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  1. EMC is full of %@$#. LTO will be hitting its last generation (LTO6) in about 3 years. In 4 or 5 years very fast perpendicularly-recorded 50 TB tape will probably be available. Super LTO anyone???
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    Yardsale! Yardsale!

    By the way, don't leave any messages here for me in the forum or through the SR private message systems, as I will not be monitoring either on a regular basis. Only send E-Mail messages to me (my E-Mail address is listed all over my yardsale webpage). ...Thanks!
  3. ... a humdinger of a yardsale !!! First Come... First Served...
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    Best Anti-Virus Software?

    NAV 2000 (NAV 7.5) seems better than NAV 2002 (NAV 8.0). Unfortunately, NAV 2000 will not run on WinXP.
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    G5 PowerPC, better than PC

    Yes, the mobo is indeed well made. Which brings me to the thing I said back in December that seemed to offend Mr. Time (of Brisbane, QD, if I'm not mistaken) -- put the Sunblade 100 mobo inside a 1-U or 2-U rackmount chassis with the appropriate power supply for 24/7 operations, meaning at least a dual-redundant power supply. The Sunblade 100's power supply looks a wee bit flimsy, but looks can be deceiving. Chances are the power supply is of good quality, but no more than simply adequate for workstation usage. Going to an external enterprise quality hard drive (SCSI or F-C) would help significantly in reducing power supply load. Of course, you will need to add a host adaptor which will take back a few watts. I do not believe you can cluster Sunblade systems. Suncluster only works with higher-end boxes (Enterprise boxes). Besides, if you can afford to purchase very expensive Suncluster licensing, then it makes little sense to be running "cheap" Sunblade systems. Also, in my earlier message, I meant to say UltraSPARC IIe and III, not UltraSPARCIII and IV. The UltraSPARC IV doesn't exist, except maybe in a secret Sun laboratory somewhere.
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    Bugs in IBM 10K and 15K drives?

    Hmmm... I've had no problems with either IBM or Seagate in as far as RAID usage goes, and I've built plenty of arrays with *both* brands. IBM = 36LZX (10kRPM), 36LP (7200 RPM) Seagate = 73LP and X15-36LP
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    Questions about 98 to 2000 upgrade...

    It sounds like you need to clear off one of your hard drives completely then disconnect all the other drives from your system that have any sort of data on them. Take the "clean" hard drive and install Windows 2000 on it. Later, you can put the other hard drives back into your system and boot from the Win2K boot hard drive and read data from the other hard drives. If you don't want to run Windows 98SE ever again, you could also convert all of your existing "FAT32 hard drives" to reliable NTFS partitions. If you are installing Windows 2000 from an Upgrade CD, all you need is the original installation compact disc or floppy discs for Windows 98, 98SE, NT 4.0, or NT 3.5.1 (not Win ME, though). Insert them when it asks you for your previous operating system.
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    Larger Drivers

    My prediction from a while back is that instead of a continuing expansion of overall hard drive capacity, we'll start to see a capping off of capacity and a concentration on reducing platter / head count, ultimately resulting on 40 GB, 50 GB, 60 GB single platter / single head hard drives. These hard drives will represent the lowest cost per unit storage capacity and the highest reliability due to reduced parts count. Higher capacity units with up to 4 heads (2 platters) will still be made available, but after production of the mainstream "economy" single-head model is ramped up and meeting production demands.
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    The BIOS table readout simply shows which hardware interrupts are being "used" (not shared) and "shared." If you are running Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you'd likely be better off enabling ACPI (Advanced Control and Peripheral Interface) and let it manage your hardware interrupt allocation.
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    Tyson vs. Lewis

    Tyson is a psycho. He needs to spend a couple of years in one of those small time-share units down in Guantanamo Bay.
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    Registered ECC vs. Unbuffered ECC

    Registered (a.k.a. -- "buffered") DIMMs solve impedance (fanout) problems for memory bus drivers. Some mobo chipsets require Registered DIMMs. There is indeed a performance penalty for using Registered DIMMs, but only on writes -- reads are not affected.
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    SR Rendezvous Point!

    § Well, if there ends up being "another" SR discussion forum somewhere else, I would like to suggest that it be called Storageville know, Home Of The Happy Hard Drives... eh, whatever. By the way, some jackass domain name squatter recently grabbed the domain name Storageville and it currently holding it for ransom. §
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    Serial SCSI

    § Yes, I first heard the news about the formation of a Serial SCSI Standards Committee back in September 2001. Ehhh... No. There's supposed to be an Ultra-640 SCSI next, which is unfortunately yet another parallel form of SCSI. Although it's nice to think of Fibre-Channel as "Serial SCSI," it is not SCSI. It is SCSI-like, but it is also proprietary (without true standards). What became Fibre-Channel in the early '90s was SUPPOSED to have been Serial SCSI, but the committee overseeing the specification and licensing negotiations for these newfangled SCSI technologies finally fell apart after prolonged infighting. Incorporation of IBM's SSA was one of the various "fights" that took place in the debacle. So, SCSI and a fragmented Fibre-Channel went their separate ways. By the way, iSCSI is the LAN and WAN implementation of SCSI and a direct competitor or Fibre-Channel. iSCSI uses off-the-shelf Gb Ethernet transceiver and cabling technology at the physical level, IP addressing, and can transport block or packetised data. With iSCSI-capable Ethernet switches, you can build iSCSI fabrics for resilience just as you can with Fibre-Channel. iSCSI will dovetail nicely into either InfiniBand and Hypertransport. As for the upcoming Serial SCSI, its function will be to provide peripheral connectivity and will only handle block data. The first iteration of Serial SCSI will be faster than 16-bit parallel Ultra-640. §
  14. . ...Seamless Streaming technology is at the core of Adaptec's new Ultra320 SCSI ASIC - the AIC-7902 - a dual-channel chip that is the foundation for a broad family of Adaptec Ultra320 SCSI and Ultra320 SCSI RAID controllers to begin launching early this year, as well as a key building block of a complete Ultra320 SCSI solution. The chip supports all major operating systems and offers a forward pin-compatible path from the AIC-7899W for easy migration from Ultra160 to Ultra320 SCSI. The AIC-7902 also is deployed on Adaptec's new Ultra320 SCSI host bus adapter - the Adaptec 39320 SCSI card - a next-generation 64-bit/133MHz PCI-X to SCSI product that supports up to 30 SCSI devices across two Ultra320 SCSI channels to provide 640 MBps of SCSI bandwidth. The 39320 sports two external very high-density connector interfaces (VHDCI) and one internal high-density 68-pin connector to provide users with a wide variety of connection options. For robust data protection, the AIC-7902 features embedded hardware mirroring and supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 1/0. The ASIC also supports Adaptec's unique EMRL (Embedded RAID Logic) technology to provide the lowest risk transition path to Ultra320 SCSI RAID for high-density servers now using zero channel technology. MORE AT: .
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    Critique My Resume

    Jeez... I just got through reading through the above messages. And, what with all the potshots back and forth, about all I can say is that this has got to be one of the weirdest and most tragic threads ever on SR. I thinks that iGary said that he didn't get religious about computer hardware (or technologies) because all this stuff starts going obsolete (at various rates) as soon as it shows up. I mean, like yo, who would give one twit these days about the infamous UNIX wars of the late '80s / early '90s??? The same goes for ATA versus SCSI today. As for me personally, computer hardware is on down the list a bit as far as topics of interest go. I like computer-related subjects a bit more than motorised vehicles (automobiles, motorcycles, boats, airplanes -- I can pilot airplanes, by the way). But, I like computer-related subjects a bit LESS than musical or artistic subjects. .