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Good Morning,  !
It's Wednesday, September 8, 2010

We got the RAID (automatic simultaneous instant back-up) system 
disconnected on one more server today, and converted to 
intelligent back-up. With today's drives the reason for back-ups
is not bearing failure or any other mechanical failure. What we
worry about is attacks or user errors. A RAID system just copies
those problems instantly to the back-up drive, faster than anybody
can stop it. I consider that rather dumb.

So, even though that is standard, we are converting to intelligent
back-up, where we check first if everything is OK, and THEN
back up to the next hard drive. We are planning to use multiple
sets for odd and even days, so that people can revert to an
earlier version, if they got too carried away with their editing.

Learned something new today. You can't just issue a command
to stop the simultaneous back-up to the RAID drive. 
The RAID drive has to be physically disconnected, then the
prime drive has to be formatted and a NO-RAID Operating system
installed and set up, and then, finally, the former RAID drive is 
reconnected, and you can start transferring the files back onto
the prime drive.
That caused a lot more downtime than I had expected, and a
lot of unhappy phone calls. Sure is not boring around here!

Have FUN!

"The best time to plant a tree, was twenty years ago. The second best time, is today." --- Socratex
One day, Jean-Claude decided to take a trip from Montreal (where he lived) to that great city of Boston.. He went to the airport to buy a ticket and found out the cost was $200 one-way. Well Jean-Claude only had $110 on him. But he saw a sign saying half-fare for persons under 18. Well, now Jean-Claude had just turned 18 three months ago so he lied..a bit. And got a ticket for $100. Well during the flight, he was talking with the passenger seated next to him. And, in the course of their little chat, he boisterously mentioned the 18th birthday party his friends had for him. Since Jean-Claude talked fairly loudly, a stewardess happened to over-hear that part of the conversation and remembered from the passenger list that Jean-Claude had only paid half-fare. A few minutes later, the stewardess asked Jean-Claude if he had $50 with him. Jean-Claude, slightly embarrassed, replied, "I only have $10, enough for a bus and a coffee after we arrive in Boston.. Why you ask?" Stewardess:"I wanted to know if you wanted to buy this used parachute." Jean-Claude, "What for?" Stewardess, "You only paid half-fare and you're over 18. We are half-way on our flight and you have to leave now."
A passenger train is creeping along, slowly. Finally it creaks to a halt. A passenger sees a conductor walking by outside. "What's going on?" she yells out the window. "Cow on the track!" replies the conductor. Ten minutes later, the train resumes its slow pace. Within five minutes, however, it stops again. The woman sees the same conductor walk again. She leans out the window and yells, "What happened? Did we catch up with the cow again?" ------- Yeah, I remember that train. It had little porches at each end of the wagons and signs posted: "Picking flowers while the train is in motion is not permitted." Seems the locomotive engineer got annoyed when the flower pickers passed the train
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The other night, Joe and his wife were going out for dinner. She put on eyebrow pencil, eye shadow, eyeliner, eyelashes, mascara, toner, blush, lipstick, and then turned to me and a dozen other mysterious concoctions, and then asked: "Does this look natural?"
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD and goes to Michael Wiles, 29, in Melbourne, Australia Grill-wearing motorcyclist fined $800 MELBOURNE (UPI) -- An Australian man photographed riding his motorcycle with a barbecue strapped to his body was fined $800 for careless driving. Michael Wiles, 29, who pleaded guilty Wednesday in Melbourne Magistrates Court, said he was carrying the barbecue while riding on the freeway in January 2008 because he had found it at the side of the road and wanted to take it home, the Melbourne Herald-Sun reported. Authorities said Wiles's vision was partially obscured by the steel grate of the barbecue. Besides the fine, Wiles had his license revoked for one month.
From the Tech Support Pits: From: Amanda Re: How safe is Skype? Dear Webby, My daughter wants me to install Skype. How safe is that? Amanda Dear Amanda Skype is quite safe, if it is used with common sense. Don't set it to acept messages or calls from strangers, set it so that you have to approve them first. That way you can limit your contact list to just the people you know and trust. Once you have it installed, your daughter can send you a request for approval, and you can add it to your contact list. After you do that, the two of you can chat with text, and also with voice and even video, if you have a camera set up. I have used Skype to call my dad at his breakfast time, my midnight, every day for many years, and I also use Skype to provide tech support to our clients. I can highly recommend it. Have FUN! DearWebby
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On the way to preschool, a friend of mine had left her stethoscope on the car seat, and her little girl picked it up and began playing with it. Be still, my heart, thought my friend, my daughter wants to follow in my footsteps! Then the child spoke into the instrument: "Wowcome to McDonals. Do you want fwies wif that?"
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On their 40th wedding anniversary, during the banquet, the husband was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration. One in the crowd said, "Tell us, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?" The husband said, "Well, I've learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, meekness, forbearance, self-restraint, forgiveness . . . and a lot of other disciplines that I wouldn't have needed if I had stayed single."
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