Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Monday, December 13, 2010
To try to solve this issue, try the following steps:
1. Open iTunes.
2. Select the iPhone under Devices on the left side.
3. Click the Music tab.
4. Under the Sync music option, choose Selected playlists.
5. Uncheck the Voice Memos playlist.
6. Click Apply
For me the problem was with music and I have to go through and figure out what song of playlist is corrupt.
Monday, December 06, 2010
This drove me crazy till I saw this web page. I don't understand why it would still filter unless obvious but a lot of the email going to the junk folder is legit. I think Microsoft may have pushed out an overly aggressive update. Good intentions bad execution.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Go to a command prompt and rename the following -
program files (x86)/avg/avg10/avgrsa.exe
program files (x86)/avg/avg10/avgchsva.exe
you should be able to reboot, you will need to reinstall or repair AVG.
http://forums.avg.com/ww-en/avg-free-forum?sec=thread&act=show&id=132999 here is the support link from AVG
Monday, August 30, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
You have until next Tuesday to use promo code: digg to get 50% off a Terra byte for the next year. Free trial but you have to order service by Tuesday to get this deal. Limited one per new customer.
Monday, August 23, 2010
This is one of my favorite sites to check out every once in a while. It's a good way to pick up on some of the trends. When I was a kid we looked the Billboard Hot 100. I'm sure today's generation looks at this stuff. There are a few other services that rank web sites, they all have their pros and cons. Alexa ranks the domain overall. Another service that ranks web sites is netcraft and I’ll post about them next.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Get 50% off 1 Terra Byte Online server backup. We can back up most operating systems and have plug ins for exchange and SQL. Exchange is $0.50 per mailbox. This offer will expire August 31st 2010.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
To perform a reverse dns lookup go to dos or open a command prompt. Type nslookup and the numeric ip you want to check for reverse dns.
We have $25 off promo codes floating around the internet. Get a 1 year subscription to Fast Backup PC for only $44.99 with promo code. Pick the data center where you back you data up.
We are testing the line quality test from Ookla and we love what we are seeing so far. We have it set up at Internap Houston in 1301 Fannin. The test checks speed, ping, packet loss, jitter, and firewall. I hope to have the test deployed at the other three data centers by tomorrow morning.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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When we open up a city and deploy a cluster we use 44 ports right away. 30 for servers, 10 for the Storage Area Network, 2 for our remote PDU's and 2 data center cross connects. If the data center facility is doing maintenance to their infrastructure you will not go down. That is 22 ports per switch which leave us 26 ports per switch for expansion. This will leave room for about four or five more servers to add to the cluster. Buy 48 port switch if your budget allows, your cost per port will be lower. When you order your switches don't forget to order a stacking cables if not already included.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
What can you do with these low cost connections? Redundancy, most SOHO firewalls support multiple internet connections. For less than the cost of a T1 you can have cable, dsl and wimax to keep your office online. With low cost high speed connections disaster recovery can become a reality. Replicating data off site and keep it in sync is now possible as the cost of fast upload connections drop. Most small and medium businesses have some backup procedures in place. What they lack is a disaster recovery plan to get them up quickly. Using a tape backup and leaving the tapes sitting next to the server is not good. What if the server is lost to fire, theft or flooding? How long will it take to get a server and have back up and running?
There are new products on the market that can make this process easier. My favorite feature is physical server conversion to a virtual server. An exact duplicate of your server and all its data is replicate to another office or data center. In the event of a disaster or long term outage the server can be turned on and quickly reconfigured to go back into production. With even more advance software this whole process can be automated. The best part is the cost of these products and services has converged to make enterprise quality disaster recovery a reality for businesses of all sizes.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
You will require less data center space but your host servers running all the virtual serves tend to use more power than servers from just a few years ago. You probably will not be able to fill a full 42U with equipment as the power density will be too high. Data centers have an 80% rule for power. If you order a 20 amp circuit you can only use 16 amps because you will need headroom for the equipment to power on. Modern servers fully loaded with drives CPU’s and RAM can consume 1.5 to 3.5 amps of power. Plus you will have other equipment in the cabinet like switches and firewalls. Some firewalls now will run as a virtual machine and eliminates the need for addition power and space in the cabinet.
