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    What are you CURRENTLY using?

    Ugh. Using Android. I switched to a different mobile provider and my iPhone 4S doesn't support that provider's frequencies so I bought a Nexus 5. So far my user experience compared to the iPhone 4S has been terrible.
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    The [H]ard Forum Storage Showoff Thread - Post your 10TB+ systems

    When I got a tour of the colo facility we use for work I asked the account manager if I could take pictures. He didn't care. You might be able to get away with more than you think. Then again, he did tell me the names of several other clients by name, so they may not be big on security. No big...
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    Nimble storage

    http://www.nimblestorage.com/products/nimble-cs-series-family/ Pricing is fairly competitive. I'm curious to see what their shelves will cost next year.
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    Nimble storage

    I hate to resurrect a 6 month old thread but have you learned any more about Nimble? My employer had a sales engineer and account manager in yesterday to discuss the product. It is intriguing and if it works as advertised it seems like a good value. I agree that the markup is pretty high...
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    virtualisation: vmware vs parallels?

    I used to have Parallels on Leopard. After a while it stopped updating itself (it would always fail). When I upgraded to Snow Leopard it told me that it doesn't run on Snow Leopard. Which is kind of douchey, so I crossgraded to VMware Fusion and have been a very happy camper.
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    This actually moved to a colo centre. It's up to eight drives ans 12GB of memory. No BBWC yet and just the one CPU and PSU.
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    RAID5 -- Does it matter what HDDs are used?

    You probably want to use disks that are rated for use in a RAID environment. Match other specs if you can. A larger disk is fine but you won't get the extra space, a slower disk will impact performance.
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    Question About Racks and Rack Accessories

    They don't exist! You can't really buy these individually as they tend to come with new racks or certain rackmount gear. But Google products lists them for $20. It's a no-brainer even at that price since it makes it so easy to place and remove cage nuts.
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    Question About Racks and Rack Accessories

    The curved bit on the cage nut tool gets in behind the nut and makes it MUCH easier than using a flat-head screwdriver. My boss and I had this argument when we were racking an entire cabinet of gear. With the cage nut tool I won, easily.
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    Question About Racks and Rack Accessories

    M6 is metric and #10/32 is imperial. Both refer to the threading inside the cage nut. Whatever you do standardise on imperial or metric! The only thing more frustrating than not having a homogeneous set of cage nuts is not having square hole racks. So here's the skinny on square holes...
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    Open Source Inventory Software

    Tracmor is open source. Not very good but it's free. Don't look at the DB schema.
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    Question About Racks and Rack Accessories

    SQUARE HOLES Do not get a rack that does not have square holes unless you want to experience the utter hell of stripping your round-threaded cage or dropping nuts like crazy. Get square holes and cage nuts (and a cage nut tool if you can find one) and it will make your life so much easier...
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    What is in your IT travel kit?

    I'm going to our remote site next month and I'll take: Laptop + charger, notebook & pencil, laptop to DVI cable adapter + DVI cable, spare cat6 patch. I am planning on everything else being there.
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    Best Practice? our company and mobile phones

    No reimbursement for cell phone usage where I work. We're also not on call and not issued a company phone. We do let personal devices into our network, however.
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    Bandwidth usage estimates for enterprise

    Why not look at your existing usage graphs?
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    IT Resume Thread

    Yep. Two pages for IT is the sweet spot I've found. As a resume reader I have to wonder why the candidate can't promote themselves in two pages. One page seems too lean and three or more seems too long. That said, a good stand-out resume is a joy to read at three pages, if (and only if) the...
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    What Browser Do You Use?

    Opera user here too. Have been since the 5.x days on Windows. If only they'd allow 1password to work with the browser I'd be in heaven!
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    Good Cisco Voice Resources

    Depends on the gear you find yourself working on. At work we use UC5xx CMEs and therefor http://www.uc500.com/ is a good reference. You can also read datasheets for specific gear from Cisco's website (even though their spec sheets tend to be useless).
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    online backups??

