Friday, March 30, 2007

Battery Backup --Update

We just ordered 20 plus grand of batteries from our VAR. We decided to go with a PowerWare unit instead of a
. I was under the impression that if I compared the two units (technically), the Powerware unit could be likened to a Cadillac, while the APC unit could be called the Chevy. Imagine my surprise when the Cadillac was 10 grand less than the Chevy (with installation).
We have a new problem however. I informed my bosses that if they want a 2 hour window they need to look into cooling of the racks. There was no way I was going to tie in the building air conditioning with the UPSes. I wouldn't want to see how many battery cabinets I would need with that scenario. We decided to install the Rack Air Removal unit that APC makes for our racks and vent the heat out into the plenum. Let's add another 10 to 15K to the total cost. I wish they had just gone with a generator.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Rockets are cool. I will be posting video and pics soon on my successful water rocket launch in my front yard. My neighbor's wife soiled herself when it launched with a loud bang. It might also have something to do with the fact that the rocket lost a fin and turned toward her house instead of the great wide open. Future launches will be in a park and not around future liabilities. Rockets are cool

Update -- I killed my rocket launcher in a fit of rage. I will have to build another one and when I do....I promise I will show a video of death by water rocket.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

BackupExec sucks

and so does symantec's on hold music. I've been stuck for going on 15 minutes listening to something resembling a cross between Native American flutes with eastern European folk music. AHHHHHHHHH. I have a simple problem that I deleted a job out of one of their templates. The only problem is the job is still there running. I need a human voice....please

Update --- Symantec finally got back to me two days later. The rep immediately then started trashing the very feature of Backup Exec. that I was using (backup policies). His solution was to basically delete the entire database and start from square one. I'm in the process of recreating all of my backup jobs. Did I mention that I hate Backup Exec.?

Friday, March 9, 2007

Sad....but funny

OK, divorce sucks. I'm impressed with this guys determination though.