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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 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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FCoE Quickie: Using Standard Ethernet Switches

February 14, 2016 Leave a comment

I happened to come across a tweet on Twitter that asked the question:

“Can FCoE ‘just work’ on regular Ethernet switches?”

The answer to the question, while leading the asker to the right answer (no, you can’t use any old Ethernet switch) was nevertheless inaccurate.  Read more…

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Review: The Order 1886 (VG)

January 18, 2016 Leave a comment

PS4TheOrder1886Arguably one of the most beautiful, photo-realistic video game ever created, the gorgeous The Order: 1886 looks like it should have been an instant top 3 games of all times. In fact, if you go by screenshots or gameplay trailers alone, you could even be duped into questioning anyone’s willingness to pan such a glorious achievement.

Unfortunately, the beauty with The Order is less-than skin deep, as the underlying game commits the unforgivable sin of trading style over substance. The repetitive action sequences, clunky controls, and infuriating missed opportunities doom the game, relegating it to the dubious status of the most beautiful shooting gallery game ever made.

This spoiler-free review discusses the game’s high- and low-water marks and how it could have been so much more.

Score: 5/10

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Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 3

August 30, 2015 3 comments

This is the third installment of the 3-2-1 backup workflow that I have established using Synology’s DSM 5.2 software.

My goal is to illustrate a multi-tiered backup plan using my Synology equipment and the built-in tools to establish a resilient method for surviving data loss.

In the first post, I discussed some of the considerations of backups and a provided a general overview of Synology’s tools to accomplish the tasks. In the second, I went through some of the specific step-by-step for backing up a wide variety of disaggregated data volumes to my DiskStation DS1813+, complete with versioning.

In this post, we’ll look at the next stage of data availability, which is syncing to the secondary DS1511+ and preparing the data for off-site backup:

  • Prepares the data for cloud storage environments
  • Creates a copy of the most recent backed up data
  • Creates independent backups for easier troubleshooting and restoration
High level logical flow. Note the colors

High level logical flow. Note the colors

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Thought for the Day: John Stuart Mill

October 9, 2014 Leave a comment

John_Stuart_Mill_by_London_Stereoscopic_Company,_c1870“All that has been said of the importance of individuality of character, and diversity in opinions and modes of conduct, involves, as of the same unspeakable importance, diversity of education.

A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body.

An education established and controlled by the State should only exist, if it exist at all, as one among many competing experiments, carried on for the purpose of example and stimulus, to keep the others up to a certain standard of excellence.”

– John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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Quote of the Day – Frederick Douglass

September 29, 2014 1 comment

Frederick Douglass“Everybody has asked the question. . .”What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!”
― Fredrick Douglass

Seems to me this is appropriate for pretty much everyone.

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