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July 2, 2016 2 comments

podcastOn June 13, I was a guest on The Hot Aisle Podcast, entitled “Fibre Channel is Dead, Right?” with Brian Carpenter and Brent Piatti. It’s by far one of the most in-depth technical conversations I’ve ever had on a podcast, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Brian had read an earlier blog I wrote about The Grand Unification Storage Theory, and wanted to have a discussion about it.

While the title of the Podcast hints about Fibre Channel, we spent a great deal of time talking about NVM Express, and the implications for the storage industry. Specifically, we covered a lot of ground about the nature of storage and some of the competing forces that affect the decision-making process that prevents a one-size-fits-all solution. Read more…

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Post-Mortem Analysis of the Feminism Debate, Part III

k22013839This is the final article in a 3-part series Feminism Debate between Sargon of Akkad and Dr. Kristi Winters on April 30, 2016. This was a formal debate between two prominent YouTube personalities and tackled the highly-emotional topic in a structured and formal fashion.

In the first part, we gave a short overview of the debate process in order to lay the foundation of what to expect in a formal debate, and how it’s different than most people realize. In the second, we looked at a high-level summary of the debate, examining the strategy and tactics used by the participants.

This last article will provide an analysis of this specific debate, and discuss means (and reasons) by which these should continue, as well as improve. Read more…

Post-Mortem Analysis of the Feminism Debate, Part II

This is the second in a 3-part series on an analysis of the Feminism Debate between Sargon of Akkad and Dr. Kristi Winters on April 30, 2016. This was a formal debate between two prominent YouTube personalities and tackled the highly-emotional topic in a structured and formal fashion.

k8950793In the first part, we gave a short overview of the debate process, and how it’s different than most people realize, and how the structure and format can make an enormous difference in the success or failure of either position. In particular, this process played a huge role in the outcome of this debate.

This part will summarize the debate itself, and help you “keep score,” and understand how the debate winner was determined. The final part of this series will provide an analysis of this specific debate, and discuss means (and reasons) by which these should continue, as well as improve. Read more…

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Post-Mortem Analysis of the Feminism Debate between Sargon of Akkad and Kristi Winters

June 5, 2016 2 comments

This is an examination of the YouTube debate on the merits of Feminism between feminist Dr. Kristi Winters and anti-feminist Carl Benjamin, a.k.a., Sargon of Akkad, on April 30, 2016 (I had hoped to have this completed in a more timely fashion, but personal circumstances delayed me). Unlike the travesty of “debates” that exist nowadays, this was a genuine effort between the two parties to engage in a formalized process that included proper argumentation, rebuttal, and citation of sources.

As some people may know who’ve read me before, I’ve been absolutely incensed with what’s been happening on university and college campuses now (probably taking things a bit more personally than I should, but then again, probably not). I’ve been mortified about how we are losing the struggle for academic inquiry on many topics, chief among them feminism, and seeing a good-faith effort to engage in this way was a good thing.

This blog is a bit long (no… really, it’s long), so I’ve broken it down into three parts (see Part 2 and Part 3 if you want to skip to either of them). If you’re interested grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or beer keg, or wine cellar) and buckle in. We may be here a while. Or not  (you may not have even gotten this far). Read more…

The Grand Unification Storage Theory

May 18, 2016 4 comments

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I read with interest an article on The Register about a panel that happened at TECHunplugged (I wish I had known about this; I would have tried to attend in person if possible). The article was entitled “One Storage Protocol to Rule Them All” by Chris Evans, who is someone I like and respect a great deal in the industry.

The key clickbait for me, however, was the interesting tagline, “And why are Fibre Channel fans so, er, stubborn about movements?” Being heavily involved in both Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (as I write this, I’m on the Board of Directors for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, though this is just my thoughts, not the FCIA’s), I was keen to see just how aligned his thoughts and mine might be.

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Follow-up: Synology Responds to My Questions

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I would like to apologize to those who have been searching for, and found, my Synology blogs and wondered what the answers were to the questions that I posed at the end of my last post on Synology’s new Backup Methodology. I had wanted to get that post out as soon as I could, knowing that I would be disassembling my home lab in order to move to a different state.

Now that I’ve moved, I can finally take two seconds to share the (unabridged) response that I received from Synology regarding btrfs and backup mechanics. I should note that I have not had a chance to do any testing yet, though everything is set up to do so. All I need now is the time.

So, without further ado, here are the responses I received. If you wish to share your experience – either similar or different, please assist in expanding the general knowledge by adding your comments below.

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My Response to Snopes’ Response to Me

March 28, 2016 14 comments

Claim: Snopes claims that Emory University students didn’t lose their minds over chalk graffiti that said “Trump 2016”

Screen shot 2016-03-28 at 9.06.49 AMWhat’s True: Snopes focused on the media aftermath

What’s False: Everything related to the event itself

I woke up this morning to a message from a friend that I had been included in a Snopes article. In particular, Snopes had decided to copy a tweet that I had made concerning Emory University:

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Evidently Snopes used my tweet, along with three others, to indicate a “mostly false” narrative condemning the ultra-sensitivity of Emory’s college students. However, could it be that Snopes is cherry-picking to form its own Social Justice narrative?

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