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If My Data's In Purgatory, Does My App Go To ****?

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P><FONT face=Garamond size=4>When you need complete control over your servers, most people will recommend a data center (or colocation facility). You want the most reliable, scaleable, and secure infrastructure and network architecture on the market today. You need UPTIME for your servers. They MUST be available 24/7/365.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=Garamond size=4>I'm lucky. I've got a colocation facility that offers the following (direct from their website):</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face="Courier New" color=#000080 size=2><STRONG>We have developed the most reliable, scaleable, and secure infrastructure and network architecture on the market today and will guarantee you 100% uptime as a result. All of our data centers are engineered with multiple levels of security, uninterruptible power, redundant HVAC systems, fire suppression, and around-the-clock monitoring and management.</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P><FONT face="Courier New" color=#000080 size=2><STRONG>Each Technology Gateway is engineered with a redundant, uninterruptible power system and backup generator to deliver seamless power. In the event of a commercial power failure, our isolated UPS system will provide immediate backup power until our diesel generators take over the load and continue operation of the center.</STRONG></FONT> </P>
<P><FONT face=Garamond size=4>Sounds good, doesn't it? Uninterruptible, redundant, 100% uptime guaranteed? I'd be a fool if I didn't choose them, wouldn't I?</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=Garamond size=4>Well, maybe not. Last night, they lost power. For the second time in six months! Lost power? </FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=Garamond size=4>Kevin: “What about the diesel-powered generators?”</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=Garamond size=4>Colocation Facility: “Oh, they were 'outside' the transformer.”</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=Garamond size=4>Outside the transformer? WTF is that supposed to mean? I'll tell you what it means. It means my servers are unavailable. For <STRONG><EM>eighteen hours</EM></STRONG> already. It means my apps can't connect to the data on the servers, which means my customers can't do their daily work, which means they are getting pissed, which means I'm even more pissed than I was eighteen hours ago when I first lost sight of my servers.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=Garamond size=4>At least they stay in touch though. After waiting twelve hours to email a “notice” to their customers, they just sent a follow-up email:</FONT></P><FONT size=2>
<P><FONT face="Courier New" color=#000080><STRONG>Engineers and electricians continue to work to isolate the issue that has caused the outage. Initial attempts to provide a temporary solution have been unsuccessful but we continue to explore alternative solutions.</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P><FONT face="Courier New" color=#000080><STRONG>We remain confident that we will have power restored to this panel sometime this afternoon.</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=Garamond color=#000000 size=4>My data is in purgatory. It's there, but it ain't <EM>there</EM>. And my apps are going down in flames. </FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=Garamond size=4>Note to self: disaster recovery means planning <EM>beyond</EM> planning. </FONT></P></FONT><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/966.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/24/966.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Lies and Damned Lies - Peak 10 Data Center Solutions

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>In case you're wondering, the “world-class” data center I wrote about earlier is <A href="http://www.peak-10.com">Peak-10 Data Center Solutions</A>.</P>
<P><A href="http://www.peak-10.com">Lies</A> (from Peak-10's website): We have developed the most reliable, scaleable, and secure infrastructure and network architecture on the market today and will guarantee you 100% uptime as a result.</P>
<P>100% Uptime? Explain that to my customers who, thanks to a freaking POWER OUTAGE were unable to access my servers from 6:20PM Sunday until 3:00PM Monday.</P>
<P><A href="http://www.peak10.com/infrastructure/facilities/uninterruptiblepower.asp">Damned Lies</A>: Each Peak 10 Technology Gateway is engineered with a redundant, uninterruptible power system and backup generator to deliver seamless power. In the event of a commercial power failure, our isolated UPS system will provide immediate backup power until our diesel generators take over the load and continue operation of the center. </P>
<P>Seamless power? I don't think so. Peak-10's customers were forced to <STRONG>BUY THEIR OWN GENERATORS</STRONG> just to get back online today. Where was that giant generator they <EM>promised</EM>?</P>
<P>You know, if you <EM>can't</EM> guarantee 100% uptime, then <EM>don't</EM>. </P>
<P>I'm running (not walking) to find a new data center. And I'll bet that <FONT face=Arial><A href="FONT">http://www.peak10.com/about/news/pr/pr_detail.asp?id=367"><FONT size=2>Ameristeel, Pergo, LendingTree, eTrials, Global Knowledge, MaximumASP, Paramount Parks and the Jacksonville Jaguars</FONT></A><FONT size=2> </FONT><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>will be too. The plus side for LendingTree though is they are a HUGE customer for Peak-10. They were only down for <STRONG>ten</STRONG> hours.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P><A href="http://www.peak10.com/about/news/pr/pr_detail.asp?id=367">One of the fastest growing private companies</A>, and this had nothing to do with Hurricane Wilma (for which they were <A href="http://www.peak10.com/about/news/pr/pr_detail.asp?id=366">so prepared</A&gt. It was a blown transformer. No an act of God. Not terrorism. A blown transformer.</P>
<P>I for one hopes this incident puts them out of business. More from their web site:</P>
<P><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>“We strongly encourage all businesses to take the necessary steps to protect their operations in advance of this potentially damaging storm,” said <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:PersonName>David Jones</st1:PersonName>, president and chief executive officer of Peak 10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>“Peak 10 has successfully implemented its emergency management plan and our data centers and people are prepared for Wilma.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>We will monitor the storm closely and are ready to address any storm related issues quickly as well as provide assistance to other businesses that may need to protect their data and applications in advance of Wilma.”</FONT></FONT></P>
<P><FONT>Necessary steps, eh? Here's my necessary steps: get <EM>rid</EM> of Peak-10 ASAP!</FONT></P><img src ="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/aggbug/968.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/10/24/968.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Rant: Lose versus Loose

