* Posts by D Lobb

8 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Apr 2008

It's over? Pat Gelsinger's post vSphere VMware NSX-T opportunity

D Lobb

The problem is that NSX and it's derivatives is entirely based on virtualized environments. But, at least in the SMB world, much of the infrastructure still runs on real iron. Therefore NSX represents only a partial solution. We told VMWare this several months ago and got a mostly ho-hum response: "We don't do that and it's not on the road map."

At best, NSX is a partial solution to the requirements for network security at all levels of the network. However, the only other players are networking companies which, while they do a decent job at the network switch and router level, their virtualized security solutions are cumbersome. too complicated to use, and produce a serious latency in communication becase of the requirement to hairpin all communication through a real network device.

We're looking for a good universal solution. The company that can produce a unified security solution that runs in both the network hardware AND the hypervisor stands to be a real winner. However, it doesn't look like anyone even recognizes the need.

Storage modernisation reality check

D Lobb

Moving Target

So, a few lessons learned about storage modernization:

1) You still need to deal with the legacy apps and platforms, as the vendors will not. Thus standardizing onto a modern storage architecture cannot mean rip and replace, it can only mean add to the existing infrastructure and migrate those platforms that are supported by the new SAN.

2) Way too many of the "modern technologies" are based on the old technologies. Such systems are painful to administer, even though they support all of the modern requirements.

3) "Modern" is a moving target, so expect that practically none of the vendors are going to support everything you read about in the trade mags. The available feature sets are going to migrate even during the RFP and analysis process. You should pick a vendor who supports the absolute requirements you need to day and has the requirements you want on his futures plan.

Microwaves thrash fibre on speed... if you like two-nines uptime

D Lobb

I cry BOGUS!

The numbers posted here cannot be right. As Wikipedia puts it, this article appears to be full of original research.

1) 356.9 million miles per hour is a little more than .5c, so if that was the primary source of lag, the index of refraction of your microwave medium (air) would be almost 2!!! (Idx = c/v --> 671 M MPH / 356.9 M MPH = 1.88)

2) Another tidbit: 356.9 million MPH x 8.23 ms = 815 miles. And here I thought the "round trip" distance from Chicago to New York City was 1630 miles....

HP Envy 17 3D Core i7 laptop

D Lobb

Because it's the old model...

The newer models have the i7-2630qm or i7-2820qm CPUs and the ATI 6850M graphics card.

Available at http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/series_can.do;HHOJSID=f5C6TB2RLvrhZzCwkLLZY6cLyVp6Yx1kdRy2MYpLwNvt7JZ2qhKq!1050500915?storeName=computer_store&landing=notebooks&a1=Category&v1=ENVY&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/notebooks/ENVY

Amazon tackles soaring textbook prices

D Lobb

Sure they're cheap....

I agree, a black and white kindle image would be worthless in a lot of text books.

But many publishes have color E-alternatives. However, these cheap prices are typically only for short term textbook rental; most publishers do not even offer an option to purchase the ebook. Also, from what I have seen, the price to rent for a semester or two is pretty much the same as the hard copy purchase price: very little price break, if any.

I want to keep a copy of the textbook forever, not rent it for only a semester or two. It looks like I'll have to keep buying physical textbooks...

It seems everyone is vying for a rental/lease revenue stream these days...

ITC to probe Wii patent violation claims

D Lobb
Black Helicopters

US Trademark Regulations

... are not being followed very well. From http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/doc/general/what.htm :


Interpretations of the statute by the courts have defined the limits of the field of subject matter which can be patented, thus it has been held that the laws of nature, physical phenomena and abstract ideas are not patentable subject matter.

A patent cannot be obtained upon a mere idea or suggestion. The patent is granted upon the new machine, manufacture, etc., as has been said, and not upon the idea or suggestion of the new machine. A complete description of the actual machine or other subject matter for which a patent is sought is required.

Only insanity would lead Apple to make a mobile chip play

D Lobb

Super Green Mac?

I wonder what the market would be for a Super Green MAC? With a 2.0 GHz CPU that draws only 5-13 Watts, you would have a heck of a marketing platform. With the green craze sweeping the planet, I suspect that many would buy it.

Hmmmm, come to think of it, an Apple laptop (standard, not Air) would have a much longer battery life with such a small power draw... More fuel for the marketing fire...

D Lobb

Re: Universal Binaries? Pah!

What a ridiculous comment. That only works so long as you have the source code to recompile for the binaries you need. Thousands of software vendors, who are trying to make a living off of their code, will never release their source code.

So, there's another universal solution down the tubes. No better or worse than Universal Binaries.