Archive for November, 2015

Disaster Seminar 17 — Basic Disaster-Hardened Backup Requirements

November 25, 2015

The backup files must be:

1. Stored in multiple physical locations.

2. Directly accessible (no internet)

3. Current on a daily basis.

4. Organized to facilitate finding data.


How Do I Make My Blog

November 25, 2015

There have been quite a few requests for advice on
“how to build a blog”. As you can see from my blog, I have
prepared a lot of posts. Therefore, I have learned how
to do it efficiently.

There are some simple rules for making your blog easy
to prepare.

1. Have a well-defined purpose for your blog. For myself,
my blog was a means of publicly documenting my research and
development efforts.

2. Use a standard format. Then you can build a template
which will greatly facilitate its preparation. I use
my development software to write the blog.

3. Don’t get carried away with an artistic design. I use
the free WordPress. I do not use any pictures; all I
have to do is paste in the text. Above all, I did not
have to develop the blog web-site.

Above all, recognize that every post you publish will be
in the public domain forever. I have been very careful
to put just enough information to identify and date my
efforts but not to give away any proprietary data.

Hope that this helps.

Robert Adams

Disaster Seminar 16 — Backup Programs

November 24, 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.


My Comment Approval Criteria

November 24, 2015

Every day I receive between 50 and 100 comments requesting approval. There is only one of me managing the blog and hence must perform this function quickly and efficiently. To this end, each comment must:

1. Have a text message. For the most part, a comment with no text message will be deleted.

2. Be written in English using real words. I am not familiar with text message abbreviations.

3. Adhere to the basic principles of civilized behaviour (I have had not problems with this so far).

4. Be consistent to the associated post and the purpose of the blog.

5. Be short. If it is over ten lines, I will delete it.

6. Not advertise any product, service or cause. I have been receiving a lot of promotions of solar panels for generating electric power which I have permanently deleted.

Thank You

Robert Adams

Disaster Seminar 15 — A Great Backup Service

November 21, 2015

I am already using a great backup service

1. My machine is automatically backed up over the internet

2. My data is cryptographically secure.

3. I have plenty of space available.

4. It is easy to get my data.

Wrong Choice!

1. Loss of internet means loss of service.

2. A disaster at the backup company site means loss of service.

3. NSA can break the crypto algorithm.

4. Company tech can probable access your data.


The Most Important People In Our Society.

November 21, 2015

Who are the most important people in civilized society?

Are wealthy individuals the most important people in our
society? No, they are not.

Are celebrities the most important people in our society?
No, they are not.

Do religious organizations contain the most important
people in our society? No, they do not.

Are government officials the most important people in our
society? No, they are not.

The artisans and highly skilled professionals are the most
important people in any civilized society.

Nothing of any value gets done without the participation
of these highly skilled professional.

WHATIFWE increased the number of highly skilled home-based
pioneering professional software engineers?

Disaster Seminar 14 — I Already Backup My Data

November 18, 2015

Do I really need to have a flash drive copy
of my data directories?

It is very important to backup your data.

It can solve a great many problems.

Unfortunately, it is not a good means
of using your friend’s machine to perform
your critical tasks.

Let us develop some disaster related backup


My Invitation To You

November 18, 2015

I became a software engineer in 1966 due to an experiment
that I had performed. I have never taken a course in
Software Engineering. Over the years, I have continued
to experiment on my own time and have greatly benefited
from this activity

In 1992, I became a home based software development business.
I developed a set of tools to aid me in my business activities.
These tools evolved over time and are now capable of helping
a software engineer to become a better, more competitive programmer.

I invite you to take a similar path. My tools can be downloaded
free-of-charge from my web-site, and they are
well documented.

Disaster Seminar 13 — Current Data Solution

November 17, 2015

A Flash Drive will make your data available to another machine

1. All of the your data folders must be on the flash drive

2. Every time you work on your data, update the flash drive.

3. Keep the flash drive in your pocket.

Sounds like a lot of work!

It isn’t as much as you think.

Also, please keep in mind that not having your data
will create a lot more work.


Software “Breaks”!

November 17, 2015

A 17 year old sailor on a submarine must be able to
fix a critical piece of electronic equipment within
15 minutes.

Critical submarine hardware has the required subsystems
to facilitate the location of a failed replaceable components.

Most hardware these days has at least one computer within it.
This includes critical submarine systems.

Can the same 17 year old sailor on a submarine find and
correct a critical software failure within 15 minutes?

Does software “break”? Not really. but software fails when
it illegally or incorrectly writes some data.

Programmers have many ways of preventing illegal writes which
they use in checkout and then remove before delivery.

WHATIFWE used formal illegal write prevention code in delivered