PC Backup: The backup system seems like magic. How does it work? Unlike most backup products that operate at the file level, the Windows Home Server computer backup solution works on "clusters". Clusters are the lower level constructs of the file system. They are usually 4k bytes in size on most NTFS disks. The "magic" you are seeing is a result of the fact that Windows Home Server makes sure that any particular cluster is stored only once on the server...even if that cluster is found on multiple disks and within multiple files. This is known as "single instance storage" in geeky circles. Here's some more detail on how this works: The server side of the solution is a database (not some off the shelf database, but one developed specifically for this application). And this is how 220GB of data spread out across 4 computers can be stored in 98GB of space on your home server.
How to Make Observations like a Scientist Many of science’s most important breakthroughs, from the discovery of microorganisms to the theory of evolution, have come about through observation. The scientist’s gaze is clearly a powerful tool for making sense of how the world works. But it is not the same as “everyday observation,” as Catherine Eberbach and Kevin Crowley call the kind of casual looking done by those of us who don’t wear lab coats. (MORE: Brilliant: Why Floundering is Good) First, scientists train their attention, learning to focus on relevant features and disregard those that are less salient. (MORE: Brilliant: Learning Can Be Passive) While casual observers simply sit back and watch what unfolds, scientific observers come up with hypotheses that they can test. Lastly, Eberbach and Crowley note that while novices use observation to collect information and then move on, scientists return to observing again and again, engaging in the cycle of observing, recording, testing, and analyzing many times over.
Automation News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo SExpand @macrumpton: Click the image for the full size to see what I'm talking about. Here's a side-by-side shot of Miro and MPC, both playing the same frame of "Pioneer One" S01E01 720p (h264) mkv file. Even if you don't want to go the media center route, and are content with Miro for downloading, I highly suggest you get a good graphics card (if you need one) and a separate program to decode and play back the files. Miro is not comparable to a true Media Center by any stretch of the imagination. Things Miro is lacking: • Good support for remotes and internet/eventserver based control for phones. • Proper databasing (sort by name, aired date, release date, actor, genre, MPAA/TV rating, duration...) • Auto-discovery of missing supplemental media (Fanart, screen caps, cover art, subtitles and lyrics etc.) • Boot as an OS for HTPCs • User login with parental controls • Scripting and skinning extensability • Media flagging
Spotify - Large Scale, Low Latency, P2P Music-on-Demand Streaming by Gunnar Kreitz, Fredrik Niemelä Published in Proceedings of IEEE P2P'10 Abstract Spotify is a music streaming service offering low-latency access to a library of over 8 million music tracks. The service currently has a user base of over 7 million and has been available in six European countries since October 2008. Download Instructables - Make, How To, and DIY What is a backup What is a backup?: There are very few computer users who have never had that horrible sinking feeling when they realise they have just lost a document, or worse still a whole computer's worth of information. The sinking feeling is because you know you haven't made a backup of your files for a very long time. The truth is very few of us are disciplined enough to regularly make a copy of all of our important computer files. It is something which many of us don't really know how to do properly, so just hope for the best and ignore taking action. It's actually very easy to make a copy of our work, also known as making a backup. There are various ways to make a backup, and usually the ultimate goal is having a copy of your important files on a medium such as a CD or device such as an external hard disk. The big advantage of external hard drive and Internet backups is that you no longer need to find a blank CD every time you which to make a copy of your files. What is a backup?
thinkery: Take Notes, Save Webpages & URLs For Later While Browsing With the massive amount of information online, sometimes we just can’t keep track of all important and interesting content that we come across. This is where thinkery can help you out. This handy web application makes life easier by letting you focus on the important content, and access it instantly at any later time. Basically, thinkery is a bookmarklet available for all browsers (and an extension for Chrome) that allows you to quickly capture anything that comes to your mind, and save content that you come across on the web for future reference. The Chrome extension for the service adds a button to the toolbar, which, when clicked, saves the page, complete with the option to add tags, edit the URL or add notes. You will find a menu, URLs, titles and the actual content in thinkery’s slick interface. thinkery is a neat service that works seamlessly and can be quite useful for people who need to quickly save web content on the go. Install thinkery For Google Chrome Advertisement
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