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Timelord, writer, photographer, system administrator, caffeinator/caffeinatee, tapwater conch. I collect old and useless/useful technology, do networking and storage when I have to, and wear a fez. Fezzes are cool.
Timelord, writer, photographer, system administrator, caffeinator/caffeinatee, tapwater conch. I collect old and useless/useful technology, do networking and storage when I have to, and wear a fez. Fezzes are cool.

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My fifth Interop conference is in the books now. Let’s take a look back and see how it turned out, and where I think it will go next year. See disclosures at the end if you’re into that sort of thing. Ch-ch-ch-changes… The event scaled down this year,…

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I’m back in Las Vegas for my fourth time this MLife season, and my fifth time at Interop (now Interop ITX). And it’s a little bit different this year. [Disclosures below] The most obvious change is the venue; they announced at the end of Interop 2016 that…

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Opengear, established in 2004, is one of those companies whose products aren’t always visible, but tend to be there when you need them. Starting out with traditional serial console servers used to provide remote out-of-band management access, they’ve…

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After being chosen as a VMware vExpert for 2017 this month, I was inspired to get working on refreshing my vSphere “homelab” environment despite a busy travel month in late February/early March. This won’t be a deep technical dive into lab building;…

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For those of you not of a certain age… a bit of a soundtrack for this post.     I wrote last month about the “antsle” “personal cloud server,” and a few people on Minds had a brisk but respectful debate over whether it was cloud, and whether there was…

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I’ve been planning to do some network testing and deploy some new storage for VMware vSphere in the home lab. My Synology NAS boxes (DS1513+ and DS1813+) have good performance but are limited to four 1GbE ports each, and my budget won’t allow a…

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I’ve been planning to do some network testing and deploy some new storage for VMware vSphere in the home lab. My Synology NAS boxes (DS1513+ and DS1813+) have good performance but are limited to four 1GbE ports each, and my budget won’t allow a…

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My friend John Obeto pointed out some pre-release coverage of Satechi’s new USB-C power meter a week or so ago. I’ve had a number of different USB-A (standard port) testers and meters for a while, but with more devices coming into rsts11 headquarters with…

+Jonathan Davis +Matt Oulette grumble grumble grumble.

(I'd tag Marena but I don't know her last name.)

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I was just wondering over the weekend how these numbers stacked up. 
Sometime I wonder how California is doing. According to this article that covers reservoirs, rainfall, and snowpack, the answer is: better.
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