Over the last year I've really jumped into recording podcasts, from InfoSmack to the VMware Communities Roundtable. Since I work out of my home office, I'm also an avid audio and video conference user. I've long suffered listening to the inaudible and miserable microphones used by so many others, but my own gear wasn't much better. Wanting better sound, I upgraded my Logitech … [Read more...] about Review: Blue Snowball USB Microphone
Archives for March 2010
Although it's rare in the PC world, multipath I/O is not new in enterprise IT. I've been juggling paths to storage and networks as long as I've been a systems administrator, and that's a bit longer than I care to admit. But the proliferation of technologies has made it difficult to understand path management. What's the difference between "dual active" and "active/active"? Is … [Read more...] about Multipath: Active/Passive, Dual Active, and Active/Active
Although subjected to Apple's usual silent treatment before the big unveil, Apple has released waves of detail since. Yet, even as pre-orders are shipping, there are still many things we don't know about the iPad. What surprises are in store? iPad iPod Apple hadn't said much about the iPod application in the iPad. But today's release of a series of "guided tour" videos … [Read more...] about Is There Anything We Don’t Know About The iPad?
Last week I posted the excellent news that the Robocopy in new versions of Microsoft Windows is multi-threaded and thus much (much!) faster. Then I tried to actually use it on a Windows Vista machine. Redmond, we have a problem. Spot the Problem Let's play a little game, shall we? Let's see if you can spot the problem! Now let's run "robocopy /mt" so see if … [Read more...] about Versioning FAIL: Windows Vista/7 Robocopy
Anyone doing much storage work on Microsoft Windows machines is familiar with Robocopy. It's the best tool to move data between NTFS filesystems, since Robocopy maintains permissions and file attributes. It also tolerates dropped connections, resuming where it left off, and can throttle operations over slow networks. But Robocopy was never very quick, especially when dealing … [Read more...] about Robocopy: Better, Faster, Stronger