Musings on IT, science data management, whitewater rafting, and backpacking

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Speed Bump revisited

I had to laugh reading the latest "What If?" by Randal Munroe:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Stupid Hiking Story #3


April 1976. I'm three days into a PCT thru-hike with a 55+ pound pack at Mount Laguna Post Office. The balls of each foot are one giant blister, snow is falling, and I'm cold and wet. I decide my PCT hike is over, and it's time to head home. “Home” is a couch at some friends' house in Riverside, since technically I'm homeless and jobless. I stick out my thumb to hitchhike there and figure out what comes next.

That's when my adventure really started.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Monday, August 20, 2012

Latest backpacking tweaks

I enjoy fiddling with my backpacking equipment and food, but I'm not really a gearhead or gram weenie. I'm trying to solve a problem, usually trying to reduce base weight.

This year's tweaks include ...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Goodbye Google Shopping


I've used Google Shopping since it was a beta service called Froogle, to research and source millions of dollars of purchases over the years. I used Froogle because I trusted the results to be neutral.

Google Shopping is just another advertising channel now.

Google is making more money, and retailers with deep pockets are happy to drive more traffic.

But this move is a serious dis-service to the eyeballs (consumers) being sold by Google.

So this set of eyeballs won't use Google Shopping any more.

Reinforces the old saying:

If you aren't paying for something, you aren't the customer, you are the product.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tape in the Cloud?

Why don't we have access to tape storage in “the cloud”?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Some useful data center design formulas


Ever tried to translate between IT-speak, electrician-speak, and heating-ventilation-air-conditioning-speak?  Adding to the confusion, HVAC is known as “mechanical” in the building trades.

Here are a few useful formulas and rules-of-thumb for translating units between different disciplines, along with related data center design tips.