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Die cast

Had a PCI SATA card on the Windows Home Server die recently. It did something unspeakable to the installation, so much so that the time cost to up and running is lower if I do a re-installation. I know that I haven’t lost any data, so it’s just a matter of getting the platform up and running.

So I’m going Windows Server 2012 Essentials. The Release Candidate. I am confident in my backup methodology, and I have a shelved set of rotating backups. It does mean a change to domain accounts, but that’s OK, as for some reason I’ve made sure that all my clients are running Win7Pro as a minimum.

It will be interesting to see the difference in performance between Drive Extender and Storage Spaces.

More to come.

Publishing is easy

I got a note from WordPress today to tell me that my blog had a new subscriber; that happens rarely enough that it prompted me to write something.

I’ve just come off a very long weekend doing the layout and desktop publishing for a magazine – a proper, commercially printed distributed to thousands magazine.  It’s pushed creative buttons (that this blog was supposed to push) that I haven’t made the time to push for a while, and we’re about to upload the finished product to the printer.

I remember last time I did any of this sort of work – it was a long time ago, and the tools that I used back then (Ready Set Go v4.5 for Mac rings a bell) are probably functionally equivalent to Microsoft Publisher today, although I’m sure that text control in RSG was much, much better.

Publishing today is primarily focused on the transition to online, so it seems a little anachronistic to be be preparing for physical printing, but that’s where the specific target market we’re shooting for is at. However with the tools available today, it’s not really that much harder than publishing for online, as the rules generally translate, and the medium specific knowledge can be learnt if you understand the concepts.

We’re working on the website at the moment.  I’m learning what I can at the moment on quality in WordPress themes, and hardening a WordPress site prior to letting the outside world have at it.

I can’t imagine what the print world needed to do to get a paper or a magazine out in days before computers – all that typesetting and lithography and bromides and so on.

More details to come once Issue #1 hits the streets.

(I’m writing with the royal ‘we’ here – this new venture is Bec’s muse business, and I’m merely the semi-skilled labour)




Help! Hard Drive Survey

I now have three PC’s in the house: The HP TX2z, the Windows Home Server, and the Home Theatre PC.

I have lots of hard drives (the WHS is 7.5TB at the moment), but for the purposes of boot drives, I have the following three to choose from:

Here’s the question:  Which drive goes where?  How do I maximise my bang for buck?

My current theory is to stick the 128GB SSD in the laptop (blend of speed and size), the Intel in the HTPC (raw speed, and there is another disk and a server there for TV recording duties), and the Raptor in the Home Server (by process of elimination).

Have I got it all wrong?