I've recently had some very bad experiences with paid technical support and I'm wondering if anyone else shares my dismay.
I'm responsible for about 40 servers which support services for approximately 15,000 people so you might imagine that good 24x7 technical support is fairly important to me. The last several months of dealings with two companies in particular have my blood pressure way higher than it need be.
I ran into a problem recently with needing more external storage for my home server and hopefully the solution will help someone else.
Being the packrat that I am, I ran out of disk space to store my Mythtv recordings, pictures, and backups. No problem, a quick run down to Costco and an hour later I had two shiny new 500GB USB drives to go with the old 150GB USB drive I already had.
One of my favorite Firefox extensions I have been using for a year and a half is called Foxmarks. Foxmarks is a bookmark synchronizer that keeps your different Firefox installs all updated with the same set of bookmarks. For me there is nothing more frustrating than not having that one cool link you saved on your computer at home and for the life of me, can't remember how or where I got it to begin with.
Well this is my very first entry for my blog!
I'm going to try and keep this updated as well as I can. I also update a twitter account close to daily as I can...(more on that later).
I have been using Linux as my main OS for the last 4 1/2 years and I'm still blown away by how much stuff is out there. My current systems that I'm running are: Opensuse 10.3, Fedora 8, Backtrack 3(beta), Windows XP (at work).
I use the SystemRescueCD a lot at work. My work study scoffed at me for actually running it from CD rather than a USB stick... because the USB stick is much faster. I bought a three pack of SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2GB USB thumb drives from CostCo for about $50. I followed the SystemRescueCD instructions and bingo it worked. Ok, it boots up a lot faster now.
I applied the Fedora method to the recently released CentOS 5.1 LiveCD and that worked too. I guess the same principle would apply to any LiveCD .iso you'd want to throw at it... including regular distro install media. They even have a program for Windows users.
I went to sign up for the Linux class at the Helena Adult Learning Center. There was only one other person signed up with 6 minimum required. Looks like it's going to get canceled. I am very disappointed!
Rusty Conover volunteered to give a presentation this month.Here's the title and description he provided:
Using Linux-based Cloud Computing to achieve scalable web hosting
Web sites are becoming bigger users of bandwidth every day so its getting harder to build an infrastructure that is scalable enough to handle serving thousands of visitors in parallel, especially when they all want to stream your videos on their high-bandwidth cable modems.
To do this you're probably going to pay a lot of money for a large internet connection that will sit idle most of the time along with all of the servers you'll need to fill that pipe. It would sure be great to have that infrastructure without having to pay for it, physically build it and then run it. The great thing is you don't have to anymore.
I will explain how I have solved this scaling problem using Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to allow InfoGears to have bandwidth on demand and achieve needed scalability for our applications and client websites without a large effort in a extremely cost effective manner.
I'll explain how to use Apache 2.2, BIND and some Perl to make everything work together and result in a solution that is simple to use, scalable and reliable. So if your interested in how to lower your hosting costs, decrease the load on your web servers or just how to prepare to handle things when your videos go viral this will be a presentation for you.
Wow, that sounds very interesting. Please pass this along to anyone outside of the BozemanLUG who you think might be interested.
Want to know why Dell is offering Linux on desktops and laptops for home and small business? They've made a video.
I like how they say that Linux is easier to use in some cases than MacOS and Windows... and in some cases not. They don't do too bad of a job.
I think Lawrence Lessing does a great job with his explanation of why he is for Senator Obama... so much so, I'm sharing it.