A blog for users, storage solution providers -- including value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators, managed service providers (MSPs) and consultants -- about data storage hardware and software products and services, backup/archiving products and services, disaster recovery, storage area networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS).
Make your own web scraper apps!
A web scraper copies data displayed by web pages into, in this case, Excel. WWWHelper.xlsm is an XL workbook that creates other web scraper apps without coding. WWWHelper.xlsm can be used readily by normal Excel users but it is intended to teach VBA Developers about …READ MORE
I have said more than once that working on an open source project can help you get a job writing proprietary or in-house software. When your potential employers can see, evaluate, and discuss the actual code you wrote, you are head and shoulders above anoth applicant who can only say, “I worked on t…READ MORE
Understanding “Managed Services” from multiple perspectives
More and more organizations are realizing that while “IT” forms the backbone, they should focus on their strong area – namely the business and leave IT in the hands of the IT service providers. This approach of “IT Services” trend is ena…READ MORE
It’s with great pleasure and a little pride that we announce Reading Virtual Minds Volume I: Science and History, 4th EDITION.
That “4th EDITION” part is important. We know lots of people are waiting for Reading Virtual Minds Volume II: Experience and Expectation and it’s next in the queue.
Create couple of transaction tables and one error log table.
Create table emp1 (id number, dept_no number, salary number)
create table dept1 (id number, name varchar2(10))
Create a generic error logging table –
create table error_log
SSD’s are the one of the most expensive storage devices when measured by the GB but they are the least expensive when measured in terms of IOPs.
Using SSD in addition to tradition fibre channel and SATA drives can significantly improve the performance of your storage systems and bring your storag…READ MORE
The stats are in: More bandwidth does not fix application performance problems, according to KillerApps 2013 — a recent Vanson Bourne survey of 650 US and European IT decision-makers.
Respondents were asked if they added bandwidth in the past year, as well as whether they encountered an inc…READ MORE
The best way to learn about Cisco networking is to have your own lab. However, that is hard to do (costly, takes up space, and time-consuming). The best way to do this is to have a virtual Cisco lab using GNS3. This is easy to do with proper instruction. Fortunately, Train Signal Training recently p…READ MORE
T-Mobile filed a lawsuit last week against Huawei alleging that Huawei employees stole parts and software from a smartphone testing robot named “Tappy.”
In the lawsuit, T-Mobile alleges that between 2012 and 2013, Huawei violated several confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements by stealing T…READ MORE
When I say ‘zero budget,’ I mean working with your phone camera or a webcam. I make and edit videos for Slashdot, and a lot of them are done remotely, usually through Google Hangout. This means the video visual and sound quality are controlled by the interviewee, and it surprises me that in a world …READ MORE
It’s been my great pleasure and privilege to have worked on this blog since August 4, 2008. Over that period, I’ve posted 782 times here (including this post) for an average of 11.5 posts per month. Considering that my target was 12 posts per month, but that life (and vacations) hav…READ MORE
This last week I gave a presentation about CRM strategy. After the presentation, there were some interesting comments made by the business owners in the group I thought might be interesting to both my technical and non-technical readers. Specifically about business services workflows. After a …READ MORE
This is an interesting topic to discuss. There’s still a lot of companies that enforce anti-virus procedures (and after working help desk I can see why). However, is there an actually real need for it? I proclaim not really.Anti-virus software in itself is a scare, in that they provide “facts”…READ MORE
I set up a new Lync server, everything worked fine except for conferencing which would fail with the error “Conferencing server did not respond”.
Enabling logging shows the following error
A SIP request made by Communicator failed in an unexpected manner (status code 80ef025b). More informatio…READ MORE
Hi folks! So Samsung is another mobile company hoping to make a splash at MWC.
In an effort to overshadow everyone else, rumor has it that Samsung will either announce or launch the Samsung Galaxy S5. If that’s the case it will probably completely drown out the annoucement of the Foxconn BlackBer…READ MORE
TIA 942 was published in 2005 and has been recently updated to 942-A with a variety of changes. Most notable changes include the removal of category 3 and 5e for horizontal cabling (they are allowed for voice backbone only now), and an incorporation of 942-1 and 942-2 making 6A the minimum recomme…READ MORE
At this week’s Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, research VP John Phelps asked users a series of questions about their data center facilities technologies. Here are some of the stats:
What type of data center fire suppression system do you have?
-Water sprinkler only 21%
If you are in the market for a bargain on a new book to consume your idle time, Amazon has a new service that might help you out. Amazon launched Kindle Countdown Deals today, which allows publishers to offer Kindle-exclusive titles with limited-time promotional pricing.
With the Kindle Count…READ MORE
File transfer speed is always the name of the game and transferring files onto a faster flash drive is no exception. That’s where the Kanguru e-Flash drive really shines.
The e-Flash drive is unique in that it has a USB connection on one end and an e-SATA connection on the other. In tests the e…READ MORE
Amazon’s third quarter earnings disappointed almost everyone, and the fact that there were so many different views about just what was disappointing makes it all the more challenging to analyze. Many said the profit picture was the problem; Amazon’s margins have been thin historically, and the…READ MORE