INTERESTING: Another aid to think old people

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hitachi’s Self-driving Robotic Car ROPITS
Posted on March 22, 2013 by Shiotsu

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This narrow car is designed to aid the needs of aging population as well as physically challenged individuals in Japan. The course & transport time of ROPITS can be programmed through map-loaded tablet computer. This is the unique factor of this self driven car. ROPITS can be used on sidewalks. Once the passenger uses the tablet PC to summon the car, it reaches to the location of the passenger. And passengers just need to indicate their destination using a touch screen. ROPITS is ideally suitable to move in & out of pedestrian spaces and even in crowded streets.

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I’d like one of these for trekking back and forth between NJ and VA!!!

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HARDWARE: Retire old hard drives?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Should we pre-emptively retire old hard drives?
« on: August 02, 2012, 01:52:50 AM »

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We all know that hard drives can and will fail eventually, and often unpredictably and without warning. That’s why we make sure we back up regularly.

But here’s is a question I’ve been thinking about lately, and I don’t know the answer to:

Should we pre-emptively retire old but perfectly-working hard drives, and migrate data to a new drive? If so, after how many hours?

Or should we just run them into the ground until they fail?

Here’s a screenshot of one of my favorite tools (CrystalDiskInfo), showing smart data of my oldest drive, with 39,000 hours powered up:

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What a GREAT question?

I’ve have NEVER heard it asked before. (And, I’ve been in and around it for a LONG time!)

I’ve been burnt by hardware failures a few times. Couple of times the hard disk died. Couple of times it was the supporting hardware.

(The disk might have well died. Thanks, DELL, for using a proprietary motherboard / disk drive combination. Couldn’t just take the good drive from a dead mother and slap it in another DELL as a primary or secondary. That consumed a HUGE number of hours of me, my hardware savvy tech friend, and DELL “technical support”. That one HURT! Turns out most of the backups I’d taken were corrupt. Good thing I’m a “belts ‘n’ suspenders” kinda guy. Had PRINTED copies of data. Paperless society my <synonym for donkey>!]

Cloud is the ultimate backup.(Another great business idea missed thanks to my “huevos muchos pequeño”!) But even that cloud solution can fail. What do you do if you can’t connect?


Two of my more SPECTACULAR failures were, both times in a corporate setting — different employers — where I was REQUIRED to depend on centralized IT back up service, when I depended upon those others and … (wait for it) … one time my platform was “overlooked” and at the other place “ALL my backups for THREE <synonym for the act of procreation in real time> YEARS were corrupt”.

Double Argh! or is that (Argh!)**2?

Just writing this I’m now getting crazed because my current employer is another of those “you must use the centralize backup service” kinda places. 

(Note to self: ask them to restore some random file every week!)

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JOBSEARCH: Age discrimination? No, I find that hard to believe

Saturday, April 18, 2009 > Business
Laid-off workers increasingly turn to lawsuits
Government reports more claims of discrimination in job cuts
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, April 12, 2009

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Eric Oliver was on vacation last summer when he learned that he and seven other white co-workers, all over the age of 40, had lost their jobs at a software company from India.

Attorney Sidney Holderness’ expertise in underwriting title insurance wasn’t enough to keep the 60-year-old from losing his job.

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We as a society better figure out how to make use of “old workers”. And, stop wasting the first twenty five years as well.

We’re going to be living a lot longer and can’t afford to waste any human resource.

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