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The power supply and control panel for this Dell PowerVault 124T tape autoloader failed with a tape in the drive.  The tape was spooled around the read heads because the unit shut down when the hardware failed and it was reading a tape at the time.  This video shows how to retrieve the tape if you encounter a similar situation.

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I bought a new laptop today.  It is a Compaq v2000z.  Here are the specs. AMD Turion 64 ML-28 (1.6GHz) 1GB RAM 14.0 WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280X768) ATI Radeon(r) 128MB Xpress 200M w/productivity ports 100 GB Hard Drive DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive 54g Integ. Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN & Bluetooth. There is a picture below.
Physics in games has grown rapidly over the last few years. Characters are interacting with their virtual environments in many ways that were impossible years ago. Take, for example, the new Tomb Raider game. In the game, you can kick rocks and, depending on which angle you kick them and the incline, the rock will roll in that direction relative to the force you applied. Also, tools and projectiles respond based on laws contained in the physics engine. The power of graphics cards is increasing rapidly. A powerful graphics card could…

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I bought an Apple Mac Mini a few weeks ago. I have had my eyes on one for quite some time. I love it that they are so small. I have it hooked up to my 23" Apple Cinema display. I found out soon after I purchased it that it really needs RAM. I got one of the new Intel machines.  Some of the software I use has not yet been optimized for the Intel core so it runs in emulation mode. This slows some programs down.  One program specifically, Firefox,…

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We got some new equipment for the classroom.  I am missing hard drives on the parts because they were taken from a company, but the servers do POST correctly which means they work.   I will be searching eBay for some good deals on SCSI hard drives.  Preferably some hot swappable hard drives.  I need about 10 and I would like 20 so that I can set up RAID 5 on some of the machines. Here are some pictures of them.  Chris Bach (@DataStorm) helped me with the setup. The oldest one…

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I am not going to buy a computer anytime soon but I still get excited about new things in the market. I found out that the Athlon 64 motherboards will start supporting PCI Express by the end of September. This is a big improvement because I have been using the same bus technology for quite some time now. While AGP has seen increases in speed simply by multiplying, I have not had a new technology since AGP and I are still using a version of PCI which was introduced somewhere…

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