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Which drink goes best with data loss? July 15, 2011

Posted by Matsu in Business, Fun, Humor, Information Technology, Technology.
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I just read this article and it made me laugh (as well as think about my own data backup and disaster recovery plans), so I had to share it with everyone else.

The premise is, if your data center melts down and you don’t have good backups (or they were all in the data center and either a flood or fire or both destroyed everything), what drink goes best with that situation?

You can find the article here:  http://www.unitrends.com/blog/tips-for-handling-data-loss/

So, which drink do you think goes best with a data center disaster where there is a complete loss of data?

On second thought, maybe it’s best to avoid a data center disaster by having a well planned backup process where there is virtually no risk of ALL data being destroyed (because you used all of the best practices for backups, off site storage, disaster recovery and business continuity). Then you can drink to the fact that you prevented the demise of the organization or company you work for by either having no down time at all (redundant data centers) or minimal down time with no data loss at all. THAT is something really worth drinking to! Cheers!

Hallelujah Chorus – Flash Mob Meets Mall Food Court December 24, 2010

Posted by Matsu in Christmas, Fun, Music, Religion.
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In the spirit of the season… namely the surprising manner
in which the Christ child was brought into this world, I share the
following video where a choir surprises unsuspecting shoppers
getting a quick bite at a mall food court.
What a great
way to share the message of the season. Merry Christmas,
everyone!

Books for Christmas? December 24, 2010

Posted by Matsu in Christmas, Fun, Humor, Other, Random.
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Believe it or not, there is a viral video on the net showing a little boy opening his presents last Christmas and he was none too happy about what he found. Below is that video…

Can you believe that? Well, this week the little boy’s mom appeared on the NBC Today Show (in the United States) to explain that her son actually likes books. He likes to read, his parents like to read to him, and they go to the library all the time.

When you are 3 or 4 years old and you are expecting some cool new toy, the sight of a book could be a slight disappointment, at least for some kids. I’d love to get books for Christmas, at any age.

Random Act Of Christmas November 28, 2010

Posted by Matsu in Christmas, Friends, Fun, Music, Religion.
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A close friend told me about this amazing event and when I watched it I had to shared the video recording of it with all of you.

It’s a recording of the Philadelphia Opera Company and a LOT of volunteer choirs meeting up, flash mob style, at the Macy’s department store to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Watch it. It will start to put you in the mood for Christmas.

Smoke and mirrors September 22, 2009

Posted by Matsu in Fun, Photography, Random, Travel, Uncategorized.
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Century Plaza Hotel in L.A.

Century Plaza Hotel in L.A.

During my recent visit to Los Angeles, I stayed at the Century Plaza Hotel. It was very nice. But, what I really liked was the view from the room that was randomly assigned to me for my visit. It was on the front side of the hotel facing, dead center, the uniquely architected (is that a word?) office building directly across the street. I couldn’t help but take some snap-shots of the view using my iPhone. The purpose of this blog post is to share those photos.

View from Century Plaza Hotel Balcony

View from Century Plaza Hotel Balcony

The unique building across the street has a hole in it, literally. It’s hard to see if from the above image, but what you see through that hole is part of two other buildings. One of the things I really enjoyed about this room, in addition to the view, was the fountain seen in this photo. It helped to drown out (no pun intended) the city noises. The sound of the fountain was a little bit like the sounds you hear at the ocean. Or, it was as close as you might get to it in a metropolitan area like Century City.

View of buildings in L.A. at sunset

View of buildings in L.A. at sunset

This wider-angle photo of the same view of the building across from my hotel room gives you a much better idea of how there are two separate buildings behind the building with the hole in it. To add to the strangeness, the two tall buildings behind are triangle shaped, not traditional buildings with four outside walls.

Yes, the hole is real. I’m not sure the thinking behind it, other than making it very unique, but there is no magic trick at play in these photos (no smoke or mirrors were used to produce these photos).

My stay was more pleasant because of the view and the sounds produced by the fountain. Oh, and the weather (65 F degrees at night), didn’t hurt, either.

Ten signs your son might be a hacker January 31, 2009

Posted by Matsu in Fun, Humor, Information Technology, Open Source, Security.
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hacker-installing-linuxYes, you read correctly. There are ten (10) signs that your son (or daughter) might be a hacker.

This is from an old post that’s been around a while, but I just happened to stumble across it today.

My favorite is sign number eight, which is:

8. Is your son obsessed with “Lunix”?

BSD, Lunix, Debian and Mandrake are all versions of an illegal hacker operation system, invented by a Soviet computer hacker named Linyos Torovoltos, before the Russians lost the Cold War.

It is based on a program called “xenix“, which was written by Microsoft for the US government. These programs are used by hackers to break into other people’s computer systems to steal credit card numbers. They may also be used to break into people’s stereos to steal their music, using the “mp3” program.

Torovoltos is a notorious hacker, responsible for writing many hacker programs, such as “telnet”, which is used by hackers to connect to machines on the internet without using a telephone.

You can read all ten signs that your child may be a hacker on this website. They are very funny.