    You want Amanda with the S3 taper to backup your files to Amazon's S3 service. Works best if you have a big pipe.
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    IT Resume Thread

    Works. Here's my feedback: I skipped right over summary since it doesn't matter. You're submitting your resume for a specific job and by virtue of you tailoring your resume for that job requirement I already know what you're claiming in your summary. Put your work experience in...
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    IT Resume Thread

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    IT Resume Thread

    I've been reading resumes for the past month for sysadmin position at work. Here's what pisses me off about resumes: Walls of text Mission/career goal statement (I honestly DO NOT care; are you going to work hard and help the team?) Spelling errors Not summarising what the...
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    I am losing faith in my two ARC-1680ix-8 cards. But it may not be their fault. At work the people in charge of money chose to put fat 2TB consumer drives in ESXi servers with these RAID controllers. Any heavy disk I/O (snapshotting, etc) can cause a large number of SCSIAborts because one of the...
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    Gates Told Jobs About the iPad in 2007

    I imagine Apple had been working on the iPad for more than 2 years. :) Steve is talking about Personal Computers, not Windows machines. It sounds like Steve was talking about some browser-based device that accesses useful things on the Internet. Interesting video clip! I can't believe...
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    Interesting article regarding piracy

    Don't delude yourself. The issue of a game's quality is a separate issue to the issue of piracy and theft. A poor quality game will not sell well but it will sell fewer copies when people don't pay for the copies they're using. Every pirated copy hurts sales figures because that is one more...
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    Interesting article regarding piracy

    The inability to afford a luxury item like a video game is not any valid justification for theft. If they can't afford the game but steal it anyways then it is a lost sale because it's possible the person would have otherwise saved up their money to actually buy it. But given the alternative...
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    Interesting article regarding piracy

    It's bullshit. Someone playing the game who didn't pay for it is a thief. If the thief didn't pirate the game they would have to buy it otherwise they wouldn't be playing. If someone doesn't want to play the game they won't steal it (why bother?) but if they do want to play it they will either...
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    Help with ESXi Server Build

    First thing first: Make absolutely certain that your RAID controller (and the rest of your hardware) is on the HCL AND that it does hardware RAID (not software!). If it needs a driver in Windows or Linux to work it's not hardware. The limiting factor you will encounter is disk I/O: get the...
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    Server is kicking it with eight 146G 10k SAS drives (two 3G and six 6G). I've migrated off the underpowered iSCSI datastore and now see extremely good I/O reads from the RAID5.
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    Critique my ESX/ESXi build.

    I boot my ESXi box from a SD card in my HP box. Seems to work fine and boot very quickly.
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    ** A Picture I Took - 2010 **

    Here's a rack we inherited at my employer's new office. We ripped it all out and replaced it with category 6 cabling for voice and data. Somehow I managed to not have a photograph of the "after" on my workstation. Taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 with no post-processing or care for...
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    Digi Cam Poll: What Digital Camera do you use?

    These days I'm using a Panasonic Lumix LX3. Here's some sample shots from Burning Man 2009.
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    Critique my ESX/ESXi build.

    Sound card is pointless, none of them are supported with ESXi. Drop it and save some cash. Your controller is supported but I'd be surprised if it isn't a fakeraid controller and ESXi didn't simply see it as a JBOD controller.
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    Is it port multiplied internally? If it is not then each disk has its own dedicated bandwidth. The spec indicates they're dedicated lanes for each channel (disk). Just bought two Areca ARC-1680ix-8 at work, I did my homework. :)
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    Are there reasons to not jailbreak?

    I didn't jailbreak mine because I want my phone to always work no matter what. It runs a stock configuration because I don't want to take a chance that some obscure bug will mean I can't dial emergency services or receive an urgent call from my boss. That said my iPhone has worked fine as it...
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    Best Domain Name Registrar

    I use godaddy and haven't had a problem with them in over 6 years. I've got a bunch of names registered through them and they never spam me.
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    Macbook pro (unibody) screen flicker

    My aging 15" late 2007 MacBook Pro sometimes has the screen flicker, or have the brightness go wonky. I can't remember what triggers it but it's usually an "Oh, right, duh" fix. The laptop is getting old (I purchased it July 2007) and so I chalk up the problems to age.
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    Vsphere says RAID degraded but.....

    What does the RAID BIOS say? If the BIOS says it's fine I'd open a support/bug ticket at VMware.
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    Usually onboard controllers (ICH10R, etc) only support JBOD and not actual "RAID" through the controller since it's software RAID! In the ESXi 3.x world hardware support was much poorer and the oem.tgz file had to be hacked to get driver support (lame!). I decided to go with a non-whitebox...
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    Apple denies company of putting an app in the store

    http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/03/12/iphone-sales-grew-245-in-2008-gartner/ http://www.macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/apple_iphone_grabbed_27_of_us_smartphone_market_in_q3_07/...
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