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QNAP iSCSI with (snow) Leopard and global SAN

Posted on September 15, 2009 by

At the office we picked up a QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo, and loaded it with 8 1.5T drives. The QNAP is an interesting, if a little pricey device. Essentially it’s a mini-itx core 2 duo MB with 2 Gig-Es, some usb’s and lots of sata ports. 8 of which are in nice little hot-swap trays. In […]

The Production

Posted on September 15, 2009 by

In addition to dirving seperately to the mall whenever I need to go, now everybody and their brother also has a blog or five. Hence, it’s about time I start an online journal as well. For a long time I considered the whole concept somewhere between childish and uberdorky, however I’ve reconsidered. Though many (most) […]

UPS using Autozone Battery

Posted on September 14, 2009 by

I have a hodge-podge of UPSes, many are loaded to 80%+ capacity, and many are > 2 years old. As such my runtime during power failure isn’t even enough to actually shut down any of the machines. Instead of buying some new ones, I decided to experiment with using a ‘car battery’. These UPSes all […]

10.6 Server upgrades

Posted on September 14, 2009 by

This weekend I upgraded some of my home servers to 10.6(.1) server, using the developer keys. I wouldn’t say that it went ‘without a hitch’ or even smoothly, but overall it wasn’t bad. The first machine to get 10.6 was the one with the most complex setup. It was an OD master, mail server, and […]

iPhone 3gs

Posted on June 28, 2009 by

Apple recently released the updated iPhone, dubbed the 3gS. It’s somewhat pointless for me to provide a review as there are many out there already. Instead I’ll just make some predictions. The value to the consumer of the new features and speed will be underestimated, just as the multi-tasking ability of the PalmPre is overestimated. […]

The business of higher education

Posted on June 28, 2009 by

Lots of institutes of higher learning have been attempting to emulate various corporate business models for the past several years. Having spent a large number of years in and around higher-education; but with adequate cross-polination in the ‘real world’, I find this fascinating, but likely somewhere between futile and fatal — and not just for […]

WWDC 2009

Posted on June 21, 2009 by

Another Apple WorldWideDevelopersConference has come and gone. Yet again it was sold out, with well over 5000 attendees. That makes for some crowded sessions, and even more crowded mens rooms. This is a relatively expensive conference to attend, but it’s really more like training than a ‘conference’, in that the sessions are fairly technical in […]

Leopard bug: cannot click on anything

Posted on May 14, 2009 by

Several times now I’ve had one desktop get into a mode where you cannot click on anything. You can use the keyboard to navigate between apps and everything seems to work normally, except mouse clicks. At first I suspected my wireless mouse, but after trying a few alternative mice, I ruled that out. The first […]

mushroom cloud computing

Posted on March 29, 2009 by

Wow, this cloud computing is really going to solve all the It problems. This great magic black box has more power than Virtualization, it’s stronger than any soap/caml/etc. middleware, able to leap thin clients in a single bound, outbattles SAN anything, laughs at client-server computing, scoffs at the mere mention of object-orientation. It’s daBomb. As […]

MSI Wind PC (7418)

Posted on March 3, 2009 by

In my current quest to modernize my home server farm, I picked up one of the new intel ATOM based machines. I chose the MSI WIND PC mostly because of price. The ASUS eee desktop looks much slicker and comes mostly complete, but I was aiming at replacing my dns/firewall machines, so I didn’t need […]