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The future often starts as a toy, so don't shun toy VR this Christmas

We won't know the possibilities of VR or any other technology until we play with it
Mark Pesce, 28 Nov 07:02

BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

Episode 14 Cherry-pickin'? You darn tootin!
Simon Travaglia, 25 Nov 11:52

You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Perhaps if we club together, we could
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Nov 10:02

Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

If 'the process' is still 'the process', you're doing it wrong
Michael Coté, 21 Nov 09:00

Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Shadow IT casts its darkness over us all
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Nov 10:01

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Trevor Pott

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Trevor Pott is a full-time nerd from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He splits his time between systems administration, technology writing, and consulting. As a consultant he helps Silicon Valley start-ups better understand systems administrators and how to sell to them.
Micron 9100 NVMe HHHL SSD

Little top tech tip: Take care choosing your storage drives

Sysadmin Blog RAID is dead. Or maybe it's not. I think it might be off having a conversation with a cat in a box. Regardless of whether or not you use hardware RAID cards or HBAs and some kind of software, the idea of big boxes full of drives that store lots of things isn't going away any time soon. The drives you put in them, however, are …
Trevor Pott, 10 Oct 2016

Breaking compression, one year at a time

Sysadmin Blog Computers physically last a lot longer than vendors would like. The idea of the three-year refresh cycle is considered sacred amongst a certain crowd, but when pressed most will admit that refreshes of that nature are exceptionally rare. While we can keep equipment running for a decade or beyond, there are hidden issues in doing …
Trevor Pott, 07 Oct 2016

Non-big IT vendors: Trying to understand where startups fit in tech

Sysadmin blog Are startups to be avoided? You'll get different answers depending on who you talk to, but the arguments have relevance for the virtualization and storage markets as, today, most of the innovation is occurring with startups. I've been a champion of working with startups for some time now. I don't advocate engaging with …
Trevor Pott, 19 Sep 2016

Bank fail: Ready or not, here's our new software

Today, I was a user Every now and again The Register runs articles from sysadmins around the world about the horrors of working in IT. From time to time, however, it is probably worth reading something from the user's point of view. This is one such story. Today at the grocery store, I saw an advertisement for a smallish regional bank. I used to …
Trevor Pott, 10 Feb 2016
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The gear I use in my test lab: A look at three Trident+ switches

Sysadmin blog Buying new infrastructure does matter. Even small business need a basic set of features and equipment that meets industry standards, not just some proprietary vendor ones. But most businesses simply don't need the bleeding edge. Let's look at an upcoming switch replacement as an example. This customer is going to need to move …
Trevor Pott, 07 Dec 2015
A rather dusty old Dell, pictured by Tim Massey

And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...

Sysadmin blog Working with small businesses is a master's degree in the real lifespan of IT infrastructure. Companies with real budgets replace everything regularly; refresh cycles are two or three years apart, rarely five. The same doesn't necessarily apply to SMBs, and there are very real lessons to be learned. Perhaps the most important …
Trevor Pott, 04 Dec 2015