Welcome to the blog of mechanised.com

This blog is mainly a technical repository of information on Virtualisation tools and management for our hosting service.

Also for HP's Bladesystem that we use at both our datacentres.

Other articles are also included on .Net development and MS SQL Server as well as other interesting things we come across.

Thursday 18 June 2009

Vote for Code at the Big Chip Awards

Please vote for Code Computerlove at the Big Chip Awards '09 for the 'Tasty website' award!

We are up for 2 sites but we'd love you to vote for Original Source.

Just text SOURCE to 84433, it's just the cost of a normal text.


Update: Hurrah! We won the 'Tasty website' award for Original Source, thanks to everyone who voted! We also won Best On-line Brand Development for Crown Paint.

Wednesday 17 June 2009

Useful reminder of disk alignment boundaries

Remember alignment at the 64k boundary, without proper partition alignment performance degradation occurs especially noticeable on high I/O disks.

  • Select a disk in DISKPART
  • create partition primary align=64
  • Check with msinfo32/System info
  • Note: If your using 2003 enterprise or datacenter edition there is a bug where you receive an error when trying to format, the work around is to assign a drive letter in disk part and then format

Tuesday 16 June 2009

A billion year ultra-dense nanotechnology memory chip

Long term read/write archival storage without degradation of media unlike traditional storage, but able to be used with standard computer systems.

They reckon this'll be on the market within the next couple of years, the storage density is thousands of times higher than current technology.


Friday 5 June 2009

Disaster-proof storage device?

US based company offering fireproof and waterproof drives, both internal and external. Perfect for disaster recovery situations for ultimate piece of mind!

They even do NAS storage devices that can withstand an hours fire and 30 days in water!