Computer terms applied to … er … other devices

Saw a link to this at troglopundit after hearing that the Detroit Lions had somehow miraculously, won another game. Restore the roar Heh! (don’t know if I agree with the reading material on the lower left … we have lots of kids books, fiction, histories, and other as our “supplementary data” … to each their […]

OT: Faux-security

Sigh. money quote According to one report, undercover TSA agents testing security at a Newark airport terminal on one day in 2006 found that TSA screeners failed to detect concealed bombs and guns 20 out of 22 times. A 2007 government audit leaked to USA Today revealed that undercover agents were successful slipping simulated explosives […]

HPC sales viewed in the context of watching a horror show …

So we have a number of customers looking at particular configurations. Like many others, they get quotes from all over. Including from companies that don’t really have the slightest clue about what is being asked of them. Which means, we as often as not, get quotes tossed back to us with a note saying “you […]

OT: disappointed with the firewall distros I’ve looked at

We’ve been looking at building a gateway/firewall machine, with load balancing, failover, and many other nice features. For security purposes, we’ve wanted to run it in a very particular way. All the distributions we’ve tried: clearOS, Vyatta, Endian, IPFire, Zentyal … all of them … sorta … kinda … did what we wanted. Sorta. Kinda. […]

JR4/DV4 design change

Basically we have changed the chassis we use to one providing better cooling, and better OS drive access. In the case of the JR4, we should have better backplane fault isolation, at the cost of a few more wires to deal with internally (e.g. shouldn’t impact customers at all). Costs will be about the same, […]

Treating partnerships as business investments

We’ve had issues in the past with ‘partners’ taking advantage of our willingness to work with them, in order to have everyone come out ahead … the customer, the partner, and us. This approach to partnership means all sacrifice a little, but everyone wins. Unfortunately, it also requires that everyone behave in an honest manner, […]

M&A: Dell grabs Compellent

I had an inkling that this might come to be. Compellent makes filer heads that connect to storage arrays on the back end. Units are thin provisioned with lots of tiering and migration bits built in. Compellent isn’t an HPC play. Really they are more an enterprise-y type of play. I do know a few […]

Added some bandwidth to main site

We just updated our company internet connection. About 3.5x better download speed, about 6x better upload speed. Its on a multi-wan router, with second different technology path being slower and less expensive, but with a 5 second cutover. Something bad happens to one path, the other takes over. This happens seamlessly, most users won’t notice […]