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Last of this seasons honey jarrred! This is creamed or set honey!

October 26th, 2014

I’ve been away from the bees, they’ve now all  been fed, and now wrapped up for the winter. We will see what happens this winter. A few chores left to do, before the frosts, mouse guards to go on hives, external insulation on some of the hives, and finally this year treatment, nearer Christmas Day, a trickle of oxalic acid, to knock down the remainder of varroa mites.

The final honey from this Spring harvest has now been creamed and jarred, to create a creamed or soft set honey.

New jars and corkscrew bit for creaming honey

New jars and corkscrew bit for creaming honey

Jarring the Honey

Jarring the Honey

Jarring the honey, each jar is at least 340 grams

Jarring the honey, each jar is at least 340 grams

final jars waiting to set (yes, that's a hive outside the window!)

final jars waiting to set (yes, that's a hive outside the window!)

All complete and jarred!

All complete and jarred!

So, if you are in the “honey club”, there could be a jar, in the mail to you shortly!

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New Eaton 12kVA UPS Arrives for the Datacenter!

October 13th, 2014

Eaton UPS Delivery

Eaton UPS Delivery

Comments, received, what have you ordered now!!!

It’s been in the plan and design for many months, and today the new Eaton 12kVA UPS arrived for the Datacenter, 10 days early, and un-announced!

This will replace ALL our ageing APC UPS, which have battery failures, and difficult to manage when you have eight independent UPS!

This new Eaton 12kVA UPS, can be configured as 12kVA or 2 x 6kVA in parallel, it will be configured in our datacenter as 2 x 6kVA in parallel.

It weighs in at approx 288kg, and is approx 15u or 90 inches high, it’s 2 UPS, with 2 external battery packs, and a Eaton PowerEasy Module. [I'll upload so more pictures when it's racked and hared wired!]

This will provide power, when we have brownouts, for approx 45 minutes for all the VMware vSphere Hosts, Storage Area Networks (NetApp and Equallogic), and Storage Area Network switches, it also has a feature called “Load Shedding” where we can specify Critical Virtual Machines, e.g. Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controllers and Microsoft Sharepoint Servers, and in the event of a power outage, will shutdown all non-essential virtual machines and hosts, to extend runtime, during the power outage.

“[19:01:12] Melly from Experts Exchange commented : you seem super stoked!!”

Andy sits on the Eaton UPS!

Andy sits on the Eaton UPS!

super stoked!! - is that Surf Dude speak for too much Red Bull!

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nVidia GPU Testing Time - Titan Z versus GTX 980 versus Tesla K40c - £15,000 in GPUs!

October 9th, 2014

I’m in a very fortunate position to have a number of top spec nVidia GPU (graphic cards) for testing at my disposal. 2 x nVidia Tesla K40c, 3 x nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Z, and 3 x nVidia GeForce GTX 980.

nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Two nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Two nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Two nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Z in test bench

Two nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Z in test bench

GeForce® GTX™ TITAN Z is a gaming monster, the fastest card nVidia ever built to power the most extreme PC gaming rigs on the planet. Stacked with 5760 cores and 12 GB of memory, this dual GPU gives you the power to drive even the most insane multi-monitor displays and 4K hyper PC machines. A dual-GPU Kepler GK110 GPU. Retail price is approx £2,000.

nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Z and GeForce GTX 980

nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Z and GeForce GTX 980

nVidia GeForce GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 is the world’s most advanced GPU. Powered by next-generation NVIDIA® Maxwell™ architecture, it delivers incredible performance, unmatched power efficiency, and cutting-edge features. Stacked with 2048 Cores and 4GB of memory. Retail price is approx £500.

nVidia Tesla K40

Dual nVidia Tesla K40c in SLI

Dual nVidia Tesla K40c in SLI

Tesla K40 GPU Accelerators, you can run big scientific models on its 12GB of GPU accelerator memory, capable of processing 2x larger datasets and ideal for big data analytics. It also outperforms CPUs by up to 10x with its GPU Boost feature, converting power headroom into user-controlled performance boost.  It has a Kepler GK110B at it’s heart, and 2880 cores, and 12GB o memory. Retail price is approx £4,000.

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Welcome to Cabinet World! - Andy stalks more cabs!

September 21st, 2014

On my travels, I’ve been stalking more BT Openreach “Cabs”, that have been upgraded or added to facilitate “Superfast Broadband” in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Pocklington area.

This FTTC cabinet is taller than me, at 6ft!

This is the largest FTTC cab I've found!

Another large FTTC cabinet, outside Co-op

Another large FTTC cabinet, outside Co-op, in fact this cabinet obstructs your view, when pulling out of the Co-op car park!

Different older style PPC cab

Different older style PPC cab

Recently, these stickers have been stuck on the cabs!

Recently, these stickers have been stuck on the cabs! Note the ventilation slits to cool the switch gear inside!

