Category Archives: Rants

Plein’s Laws of Social Dynamics

By | March 10, 2016

While observing poor self-moderation in a Slack channel, I came up with the following observations, that I am coining “Plein’s Laws of Social Dynamics” due to their forced similarity to the Laws of Thermodynamics.   First Law of Social Dynamics “A vibrant and well focused forum/channel/page tends to stay vibrant and well focused.” In other… Read More »

How to customize docker0 network options in Docker

By | August 11, 2015

This is a bit of a RANT, and a bit of a HOW-TO.  I probably do a 70% job of addressing either side, but that’s partially due to my frustration with the whole process that got me to this point. I’ve been very frustrated with my initial forays into docker. I wanted to learn docker… Read More »

Hybrid Arrays aren’t bullshit, but the name is!

By | March 18, 2014

Why in the world has the storage industry come up with this name “Hybrid Array” for arrays that are combinations of Flash (usually SSD) and HDD? At first it makes sense, but when you dig into it, it does not. Most of the enterprise tier 1 and tier 2 disk arrays sold in the past… Read More »

Don’t trust your primary data to a Drobo

By | December 28, 2013

I was reminded to data about the availability issues with storage. Of course, I live it every day on the “sell side” working for Pure Storage. But for my home lab and office, I tend to have “less than enterprise” requirements. Even so, my primary use of my DroboElite has been for secondary copies (backups)… Read More »

How to DOS (Denial of Service) an iSCSI Drobo

By | December 8, 2013

Here’s how you can reboot any iSCSI Drobo (DroboElite or B800i, anyhow) on your network: Install FreeBSD 8, 9 or 10 on a system or VM Fire up the iSCSI initiator (old version with FreeBSD 9 or earlier, or new version with FreeBSD 10 beta) Connect to the Drobo With the earlier version of the… Read More »