Lovin' Linux 2

From: Eric Wolf 
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And I have a 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop VM on my ESX server that I
forwarded SSH to on my router. Remmina yields a usable remote desktop over
SSH.

I probably should put the rest of my spinny disks in the ESX server for
backup.

-Eric

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Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ On Tue, 9 Oct 2012 16:50:11 -0600 Eric Wolf wrote: You should backup all your disks. If experience, both with flash in general and with SSDs at work in particular, holds, the solid state memory will have a much higher failure rate than the spinny disks. Not that you aren't tempting me to put an SSD in my laptop. Just don't expect it to be as long-term reliable as a spinny. Dan

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ So far, with a sample size of 5, I have yet to experience any failures with my SSDs. I have stuck to the same brand (OCZ) and model (Agility 3 240GB). That may help. I did experience the trouble OCZ had with the Sandforce controller and the Intel Z68 chipset. It wasn't anything specific to OCZ but they caught the brunt of the flack because they were first on the market. But that's been resolved for almost a year. -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ I just read some more about SSD reliability. There doesn't seem to be a clear answer. My meta-analysis says that some people emit bogons that SSDs are particularly sensitive to. It seems people experience either no problems at all or failure rates approaching 100%. I guess the answer is to make sure you have a good backup plan in place. All of my critical data is replicated across 4 machines via DropBox. I have a license for PogoPlug Backup and probably should start using that too. -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ On Tue, 9 Oct 2012 23:03:34 -0600 Eric Wolf wrote: My prejudiced opinion is based on two things: SD cards and flash memory in general seem to have a much lower half-life than you'd think. CDRs are way better 1-5 year range archival storage media than SD cards. When I was doing embedded development straight to high density rewritable non-volatile memory it was a PITA getting the boot stuff on there in a way that mapped around the constantly moving bad blocks, until we got enough of a system up on it to be managing those blocks and redundancy as part of the filesystem. Second, it looks to me like we've had a whole lot of SD failures at work, though I also suspect there's been some cheaping out on controllers and drives generally. Never a bad idea... Dan

=============================================================== From: Billy ------------------------------------------------------ SSD drives make GREAT external USB drives. I need to use my toes and hands to count the number of external USB drives t= hat have crapped out over the years. Only my 500G hitachi SimpleTough has lasted over 5 years with at least 3 yea= rs of Home->work->home daily carrying. However, a cheap (relatively) ssd drive in a usb3 enclosure beats the socks o= ff any USB stick. I have a 60gb ocz in a cheap 1.8" aluminum usb3 enclosure,= and I can plug it in and have it feel like a local HDD -- I used to have a f= ull mirror of one of my systems. Plus it doesn't care if you accidentally drop it on concrete from a 3' desk.= .. Sent from my iPhone ear answer. My meta-analysis says that some people emit bogons that SSDs are= particularly sensitive to. It seems people experience either no problems at= all or failure rates approaching 100%. ll of my critical data is replicated across 4 machines via DropBox. I have a= license for PogoPlug Backup and probably should start using that too. =3D- th my SSDs. I have stuck to the same brand (OCZ) and model (Agility 3 240GB)= . That may help. e Intel Z68 chipset. It wasn't anything specific to OCZ but they caught the b= runt of the flack because they were first on the market. But that's been res= olved for almost a year. -=3D-