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  • LTO at home update

    So it's been a long while since I've mentioned my LTO tape set-up because it's been a long while since I've actually attempted to use it. Long story short, two of the four second-hand tapes I purchased ended up failing, and even with the working tapes I acquired I could never reliably read back data I wrote, which I believe is probably due to a faulty drive.

    One caveat with using old second-hand LTO equipment is that there is a decent chance that it'll be faulty in some way, so keep that in mind if you want to mess with LTO. I'll probably attempt to use the tapes again in the future, but for now they sit on my shelf, collecting dust.

  • LTO at home

    LTO tapes are a highly reliable archival and backup storage solution with just one problem; equipment for the medium is extremely expensive for an individual without an enterprise budget. If you limit yourself to LTO technologies produced within the last five years, you’ll quickly find that you’ll be spending thousands of dollars for an amount of storage that can quickly be achieved with a few hard-disks. However, if you start turning the clock back further you’ll quickly discover that there is a sharp drop-off in prices for second-hand LTO equipment, whilst still keeping relatively high storage capacities.


  • RSS

    I've been trying out various web RSS readers recently, or just RSS in general I guess. Here are my thoughts:

    • Content providers should provide more than a sentence through the feed. I won't click through to your site if you've only given me twenty words, but I probably wouldn't click through if you gave me the full article either. Images are nice too.
    • There are a substantial lack of decent free RSS readers for OS X.
    • I was using feedly for a while (read; one day), but then quickly switched to Inoreader. Inoreader seems to be a little slower than feedly, but in my opinion has better UI all-round. I especially like the three-column view on the desktop.
    • I just wish more people and sites provided RSS feeds.
    It seems nowadays that RSS is disappearing due to the rise of social platforms like Twitter and Reddit, but I still want to believe that it's useful. Blogging platforms like Tumblr, WP and Blogger providing RSS feeds by default definitely helps.

  • New blog

    So I've switched to Blogger. This would be the~ probably third blogging solution I've evaluated so far. Only time will tell how much I'll like it I guess.