Archive IQ Backup System First Impressions

Large companies merging together and having various data backup system utilizations can equal one major headache for those tasked with weaving the mess into
something viable. Some how I knew I had just stepped in it when the deal was finalized. Literally. Virtually overnight our company nearly doubled in size and I was staring right into the face of one heck of a screwed up data protection/recovery and backup quagmire. Since the merger I have been struggling with several different backup systems, namely NetBackup, BackupExec and NetVault across several different tape libraries and backup-to-disk fiber channel/iSCSI SANs/NAS systems. As you might imagine it is incredibly difficult to not only manage all of these different environments but we also have had to consolidate and clean up and out about five years worth of bits and pieces. usually when you have this much junk to throw out you can just call Waste Management and have them roll a dumpster off into the driveway. No such luck with this mess! Did I mention all of the outdated servers that have been dropping like a rock of late? I’ll save that for another post.
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Phpbb3 Sitemap code update for Google Sitemap 0.9

I changed some code for google-sitemap.php to work with one of my phpbb3 sites that doesn’t put phpbb3 in the root of the website, although this will work universally if you properly define $domain_root and $phpbb_root_path variables, respectively. This php script was originally done by Tobi Schäfer at http://code.google.com/u/tobi.schaefer/

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Apple to unleash cutting edge technology

Over at the Bits NY Times blog they have some interesting details on what Apple has up their sleeve. If I had the cash I’d be buying Apple’s stock. I see a higher trend of Apple product usage in the corporate market, especially with the new iPhone 2.0 software

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Apple Time Capsule – Backup your mac wirelessly

(500GB) The Apple Time Capsule is a piece of hardware that looks similar to the Apple Airport although entirely different function. This wireless networking hardware can automatically backup every Mac of an average home and integrates with Mac OS X Leopard’s Time Machine software. The price is not that bad either considering the capacity and functionality. Through MacMall it is $294 for the 500GB model and $494 for the 1TB model. Continue reading »

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Alienware 2880×900 DLP monitor

Gizmodo published an article today for Alienware’s prototype 2880×900 monitor that was introduced at CES 2008. This monitor utilizes a DLP projector lit by LED’s and boasts a estimated 0.2ms response time, which should make this an excellent gaming monitor. Alienware demoed the display with a relatively new shooter from EA dubbed Crysis. This beast is 3 feet wide and beats the heck out of combining a bunch of monitors together side-by-side, unless you want 4+ feet of gaming goodness. Continue reading »

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Turn your iPod Touch into a iPhone!

Jealous of your colleagues’ iPhone? For a fraction of the cost you can have one too! (well a VoIPhone at least). By modifying a $37 (est.) part and installing some software enables you to talk on your iPod Touch! This $37 part is a microphone piece and heck your iPod already has speakers, so you are set.

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D-Link Wireless Router + Macbook = Not working

My wireless airport extreme client on my Macbook Pro keeps dropping connection to my D-Link DGL and my ZyXEL P-334WT. I’m using WPA-PSK TKIP encryption on the wireless 802.11g protocol. Yes, I have tried two separate wireless routers to no avail! So I finally broke down and called Apple support today. I thought, “Might as well use the extended apple support I paid for.” Just my luck everybody and their mother are trying to upgrade to OS X Leopard. So I waited on hold listening to hip hold music for around 20 minutes until cheerfully greeted. After explaining my issue to the tier one tech supporty he said I might need a driver update and forwarded me on to a “wireless expert”-per say, Mike, in tier two.

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