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What Murphy’s law has to teach you about data centres

Data centres are loud, noisy places. So loud, it's often hard for anyone to hear your screams and cries of frustration when Murphy decides to make you the example for his law. For some, this is a good thing. For others, this is why social media was invented. Outages of all kinds echo out into social media like waves in a pond. …
Josh Folland, 03 Jul 2015
Snakes on a Plane, kind of

Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

Twisted Pair The internet is not something you can just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. Nor is it a series of tubes. It’s an unimaginably large collection of computers connected by cables and radio waves. The more computers you have, the more cables you need. And that’s a problem. We’re now moving into the era of software-defined …
Josh Folland, 31 Mar 2015
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Tears of a cloud: Don’t be let down by backup and disaster recovery

For many, the advent of cloud storage was a blessing. Cherished pictures and videos, contact lists, documents and more could be automatically put online and saved (theoretically) forever. Enterprises took notice as well and now, cloud backups are fairly standard practice. However, business and individuals have one significant …
Josh Folland, 24 Mar 2015
Inatek BP2001 Bluetooth Speaker

Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

Review The Inateck BP2001 is a 2 x 5W Bluetooth enabled portable stereo speaker. It's reasonably stylish in design, easy to use, has a slot on top where your mobile device sits and charges via standard micro-USB. It's a reasonably good catch at £50, although the Inateck website will direct you to Amazon where you can buy it for under £ …
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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

It is 25 July, and that means it's Systems Administrators Appreciation Day once more. Sysadmin Day is that one special day a year where syadmins the world over say to each other "Wow, I can't believe we all made it another year", and everyone else forgets that this has been a thing for 14 years. Despite the inevitable apathy of …
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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

As I've mentioned before, it's hard to make phones sexy, especially SIP phones. The local vultures and I all had a good chuckle at that when I turned in that article, but eventually we stopped and thought: wait, how much fun can we have reviewing SIP phones? It's tough to match setting an IOsafe NAS on fire, but we have this …
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Keeping warm in winter the el Reg way: Setting a NAS box ON FIRE

Hardware Test Hardware reviews are typically boring, tedious affairs with a fairly predictable outcome: someone sends you a minor iteration of a product and you verify that it behaves as expected. Every now and again, however, someone makes a claim so outrageous that you simply must test whether or not it's true. Such is the case with the …
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Shiny doodad blog Engadget clubbed with Reddit banhammer

Sysadmin blog Earlier this week, a number of Reddit users noticed that links to tech news site Engadget were returned with “engadget is not allowed on Reddit: this domain was banned for shilling and vote cheating” if they tried to post a link to anything on the Engadget domain. Moderaters detected many comments getting stuck in the moderation …
Josh Folland, 31 Oct 2013
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Ahhh, SATISFACTION: Watch while we set a NAS on FIRE

A vendor has made the silly mistake of claiming its kit is fireproof, prompting a certain El Reg hack to ponder where he'd left his matches... The vendor in question is IOsafe, whose products have been reviewed on El Reg before. Last time, its single-disk unit survived being dunked in a well for far longer than originally …

Red-faced, sweating and still in your chair: Welcome to eSports

Video games are believed by many to be a waste of time - but this is something consistently being challenged by the people who love them. And despite the fact that video games just can't seem shrug off the label of "just for kids", new research (PDF) would suggest that you're never too old for them. And as the debate over the …