brilliant. “Shall I just make up a number?” (Somtimes I can be a jerk….)

Everything changes….

I’m going to do (have done) the one thing you’re never supposed to do when you have an established online presence.. I’m moving the blog. Nothing major, but i’ve decided that I’m going to re-dedicate ’50micron.com’ to an actual business site, in a shameless fit of self-promotion. I’m leaving the original content pages where they …

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The Clariion@Home Project

Well – it’s been interesting.  if i’ve been remiss in my postings of late it’s because I haven’t had time to scratch, let alone actually spend any time working on non-work stuff… (Which, sadly, this qualifies as since no-one is paying me to do this) It’s in – it’s up – it’s running.  After literally …

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On Security….

Security is a good thing….until it isn’t. Security isn’t a good then when it interferes needlessly with productivity.  By needlessly I mean to say when you don’t get the security you’re looking for but instead make it harder for your people to do their job than needs to be. A few examples: 1.   Company “A” …

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