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answered Free software to monitor serial port communication
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comment Naming Conventions
Since we used either OpenVZ or VMware ESX on all of our physical servers, those had according names. The few machines without hypervisor we had, had very specific hardware catered for a single task. E.g. the backup machine had room for 16 3.5" disks and would be reinstalled if it were to be repurposed, and this would've included assigning a new hostname. And the virtual servers all had very specific hostnames and often served only a single service/task (which was reflected by the hostname).
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answered Naming Conventions
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May
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answered What backup software offerings are fit for “enterprise” use?
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answered Scaling a LAMP stack
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answered How many Context Switches is “normal” (as a function of CPU cores (or other))?
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comment What's the most efficient way of taking backup snapshots of a mysql database over the internet?
The more I think of it the more I'm convinced that your best bet is plain rsync with --compress. Both gzip and rsync can produce completely different output when the input is shifted (far enough into their respective blocksize).<br>I don't know how the pattern search algorithms in rsync exactly work, if you find anything on this, please do tell ;).
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answered What's the most efficient way of taking backup snapshots of a mysql database over the internet?
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comment Does orientation affect hard drive lifespan?
There are reference server designs (mostly 4U+, but with 2.5" disks also 2U) which mount disk drives sideways, so this should be a non-issue. But as you already said, to get meaningful results you'd have to monitor failures in large environments like Amazon S3/EC2, Google or CERN.
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asked What backup software offerings are fit for “enterprise” use?
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answered VMware - Create VM out of a current desktop
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revised What Good PostgreSQL Administration Tools Exist?
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answered gzip to bmp images on the fly?
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answered Hard drive throttling?
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answered The use of external journals on SSDs