Most data centers depending on their infrastructure will allow 40 amps 110 power or 20 amps of 208. With today’s equipment power density you will probably never be able to fill a rack with equipment the heat and power draw will be too much. Most data centers have a one cabinet minimum, a few data centers do offer locking half cabinets but this is not common and you will have to check with the facilities.
If you only need a server or two collocated the best option is to find the best data center facilities in your area or region. Look for computer and consulting companies that operate out of those facilities. A lot of smaller computer and consulting companies will offer shared colocation space. Your server will be in a locking cabinet with other customers. The advantages of doing this are that you only pay for the space you need. This is a great option to start out. The pricing per U will vary from data center to data center. Quality carrier class facilities start at around $80 per U. Modern redundant facilities may be more up to $175 per U. The disadvantages are security and easy access to your server. With so much running on one physical server you want to order your server with dual power supplies. If possible you will want to plug into separate PDU’s (power distribution units). Better PDU’s will let you meter your power and remote reboot the server if needed. This will save you from having to go to the data center or have data center personal walk out to your server and have to manually push the power button.
When you order your server get a remote access card. This allows you console access to your server even if it is hung on a screen. You will be able to see error messages or even do maintenance and installations. This does cost extra but will save you downtime and allow you to come quickly or recover from disaster.
Make sure you pick a data center with multiple carriers or ISP’s. I suggest a minimum of three or more. You will also want to have redundant cross connects to your switch or server. This way you will not be down due to accidents or facility maintenance.
The most important consideration when picking your facilities is how much redundancy they have and how much redundancy you have built into your server.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
With the falling cost of storage a SAN for your servers is now a reality. SAN's with full redundancy have come down in price to the $10,000-$20,000 range. While this is still expensive it does allow for more small and medium size companies to run their applications in high availability mode. You can use Windows built in clustering or virtualization technology like VMware. Even if you are not using HA with VMware you can lock the virtual machine into a spare hosts inventory and still be up and running in minutes, because the storage is on the network.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
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Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Livezilla tells your where the visitors are coming from whether it be a google or yahoo search. The program will also tell you the searchstring they used to find you. Livezilla can tell you the city and region the visitor is from. You can even co-browse with the user. Even if you are not selling products and services it is fun to see where they go on your site and how they found your site. The program is shareware and is fairly easy to install.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Friday, July 23, 2010
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
The downside to imaging is that it does take some time and usually requires a second or external hard drive. You can also image to DVD's but this will require several disks. I just upgraded from Office 2007 to 2010 and make a system image in case something goes wrong. By the way it didn't and I really like the new office. Outlook is a lot quicker.
The issue I have with external USB drives is as a tech I tend to carry them around with me from time to time and they do not seem to last very long. If you have a fire, flood or other disaster at your home or business your external hard drive will probably be lost with your computer along with external hard drive and the data on it.
With an online backup service your data is encrypted and then copied off-site to a remote location preferably a data center. The Fast PC Networks online systems is located in four data centers through out the country. Our service also gives you the option to have your data replicated to a second data center. Where and the quality of the facility where your data is stored should also be taken into consideration. Data Center storage facilities should have multiple levels of security and properly trained staffing. Most hacking occurs because of social engineering. Data centers usually have redundant network connections. We consider backups a business critical application. FastPCNet also deploys its backkup servers in clusters, three per data center so if we have to perform upgrades or maintenance we still have two servers online to balance the load.
To protect your machine you should image it every 3-6 months or when you make major changes to the system like installing new software, then use an online backup service to save your machine image and the files you change on a regular basis.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The Fast PC Net top 20 visits by city
- Houston - our base of operations
- New York
- Columbus, Ohio - Our Disaster Recovery city
- New Delhi
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Kuala Lumpur
I just wanted to say the parents I feel and know your pain. I also know the happiness and joy that all children can bring to life. Chey & Tristan will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Is this their way of saying it's over? Has Saudi Arabia peaked? Saudi Arabia is not that big a country, how much oil can possibly be left? How much conventional versus unconventional oil do they have left? Are we starting to really see peak oil?
Thursday, July 15, 2010
So now with all the Apple iPhone 4 problems will the Stock Price rise if Steve Jobs retires or dies?
