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  1. It’s Important to to have a good time. Always.

    February 5, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaIf you use Adobe Premiere for post-production projects, then you may have come across the problem where the application re-conforms and recreates peak files for projects every time the project opens or when changing back to Adobe from using another application, i.e. hide/show. (more…)

  2. Another step in the Commodity Hardware Revolution

    January 21, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve Modica

    Not too long ago, I was asked to write up my predictions on storage and networking technology for the coming year.  One of those predictions was the rise of new, combined file system/logical volume managers like ZFS and BtrFS.


  3. Busy busy busy

    December 3, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaWhen I used to work at SGI, I would often wonder what “C” level officers did.  I once got to ask Ed McCracken what he spent most of his time doing day-to-day. At the time, he was CEO of SGI. (more…)

  4. Clone Detectors

    November 26, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaBack when cell phones were new, a number of vendors had “clone” problems.  People were cloning phone serial numbers so they could get free cell service. (more…)

  5. Bugs..

    November 19, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaMany years ago when I was a “smoke jumper” support guy for SGI, I got to see some of the strangest problems on the planet.   Mind you, these were not “normal” problems that you and I might have at home.  These were systems that were already bleeding edge and being pushed to the max doing odd things in odd places.  Further, before I ever saw the problem, lots of guys had already had a shot.  So reinstalling, rebooting, looking at the logs, etc., had all been tried.   (more…)

  6. Warning: Advanced Technology Ahead

    November 5, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaI remember the days when CPUs were stuck in a rut.  They were barely hitting 1Ghz.  Networks were running at 1Gb and beyond and CPUs and storage just could not keep up. Clients wanted redundant, failover capable servers that could handle 600 clients, but SGI was running out of ways to do that.  We couldn’t make the bus any wider (128bit computers?) and we couldn’t make the CPUs any faster.  What should we do? (more…)

  7. Oh… That’s a compiler bug

    October 22, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaThe worst possible answer to a customer problem is that it’s a hardware bug. Hardware bugs are expensive to fix. You not only have to replace the hardware, you may also have to replace everything you’ve got on the shelves. You can’t do this until you’ve “fixed” the problem, which might cost millions of dollars and take months. Hardware problems suck. (more…)

  8. Military Muscle

    October 16, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaWorking with the military can be a lot of fun.  It can be exhilarating.  It can also be incredibly frustrating and boring. (more…)

  9. Scaling IT

    October 10, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaJust about everyone can have a free web page.  You get them free when you open cloud accounts or purchase internet service. This has lead to a proliferation of cat pictures on the Internet.  (more…)

  10. 10Gb is Coming

    October 4, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaYou’ve all read that 10GbaseT is on the way. It’s true. Very soon, you will be able to plug standard RJ45 connectors (just like on your Mac Book Pro) into your 10Gb Ethernet cards and switches. You’ll be able to run CAT6A cable 100m (assuming the runs are clean runs) and have tons and tons of bandwidth between servers and clients. Who needs Fibre Channel anymore?! (more…)