April 2009


Uncategorized23 Apr 2009 05:41 am

In the late 1990’s I decided I was going to purchase a 200 CD changer for my home stero system to have immediate access to all the CD’s I had purchased over the years.   My wife and I had a CD organizing party, and over the course of a few months had loaded all the CD’s into the unit and put them into some really nice play lists.

Right after we completed this activity, and declared victory, MP3’s came rushing onto the scene, and the digital music revolution had begun.

Over the next few years, I spent alot of time ripping all of my CD’s and getting them into digital media format.  The computer in the family room had a large hard disk, so it became the music repository.   I am also a fan of bands doing covers of my favorite music.  The Wallflowers singing David Bowie’s Hero’s; and Live covers like Elton John and Billy Joel singing Piano man.  The Internet is a great place to find live versions of songs.   For the most part, I have purchased at one time or another all the songs that I like.

Flash forward to 2009.  I had purchased the first iPod with the 60 GB hard disk a few years back  when it first came out, and it had sync’ed over 3000 songs on  it from the family computer.   The family computer had been replaced  by newer models over the years,  and was sitting in computer room in the basement.  Its more like a computer closet, but, I like the though of having a computer room in the basement, with a file server, old computer, a SPARCstation (More about Oracle buying Sun later), Cable modem, router, backed up power, etc.

Over the years I have purchased a new iPod touch, a iPod Nano Video, an iPod for my daughter, wife, dog, etc.  And recently started getting strange messages that all of the songs could not be synced to the iPod.  Dragging myself into the computer room and hooking up a monitor to this old machine, I find that the hard disk is now showing CRC errors, and the songs could not be copied off the machine.  Only about 1500 songs were accessible.  This was upsetting since I spent about 9 years ripping my CD’s, finding cool versions of songs that I like and was not happy to see all that work and content go out the window. 

Looking at iTunes,  they do not provide any mechandism for copying music back to a new computer.  I have purchased a network attached storage device that I have RAID’d now for my important content, and it made sense to move my music to that device, but, iTunes was not going to help me copy my trove of music back out of the system to the computer.   The Family room PC now has an output to the stero system in the family room, and all sorts of playlists for us to listen to, but,  Apple was not going to let me copy my own music library back to a new computer system. period.

Googling the problem, you can find a software package for $24.95 that will all you to pull all of your digital media out of the iPod in standard format and copy it back to your computer.    GLORIOUS.

I am not a fan of stealing music.  It is absolutely so much more convenient now a days to purchase songs I like from the iTunes store for .99 cents, but, I still had 9 years of ripping my own CD’s, finding amazing versions of songs I like, etc. that I needed to recover, and it was the best $24.95 I spent.  The program worked perfectly, and I now have my music library safe on my RAID’d Network Attached Storage.

I’ll say again that I really like iTunes and songs for .99 cents.  My daughter has purchased and turned me on to all manor of music I would not have found.    I haven’t figured out with iTunes how to get the music purchased on her laptop to my computer to sync to my iPod, so I think this software will help me out too, moving music I purchased with iTunes on her laptop to the family room computer so we all can enjoy it.

Uncategorized12 Apr 2009 01:40 pm

I got assigned to another project to upgrade the internet facing DMZ. The decision on which technology to use went back and forth between using Cisco 6509 as a core infrastructure or moving to the Cisco Nexus 7000.

Network operations wanted to stick with 6509 infrastructure, while Architecture & Engineering was interested in moving to the Cisco Nexus platform.

Ultimately the consesus was to stick with Cisco 6509 base infastructure for the DMZ; while my project will fund purchasing some Cisco Nexus 7000 infrastructure for the lab.

Cisco tells us that the version of the IOS for the Nexus has slightly changed. The changes support fiber over IP, and additional functionality.

It makes sense to me from an operations perspective to implement technology that we know how to support in production, and lab up the new technology to get our hands around it.

The project will be interesting.