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    DVD Codec

    Not the AC3 codec. From Microsoft's website: From Microsoft's DVD Support page: Decoders for $14.95 Now, where to get a free decoder interests me too. If you find out, Jez2k, post back here and let us know. As an aside, I had WinDVD installed, upgraded to Media Player 10, and MP10 was able to play DVD's. When I uninstalled WinDVD, no more playback. I didn't research further. There is probably some way to extract the codec from the WinDVD/PowerDVD install media. Don't have time to do this myself atm.
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    10,000rpm 2.5" Drives

    No. ...though I expect some niche laptop makers might design a desktop replacement model that can use the 15mm high form factor.
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    80 to 60 pin adapters

    I had a negative experience with an 80-pin adapter on my 15k-36LP. Worked fine for a while in a workstation with an Adaptec 39160. Put it in my personal server running VMWare using on-board SCSI as a data drive. The VM's would go offline randomly, and one even got corrupt. Had to restore from backup. It was as if the drive was inaccessible every other second, and I had to constantly click the errors that popped to keep the server alive during these episodes. Ughh. Never again. My time is more valuable than the $40 I saved on the 80pin drive.
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    Raid 0

    To throw my 2c at the original question: Almost never. The only situation were RAID0 makes sense is a performance sensitive temp directory. No permanent should be on RAID0. If performance is that critical, go 0+1. If you are on a budget and can handle slower write speed, go 5. If you can't afford 4 or more drives and still require the speed of RAID0, remove any loaded weapons from the house. You'll want to shoot something when your data dies. If RAID0 still seems like the right way to go, at least make sure you backup nightly.
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    HORROR! Raid0 Problem, how to rescue data?

    Ouch, rough situation. RAID0 is the devil.
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    Switches: managed or unmanaged?

    Biased towards 3COM switches? Like preferring Chevy over Mercedes. Obviously, getting the best switch is not a priority. That being said, I think the primary reason to get a managed switch is not for troubleshooting. It's for VLANs. VLANs are terrific for segregating traffic (say, for security reasons). If you think you will need to do that in the future, get a managed switch now. Otherwise, save the money and buy unmanaged.
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    Amd Shipping 0.09μ Parts

    Multi-thread capable computers are quickly becoming the norm, rather than the exception, since Intel started the Hyperthreading juggernaut. In a year, single threaded apps might be considered "old tech" (at least those apps using sufficient resources to matter). Single-user hd access patterns are not analogous.
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    Changing The Registered User Of Office 2003

    That changes the reg key I mentioned, though I admit your way is easier.
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    Changing The Registered User Of Office 2003

    Close, CADMonkey. It's "userinfo", not "licensing". If the logged in as the user's account: hkey_current_user\software\microsoft\office\[version]\common\userinfo or go here: hkey_users\[correct user id]\software\microsoft\office\[version]\common\userinfo
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    1tb + Nas For The Enterprise

    I went with a NAS2000S, but only because my department is already invested in HP DL380's (the NAS2000 is a DL380 with a different face plate and WSS2003). There will be pros and cons either way. The HP is a solid package. Their rack mount server chassis are impressive. I haven't put hands on a recent Dell server, but I expect they are still pretty good. Dell has always been competetive, and to compete with HP, they can't afford to put out crap. If I was to make a wager, I'd say the HP and Dell are equally likely (unlikely) to fail. The Dell has a sizable price advantage, but if your budget is big enough, $3k isn't significant over the life of your NAS. Since you already have a support relationship with Dell, a Dell NAS won't add yet another support account to deal with. Consolidation of vendors is a good thing, and if you are happy with Dell, I would say stick with them.
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    22k Rpm Sound Good?

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    22k Rpm Sound Good?

    No offense taken. I'm not doggedly set on defending 22k, though the geek in me looks forward to it. Your points are well taken. Even if no other improvements are made in the move to 22k, and only 11% is realized, I wouldn't call that trivial. Moving from a P4 3.2 to 3.4 will only give ~5%. Especially in the recently stagnating field of enterprise storage, 11% is a big improvement. People have payed more for less. In response to assertions that the viability of 22k hinges on value concerns, my example was just to point out why an enterprise would purchase 22k drives. Right or wrong, IT department everywhere have applied the same rationale to the purchase of 15k drives, despite a higher TCO and the ability to get an equally performing, cooler, cheaper 10k solution through more spindles. From my experience, most IT pros aren't obsessive about the nuances of storage, though I am. Often decisions are purely based on brand (i.e. Seagate) and spindle speed. A Seagate 22k drive will sell like wild fire, even if it has you scratching your head as to 'why?'. Personally, I wouldn't buy a 22k drive for my company until (unless) the tech shows some worthwhile advantage. However, I would love to have one for a server at home. It would be cool, and I don't need any reason beyond that.
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    22k Rpm Sound Good?

    Interesting points raised on both sides. Let me add some business numbers, since that's what we are talking about after all... The expectation is 170 IOPS per spindle from 22k products. Accepted (general) values for 10k and 15k are 100 and 130, respectively. KingGremlin was right on in this respect. Of course, the final numbers will look different, but I started this thread assuming that speculation would run rampant, and you all did not disappoint. I propose a hypothetical case that might clarify the business decisions driving 22k: You are tasked with setting up a new Exchange server for 500 users. You determine that usage patterns for your average Exchange user is .5 IOPS during the week, and peak at 1.0 IOPS on Monday morning. You budget in an extra 60% for future growth making 1.6 IOPS per user. That's 800 IOPS. You decide to use RAID3, so you need 9 10k drives, or 7 15k drives, or 6 22k drives. Your server will have a 2U chassis with 6 hotswap bays. You would like to avoid an external array cage, saving the rackspace for other projects. If the cost difference between a 10k and 22k solution is <$3000 on a $15000 server, cost is not an issue. Yes, in a couple years 10k and 15k drives might be a little faster, but that only mitigates my example a bit and maybe not at all. I'm just pointing out the reality of business storage decisions. Stop trying to apply consumer marketing principles to an obviously business oriented product.
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    22k Rpm Sound Good?

    Well, all the speed bumps have been ~50%. 5400<7200<10000<15000<22000 So it makes sense. The speed improvement of 22k over 15k will be comparable to the improvement of 15k over 10k. I wouldn't classify this with the trivial boost from P4 3.2 to 3.4. Certainly, upcoming cutting edge HDs will all have 2.5" platters. I haven't heard any talk of a new enterprise form factor, so I doubt there will be a move away from 3.5" hh. Then again any 22k drive is at least a couple years away... who knows.
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    22k Rpm Sound Good?

    New higher speed drives in the works. They aren't coming soon, so cool off, hotrod. They'll probably come with serial SCSI, as well as fibre channel and legacy SCSI. I got this info from an unnamed source at EMC. Sure it's not specific, but it's enough to get the speculation mill a-turnin. Talk amongst yourselves.