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The new iPhone is here! The new iPhone is here!

Okay so it’s not quite here yet but another iPhone is upon us. As an iPhone owner (3G, 4 and currently 4S), I’m not too keen on sticking with Apple anymore. While the 4″ screen is definitely worth a look and the new camera looks very interesting but somehow, all...

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Thoughts on RAID article from ExtremeTech

Immediately upon posting my opinion about Joel Hruska’s article on ExtremeTech yesterday, I felt regretful. I’ve never had the talent for writing. I always appreciate reading from great writers as they’re able to both entertain and educate simultaneously. I figured maybe I was being too judgmental so I decided to...

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RAID is not a backup solution except when it is

I’m not sure what Joel Hruska‘s article is pointing out at ExtremeTech. I’m approaching this article from the perspective a home user or an individual who is not running any business systems or infrastructure. According to Joel: RAID is not a backup. RAID is not a backup, ever. Not RAID...

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Windows Server 2012 has launched!

I’ve been using Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate for my own home media/hyper-v server for several weeks now. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the final release. So far the biggest feature I’ve used is Storage Spaces. I’ve also been using Hyper-V but in a very limited capacity so I can’t...

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Pair programming article from the Wall Street Journal

Last week the Wall Street Journal had an article about pair programming titled Computer Programmers Learn Tough Lesson in Sharing. The article highlights both the positive and negative aspects of pair programming in a balanced manner but ends with an example of an organization who tried pair programming and abandoned...

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It’s that time of year – another Madden NFL game

So today is the release of Madden NFL 2013. The reviews have been mostly positive about the new Infinity engine but I tend to place more trust in the comments from the community and Amazon.com reviewers. I can’t say I’m not excited, but I’m reserving my enthusiasm until I actually...

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Seagate hard drive format capacity fix

Recently, I’ve just built a nice little media server with loads of storage. Six Seagate Barracuda (7200.11 ST31500341AS) 1.5TB hard drives and one Western Digital Green (WD15EADS) 1.5TB drive as a hot spare. I’ll divulge more information on the media server another time. Unfortunately, one of the Seagate drives was...

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Just blog it

For too long, I’ve procrastinated about blogging. Scott Hanselman’s post is the kick in the pants I’ve needed for quite some time. Needless to say, I’ll finally start saying something (hopefully of value) within the coming weeks. This is yet another tech blog covering .NET programming and some systems stuff.