Category: Geek

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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Experiences and Realities of a Work From Home IT worker

In news articles around the web and in the Real World, you can read all about the movement companies are making toward having workforces that are primarily home based. Yet, on the other end of the spectrum Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made headlines when she ended all telecommuting and brought everyone in-house. Other companies have …

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