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    Ahh, backups... the eternal conversation subject

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    Finally! The wait is over. Brett Shirley started to blog. As I expected, Brett started with a highly technical, but very interesting story . You might not believe it, but many customers are very optimistic, and they never perform backups of their critical...
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    Walking the long road ahead

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    Recently there was a lot of noise in the media about a Microsoft official (Neil Holloway - President of Microsoft EU) " saying " that we will be twice as good as Google in six months. Then I was pleasantly surprised that Neil soon corrected this misquote...
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    Usability

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    Any UI programmer should watch this video, and learn. :-)
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    The re-birth of the U.S. nuclear industry

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    Just a few months ago I started reading more about nuclear reactors. So I got converted real quick from an eternal pessimist to an (cautious) optimist. There is a lot of cool technology in this area. And I was surprised to learn that just a few months...
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    What is the quickest way to get the file system type on a volume?

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    A colleague of mine says that whenever he wants to see what file system is on some volume, he types CHKDSK, then <ENTER>, then ^C. You get something like this: C:\Users\aoltean>chkdsk The type of the file system is NTFS. C:\Users\aoltean>...
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    Getting the free space available under a certain directory

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    There is a useful function called GetDiskFreeSpaceEx( ) . The GetDiskFreeSpaceEx function retrieves information about the amount of space that is available on a disk volume, which is the total amount of space, the total amount of free space, and...
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    Internet Explorer 7 Beta2 available for download

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    It's finally here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/default.mspx
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    A brief history of harddrives

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    A topic that I find eternally fascinating... CNET published a series about the history of harddrives. A few quotes: The IBM System 305, the world's first hard drive , debuted in 1956 and relied on the random access method of accounting and control...
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    More VSHADOW stuff: how to backup Exchange, SQL, NTFS

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    While researching for the previous post, I just started a few searches for VSHADOW on the internet, and I found more interesting usages of it. One example: EqualLogic published a nice technical report of using VSHADOW to backup/restore Exchange, SQL and...
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    Fast backup of Virtual Server images (using VSHADOW)

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    Jeff Trumbull published a very nice script on how to backup a Virtual Server image wiht about one minute of downtime! The solution uses VSHADOW.EXE, a small command-line utility that can be used to create shadow copies. VSHADOW is part of the VSS SDK
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    How to build a cheap backup server

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    A while back, our team helped the Small Business Server team with some interesting VSS issues just before shipping SBS 2003. The issues were solved, and each member of our team got a free CD of SBS 2003. So, I decided to do something with it - an SBS...
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    Using NTBackup to achieve P2V

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    I always thought about writing a post about physical-to-virtual migration strategies in combination with VSS, but I never got to it. So it's not surprising that others started to uncover this trail :-) One particular technique in this area is described...
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    Storage grid in the sky - a new concept?

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    So, what if you take the principles behind BitTorrent (share more bandwidth to get more data) and put them as a way to store your own, personal data? You get something interesting. Allmydata attempts to do just that - building a storage grid that can...
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    Favorites - this time, for real!

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    Finally! I just noticed a new service in the http://live.com family: Live Favorites ( http://favorites.live.com/ ) You can import your existing IE favorites, organize them with drag-and-drop via an AJAX interface, etc.
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    First artificial black hole created?

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    As an unexpected side effect of an experiment, Horatiu Nastase (of Brown University of Providence, Rhode Island), found something which looks like a black hole: When the gold nuclei smash into each other they are broken down into particles called...
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    XBox 360 committed to HD-DVD

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    There were some recent rumors that XBox 360 has some plans to offer a Blu-Ray external drive. However, I just read that the XBox team announced that they are fully commited to HD-DVD and have absolutely no backup plans for Blu-Ray. The question of...
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    The OpenSearch 1.1 specification

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    I just installed a recent Vista build on my dev box, and I noticed a new set of options to add a custom search engine in IE 7. Which got me digging . For your browsing pleasure, here are some links: - This page describes the current list of providers...
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    Perpendicular storage arrives on laptops

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060116/ap_on_hi_te/seagate_drives Seagate's new drive, the Momentus 5400.3, was being shipped as of Monday, the Scotts Valley, Calif.-based company said. The shift to perpendicular recording allows it to bump up the maximum...
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    My top 10 tech predictions for 2006

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    Let's see how this game will play out: 1) Amazon will come up with more and more interesting stuff. I expect to be surprised. 2) Someone, probably Yahoo, will buy digg and memeorandum. These sites are hot. 3) In 2004, Google captured everyone...
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    Banned XBox 360 ad

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    I saw this a while back and I thought it was a damn good ad. In case you haven't seen it, it's worth a click: http://microsoft.blognewschannel.com/index.php/archives/2005/11/22/banned-xbox-360-ad-best-ad-ever/ P.S. By the way, while are on 360-related...
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    How Hotmail works? - an interview with Phil Smoot

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    ACM Queue published an interesting interview with Phil Smoot. Phil is the person in charge of managing the development teams at Hotmail.
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    Unix guy shares his experience in switching to Windows

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    Simon Gerber wrote a slightly-negative article titled Switching to Windows: Not as easy as you think . Any Windows developer should read this article. Why? Beyond anything else, it is a perfect example of how a Unix/Linux-oriented people are sincerely...
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    Puzzle: another probability problem

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    If you have an urn who already contains either a black or white ball, and you add a white ball to it, and then you subtract a white ball from it, then what is the probability of having a white ball left? [update: adding the fact that the original ball...
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    Microsoft - again, among the 100 best companies to work for in US

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    Fortune.com just published their top100 list for the best companies to work for in US - here . Microsoft made it on #42 on the full list (which is an improvement from the #57 last year). But the most surprising part is that Microsoft is now on the...
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    The VDS API is now public on MSDN

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    The VDS API is now live on MSDN ! What is it? VDS offers a COM-based API for volume, disk and LUN management in Windows Server 2003. In Windows Server 2003 R2, we also have additional integration with iSCSI targets and MPIO. For example, you can use...
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