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Double Shot of Tequila

I woke up early this morning with a mission on my mind, to finally organize my server rack the way I’ve always been meaning to, but for some reason (*cough*laziness*cough*) , I never got around to it.  I had recently bought some new hardware to re-build a system which I thought was dead, but which turned out not to be.  I didn’t really feel like returning the hardware, because this was the chance to build an up-to-date server to migrate all my VMs over to, which is something else I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time.

In any case, I finally got around to re-organizing my server rack today, and I’m proud of how it turned out.  With that accomplishment in hand, I decided to install our living room air conditioner (starting to get a tad warm, especially for computer systems). I headed out to Home Depot and purchased some wire mesh, or “screen” as one of their reps called it. Last year we found that we had a lot of mosquitoes and small flies coming in through the air conditioner. Considering it was a fairly inexpensive one, I figured that I got what I paid for. I decided to turn my $100 air conditioner into a $300 air conditioner, but adding on some custom filters in order to block any debris which it may collect through it’s many open vents. The roll of mesh cost around $15, and was easy enough to cut and shape. The end result turned out better than I had expected, and so this year I expect we will have a lot fewer bugs getting in.

And so the air conditioner was installed – this too had been completed.  I was on a roll and feeling good.  I decided then to try my hand at building my new server from scratch.

I had an old rack-mount server case ((solid steel, heavy beast)) which I gutted, and started building the new server in there.  The new components included a new motherboard – the Asus M3N78-VM, an AMD Athlon 1640 CPU, and 4GB of OCZ Dual Channel SLI Ready RAM. The Micro-ATX form factor of the motherboard made it super easy to fit into the monster rack-mount case. With a few simple connections, I was ready to test boot-up, and things should have been smooth from there. It wasn’t.

The system wouldn’t power on – at all. My first mistake was that I plugged the front panel connectors into the wrong pins on the motherboard. No sweat, figured that out, and moved forward. Switched it on again, saw the motherboards “SB Power” LED come on (which was a good sign), fans started spinning, thought I was getting close, but nothing. I couldn’t get it to POST anything, no errors, warnings, or beeps at all. I decided to rip out all the peripherals and go bare-bones in order to isolate the problem. Still nothing!! Removed RAM, nothing.. Removed the CPU, nothing. So at this point, aside from being frustrated, I’ve been able to narrow it down to one of two things, it’s either the motherboard, or the power supply. The power supply should be fine, because it worked with the old hardware that I had in the case originally. However, there is a chance that the power supply isn’t compatible with this motherboard in some way.

If it’s not the power supply, then I’ve received a motherboard that was DOA. I’m hoping this is the case! I’d hate to take this thing back to Tiger Direct tomorrow, have them test it out, and find out that it’s just fine. That would be both embarrassing and frustrating.

Anyway, after all these triumphs and frustrations, I decided to finish off the night with a double shot of Tequila, and damn did it go down smooth :)

If this blog post seems at all incoherent, it probably has to do with the fact that its late, and I’m tired.  Oh, and maybe just a little to do with that double shot of Tequila.

What Does It Take To Be A Teacher?

I’m sure that everyone at some point in their lives has had moments where they think about the goals they have accomplished, and what the future has in store for them. Taking that a step further – I’m sure many people also sit and think hard about “whats next”?

I’ve had those moments many times before, and I seem to be having one again. I am trying to figure out if IT and Programming is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I know I’m good at it, and I know that I still have moments where I’m “in the zone” – meaning that IT software development still holds an interest for me, somewhat.

Of course, having a birthday recently, and being in my late 20’s has caused me to re-evaluate the course of my life.

Of the alternatives I’ve considered to Programming, some of the more interesting ideas include teaching in a foreign country (Guyana, the birthplace of my mother and wife, came to mind). Teaching here in Canada also crossed my mind, along with Financial Planning, and helping people find jobs.

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Working at VMware

So I’ve started my new job at VMware, and it’s great. I’m working there as a Technical Support Engineer for their ESX Systems Division. I’ve only been there a week now, but I’ve had the opportunity to do some pretty cool things, and also solve some pretty interesting problems.

I have to say, I haven’t used the VMware product (ESX, or GSX/Workstation) at all before I started working there… but the VMware software would easily fit into my DAMN COOL software category. Now don’t get me wrong, I have heard of VMware before, and was well aware of what it’s intended uses are, but there is a difference between being told what it is, and actually using it. It’s like the Matrix, you have to see it for yourself! Anyway, before I go on, I’ll just leave you with this one thought… A VMware “VM” or Virtual Machine is basically a virtualized (not emulated) version of an actual physical system. It does not just host a virtual operating system, but infact to do this, it has to virtualize the hardware as well (CPU, NIC, HD, etc..) Now if you have complete replica of a physical computer system in a “virtual world” of VM’s, isn’t it possible to run a VM within a VM? How far down the rabbit hole are you willing to go?