Scans of the Force

Wednesday, 29 March 2006

Did you know that Michael Heilemann, the nice guy that created our beloved Kubrik and K2 themes for wordpress, also did some scans of Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for the first 3 starwars movies?

They look like this, and I think that retro look is just too cool.

Well, I didn't, here they are.

Source: spreeblick.com

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Want to test Windows Vista? You can!

Wednesday, 29 March 2006

Well, since I'm not yet a TechNet plus subscriber this comes in very handy.

Zack of msblog.org has posted an excellent link where you can sign up for a CTP preview of Windows Vista, given that delay of the OS this is a nice timekiller.

Click right here.

UPDATE:
This might be old news, see
http://digitalfive.org/content/register-for-the-windows-vista-beta-program.html
http://www.aitp.org/newsletter/newsarticle.jsp?article=148
http://www.cips.ca/news/national/news.asp?aID=2190


Interesting but Underrated

Monday, 27 March 2006

Microsoft Appeals Korea Fair Trade Commission Decision
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/mar06/03-26KFTCAppealPR.mspx

First Mouse Without a Click, Silicone Padded
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=…anguage_tools

First Martian HiRes Images
http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/

Solid State Disks can store up to 32 Gbytes
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/71149


Second Life.. in no way an OS

Monday, 27 March 2006

My 0.02€ on what I read over here: http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/03/27/second-life-is-an-os/

Being a "Platform inside a Platform" may be true, but then again every MMOG might become an OS. I for one am an avid player, as much as time allows, of EVE Online.

We have a player driven economy there, we have player owned structures, we have player run starbases, we have a ingame radio channel, we have out of game lootshop for ingame items/cash.. the list goes on.
Everybody is free, completly.
Given enough time invested we can recreate every situation we want.

But then, there is a red line, maybe THE red line.

All in all our online lives are entrys in a database, our characters, our ships, our assets. Everything can be reduced to a line in a table, referenced by or referencing to other lines in other tables.

Summing it all up:

We have an interface of medium complexity:
some mouse clicking, menues to a maximum depth of 3, a very intuitive style of chosing the own actions

With this interface we accomplish very complex tasks:
Fullfilling sell/buy orders, Killing pirates/other players for interstellar kredits (isk), running our starbases, defending our territories, having a good time online alltogether, having fun

The output of such complex tasks on the opposite is very simple:
It's our beloved lines in the database.

So, what good is a platform inside a platform as an OS when it just increases the complexity to get simple things done?


linz, austria: some kind of subway

Monday, 27 March 2006

Sometimes I wonder if we let in too much tourists into our beautiful country…

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=un5UbyGRf-o

 

The driver later told the police that he had no idea where he was going, and was kinda surprised to see people standing on the sides, waiting for "him"…


The Atlas Framework

Saturday, 25 March 2006

Words cannot describe how much this rocks.
Empowering people to write browser independent code including all ajax bells and whistles with *VERY* few lines of code make me very happy.

Check out the site, including a very cool demo video here: http://atlas.asp.net/Default.aspx?tabid=47


DFS-R & Shadow Copies = DPM?

Friday, 24 March 2006

After reading this post I rembered that I tested the Data Protection Manager when it was still beta, I never thought about it much more, I use DFS-R for backup/data collection needs now.

How you ask? Well I guess I was thinking a bit out of the box when I designed this "backup" solution.

Let me start with the production server, I have roughly 800GB of data I have to backup daily and keep for at least 6 month. 5 month in weekly snapshots, the most recent 30 days in 12 hour snapshots.

So I set up shadow copies on the production server, one at 11:30am and one at 04:00am, that gives me my 30 days fine grain "backup".
For obvious reasons I wanted the long term backup be availible at all times, easily restoreable.
This is where DFS-R comes in. I replicate over gigabit ethernet to my backup server, using 128mbit during work hours and the full pipe during off peak hours.
The backup server creates a shadow copy once a week, giving me my > 6 month backup.

Things to consider:
The DFS staging folders on both servers are on their own physical RAID 10 arrays, so are the shadow copies.
Staging quota is set to 300GB, shadow copy storage to 300GB on the production and 500GB (more changes over time) on the backup server.

All in all I can say I really trust this solution. Yes, it's expensive but I know it's there when I need it 🙂

Time to see if the DPM can catch up with that level of convenience.