Software glitches, design flaws and doors being kicked in. Steve's arrogant comments about how end users hold the iPhone and his AT&T bashing. I can't look at the news and not see Apple bashing.
Steve - Just fall on the sword, admit your wrong and fix the problems. Try to do what can be done to make it up to the endusers like giving everybody $50 in iTunes or something. Make Apple cool again!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I dropped by the Apple Store, Iphone 4's are not to be found unless you have reservation. It will probably be that way for another month or so. I asked about all the dropped calls which has been getting out of hand for me the last couple of weeks. I now start my phone conversations with a warning that I'm on an Apple Iphone and the call may drop. The nice young lady in the Apple store told me to turn off 3g. I walked out of the store.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
New York - Internap Data Center
Oakland - Internap at 365 Main
Houston - Internap Data Center
Columbus - 101 Town
Or you can just pick one for only $19.99 a month
Monday, July 05, 2010
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
We just put up a speed test at 1301 Fannin at Internap Houston. We will be putting the same speed test up at our o ther locations in the Internap Data Center in New York at 75 Broad and 365 Main Oakland facility. We will also have the test in Columbus Ohio at DC101 which runs the Internap flow control platform.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
I think a combination of all of the above but I don't think we will see it crash again. I just don't think there has been proper investment to expand capacity and that there is just not that much oil left that is easily recoverable.
Bring on the Volt, Leaf and Tesla
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- Where will your data be backed up to? Is it a data center? What tier is the data center? What kind of physical security do they have?
- How do they charge? For data stored? Do they also charge for transfer? Is there a charge for software?
- How long are you able to retain your data? Are you limited on the amount of time you can retain you data?
- What features does the backup software client have? What operating systems can be backed up? Can they do servers? Does the backup client software have continuous data protection?
- What kind of bandwidth does the service have and use? How many carriers does the service utilize?
- How redundant is the backup system? Is the service clustered(multiple servers)? Is the service geophysically clustered(can you back up to a different data center)?
- Do you have the option to have your data replicated to another facility?
We meet or exceed all of these considerations, we use quality data centers with multiple long haul carrier connections. Our software is fast and works with almost all operation systems. Our software utilizes continuous data protection. We let you retain your data as long as you like
and give you the option to backup to where you want plus we give you the option of a second copy is a different city. Our system is clustered in the data center minimum three servers and we cluster so data centers can fail over.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Now is the time to Virtualize the American workforce to offset terminal decline we are facing after peak oil and keep our economy growing
The switch to smaller fuel effecient verhicles has to happen quickly. I will be doing this myself next year when my current lease is up. This is a win-win for everyone. We will get more miles per gallon which will save the consumer money plus keep demand for oil down which will keep the price low and help with the trade deficit. Maybe we will all be able to breath a little easier too.
If not already, we will soon be in the age of terminal decline of oil extraction. The big fields are starting to die or have gone into steep terminal decline. If you look up and read about Cantarell this is a great example of how enhanced production methods while will increase production or stabilize and plateau it. This will only lead to faster decline rates down the road. Cantarell peaked in 2004 at 2.12 million barrels with the help of nitrogen injection into the field. But this enhanced production is leading to a very steep decline curve and the field is now producing less than 400,000 barrels of oil a day. By 2012 Mexico will no longer be a net exporter. Ghawar the worlds largest field located in Saudia Arabia is also now rumored to be in decline or will peak very soon. We are not finding fields fast enough to offset the gian oil fileds decline rates. 5% of the worlds daily crude production comes from Ghawar alone.
Another very big issue is OPEC's amount of remaining declared reserves. Their daily quota is tied to their remaining reserve. If you look at this chart in the 80's notice that most of OPEC had a jump in declared reserves. You will also notice that most of the reserves are flat and not declining.
What bothers me most was the oil shock of 2008 that should of served as the wake up call we needed and for a while it was. But the high prices killed demand and caused the price of crude to crash and now the price is starting to recover. The price of crude oil is now approaching the levels we saw in 08.
