I am learning to look to the simple solutions..
A perfect example is today.. I have server that has been having some slowness issues on a given partition. The OS is linux, and I have been digging around and looking at some various linux tools.. The other day I came across fio. Its a very good tool that can run a multitude of IO tests..
While I was looking at usage examples, I came across this page https://www.icts.uiowa.edu/confluence/display/ICTSit/Testing+Disk+performance+with+fio .
At the bottom of the page, in the comments, I came across this nugget..
“Connell, Robert J Of course a more basic/less complete test can be done using DD which does not require installing anything Examples would be:
time dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024 count=1000000 of=/tmp/1Gb.file (Writing a 1Gb file)
time dd if=/tmp/1Gb.file bs=64k | dd of=/dev/null (Reading the 1Gb file)”
Hm… Would would have have thought the a simple dd measuring time with ‘time’, clearly not me..
This falls back on the adage, “Not seeing the forest through the tree’s”..
My how time flies! The next year is upon us and the 2013 Auto show is just a few days away! This year we have Gordon Vanderpool of New England Kustom & Collision working with the team, and he has brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the process! The weather forecast for Sunday is looking like near perfection.. The humidity should break, and we should have sunny skies with temps in the 80′s! It should be an absolutely perfect day for the show!
We are getting all new (and much better) trophies! Better classes, and hopefully much better organization!
Come down and check us out at Grimes Field in Hillsborough from 10 to 3!
Admittedly, I have not had the time to spend in the garage so far this summer as I would like.. Unfortunately, as happens too often, life gets in the way.
But this past weekend I finally got to spend some ‘me’ time doing what I love the most, wrenching on real musclecar’s. My brother in law needed a little work on his 69 Nova.. He needed a ball joint replaced and had a problem in the charging system.
When it comes to GM muscle cars, I have always believed in replacing all 4 at the same time (unless of course any have been recently replaced). Turns out the one that was worn to the point of being a safety concern, was an aftermarket unit.. the other 3, which were showing only a minor amount of wear, were the factory joints! I was shocked to say the least!
If you read my previous post (Titled “Not your grandfathers Caddy!”) about the Hennessey VR1200, you should understand the respect I have for this machine. Rather than just running on a dyno, they hit the open road to unleash this monster. You really cannot help but respect this machine! Pay close attention to the speedometer, and its value when he shifts.. Simply amazing!
I am really not making fun of earthquakes. This is more a post about how social networking has changed how we receive news..
Within seconds of the quake, I had at least 20 or 30 people sending updates. I read about it on the USGS website. Then someone created a page on Facebook, and had 19,000 likes before there was even a hint of it on the local news channel 45 minutes later.
Social networking really has changed how we as a society receive news of important events.. Its an interesting topic..
The guys at Hennessey Performance have really built a Cadillac for our generation. There are very few cars today that get me drooling.. If I had the cash to buy it, there would already be one with a NH license plate on it!
Check out the video below for the dyno test of the first of only 12 cars to be built!
I’m not sure what is better, hearing the turbo’s spinning up, hearing them go wide open, or seeing the tires starting to break loose from the dyno rollers. This really takes todays muscle-cars to a whole new level. With the parasitic power loss of the drivetrain, I will let you do the math to figure out HP and torque at the flywheel.
This past weekend was the Hillsborough Balloon Fest, and on Sunday we had the annual Classic Car Show. This is the first time I have ever helped with putting on a car show, and I learned a few things.
First, I will say that while there were not as many vehicles entered as I had hoped, although there was more than I expected. I believe the total was 23 vehicles. Next year I hope we can get the word out in a more efficient manner and my goal will be 40+.
Now there were really only a few problems that we ran into. 1st was we had 2 classes that each ended up having a duplicate car number. 2nd, when it came time to announce the winners and hand out the trophies, all we had were the car numbers; No names or vehicle info. Lastly, when counting the ballots, one of the winners was announced as being classified as being in the ‘pre-1940′s’ category, when he was actually in the 1940′s.
