<![CDATA[Infrageeks]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/ Infrageeks en noreply@infrageeks.com Copyright 2018 2018-12-15T02:05:50+00:00 <![CDATA[iPad Pro fills in when I’m low on battery]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/ipad-pro-fills-in-when-i-m-low-on-battery https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/ipad-pro-fills-in-when-i-m-low-on-battery So an interesting question about the current polemicising about whether the iPad Pro is “real” computer or not and I’m going to add a little current story to the mix about how an iPad Pro can be a really useful... 2018-12-12T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[2018 iPad Pro 12.9]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/2018-ipad-pro-12-9 https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/2018-ipad-pro-12-9 So I broke down and upgraded my first generation 12.9 iPad to the latest version this week. Here are some quick observations from the last few days. History I have both the 10.5 and the 12.9 but as a matter... 2018-11-14T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Hammerspace at Tech Field Day 17]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/hammerspace-at-tech-field-day-17 https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/hammerspace-at-tech-field-day-17 Hammerspace gave the opening session at Tech Field Day 17 and it was packed with interesting stuff. One of the things that interests me almost as much as the technical deep dives on how things work are some of... 2018-11-14T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Oracle Cloud]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/oracle-cloud https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/oracle-cloud From my perspective this one was possibly the most interesting of the Tech Field Day 17 presentations. Oracle’s cloud service has had a bit of a cloud (see what I did there?) hanging over it for some time with... 2018-11-14T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Nasuni - scaling unstructured data]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/nasuni-scaling-unstructured-data https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/nasuni-scaling-unstructured-data Storage Field Day 16 included a presentation by Nasuni that was very interesting, showing how the product had matured and how it can solve real world issues. An interesting product that sits in an odd space... 2018-08-16T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[The World Speaks Many Languages]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/the-world-speaks-many-languages https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/the-world-speaks-many-languages One thing that has been put front and centre with the release of the new Apple HomePod: Siri’s limitations. The common complaint from the predominantly North American and British tech reporting is that it is... 2018-02-13T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[The conundrum of tracking political advertising on modern ad platforms]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/the-conundrum-of-tracking-political-advertising-on-modern-ad-platforms https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/the-conundrum-of-tracking-political-advertising-on-modern-ad-platforms This problem has been bouncing around in the back of my head for a while now and I needed to get some of this out. One of the current issues that people are currently trying to wrap their heads around is the... 2017-12-29T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[vMax to the Max]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/vmax-to-the-max https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/vmax-to-the-max I was honoured to participate in Storage Field Day 14 as a delegate and the first presentation up was from the Dell EMC High End storage team covering the state of the vMax, specifically looking at the... 2017-11-28T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Storage Field Day 14 coming up]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/storage-field-day-14-coming-up https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/storage-field-day-14-coming-up I'm looking forward to the next iteration of which is coming up quickly next week. For a change, this trip is going to be linked to the CommVault Go event as well. The final lineup is a little heavy on EMC... 2017-11-03T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[iPads and keyboards]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/ipads-and-keyboards https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/ipads-and-keyboards I’ve been a fan of the iPad since the beginning and currently use an iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 for various types of work. One thing the iPad does very well is when you want to concentrate on writing, you can pull... 2017-10-19T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Amazon’s advantage in IT commodity hardware]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/amazon-s-advantage-in-it-commodity-hardware https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/amazon-s-advantage-in-it-commodity-hardware I’ve been working in France now for going on 15 years and as an independent consultant for about the last 3. I don’t generally sell hardware and restrict my activities to consulting. But every once and a while,... 2017-10-18T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Firmware updates]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/firmware-updates https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/firmware-updates Here’s one for the strange interactions file. I have a client that is using FreeNAS for some high speed cheap storage using SuperMicro servers and SSDs. There was some discussion about using Open ZFS on Linux,... 2017-10-13T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Home Femto devices]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/home-femto-devices https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/home-femto-devices Tip of the day : If you have a femtocell that’s not working and you use a real firewall instead of the service provider’s regular DSL modem/router, go check if IPSec passthrough is enabled. That should make it... 2017-05-23T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Unsung feature of the Airpods]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/unsung-feature-of-the-airpods https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/unsung-feature-of-the-airpods There’s one thing that seems to be consistently missing from all of the reviews of modern headphones is the quality of the microphones. Lots of time and talk about the quality of the headphones for listening to... 2017-04-18T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[FreeNAS Corral Notes & First Impressions]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/freenas-corral-notes-first-impressions https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/freenas-corral-notes-first-impressions Well, it’s finally here - a complete rewrite of the FreeNAS middleware and UI with the latest version of FreeBSD bring things up to modern standards with nice things like USB 3 support for those of us building... 2017-03-21T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[In a pinch...]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/in-a-pinch https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/in-a-pinch A fun story for the sysadmins out there on an ugly situation that got fixed relatively easily. Recently, I ran into a situation in a client datacenter where they were running a FreeNAS system where the USB key... 2016-08-12T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Thunderbolt: a fast and cheap SAN]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/thunderbolt-a-fast-and-cheap-san https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/thunderbolt-a-fast-and-cheap-san The lack up uptake by major vendors of Thunderbolt as a transport for storage systems has baffled me for a long time. For large systems there are a number of hard limitations that make it less than ideal, but... 2016-08-12T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[An interesting dual-site ScaleIO Configuration (probably unsupported)]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/an-interesting-dual-site-scaleio-configuration-probably-unsupported https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/an-interesting-dual-site-scaleio-configuration-probably-unsupported ScaleIO is a member of the new class of scale-out storage systems that permits you to scale-out your storage by adding additional nodes either in a hyperconverged configuration with VMs installed in your... 2016-06-27T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Why the reticence to trying scale out storage?]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/why-the-reticence-to-trying-scale-out-storage https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/why-the-reticence-to-trying-scale-out-storage I’ve been running into a few projects where I’ve been working with different companies that are in the process of doing a storage refresh and for some reason I’m seeing some fairly strong push back against... 2016-05-18T00:00:00+00:00 <![CDATA[My new mobile lab]]> https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/my-new-mobile-lab https://www.infrageeks.com/blog/my-new-mobile-lab Mobile lab I’ve always tried to have a decent home lab setup and have been happily using various mixes of HP Microservers, Intel NUCs, Mac Minis and various white box systems. Of course, each of these systems... 2016-03-29T00:00:00+00:00