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The Quiet Zone

I’ve been in a data center when most servers turned off. I’ve actually heard dozens of systems powered off quickly, and it’s a strange sound. You become so used to the white noise of numerous fans that having them turned … Continue reading

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The Desktop Rebuild–Part 3

This is the last part of this series, at least for now. If you haven’t seen Part 1 and Part 2, feel free to check them out. After I got through Part 2, I was working again. In fact, I … Continue reading

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The Desktop Rebuild–Part 2

You can read part 1, but that’s more about the (initial) hardware changes. This one looks at getting moving on the new desktop. Note, that since I changed the MB/CPU/Boot disk, I decided to reinstall Windows as well on a … Continue reading

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The Desktop Rebuild–Part 1

I’ve had an aging desktop for some time. I originally bought it from Glenn Berry (b | t), who I think gets a new machine every quarter or two. Seriously, I think there is a computer in every room of … Continue reading

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Back Home, Despite a Scare

I’ve spent the last 11 days traveling in Europe, returning home late yesterday. It wasn’t a holiday or even corporate boondoggle as this was 3 cities, 2 events at which I spoke, travel in planes, trains, and automobiles, a minor … Continue reading

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Stress Testing

Many of the DBAs that manage production systems will at some point determine what level of hardware is needed to support a workload. Whether this is a physical server purchase or a cloud “rental”, someone has to decide what hardware … Continue reading

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BYOD

This editorial was originally published on Jan 18, 2012. It is being re-run as Steve is on vacation. Some minor edits were made As laptop prices have plummeted over the last few years to the point where most technical people … Continue reading

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High DPI Test

On my new machine, running at a high DPI, I have some DPI issues. One is that I can’t seem to change the font for Open Live Writer. I see this: Which isn’t what I want. This is a test … Continue reading

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Interesting Data Centers

I’ve spent a couple decades in technology working with lots of companies. As an employee, a consultant, or a sales engineer, I’ve had the chance to visit quite a few data centers over the years, some of which were quite … Continue reading

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Laptop Build Quality

I’ve been looking around at various laptops, in preparation for getting a new one. I wrote about considering the Surface Book, which is still on the list, but has dropped a bit. The hardware quality is great, but when I … Continue reading

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