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>It's been awhile since I've posted anything.  Kinda felt like I had become the “Caustic Blogger“ --- which was not my intent when I started blogging.  I hoped to begin posting again regularly whenever I had something valuable to say.  Alas, that time has not yet come, so I have returned with a rant... :)</P>
<P>Maybe you have noticed this as well.</P>
<P>Is it just me, or has the entire world confused the meanings of the words <A href="http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=lose">lose</A> and <A href="http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=loose">loose</A>?</P>
<P>Blog postings, blog comments, online articles, and even newspapers and magazines.  It seems that the word <EM>lose</EM> has been replaced by the word <EM>loose</EM> <STRONG>everywhere</STRONG>.</P>
<P>Has anyone else noticed this?</P><img src="http://weblogs.foxite.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1039" width="1" height="1"><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/12/15/1039.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Happy New Year!!!

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>Just wanted to take a moment to wish all my fellow-Foxer's a Happy New Year!</P>
<P>It's been a (gloriously) busy year for Visual FoxPro, and 2006 looks like it will be another banner year. </P>
<P>I would have to say the Fox-phrase of the year for 2005 is “VISUAL FOXPRO ROCKS!!!“</P>
<P>Any thoughts on the Fox-phrase for 2006? 2007? Beyond? Hey <A href="http://www.sweetpotatosoftware.com/SPSBlog/">Craig Boyd</A>, give us a new phrase!</P>
<P>Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and prosperous new year!</P>
<P><A href="http://www.craigberntson.com/blog/2005/12/top-10-fox-news-stories-of-2005.asp">Craig Berntson's Top 10 Fox Stories of 2005</A></P>
<P><A href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/12/top-10-fox-news-stories-of-2005.html">Andrew MacNeill's Top 10 “Predictions” for 2006</A></P><img src="http://weblogs.foxite.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1081" width="1" height="1"><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/12/30/1081.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Resolutions

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>It's that time of year where we reflect on what's been and prepare for what's to be. Fix the things that went wrong, and resolve to do better during the next twelve months. The New Year's Resolution. Here's mine for 2006:</P>
<UL>
<LI>Blog more, whine less (Mama always said, “If you can't say something good, then say nothing at all.&ldquo</LI>
<LI>Contribute to the community (try to <STRONG>answer</STRONG> some newsgroup postings, instead of just <EM>learnin</EM>g from them)</LI>
<LI>Go to <A href="http://www.hentzenwerke.com/conferences/glgdw2006.htm">WhilFest</A></LI>
<LI>Go to <A href="http://www.swfox.net/">Southwest Fox</A></LI>
<LI>Join (or start) a VFP User Group (or CodeCamp, or BeerBash)</LI>
<LI>Find a corporate sponsor for my apps (imagine a splash screen welcoming the user to the “<A href="http://www.doritos.com/">Doritos</A><SUP>TM</SUP> Customer Management Application“ or the “<A href="http://www.gatorade.com/home/index.php#0,home">Gatorade</A><SUP>TM </SUP>Medical Billing System&ldquo</LI>
<LI>Become more Google-ized</LI>
<LI>Cheer the <A href="http://www.nashvillepredators.com">Nashville Predators</A> all the way to the <A href="http://www.nhl.com">NHL</A> Stanley Cup. Welcome to SMashville. GO PREDS!!!</LI></UL><img src="http://weblogs.foxite.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1082" width="1" height="1"><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/12/30/1082.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Fox-Phrases, 2006

