Entries from April 2009

Finally, I have a Safari subscription!

Date April 30, 2009

After months and months (and months) of asking, FINALLY, my work got me a bookshelf subscription to O'Reilly's Safari Online. If you're unacquainted with this site, click the previous link. It's an online library of IT books from pretty much every major publisher. With my bookshelf subscription, I can "check out" 10 books a month […]

Progressing towards a true backup site

Date April 29, 2009

A while back, I moved our production site into a Tier 4 co-location in NJ. Our former primary site became the backup, and things went very smoothly. Now we're continuing on with our plans of centralizing our company in the northeast of the US. To advance these plans, I'm less than a week away from […]

The Goodwill Computer Store in Houston, TX

Date April 26, 2009

I've been to several Goodwill stores, bothing donating and shopping, and I always see an odd array of old used computer parts. It's a walk down memory lane, usually. I never dreamed that there would be a Goodwill store entirely devoted to computers. Take a look at some of the pictures there. It's unbelievable. I'd […]

APC Data Center University

Date April 22, 2009

If you're hankering for some free learning and you have any interest at all in data centers, check out the free Data Center University by APC. I registered, but haven't "attended" my first class yet. I'll check it out when I get a little more time, but I just thought some of you might like […]

Discussion on /. - Should cables be replaced?

Date April 22, 2009

Yesterday there was a pretty good discussion going on over at Slashdot regarding changing out network cables. I thought some of you might be interested in it. Sorry for the tardiness, but better late than never, I suppose. Another thread to add to my SlashDocs bookmarks!

My trouble with bonded interfaces

Date April 21, 2009

In an effort to improve the redundancy of our network, I have all of our blade servers configured to have bonded network interfaces. Bonding the interfaces in linux means that eth0 and eth1 form together like Voltron into bond0, an interface that can be "high availability", meaning if one physical port (or the device it […]