The Beast also has a knack for scaring off large dogs.
Now settling into comfortable middle-age the cat prefers the comforts of the couch over carnage.
- dynamic hardware changes (add ram & processors on the fly to OS's that support hot swap changes - eg Windows 2008)
- thin-provisioning of vm disks (allocate 100Gb but only use 16Gb and dynamically expand as required)
- much better vcb backup integration - essentially setup a backup regime to disk and then dump to tape
- server level raid - host hardware fails it immediately picks up on other available hardware platform (ie two servers run in lockstep)
- much better hardware cpu & ram utilisation
- better performance of an Exchange install that has been virtualised as compared to actual physical hardware - obviously this doesn't quite mean its faster just more efficient and scalable
- clients now virtualising for enhanced bcp / dr even if it is a single app on a single host physical server
- built in firewall capability to encompass DMZ style security on your internal production virtual farm using vShield Zones
- virtual Cisco switching capability
Every home should have one of these - Espress Book Machine. Books on demand!
I don't think its ever going to compete against Google but the Wolfram Alpha search engine looks like a fantastic research and discovery tool for students.
Another nifty Long Now post - 13500 Pages Etched Into Nickel. Its a shame they didn't zoom in 500x to see the content.
It looks like some companies are showing some foresight when it comes to Solar Power. Its a nice cost-model - I wonder when someone will bring it to NZ ?
One of the few games that plays well on my old MacBook, Half Life 2, has a mod that looks intriguing - Dear Esther. A nice review - Touched by the hand of mod Dear Esther.
Lest people forget the pioneering days of chip design take a look at this impressive effort Homebrew CPU is a Beautiful Mess of Wires. Amazing.
Like Stack Overflow did for Programmers, ServerFault aims to provide free assistance to System and Network Admins.
The back door - alternates between the catflap and french-doors
Finally managed to upgrade to the new version of Pivot.
I ended up downloading my entire site, upgrading on my laptop and then re-uploading the entire site. The joy of completely relative links meant it all pretty much just worked.
There'll be oddball things going on for those few people that do visit on a regular basis until I iron out the kinks.
One thing to watch for is that it requires more memory allocated to PHP - the previous version of Pivot seemed to run with less than 8Mb allocated. The new one definitely needs more. Make sure whoever does you hosting is cool to fix this if you need it bumped up.
If you're after a web CMS/Blog-engine that is pretty simple to setup and use that doesn't require to much messing around with SQL or Unix then this could be what you're after. All you need is a PHP enabled web server and you're set to go.
Go on and check it out - PivotX
I'll have to set aside some time to upgrade as a fair bit has changed under the hood.