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A year ago, The Company decreed 'Think Fridays'. We are supposed to NOT have meetings on Fridays, so that we can think about new and innovative ideas.

Today is Friday. I have just finished my third one-hour meeting in a row. All three meetings focus on power management and 'greening' the serer labs. Most of the people in these meetings have been the same people, with a few managers shuttling in for 'their' meetings. The last half-hour has been three people in the Silicon Valley Lab arguing about power management for their several thousand servers, and whose power figures we're going to believe because no one project's numbers match any other project's numbers.

My brain has shut down. I no longer wish to live. In spite of my trainer's admonitions about healthy eating, I am going to McDonalds for lunch, in the hope that I will surpass some critical number for cholesterol, and expire face-down in a bag of French fries.

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brthnbabies
Aug. 1st, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
NO! You can not haz cheezburgr!
"Just keep swimming...just keep swimming"
sleepyjohn00
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: NO! You can not haz cheezburgr!
chikn stripz no has cheez. Had friz anywai.
deckardcanine
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
The serer labs? Labs that are more dried up? Sounds less like Silicon Valley and more like Death Valley. No wonder you want to die.
sleepyjohn00
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Sounds less like Silicon Valley and more like Death Valley The computers that they toss out as obsolete come to us, because they're still better than anything we've got.
oceansedge
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
one day my friend we'll hoist a brewski together and commiserate on the idiocy of corporations....
sleepyjohn00
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
"Who's the bigger fool, the fool or the fool that works for him?"
alaskawolf
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
don't forget to biggie size your order ;)
sleepyjohn00
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Every time I do leg lifts, I can feel the revenge of ten thousand french fries.
goodwitch779
Aug. 2nd, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
But I still love you, Pookie! And no matter how moronic the moron brigade is, you still come home to me.
sleepyjohn00
Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
and thank goodness for that.
Some days, that's the only thing that makes it worthwhile to maintain pulse and respiration. {hug wife}
carlfoxmarten
Aug. 9th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
As my Dad has a subscription to Computing Canada (what used to be a fairly good tech magazine (before it was acquired and combined with another tech magazine), I get to hear about some interesting things in that sector, including some news about server technology.

According to one of the articles (or it might have been a review, I'm not sure), the hottest, most power-consuming part of a rack-mount server was all the power supplies that converted AC to all the DC voltages used.

So, somebody designed DC power buses that run up the side of the rack and plug into cards inside each server that supply the proper voltages to wherever they're needed, centralizing the power supplies somewhere else so that there's less heat in each individual server.

Oh, right, you probably weren't interested in more material for your meetings, were you? ;)

You might have been able to get away with not attending the meetings due to it being a Think Friday.
(but I doubt that the managers who scheduled the meetings care much about that sort of thing...)

Oh, and power management records probably won't match between projects as each project probably uses their servers differently, so wouldn't an average of all the records help anything?
sleepyjohn00
Aug. 10th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
The idea is neat, assuming you can get the master power module to have fittings that would match all the different servers (and install them), but there's one small hitch:

The companies that make them expect you to pay for them. And the primary goal of the Green program is "Do whatever you can to conserve energy as long as you can do it without spending money!" So I couldn't get them anyway.

Suggesting we save the environment by NOT flying all the salesforce to Orlando for a week is not what they're looking for, either. It's *important* to get all the salespeople together in $150/night rooms at least once a year.
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