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And by way of examples of the new camera's performance, I'll start with a shot of one bun reapplying her head following thorough cleaning and ear maintenance, and finish with a brief (fifty seconds) video clip of similar. It is adorable, even allowing for the inevitable swaying of the camera, being held freehand during a stiff wind. (It'd been a rainy day, on and off, hence her somewhat damp appearance)


September 13 2008 sees Acorn's 30th anniversary, and to celebrate, quite a number of the original figures will be attending a 400-strong party in Cherry Hinton. ^_^ (About half the tickets had gone by last weekend)

I think I should take Red out and about at some point.. maybe EuroFurence next year, given that sounds like a fun event, and of a distinctly different nature to FC et al. Possibly the Bunny Jam?

Shiny furries in the future! What's not to love? Beautifully drawn, heavily manga-influenced: Xen.

You can download Big Finish's audio drama UNIT: The Coup, starring the (former, now General =:) Brigadier, for free. Dashed decent. ^_^ (But you need to register first? Ew)

A Best of Craigslist warning regarding fat-free Pringles. If you know what the warning they attach to "Olean" is, you know the low level of humor (as long as you're not the guy in question) involved. ^_^

Poll #1254096 Backups!

Do you perform backups on your main computer?

At least daily
11(23.9%)
Weekly
8(17.4%)
Occasionally
26(56.5%)
Never
1(2.2%)

How much of your data do you backup?

Entire drive(s)
11(23.9%)
Most of it
16(34.8%)
Only a selection (eg email & music)
18(39.1%)
Bare minimum (eg contact info)
1(2.2%)
None
0(0.0%)

How much space do you use for backups?

More than 1TB
2(4.4%)
500GB - 1TB
6(13.3%)
100GB - 499GB
13(28.9%)
10GB - 99GB
16(35.6%)
1GB-9GB
5(11.1%)
100MB - 999MB
0(0.0%)
Less than 100MB
3(6.7%)

What software do you use?

Time Machine
4(9.1%)
Dantz Retrospect
0(0.0%)
SuperDuper
1(2.3%)
Homebrewed script
5(11.4%)
Drive manufacturer's (eg Maxtor OneTouch)
1(2.3%)
Toast
1(2.3%)
Nero
0(0.0%)
Other
23(52.3%)

Where does it all go?

An external drive
16(34.8%)
A server on the LAN
5(10.9%)
Dedicated SAN device (eg NSLU2, Drobo)
1(2.2%)
WAN server (eg colo)
1(2.2%)
WAN cloud (eg Amazon EBS)
2(4.3%)
Blu-Ray recordable
0(0.0%)
DVD-R
3(6.5%)
CD-R
4(8.7%)
Magnetic tape
0(0.0%)
Paper tape
0(0.0%)

Seemed like a good time to get around to updating the PSP's firmware, and went for the latest homebrewed edition, 4.01M33-2, with added 1.50 goodness.

Plus points about the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus: case design makes it very easy to grip; quiet; backup/encryption/locking software supplied for OS X and Windows (including 64-bit). Bad point: the busy LED is bright white, and flashes when active. Also, the busy LED is bright white, and flashes when active. Now I realise that, technically speaking, that's only one flaw, but I thought it was such a big one it was worth mentioning twice.

Yay! Season 2 of the Sarah Jane Adventures starts airing in the UK on Monday, September 29. ^_^

Squee at the grooming bunny! In 720p HD! (50s, 20MB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's not exactly state of the art but upon my network gateway machine sits a DDS4 jukebox that holds 6 tapes (120gb uncompressed). I use XFS for my filesystem on all my Linux machines and it has it's own terrific backup utility (xfsdump) which performs on-line and incremental backups. I also have a couple of DLT drives which backup 40gb uncompressed per tape, very extremely but also very loud while DDS4 is virtually silent. Also, extracting a mangled DLT cartridge is tedious, as I had to do once.

I'm a bit nostalgic in my affection for magnetic tape storage, but the more practical approach really seems to be using hard drives as backup medium, since 250gb drives are selling under $50 and 1tb is about $130. Then you buy one or more of these cute drive docking stations:

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Very cute indeed, but.. I think I'd sooner have this. =:)

That's the thing - drive costs just keep on falling, hopefully eventually to be ovetaken by Flash or some successor, so we don't have to rely upon discs of metal whirling around at high speed, any more than cathodes and grids now influence computing. =:)

How do transfer rates compare on the tape front? That's an increasingly important matter, of course, as backup requirements extend into the terabyte realm, lest backing up become a matter akin to painting the Forth Bridge.

BTW, here's another music weblog you might want to check out sometime: Deaf Indie Elephants.

Aw, not using ZFS yet? ^_^

Damn, that's a cute dock! I'd pad mine with some thinly padded material as on my Powerpuff Girls CD case and fondle it. =:)