Monthly Archives: October 2010
One of the things I ask people all the time is "Tweet" much? Since I live here in the Heartland of the US, the answer is almost always no. However, according to a post at PCMAG.com (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2371826,00.asp) Twitter, the online Social Media giant is big and getting bigger. In fact, some have claimed that the company is tracking to add it’s 200 millionth tweeter by years end. While it’s not Facebook numbers, it’s still a bunch!
Most people I ask say they really don’t see the point in twitter. I hear things like senseless, dumb and lame. What do those 200 million see that others don’t?
So if you are tweeting these days, you are in good company. If not, why not? I’d love to hear your reasons. Drop them here.
You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/jcollison
I recently sat down with Graham Wood, Database Architect and Database Evangelist from Oracle. We discussed his role at Oracle, some interesting things he is working on and his thoughts on Twitter.
Intro and Exit Music from “Motion” by Adelaide. Hear more great tunes at Listentoadelaide.com
Oracle Architect and keynote speaker at the next Heartland OAUG Conference (http://heartlandoaug.spaces.live.com) , Graham Wood, talks recently about lowering your IT costs using Oracle Database. He is also giving a session on DB Time-based Oracle Performance Tuning: Theory and Practice. The Conference is October 28th at the Gallup Campus and the cost is Free! Details at the link above.
If you own a Nintendo Wii that had been collecting dust since the second week you bought it, now it the time to put it to good use. The latest software upgrade for the Wii (did you know there are updates?) now allows you to install the Wii channel directly to the console and stream movies from Netflix just like you might have done from your XBOX 360 or PS3. It’s not a blue-ray quality picture, but it’s easier than going to the video store or even RedBox!
Go to your Wii menu, download and install the Netflix application from within the Wii Shop Channel, and follow the on screen instructions to connect your Wii to your Netflix account. It’s that simple.
Have a Wii but don’t have a Netflix account? Sign up for a free one at http://www.netflix.com and try it out. It will make a movie player out of the game console that you never use!
I’ve talked about the ioSafe Solo many times at the HomeServerShow.com podcast. The ioSafe Solo is a external enclosure that is both fire and water proof. Pretty handy if you want to protect your data from a fire or flood in your home. I don’t know about you, but a good majority of my computer equipment is in the basement and near the floor. Since I live on a hill, I’m not too worried about flooding. But, if the house caught fire, between the heat of the fire and the water it would take to put it out, I would most likely lose any normal hard drive. The ioSafe however, would make it. How do I know that you ask?
Watch the video above. We filmed it last year in Las Vegas at CES. It’s the real deal.
I use a 1 TB ioSafe drive at home in conjunction with a Windows Home Server to back up my PC client back ups (would allow me to completely restore a PC back it’s last back up) as well as to back up my file shares that the family uses on our home network. In the event of a disaster, I’m practically guaranteed not to loose date that is stored on an individual PC or on the network.