When the recession ends and economic activity starts to pick up again so will the demand for crude. If we put the incentives in place to cut our demand we can grow our economy without having to pay ever increasing costs for our energy. The problem we face today and tomorrow is when the production curve hits the demand curve it sets off a bidding war for crude oil. This biggest challenge is going to be the transition to alternatives and keeping the demand curve below the terminal decline of the production curve. We can then divert the excess out of the transportation sector into areas that will need crude oil to help our economy to keep growing while we are still in the process of transitioning to alternative and renewable energy sources. There is so much we can be doing now that could help but we just don't. If we do act we are only helping ourselves and helping to secure an easier transition into our future.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Cool, Google the ISP. The virtual workforce is coming and having this kind of speed with allow almost LAN like access to servers and cloud based applications that require a lot of bandwidth. Longhaul carriers are practically giving away bandwidth, how much cheaper will it get? I'm very curious what the price point and different types of services offered.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Even if demand is off we need to start taking heroic measures now. Can we stand another oil shock like we had in 2008? 08 was bad, but will the price come back down like the last time?
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This sounds very interesting and I'm very interested in learning more, it always seems to be the simple ideas that are the good ones. Dell and HP have to be looking into this or I would hope they are. I wonder how this would ripple down the data center industry because facilities try to rate their facility on the Tier system which has a heavy focus on power infrastructure.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
It's out! It's too bad I gave up on Verizon after the Blackberry Storm disaster which was probably the worst phone and customer service experience of my life. I do miss the Verizon network a little but after the way I was treated never no way ever again.
I'm glad they are making BES available for download I just wish they were not so greedy and did this sooner with full features. You want to make it easy to use your product not tax your customers, I wonder what the Blackberry market share would have been had BES always been freely available?
If your employee commutes 16-20 miles each way a day that's about $5.00 a day in gas. If the employee is 100% virtual that's a saving of $1250 a year or 500 gallons of gas at $2.50 a gallon. Plus the countless hours spent in the car probably sitting in traffic a good deal of the time. Providing an office and resources in the office is expensive, rent, energy and resources. Yes there are costs with going virtual and telecommuting but in the long run it is much cheaper as long as you are able to evaluate and maintain employee performance.
You can also double the efficiency of a car by adding one passenger.
We need to act fast, adapt and start to take heroic measures now and conserve what we have because the new technologies are just not going to be ready quick enough. Inflation is coming across the board. Our whole economy is based on cheap efficient energy and it will end soon. It's a fact that we just are not going to be able to afford to drive as much and we will need to off set our rising cost for products and services that we use everyday that will be inflated because of rising energy costs.
Mainstream telecommuting as I see it is probably one of the best options to conserve because we just flat out get gas consuming cars off the road. Another benefit is that the air will be cleaner in most metropolitan areas.
Monday, March 08, 2010
This is going to be a big problem sooner rather than later. When everyone realizes how true this probably is it will set off yet another oil shock. There is no spare capacity especially once the recession turns around. Conservation is not going to be enough and energy will go to the richest countries. Most of the big fields are about to peak or have peaked and are in terminal decline and yes even though there have some big finds like the Sugar Loaf field this oil is years away and very hard to get at which will present several technical challenges. Cantarell is just the beginning and a sign of the future. When Gwar goes into very rapid decline because of the injection process it will be the wake up call the world needs but this will probably be too late to properly transition to a non petroleum economy.
Friday, March 05, 2010
Thursday, March 04, 2010
ping or tracert to
ns3.fatpcnet.net Columbus Ohio
ns4.fastpcnet.net San Francisco/Oakland
Most of the easy to get at oil is gone and giant oil fields like Ghawar and Cantarell have peaked, the North sea is winding down as well as Alaska. Yes we had a small oil crash but this is only temporary.
We are going to have to innovate fast if we are to avoid this long term crisis. The way our infrastructure here in the USA is based on most of the population living in the suburbs and commuting. I really do not see how we can cope unless people just stop driving. I really feel that a much larger percentage of the workforce will Telecommute as long as their job allows. If not worker will have to move out of necessity. The days of flying are coming to an end, my kids kids will probably not know what it is like to fly on an airplane.
We have squandered our most valuable resource. One barrel of oil is equal to 25,000 of human labor. At $2.50 a gallon one cup of gas cost less than 16 cents a cup. So in the city driving a mile costs you only $0.16. Imagine if you had to walk or bike that far. Imagine if you were towing your spouse and kids along. Does $0.3125 cents a cup sound expensive? or $5.00 a gallon?
