Virtual tape does just what you'd think: a backup thinks it's writing to tape,
but in reality the data is going elsewhere. It may still end up on tape eventually,
but in the meantime it's heading for disk, local or otherwise. This stuff isn't
cheap, but then neither are the...
You Go With A Dedicated Server Or Not?
For many businesses, finding solutions in dedicated server options is difficult.
This is mainly the case because individuals do not know what they are looking
at or looking for. What is a dedicated server and do you need one?
Storage At MCI
MCI launched a new service last week aimed at enterprise customers in the form
of storage on-demand. The new service, called Utility Storage Service, is designed
for enterprise customers who need flexibility in their utility storage.
the "Giant Sucking Sound" of Outsourcing?
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Use An MRD To Control Your Outsourcing
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Interfaces For Microsoft?
Microsoft tells us that their application interfaces need revamping. Apparently
having eighteen kazillion commands buried under three million menus confuses people
now and then.
Command line interfaces were hard (so they say), menu driven interfaces were easier,
but still not easy enough.
Duh. As at least some of us know, GUI menus make the easy stuff easy and the hard
stuff harder. Apparently Microsoft has finally noticed that bit of reality.
So, a new paradigm rides into town.
Oh, wait: it's not really a new paradigm. It's the same old thing with a lot of
brightly colored signs saying that it's New. And Improved. And Good For You!
All this really comes down to is more templates, which is nothing new. You point
at what you want the end result to be rather than digging through menus. What
this is, of course, is "Have it our way" ™ , a marketing method that more than
one company has tried and found to be highly convenient, easier on employees,
fantastic for controlling costs, and yet the customers always seem to dislike
it. Damn individualists! Imagine wanting a hamburger without pickles but with
extra mayo - what's WRONG with those people?
There you are at the burger joint, standing at the GUI terminal. It's displaying
a lovely picture of a three decker hamburger, dripping with that special sauce,
a side of fries large enough to fill a grocery bag, and a keg of soda poured into
a plastic cup. Your job? Change that into a plain hamburger with pickles, mustard
and mayo, no fries, and a small carton of milk. No menus, just templates. Drag
and drop, my friend, drag and drop. You might be able to do that, but it will
take a while. Wouldn't it be great if you could just type "hamburger, pickles,
mustard, mayo and a milk"? No, no, no - that would be too hard. Drag and drop,
that's easy, and somewhere here there's a picture of that order.. or close to
My prediction? Real word processing professionals will hate this wonderful new
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