This year's tweaks include ...
Monday, August 20, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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
Monday, July 2, 2012
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.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Last year we implemented a data archiving system, where Availability and Survivability were important design parameters. We had one primary server in California, with mirrors in Florida and Massachusetts – triple redundancy. Life was good for many months.
Right now, all three systems have been down for over 24 hours.
Here's the story.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Soon after the shaking stops, I go to the pitch-black, silent server room with a flashlight, and push the Big Red Button, expecting to cut off power and clean up the mess when we return to work.
A few days later I return to a big surprise ...
Monday, March 5, 2012
Never worked. Ever. In 40 years.
If you are lucky, you might do things faster, or better, but you won't save money. Usually, the project fails to do anything faster or better, and it costs a lot more than the old way.
Ironic that the rest of the world keeps re-learning this lesson.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Esbit tablets are popular with lightweight backpackers for cooking. Some people keep them in survival kits. Esbit claims:
When properly stored, Esbit solid fuel maintains its full functionality for many years.I'm not sure what Esbit means by "properly stored", but I had trouble with 5 year old Esbit tablets.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Mt San Jacinto State Park, without a tent. I take the Tram to the top, and chat with the ranger while picking up my permit. He sees my giant down sleeping bag, mentions the weather forecast, and says I'll probably be sweating tonight.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Cue ominous music.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Here's what I did ...