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Korean Dramas April 19, 2016

Posted by General Zod in KDrama, Television.
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Not many people actually know this about me, but… I’ve been addicted to Korean Dramas since 2011.  You see, … many years ago, I realized that I was becoming increasingly bored with American television.  Every show seemed to be either a teen drama which depicted the title characters acting inappropriately for their age or yet another uninteresting reality show wherein the participants were constantly bad-mouthing and backstabbing one another.  I yearned for something different…

With the exception of the news and a beloved cooking show,  I was struggling to find anything that would hold my interest and keep me entertained during the downtime.

At first, I retreated into the past.  I spent more than 6 months taking solace in watching wonderful older TV shows from the 1950s – 1980s off of channels that provided nostalgia programming, such as MeTV.  (Old westerns, like Bonanza and The Rifleman, were always a favorite!)

Eventually, I started wanting to find something “new” again, so I started looking around.  I spent the next few months experimenting with various online streaming services.  Then, sometime in 2011, I happened upon a TV show called…

PastaPasta  파스타
2010, 20 episodes

This series is about a young woman who is struggling to become an Italian cuisine chef.  (I didn’t realize it then, but this was to be my first exposure to Gong Hyo Jin, an incredibly talented actress.)  See Yoo Kyung has been working as the kitchen’s assistant for 3 years, and is about to be promoted to junior Pasta Chef, when a new Head Chef, Choi Hyun Wook, is hired.  Hyun Wook is determined to fire all of the female kitchen staff as he refuses to work directly with women due to his own personal baggage.  Yoo Kyung has to dig in her heels and find a way to hang onto her job in order to fulfill her dreams.

As strange as it sounds, watching this program felt like I was breaking the surface from the sea of entertainment monotony, and was finally gasping in desperately needed oxygen.  It started me upon a path which has given me a new appreciation for foreign television and film.  Over the next few years, I’ve experimented with various programs from several eastern countries, including Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, etc… but I keep coming back to the dramas of South Korea.

Now, I do consider myself fortunate to have started with “Pasta”, because not all Korean Dramas (or KD’s, as I refer to them) are good.  Had I began with a bad series, I may have never gone back for a second look.  There are definitely some real stinkers out there, but there are also some real gems that shouldn’t be missed.  Whenever I discuss them with a newcomer, I always make suggestions to good shows that I consider to be worth the effort… because I wouldn’t want to waste anyone’s time.

Anyway, very recently, a work colleague found interest in watching KDs and asked that I make her a list of programs which would be worth her time.  I took this very seriously, and did so.  Mind you, I’ve only seen so many, so there are probably several favorites out there that I still haven’t seen… so I could only assemble such a list from my personal experience and opinions.  There’s no countdown here.  The following list of the Korean Dramas (which are in no particular order) are simply some of those that I’ve enjoyed the most over the past few years… with the exception of “Pasta”, as I’ve already mentioned it as my first.

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Recreate a missing VMDK descriptor file April 12, 2016

Posted by General Zod in Tech, VMware.
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I needed to expand the disk sizes on one of my VMs, and encountered an odd problem.  Under the VM Settings, all of the disk sizes were reading as 0 MB.

zero-mb

Honestly, I have no idea what happened, but it seemed that the VMDK descriptor files had disappeared.  I don’t believe that it would have been done maliciously, yet I can think of no reason why it would have “just happened”.  Regardless, the problem exists, so what to do about it?

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows January 9, 2016

Posted by General Zod in Books, Family, Heroes.
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amazing-spider-man-renew-your-vowsFace Front, True Believers!

I just finished reading the Trade Paperback release of “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows”.  It has been a very long time since I’ve had a TPB hold my attention so much that I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting.  I enjoyed this story in such a deeply personal way that upon finishing it, I was inspired to sit down and type out this post in hopes that it may inspire others to read it as well.

Please, read on!  And fear not, for there are no significant spoilers to this TPB contained within this post.  I’m not going to talk about the story, but only briefly touch upon the family dynamic.

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What Changed? January 16, 2015

Posted by General Zod in Humor, Storytime, Tech.
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OK.  Well, it has been several months since I’ve had anything worth talking about on my little blog… but today, something happened that made me very grateful that I no longer do workstation support as my primary function.

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VMware VDP Error 10058 April 17, 2014

Posted by Chad in Backup, Tech, VMware.
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Occasionally I’ll start getting VMs that stop getting backed up using VDP 5.5.  They won’t even attempt a backup the next day either.  I’ll kick off an immediate backup which immediately fails, with the error:

An unexpected error occurred with the following error code:  10058.  More information may be available in the client logs which can be downloaded from the configuration application.

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Clear the VDP Error “Operation failed due to existing snapshot” April 3, 2014

Posted by Chad in Backup, Tech, VMware.
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So you’re deploying the VMware Data Protection product, and one of your VMs won’t backup.  Checking the failed task, you see the error “Operation failed due to existing snapshot.”

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Restoring File Shares from Tape Backup April 17, 2013

Posted by General Zod in Backup, Microsoft, Tech.
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So last night I got a call from one of our SAN guys.  He had needed to upgrade the Volume Manager app on SERVER6, and proceeded to do what he needed to around 7pm.  After his upgrade, he noted that all of the File Shares had disappeared from SERVER6… so he called me looking for assistance.

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Building a new vCenter onto a Distributed Switch July 10, 2012

Posted by General Zod in Networking, Tech, VMware.
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Normally, I would keep my vCenter on the default Simple vSwitch so that it rides on the same VLAN that the ESXi Hosts exist on.  When you’re planning your environment, it’s always wise to keep the old KISS adage in mind:

Keep It Simple, Stupid!

Well… recently, I had a customer who had separated all of their ESXi Hosts to a dedicated VLAN, and had (due to some remote access rules that were put in place for another customer) placed their vCenter on a separate VLAN accessed via a PortGroup on a Distributed vSwitch which leveraged trunking ports.  This provided a small challenge…

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Copy VM between two vSphere environments February 8, 2012

Posted by General Zod in Tech, VMware.
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Recently, I had a situation that required me to move a VM from one vSphere 4.1 environment to another of the same release.  The identical vSphere versions was the only thing that these two environments had in common.  They are using different vCenters, different storage, different networks, etc… and security dictated that we could *NOT* link the two environments together.  So how does one move a VM from one unique environment to another?

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Which physical NIC is my VM using? June 23, 2011

Posted by General Zod in Tech, VMware.
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Recently, I was having an issue in which some of my VMs would intermittently become unreachable across the network.  Looking in vSphere, there were no problems reported with the physical NICs nor with the virtual networking.  Everything was configured OK, so what was the problem?

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