Re: [NTLK] Geeksafe revisited.....why backups are always a good idea

From: William Pociengel <>
Date: Wed Apr 04 2007 - 17:00:31 EDT

Dan wrote:
> On 4/4/2007 9:41 AM, William Pociengel wrote:
>> well we did'nt actually lose the entire machine. we did have about 10
>> commands that worked hehehhehe

>> so I learned that testing means testing everything!! and geeksafe is one
>> of those things that you want to test really well. but not on live data ;-)
> Indeed. Always have good backups on hand. Ouch your backups didn't
> work? Was the backup media bad? Verify mode (if available) with
> backups may take longer but it is certainly worth it!

bad tape commands within that particular version of the OS. claimed it
was doing something when it wasn't =8O

IBM moved off that rev pretty fast as we had their guys from England on
the phone for the better part of 2+ days with short breaks to sleep ;-/

I also learned more about testing later in life when I built an app and
handed it over to our tester. the first thing he did after installing it
was to lay both hands on the keyboard. I found out about keyboard
buffers and controlling input, oppps!

so testing on anything that is considered mission critical needs to go
beyond the bounds of 'how do I expect this to be used' and into 'how can
an idiot (*&()&(*^ this up'.

And this would go for more than just geeksafe but into anything that
works at a low level.


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