September 2013 archive

Pictures and Documents don’t show up in Browse/Open dialogue box, but show up in Windows Explorer

Recently I was doing work for a customer and came across something I haven’t seen before in all my years doing repair work. If you used Windows Explorer and went to Libraries and then Pictures, you could see everything there just fine. But, open up Gmail,, Yahoo or any other webmail, and then try …

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Never Underestimate the Bandwidth of a Station Wagon Filled with Backup Tapes

If you’ve been in IT long enough, you’re bound to hear the phrase “never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon filled with backup tapes.” This was especially true back in the days of dialup connections and leased lines. How does it scale today? First, we have to decide what kind of media we’re going …

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What is it like to be Slashdotted Twice?

As a long time reader of, I always wondered what being featured on it would be like. Through the years (I registered around 2001, I think) I’ve seen sites crippled by the “Slashdot effect”, when the site was featured on the front page but wasn’t up to the task of so much traffic. What’s …

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