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  • Andrew T Schwab 10:12 am on January 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    2010 in review 

    The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

    Healthy blog!

    The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

    Crunchy numbers

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    A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

    In 2010, there were 26 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 39 posts. There were 2 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb.

    The busiest day of the year was May 7th with 56 views. The most popular post that day was How Intrusion Prevention killed my Backupify .eml Downloads.

    Where did they come from?

    The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc, mycrazyreader.info, zzsst.co.cc, and google.com.

    Some visitors came searching, mostly for google apps for education cost, mille-xterm, google apps and organization of schools, google apps qualified, and mille xterm.

    Attractions in 2010

    These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


    How Intrusion Prevention killed my Backupify .eml Downloads May 2010


    Google Apps for Education and Scaling Down for Small Schools February 2010


    Poor Man’s SAN September 2010


    Untangle OpenVPN client stops resolving FQDNs in Windows 7? October 2009


    Google Apps Qualified September 2010

  • Andrew T Schwab 10:19 pm on January 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: contig, defrag, drobo, eeebox, Mac OS X optimization, Power Defragger, scheduled defrag,   

    Windows 7 Disk Defragging Your Drobo 

    Earlier today I was engaged in a short discussion on twitter with @mguhlin and @cbell619 about disk optimization in Mac OS X. I recall back in late 2003 when I was supporting a few hundred Macbooks, defragging disks was not something I usually concerned myself with. But if you’ve had your Mac a while and it’s running slow (like my sisters) you should follow the optimization directions in the post. Of course it didn’t hurt that the systems I had were re-imaged every summer which generally resets the clock on disk crud build up. That’s one nice thing about using imaging tools to manage large deployments.

    You’re probably asking, isn’t the title of this post Windows 7 Disk Defrag? Why yes. So after the twitter back and forth, I got curious about something and hopped on my recently purchased and setup eeebox Windows 7 system that I am using to front end my home Drobo (a more versatile Drobo Share, you might say) and checked the disk defrag status. Low and behold a scheduled task list came up instead.

    Odd, I thought, since I had not scheduled anything of the sort. Not like the old days when you had to create a .cmd file to run defrag.exe and manually set it to run via the Scheduler. Nope. Apparently Windows 7 automatically schedules defragging for you. It was even nice enough to schedule itself to defrag my three 2TB Drobo volumes. Nooooo!

    Needless to say, I turned it off on the drobo volumes. I had noticed some slow disk access while using the system. I am not sure if this was the cause or if the little eeebox is just slow. Time will tell.

    I know Windows needs to be defragged every now and again but I prefer to use the contig tool from Microsoft (formerly sysinternals) to do my defragging in Windows. I front end it with the free GUI Power Defragmenter utility to keep it simple.

    This is a good bit of information to know as I look forward to my School’s Windows 7 deployment next summer. Or maybe we’ll just go Mac and not have to worry about defragging disks at all.

    • Miguel Guhlin 7:55 am on January 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Howdy! How does GUI Power Defragmenter compare to MyDefrag, the solution I use reglarly?

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