Disaster Seminar 20 — Long Term Backup Storage

February 28, 2015

When the backup folder has little less
than 4 giga-bytes:

1. Prepare two DVD’s from the backup folder

2. Store one of these DVD’s near the machine.

3. Store the other DVD at a remote location.

4. Clean up the backup folder.

5. Clean up the three flash drives.


WhatifWe127 — My Internet Interface

February 28, 2015

Hopefully, this post will answer many of the questions that I have received about the Internet services that I am receiving.

First, please understand that I do not have a team. There is one of me and I am home based.

My Internet service is provided by Earthlink.

Recently I changed from DSL to a cable Internet communication process due to a major regional outage.

My blog is provided by the free WordPress site which may or may not add some advertising.

I also have a whatifwe Codeplex site and and a @whatifwe2048 Twitter site.

I designed my Website using Microsoft Front Page.

I have successfully accessed my web-site and blog on a LINUX, WINDOWS, and MAC machine.

Open Source Software Development Tool Error

February 28, 2015

An** Programmable Software Development Environment system error has been

The WIN32 error message is as follows:

PCG ERROR: MacCert — 455
PCG ERROR: macproj — 2698
PCG ERROR: macproj — 315
PCG ERROR: devproj — 1400
PCG ERROR: mainprj — 1461
PCG ERROR: explrpde — 153

The LINUX error message is as follows:

PCG ERROR: MacCert — 474
PCG ERROR: macproj — 2717
PCG ERROR: macproj — 334
PCG ERROR: devproj — 1419
PCG ERROR: mainprj — 1480
PCG ERROR: explrpde — 172

FRIDAY 2015/02/27

STATUS: I restored what I thought was the original WIN32 version. I
compiled both a debug version and release version, and performed some
preliminary tests. To my surprise, I found that nothing changed. The
“restored” versions did not produce the subject error where as the the
production tool being used did.

DETAIL: This surprise caused me to very carefully re-examine the
associated routines, macproj, precmac, maccert, and crypto. I was
looking for a very subtle error or some old coding method no longer
supported and I got my next big surprise. Specifically, my archival
version was not the original version. I checked the Linux version and
it was the equivalent original version.

RESULTS: My version control practices failed! I have a primitive
version control implemented in the Programmable Software Development
Environment and it is woefully inadequate. Improving it will be high
on my priorities.

NEXT TASK: Ny next task will be to very carefully compare the
associated routines of the Linux version with the Windows version to
determine how extensive the version control error is. Once this is
done, I will probably attempt to upgrade the Linux version to see if
it’s original difficulties can be resolved.

Disaster Seminar 19 — Daily Procedure

February 27, 2015

At the beginning of each day:

1. Make a new zip file in the backup
folder with a name containing the date.

Throughout the day:

1. At the completion of each task, store
the associated folder in the zip file.

At the end of the day:

1. Store the zip file in each of the
three flash drives.

2. Store the flash drives as follows:

a. Near the computer

b. In your pocket or purse.

c. In Your car.


The Role of the Media

February 27, 2015

Both the incompetent and the competent benefit from
media attention.

The competent leader requires community participation.
The media helps him to obtain the participants.

The incompetent needs 15 minutes of fame. The media
helps him to satisfy his greedy goals.

Unfortunately the entertainment associated with the
incompetent attracts a lot of media attention.

The competent pioneer finds new solutions to current

WHATIFWE were to provide the media attention needed
to develop hope from the new ideas of the competent

Disaster Seminar 18 — Required Backup Hardware/Software

February 25, 2015

Disaster-Hardened backup procedure requires:

1. 3 Flash Drives (5 gigabytes or more).

2. Blank DVD’s.

3. The capability of writing the DVD.
(Most modern machines have this capability)

4. A compressed zip file capability.
(Most modern machines have this capability)

5. A “backup” folder.


WhatifWe127 Blog — Web Browser Inquiries

February 25, 2015

There have been many comments and inquiries relative to Web
Browser and Display format problems relative to my blog and
website. I appreciate your comments but I do not have sufficient
time to individually respond to them. I have prepared this
post that will hopefully provide some answers.

Relative to the blog, I use the free Word Press blog site.
The only thing that I prepare is the text. I don’t have any
videos. I do attach pdf files containing my articles. I must
assume that WordPress is up-to-date relative to the various
Web Browsers and Displays. I have absolutely no control over
the format.

Relative to my website, I designed it a number of years ago
using Microsoft Front Page which is now obsolete. I would
assume that it would not behave properly on some of the newer
Web Browsers and Displays. I am currently redesigning it
using the CSS technology. I am using this need as a means of
building standard Web Site development kits and I cannot
at this time predict when this will be completed.

Disaster Seminar 17 — Basic Disaster-Hardened Backup Requirements

February 24, 2015

The backup files must be:

1. Stored in multiple physical locations.

2. Directly accessable (no internet)

3. Current on a daily basis.

4. Organized to facilitate finding data.


Monte-Carlo Test Method

February 24, 2015

A Number of years ago, I had a contract to build a hardware
control sub-system software product.

This hardware control sub-system was designed to control
legacy hardware shipped back from the Middle East.

This legacy hardware appeared to have not been well-maintained;
it needed a lot of service.

I was afraid that I might break this hardware when I tested my
hardware control sub-system software product.

I developed a Monte-Carlo Simulator/Stimulator Test System to
validate my hardware control sub-system product.

The Monte-Carlo technology is based on a pseudo-random generator.
It was originally used in the development of nuclear weapons.

The random nature of my Monte-Carlo Test System enabled me to
rapidly and thoroughly test the hardware control sub-system, both
from a user and hardware point-of-view.

The use of a Monte-Carlo Simulator/Stimulator Test System
enabled me to deliver an error-free software product.

WHATIFWE used Monte-Carlo software test methods for all software.
Would we get better products?

Disaster Seminar 16 — Backup Programs

February 22, 2015

I am using a great backup program.

1. It places my data on a portable hard drive.

2. It automatically backs up my machine.

3. It is easy to access my data.

This is not a great choice.

1. Your machine breaks, you may have to buy
a new backup program.

2. You need at least two copies of
your backup files at different locations.



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