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>A few (tongue-in-cheek) phrase ideas for Visual FoxPro in 2006:</P>
<UL>
<LI>Sedna. It does your data good.
<LI>Sedna. Betta than buttah.
<LI>(Sing to the tune of the Chili's Baby Back Ribs song): “I want my VFP, VFP, VFP, VFP, VFP apps...”
<LI>Visual FoxPro. Does more before breakfast than other languages do all <EM>day</EM>.
<LI>Visual FoxPro Rocks!!!
<LI>Visual FoxPro <STRONG>RULES</STRONG>!!!</LI></UL>
<P>Update: <A href="http://www.sweetpotatosoftware.com/SPSBlog/">Craig Boyd</A> accepted my <A href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/12/30/1081.aspx">challenge</A> for a new Fox-Phrase by creating a <A href="http://www.sweetpotatosoftware.com/SPSBlog/PermaLink,guid,7aecf09c-50e5-4d76-811b-94871ad05ccc.aspx">cool promo</A> featuring the “breakfast” phrase above. NICE JOB, CRAIG!!!</P><img src="http://weblogs.foxite.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1083" width="1" height="1"><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/12/30/1083.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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My.Life.JustGotEasier

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>The <A href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/vfoxpro/letters/">June Letter</A> from Milind Lele is available at the <A href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/vfoxpro">MSDN Visual FoxPro</A> page, and also the <A href="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3A010370-4FC0-46F2-B495-C7C2F16930B1&displaylang=en">June 2006 CTP of Sedna</A>, which includes the My Library for the MY Namespace.</P>
<P>Mary Jo Foley (Microsoft Watch) also <A href="http://feeds.ziffdavis.com/ziffdavis/MicrosoftWatch?m=650">mentioned the SednaX move to CodePlex</A>.</P><img src="http://weblogs.foxite.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1739" width="1" height="1"><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2006/06/08/1739.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Who Says VFP Isn't Marketed?

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>I was trolling through the <A href="http://www.sweetpotatosoftware.com/SPSBlog/default.aspx">SPS Weblog</A> earlier today, digging for nuggets of gold, when I stumbled across the VFP <A href="http://www.sweetpotatosoftware.com/SPSBlog/PermaLink,guid,8d70e9cb-56e8-4b38-9902-709a06d76717.aspx">promo videos</A> Craig did earlier this year.</P>
<P>Inspired by Craig's efforts, I decided to take a stab at a promo, using Windows Movie Maker, Camtasia Studio, and Google Video.</P>
<P>Why Google Video? One word: BANDWIDTH. <img src="/emoticons/emotion-5.gif" alt="Wink [;)]" /></P>
<P>Anyway, you can find the video (2 minutes, 7 seconds) here:</P>
<P><A href="http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7938811193423029576">http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7938811193423029576</A></P>
<P>It looks better if you select "Original Size" by clicking the triangle in the lower-right corner of the Google Video player.</P>
<P>Let me know what you think. I've got plans for more...</P>
<P>Happy Foxing!</P><img src="http://weblogs.foxite.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1930" width="1" height="1"><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2006/06/30/1930.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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VFPx Promo

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<P>I had so much fun with the VFP Promo yesterday, I spent some time this morning working on one for VFPx.</P>
<P>It's available at Google Video at:</P>
<P><A href="http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-808199968**98930750">http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-808199968**98930750</A></P>
<P><FONT color=#ff0000>Updated</FONT>: 1 minute, 25 seconds... After three days, Google finally "verified" the "revised" version.</P>
<P>Special thanks to the VFPx admins for allowing the use of the new VFPx logo!</P><img src="http://weblogs.foxite.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1935" width="1" height="1"><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2006/07/01/1935.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Project D.O.A.

by kevin In reply to Kevin Ragsdale - FoxPro C ...

<p>OK, last promo I'll do for awhile... Besides, my wife might kill me if I don't stop playing with this stuff...</p>
<p>This one includes a little snippet from the (public domain) movie D.O.A.</p>
<p>I guess you could call this a cautionary tale for project managers who choose the wrong tool for their project. <img alt="Wink [;)]" src="/emoticons/emotion-5.gif" /></p>
<p><a href="http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5677850239779225290">http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5677850239779225290</a></p>
<p><font color="#ff0000">Updated:</font> 2 minutes, 30 seconds... After three days, Google finally "verified" the "revised" version.</p><img height="1" src="http://weblogs.foxite.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1936" width="1" />
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