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A-Kon Anyone? [Jun. 2nd, 2014|08:32 am]
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Thursday late-morning, I'll climb on the train to Dallas and spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the anime convention there, A-Kon.

It's a lot of fun, and the new venue (new last year) of the Hilton Anatole also showcases a magnificent collection of Asian art.   This year I find out if they rotate items in the collection; I'm looking forward to seeing favorite pieces again (and I don't think I saw everything last year!)   Also the chance to see artists and performers and costumes I don't see elsewhere.

When not on panels in the writing track, I'll spend a lot of time in Artists Alley, knitting while chatting with friends in the same row (A-15 is my spot) and hoping someone else comes by to chat and maybe pick up a book they missed.    I am very far behind on my knitting (thanks to many things, but largely computers in crisis of one kind or another)  so am hoping to catch up.  On the schedule in the wool-and-needles department is finishing the "seascape" short socks, which will be striped of turquoise and a mottled sea colors yarn.  And maybe some other color, who knows?

From: geekmerc
2014-06-02 02:20 pm (UTC)
You mean you haven't upgraded all your computers of late? Perhaps a nice hardware raid 1 (mirrors all data between disks, though not a replacement for a good backup solution).

Son really wanted to go to A-Kon. Sadly, I just started my business and I'm flooded with work that won't settle down until next month. I can't keep missing these opportunities. It's one of the reasons I quite my job and went into business for myself. They grow up too quickly. But I didn't get to start working until part way through April, and building 80+ servers takes awhile, especially since it's a new engineering build and not just transferring software I've already designed.

I should be through in time for the RE conference which I think is in August, though. Still, it's not A-Kon. lol

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-06-03 01:39 pm (UTC)
Of late, yes. THe past two weeks have been eaten up with it, putting me way behind, and I'm not quite done yet. Son has a new one. Husband has son's crashed old one, made live again with a new hard drive and Linux instead of Windows running the box (it was only two years old, that box, and he's not a heavy user. Hours, but not complexity.) I have a new one.

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From: geekmerc
2014-06-03 02:16 pm (UTC)
I've owned a lot over the years and I custom build my wife and son's computers. Wife runs linux which does what she wants and son has windows to handle all his gaming.

I'm personally going to have two, for gaming and work. Games eat a lot of diskspace while I want redundancy in work. The mirrored drives are nice in case of a simple drive failure, I will have the mirrored copy and it will switch to the other drive. Replace the bad one, and everything syncs up. Of course, I have seen mirrored drives fail as well, so a backup is always mandatory.

Unless you are constantly checking to ensure your backups are good, I recommend several backup mediums. There is nothing worse than losing something on your computer and finding out your backup was useless.

While they are somewhat expensive SSD disks are extremely fast for random access since they don't have mechanical heads. They have write limits, but for standard use, it should still last plenty of years. I highly recommend them in laptops, as laptop disks are generally slow. My wife's computer has linux and boots in 5 seconds on an SSD. $1/Gigabyte is common.

Sorry to ramble. :)

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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2014-06-04 03:01 am (UTC)
Alas, no. But I should make it to Apollocon in Houston, if all goes well.
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