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I have committed even more NAS

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014
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About six months ago I made the decision to upgrade my work setup to a Network Attached Storage unit and use it for data storage and backups. I talk about that decision here. How did it go? I’m quite happy with the decision and results. I didn’t get everything perfect, but I came close. My Synology DS413j is a nice, solid unit and it has been rock solid since day one. I did run into a few challenges and complications, which is why about two months ago I made a decision the solution was to buy a second NAS. So I’m now the...

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First week done at Cisco….

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014
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One week in at Cisco. The week started with with “hi, here’s your office, here’s your computer, we’re late for a meeting”, and never really slowed down. Nobody’s wandered into my office and yelled “you’re a fraud!” in my face, and that’s a good start. Seriously, I’m stepping in one month out form a major event (CiscoLive!) where we’re rolling out some big, new things (DevNet Zone at CiscoLive!) and there’s an incredible amount of stuff we need to get done before...

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2014 NHL Playoff Predictions

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014
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It’s a tradition. Even thought I don’t talk hockey that much these days, I still want to put my playoff predictions out there for all to see and laugh at. Annual warning: if you use these predictions to do any betting, you are an idiot. Note that I’m not. My track record is probably better than random chance, but not that much better (but it is well beyond the Panther’s power play results this season….) A quick comment on the new playoff seeding the NHL is using this year: I like it. There’s a strong...

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Back from Yosemite

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014
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Back from a couple of quickly planned days in Yosemite. With the early closing of Badger Pass, I noticed that rooms were available from spring skiiers who canceled and so I scheduled myself in for two nights at the Lodge at the Falls. The Lodge has just finished a $10m renovation and it was money well spent. My room was quite pleasant. I’ve commented in the past that staying at the Lodge sometimes felt like ending up in a 70’s Travelodge, but while the buildings are the same, the interiors have been significantly upgraded. Not...

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“Rhymes with Crisco” — Really?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014
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Someone dropped me an email and called me to task for using “Rhymes with Crisco” in my note yesterday announcing my new job. The email could be boiled down to “Dude, really?” They have a point. It’s trite, silly and rather 12 year old. That was, in fact, the point. Let me explain. First, I’ll admin: guilty as charged. It’s silly, and supposed to be. I get to have a bit of fun here if I want to. But it also serves a more serious purpose. I used it for the same reason I use “Mama Fruit” when...

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More Road Trip Snacks….

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014
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Welcome to yet another in what may be an infinite series of postings on the topic of Road Trip Snacks. In Previous Episodes, I actually attempt to drink an Ensure (so you don’t have to), and then I introduce you to Clif Builders Bars as the best of a pretty inedible collection of “high protein” hunks of sawdust. Actually, the builder bars aren’t bad, just dry. Don’t try to eat one without a water bottle handy. Here’s the challenge: I’m diabetic, so I’m trying to limit my carbs and sugars. I have...

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Lessons Learned with ‘For Your Consideration’

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014
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For the last three months I’ve been running a site called For Your Consideration, which is an experiment in curation of content. That’s long enough to give me enough data to evaluate it and decide on future directions. I had zero idea what to expect when I launched the site; the purpose of launching it was to see what happened. There were a lot of unknowns and the only way to get a handle on them was to actually try it out. Some of the questions I wanted to know included: Was the publishing model sustainable? Was there enough...

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Why backups matter — this is how it’s supposed to work

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014
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      Here’s a hint: disk platters aren’t supposed to have visible scrape rings or gouges on them. That’s bad. The good news is, this dead disk drive was only a slight annoyance.   I harp about backing up. I know too many computer users and photographers who’ve had that “oh, crap” moment when the disk fails and they’ve neglected their backups. It’s happened to me — I once lost a major design document with ten days of work on a project when a laptop disk crashed three...

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Diving into the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (warning, water politics neepery)

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014
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One of the things I’ve been doing the last few weeks instead of important things like posting selfies or writing for this blog is trying to understand the implications of the drought on California. Researching the wildlife refuges for my refuge project just as the drought was really hitting its stride this winter brought the water issue to the center of my attention, and I’ve been trying to get a handle on how the drought is going to affect us (as residents of Silicon Valley and California), and about the birds I’m studying...

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The Long Day

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014
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1234678► A common activity among serious birders is the Big Day when a birder goes out and tries to see as many species as possible in one day. Yesterday I went out on what I call one of my “long days” — which isn’t exactly a big day, because my focus isn’t on maximum species but on covering a lot of territory and seeing what happens. I do this once or twice a year as a way to get out to the central valley refuges for some intense photography and exploration. Yesterday’s trip took me north and I...

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