I'm not trying to be all gloom and doom and I believe that there is hope like what Bloom Energy is doing. But we need more innovators like Dr. KR Sridha.
Monday, March 01, 2010
Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News - FOXNews.com
How do you handle this Disaster Recovery scenario? I'm not a 2012 freak but this one concerns me a little.
I think the Android OS has a lot of potential, but I'm not ready to pitch my IPhone yet. Google Apps and cloud services are making money, but will it become mainstream with all the privacy issues that Google has been facing? Another concern is the shrinking profit margin as these services become even more of a commodity.
Google search is here to stay and it is a free service they offer, the advertising they show on the top and down the right side of the page is where they make money. Will this increase? Stay the same? or drop?
More and more web sites are learning and adopting organic search. I know I don't click on search ad unless it is something very hard to find. Before our site ranked organically we used AdWords and yes they do work and are great if your just starting out. But with organic search if done right you will get a much higher return on investment. The key element is relevance to what end users are looking for. Remember Google is a research tool not an e commerce tool although if you are smart you can do that by providing relevant informant ion and inform your end users.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The going price at most data centers for a 110v 20amp is $300 with ups and generator backup. For 208v 20amp the price would be $600. For a redundant B circuit 110v 20amp is going to be half $150 and $300 for 208. I highly recommend switchable PDU's. This will allow you to power cycle you equipment remotely and most of the better models will meter the power so you can know what your usage is. You can find a good quality remote manageable PDU for $350 to $800.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Data centers are incorporating this certification into their marketing even though even though the Uptime Institute has not certified them. All the facilities that are Tier 4 certified are corporate data centers not open to public colocation. There is only one facility that is tiered certified (Tier 3) that offers public colocation in North America.
Another point to consider is that Tier certification only pertains to the four walls of the data center outside factors are not taken into consideration, like weather , earthquakes ect....
How does the power, coper and fiber come into the facility? Aerials? Encased in concrete?
How many Generators? Diesel or Natural Gas?
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
for 2u servers like Dell 2950 with dual power supplies $350/mth
1u firewalls $99
appliance firewalls $69
$59 per meg/mth for Internap premium Bandwidth and as $14 a meg per month with large commits 6 carrier blend with Internap flow control and 100% SLA
$200 setup per server includes engineering time to make sure you are up online and optimal
Internap New York - Same deal except $300 server setup fee
Internap Oakland - Same deal except $300 server setup fee
All Internap facilities are SAS70 type II certified
YourColo Columbus Ohio - Same deal $200 server setup fee
We have other bandwidth options as low as $7 a meg
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Here is the direct link back to Enhance Tech and the case study we did with them.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Here is the registry hack to get RDP (remote desktop) to connect to 2008, after editing the registry make sure you reboot and you should be able to get in.
Monday, February 08, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I remember back in the day when a migration took a weekend and a lot of pain and suffering, now it's as easy as copy and paste.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Sunday, January 24, 2010
My girlfriend was searching on her new Google droid from verizon she was doing a seach on Haiti fund raising and she was taken to a virus scanner page and the popups started. Now she is getting the popup that her computer might be at risk when she opens the browers and while she is surfing. I can't believe this, i've never seen this on a mobile browser before and I've owned blackberry, windows mobile and apple.
As much as Google is putting into this I'm suprised that they don't have tighter quality control.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Did you know that there is not a single tier 4 data center in the USA that offers public colocation? In fact according to the Uptime institude there is only one yes 1 Tier 3 certified facility in the USA.
There are some very good facilities that are not Tier certified that offer good services, but be careful of operators claiming Tier 4 design. To be considered Tier 4 you must have two primary power feeds online. Yes a lot of facilities have ATS (automatic transfer switch) but this is still a single point of failure. One other issue I had confirmed and worries me is that Tier certification only pertains to within the four walls of the facility. So a data center could have fiber, copper, and power coming into the facility on telephone poles. Which makes me ask another question - is the Uptime Institudes Tier certifications focused too much on power?
We use Internap because of the network and track record for uptime at all their facilities, but they do have good redundant power and cooling infrastructure especially at the 1301 Fannin data center.
When planning colocation for your company do some research on the facilities but also be realistic with your service level needs as to not under or over provision.