3D printing is stuck firmly in the hobbyist world: It's overly expensive, not at all practical, produces items of limited utility, and requires far too much time and effort. Yet it's also so utterly transformative that the experience is other-worldly. Other-timely, really, since it's obvious that this is how many daily objects will be produced in just a few years. My 3D … [Read more...] about Thoughts on the Modern Miracle of 3D Printing
Archives for July 2015
Since most MacBooks are SSD-only, one would think Apple would be careful about leaving junk around on the drive. But many people are finding 5 GB wasted for a years-old leftover Mac OS X install image! Here's how to reclaim that space if you're missing it... Lost+Found In a brief DuckDuckGo search, I discovered that it's fairly common for a Mac OS X upgrade to leave … [Read more...] about Check Your Mac’s Drive and Reclaim 5 GB of Wasted Space!
I'm a big fan of "sparse bundle" disk images in Mac OS X. They allow me to create encrypted repositories for valuable data that can efficiently be rsync-ed between disks and don't waste a lot of space. So I thought I'd write up a bit on what they are and how they can be used. What's a Disk Image? I suppose I should start with a bit of background info on why I love sparse … [Read more...] about How to Use Mac OS X Sparse Bundle Disk Images
Before you read this, check out Today’s Storage: Same As It Ever Was for a bit of background... For the past few decades, some of the best minds in computer science have been drawn to the question of storage. How can data be better protected, shared, and exploited? Given the price and performance profiles of various storage devices, how can we maximize benefit for a given … [Read more...] about Waves of Storage Innovation
Data storage has always been one of the most conservative areas of enterprise IT. There is little tolerance for risk, and rightly so: Storage is persistent, long-lived, and must be absolutely reliable. Lose a server or network switch and there is the potential for service disruption or transient data corruption, but lose a storage array (and thus the data on it) and there can … [Read more...] about Today’s Storage: Same As It Ever Was