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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Multi-level storage on the cheap

Many vendors sell software or hardware to move your data automagically between different storage tiers. They charge a lot for this magic. Multiple storage tiers are almost synonymous with these expensive solutions.

We can get most of the benefits by using our brains instead, for far less money.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rocky's Hardtack Recipe

I really miss a bread-like food while backpacking, especially on longer trips. I tried many off-the-shelf bread, cracker, and tortilla variations, but they either tasted terrible or didn't last long in my pack or in storage.

Sometimes I would see references to hardtack, but hardtack is hard to find in local stores. I found a few recipes online, tried them, changed them, and came up with mine.

Don't let the name scare you, these aren't that hard (more like hard cookies), they taste pretty good, and they are easy to make for baking novices like me.

Lightweight backpacking in the early 1980s

Some people write as if the lightweight backpacking movement that started in the late 1990s was never tried before, and that all backpacking before that focused on comfort at the expense of weight.