Category Archive: Computers

Jan 07 2011

Virtualization

One of the goals I have for the new system is to replace the two existing servers. My current plan is to do this via virtualization. There are a number of virtualization options available … each with advantages & disadvantages. The virtualization products I’m currently consider are: VirtualBox VMWare vSphere VMWare Server XEN

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Jan 06 2011

Dell PowerEdge T310

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(Read this entire post, as there is a very weird problem described later) It’s been quite a while since I upgraded the hardware that runs this (and others) web site. The warranty on the systems either will be expiring soon or has already expired. So I bit the bullet and ordered a new Dell PowerEdge …

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Dec 26 2009

'Tis The Season to Upgrade! (or not)

Yes, it’s that time of year again … UPGRADE TIME! With the release of Fedora 12 a few months ago, I’m taking the holiday break from work to get my servers up to a more current version of Linux. The fact that Fedora 10, the version of Linux I am currently running, is no longer …

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Aug 25 2009

Dell Chat Support Flub

In general, I’ve been quite pleased with the technical support I get from Dell’s Small & Medium sized Business division. They usually adapt quickly to my level of technical expertise and take my word for it when I report a problem.   Once the failing component has been identified, they quickly setup the appropriate dispatch …

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Aug 09 2009

Gateway Recovery Manager error 205

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Solution to error 205 in Gateway’s Gateway Recovery Manager software found while setting up Ginny’s new Gateway SX2800-01 desktop system.

Jul 31 2009

Returning the Latitude E6400

This will probably be the last post I write with the Dell Latitude E6400 I purchased recently. Next week I’m going to call Dell and arrange to return the laptop for a refund. This is the first Dell computer that I’m really dissatisfied with and, frankly, I’m surprised that Dell dropped the ball so badly. …

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Jul 25 2009

Wake On LAN

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There is apparently going to be a bit more getting used to this new laptop. The other day, before I went to bed, I put my new Dell Latitude E6400 into standby mode … I’m 99% sure I did this. The next morning, however, when I went down stairs I found my laptop powered on. …

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Jul 23 2009

Dell Latitude E6400 Sales & Support

Note: Although my sales & support experience with the machine were generally positive, my experiences with the machine itself were not.  I have since sent it back to Dell. I just had some really good customer support experiences with Dell.  I know, some of you are going to think this is impossible, but it really …

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Mar 07 2009

Rules for PC Owners

Here are a few things that I recommend for folks who use PC’s … think of them as “David’s Rules for PC Owners” …

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Jan 24 2009

Netgear ReadyNAS NV+

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For quite some time I haven’t been happy with the level of data protection on my servers … a while ago I ran mirrored (RAID 1) IDE (PATA) drives on my system using a Arco Duplidisk adapter.   It seemed adequate, but after I upgraded my servers to the Dell PowerEdge systems, it didn’t seem …

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