RAID 5: These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

My earlier post on Windows Home Server’s Drive Extender vs RAID,  a lot of what I said was a good example of somethin’ my pappy once told me: "Good judgment comes from experience, and a whole lotta that comes from bad judgment." Well, rest assured that I’ve had my share of bad judgement, as I’m…

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Windows Home Server’s Drive Extender vs RAID

I use Windows Home Server at home to store *everything*… it’s really quite a fantastic product. It has a feature called Drive Extender, for which Wikipedia describes nicely: Windows Home Server Drive Extender is a file-based replication system that provides three key capabilities:[12] Multi-disk redundancy so that if any given disk fails, data is not…

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Interesting thing found at OSCON: Taint

I attended a session this morning called "PHP Taint Tool: It Ain’t a Parser" by Luke Welling. Luke introduced a tool he’s working on at OmniTI that is designed to assist in sniffing out where the potential for untrusted input is handled. From the session description: … You want to see where untrusted input can…

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Hey, are you at OSCON?

This week I’m at OSCON in Portland, OR. I like what their site says about it: "OSCON is the crossroads of all things open source, bringing together the best, brightest, and most interesting people to explore what’s new, and to champion the cause of open principles and open source adoption across the computing industry." It…

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A funny thing happened on the way to ApacheCon

Back in January, I invited the Apache Software Foundation to attend the Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Labs, here on our campus in Redmond.  In order to get as many developers as possible to attend, we even paid for flights and accommodations for some members. The week that Apache was here, was so valuable for…

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How a cowboy spends two days in Boston: Drupalcon 2008

Howdy ya’ll, I was recently in Boston, and managed to spend a couple of days at Drupalcon, where Port25 was a silver level sponsor for the event.  The herd was over 800 attendees–all focused on Drupal.  Needless to say, I was duly impressed. What’s Drupal? Drupal, written in PHP, is an open source content management…

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The Apache Visit to the Microsoft Campus: Day Three

Day two moseyed late into the night…well for me anyway–cowboys wake with the sun. Day three turned out to be a day full of surprises for me–most of the sessions were significantly more interesting than I would have guessed. We started the day with a presentation by Bill McKinley on Windows Logo Certification (for which…

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The Apache Visit to Microsoft Campus: Day Two

Day two turned out to be quite a busy day! First thing in the morning, we started off testing some Apache applications on Windows Server 2008, both the 64 and 32 bit versions.  Right away, a few things were uncovered, primarily around UAC, data redirection (where Windows redirects writes to the file system and registry…

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The Apache Visit to Microsoft Campus: Day One – afternoon

In the afternoon, we had Ari Pernick (along with a posse of extremely knowledgeable folks: Ali Turkoglu, Osman Ertugay, Serena Ho, Osama Mazahir and Barry McDuling) come out from the Core Networking group.  They spent about two and a half hours going through details in the Windows Server 2008 networking stack, as well as a…

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