Build-your-own flash mob supercomputer

The makings of a do-it-yourself supercomputer
By 11 a.m., everyone except hub captains had to clear the gym; a test of the system was about to take place. Experts at HP had advised the organizers to test the benchmark on small groups of computers at a time to weed out the weaklings. For a typical 1,000-node supercomputer, . . . → Read More: Build-your-own flash mob supercomputer

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Gateway servers – an oxymoron?

Hardware Today: Gateway Server Snapshot
At first blush,the landscape of Gateway server country looks much like Dell server country. Like Dell, Gateway offers Intel Celeron-based entry-level servers that straddle the line between servers and robust desktop machines.

In addition, Gateway’s current server price structure, hardware spread, and even Web site purchase options are similar to Dell’s. The similarities . . . → Read More: Gateway servers – an oxymoron?

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Long hours due to Filenet again

Well Filenet has zapped another weekend of mine. This weekend was the production changeover weekend that had previously failed. There was a significant amount of data (100′s of GB) to be copied during migration, and that was my role this weekend was to ensure the data was migrated and some verification of checksums to . . . → Read More: Long hours due to Filenet again

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Cool Tool: An online disk imaging solution

Bink.nu | Create a diskimage while your server is online
ThinComputing.net reports: While messing with BartPE builder I stumbled across drivesnapshot. This is a diskimage tool which has the option of creating an image of your disk while you continue working. This opens up possibilities of making an image backup of your terminal servers while keeping them . . . → Read More: Cool Tool: An online disk imaging solution

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ni3: Dell teams with VMWare to boost efficiencies

Dell, VMware team to boost server efficiencies. via ni3
Dell onMonday announced it is extending its partnership with server virtualization software maker VMware to bring high-performing virtualization capabilities to its four-processor PowerEdge 6650 systems. [Network World on Storage]

Dell isn’t extending its partnership with VMware, but with EMC. EMC now owns VMware. EMC is betting that server virtualization will . . . → Read More: ni3: Dell teams with VMWare to boost efficiencies

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Life of a network administrator

Life of a network administrator has been interesting and diverse as of late. I have all my sessions scheduled for the upcoming Brainshare conference in Salt Lake City, March 21-26. This is my first brainshare ever – no other past employer would cough up the cash to send me. My current employer is . . . → Read More: Life of a network administrator

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Helping family out – spyware fun again

I have been helping my aunt out in changing careers by providing tech support for her new computer system. Most of the time the questions are relatively easy ones like fixing virus problems. I was called over the weekend by this aunt that her computer was running really slowly. I Installed Spyware: . . . → Read More: Helping family out – spyware fun again

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Cool Tool: Bart's PE Builder

I was just exposed to Bart’s PE Builder today — I had seen it before but only had time today to investigate. Bart’s PE Builder creates a modular environment similar to Windows PreInstallation Environment (PE) CD and Bart’s Modular Boot Disk. It is sort of Knoppix for Windows environment and has all the same . . . → Read More: Cool Tool: Bart's PE Builder

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Infinium Labs pursues legal actions against tech newssite HardOCP

SCO certainly does not have the monopoly on frivolous legal actions anymore. Vaporware console box maker, Infinium Lab held a press conference recently regarding an unfriendly report in HardOCP, which is a website I have read for years. Robin Miller reports at NewsForge,
A (Infinium) PR person representing them invited me to attend a . . . → Read More: Infinium Labs pursues legal actions against tech newssite HardOCP

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Troubleshooting – an in-depth look at resolving OS problems

NOVELL: Troubleshooting Operating System Software
Troubleshooting is a systematic analysis of symptoms that indicate a malfunction. In simple terms, it is problem solving. Good troubleshooting is partially made up from characteristics such as common sense, clear thinking, and determination. It is also part knowledge, skill, and experience in the area of troubleshooting. In other words, troubleshooting is . . . → Read More: Troubleshooting – an in-depth look at resolving OS problems

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