For the 1st problem, we were able to easily resolve it by granting the 1st car that came into the show as the correct one, and dropping the other vehicle. We of course immediately refunded the entry fee for those two. This doesn’t solve the issue of split voting (meaning 1 car in each of these classes may have gotten extra votes from the other vehicle), but unfortunately there is nothing we could do about that as there was no way to restart the voting process (voting was done by the public as they came through the show area). Thankfully the 2 affected vehicle owners were very understanding. The issue occurred because we have a large surge of vehicle’s coming in at once, and with two people running registrations, and in hindsight, the error was easy to occur.
For the 2nd problem, we simply did not record the info as we did not believe it was necessary. But at the end of the show, it would have been helpful to have as it would have been nice to announce the owner name and vehicle info.
For the 3rd and final problem, it was easy to work around by simply reviewing his registration card to be sure he was issued the correct trophy. The only real concern with that was we had to pause while someone ran to the car to retrieve the card.
I have a plan to get around these problems for next year, and it should actually streamline the registration process.
First, we will pre-print a number of vehicle registration cards for each class. This way as they come into the field, the person registering the vehicle simply grabs the next card in the pile. At the same time we will have a ledger system to record owner name, cell number, and vehicle info. This also has the advantage of if we have a large number of cars come in at once, they can simply park the cars and go back to them afterwards to gather the owner info for the ledger.
Some lessons were learned, and a good time was had by all that attended.
The good news is that we have a little less than a year to put plans in place for next year!
I read an interesting blog post from Rich Casselberry, a manager at the company I work for, regarding Employee Privacy and Corporate liability, that got me thinking. First here are the links to reference,
A link to his blog post: http://it-ops-trench.blogspot.com/2012/01/employee-privacy-and-corporate.html
And a link to the post he references: http://bringyourownit.com/2011/12/19/consumerization-101-employee-privacy-vs-corporate-liability-2/
I wanted to chime in on this subject from a user’s perspective. First as a person who believes he is fairly well versed in technology, I have to say BACK UP YOUR DATA! Let me reiterate this again, BACK UP YOUR DATA!! Nevermind the legal issues of some entity erasing your personal device (even though you probably consented at some point!), electronic devices do, and will fail.. The only question is when. And there is nothing better than to be prepared for that eventual failure.
Everyone that knows me, also knows how much I love technology, and all the little gadgets that come along with that. Since we are talking mobile devices that a corporation can wipe remotely, I am going to focus on that point. Specifically iPhones/iPads. I have been an iPhone user since they first came out. I’ve since upgraded every time there is a new generation of hardware. I am also an iPad user. I also carry two iPhones. One for work, one for personal.
For a very brief time, I tried to have one one phone. The one my company pays the cell bill for. The problem I found with that is I have only a cell phone, no land line at home. (This is because a landline would be a waste of $$ for me). And when I needed to do personal business, I would have to use the corp cell. While in reality, this would never be a problem, there is the chance I could run over my SMS allowance, or possibly the allowance of minutes.. So I decided it was better for me to have a separate phone. This way anything that is done for my job, its done on a corp paid for cell. Anything that is personal, is done on my personal phone. In my case if the company decided to wipe my device remotely, for whatever reason, this would not be an issue for me because it is only used for corporate data. Yes, I did pay for the handset, so there could still be an argument for someone else wiping my device without my consent at the time. Because they pay for the cell plan, I believe my company has more rights there.
Back to the point at hand, what about a truly BYOD device.. Like my iPad. I paid for it, I pay for the cell connection, and I also use it for work functions because it is highly portable. Do they have the right to wipe that device remotely? I would argue as a user the answer to that is no. But as a company, I could as easily argue yes they do. The argument is a simple as, if you do not want to the company to have this ability, then do not connect to their resources.
Or how about tracking that device? Does the company have the rights to use the devices location services to pinpoint where that personal device is? Does this infringe on the persons privacy? The big brother aspect on this is scary to say the least. Whether or not they actually do locate the device, the ability is there.
Do most companies have some type of consent form the employee has to review and sign to use their personal devices? Perhaps they should if they do not.
Ultimately I want to close by saying, the company has a right to protect its interests. If you have a problem with what the company can see on your personal device(s), or that they have the ability to wipe them remotely, then don’t use them to connect to their network, its as simple as that.
I am sure this debate will continue by many different people and companies, especially as BYOD becomes more popular..