Now the next photo is very interesting….(well I think so…), this is Cabinet 1, and it’s NOT been upgraded as yet, I thought all the cabinets in Pocklington, had been upgraded except Cabinet 10. Cabinet 1 is located on the main high street in Pocklington (Main Street!), which supports ALL the shops, so they’ll not be on Superfast Broadband yet!

Cabinet 1 on Main Street, Pocklington

Cabinet 1 on Main Street, Pocklington

and this is Cabinet 10

Cabinet 10 on "The Mile"

Cabinet 10 on "The Mile"

Cabinet 10 on "The Mile", plenty of space for a new FTTC cab!

Cabinet 10 on "The Mile", plenty of space for a new FTTC cab!

and the importance of Cabinet 10, is it’s My Cab! Well not my personal cab, but where my fixed telephone line terminates!

So there is plenty of space near Cab 10 for a new FTTC cab, and I understand that Cab 1 and Cab 10 are still being evaluated, for upgrade, so there is maybe still hope!

It’s possible, that as quite of lot of work may be required for Cab1 (it’s on a busy high street), and my new Cab needs to planned, because it’s near residents garden….

Lets keep fingers crossed!

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Superfast broadband is coming maybe - Andy stalks Cabinets!

September 15th, 2014

In the lasts couple of weeks, driving on the way to work, I’ve noticed these new “green daleks” appearing on the street..

older BT "PCP" distribution cabinets

older BT "PCP" distribution cabinets

near the older BT “PCP” distribution cabinets

New FTTC Cabinet

New FTTC Cabinet

recent BT manhole cover

recent BT manhole cover

these are in fact the new style FTCC cabinets (fibre to the cabinet/premises), they have ventilation holes, because the new cabinets, just do not contain patch panels, but also electronic network switching gear, so they’ll run warm!

These are for Superfast Broadband, or BT Infinity. These cabinets are just off the A1079, at Bolton Lane, there are also many in Pocklington, that have been recently installed….

I’ve been stalking my cabinet, which has a cable run of 3.7km from my house, to the nearest junction box, and as yet no new  FTCC cabinets has appeared, most of the others in Pocklington have now been completed!

I now fear, I could be in the 10% of Rural people, that are excluded from the Governments project to equip 90% of the country with Superfast Broadband!

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3D Printing A Mobius Bangle using an Ultimaker 2

September 4th, 2014

I’ve managed to get access to the 3D Printer…. what fun can I have, and what can I print…

The Ultimaker 2 3D Printer

The Ultimaker 2 3D Printer

3D Printing

3D Printing

3D Printing

3D Printing

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Andysworld! Secret Apiary

August 31st, 2014

hey, another Bee related post, board with Bees yet! A very busy weekend, with the bees….and I’m very tired!

"wild" comb made from pure beeswax

"wild" comb made from pure beeswax

A week has past since, I’ve moved all the hives to their new secret apiary location, from my two apiaries, they have been now united down from ten to six colonies (hives). All the honey has now been removed and extracted, and the wet supers have been give back to the bees, to help them top their winter stores. (the super/shallow is the smaller box on the bottom of the brood box on top!).

Andysworld! Secret Apiary

Andysworld! Secret Apiary

The third hive from the right, was a small cast swarm from the University of Hull, which I transferred from a nucleus (6 frame box) to a national hive yesterday (11 frames), and I’ve started to feed for winter.

Today, I treated with MAQS, to minimize the Varroa destructor mite, and ensure the colony is at it’s strongest going into the winter, as part of my integrated pest management (IPM). The Varroa destructor mite, arrived in the UK in 1992, so since then we’ve had to treat against Varroa destructor mite.

So, I’ve got a week off, before I go back to the bees, and start feeding, so time to clean up, inventory the equipment, and start putting back in the “bee shed”.

(although need to check on small colony this week, to check they are taking feed down!)

if you look carefully, you may notice, honey leaking all over the floor, so I had to stop filming….to mop up!

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Special Designed Silver Modulo! - Delay on Accessories ? Will these ever appear ? Kickstarter Failure ? @idapt @kickstarter

August 28th, 2014

This is the specially designed Silver Modulo!

Limited Edition Silver Modulo

Limited Edition Silver Modulo

Limited Edition Silver Modulo

Limited Edition Silver Modulo

Unfortunately, it looks like the Wireless Charger, Crank Module, Dual Cable and Solar Charging module will be delayed….due to sourcing issues.

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Last of the Honey Supers for extraction

August 25th, 2014

These are the last of the honey supers (shallows or honey boxes), for me to extract that have come off the hives at the allotment. I’ve removed the last two supers, and I have one finally to remove from a hive.

Here are some pictures of capped honey comb, full of honey, before de-capping and extracting.

Each frame holds approx 2kg of honey. Approx 3-5 jars per frame.

honey-super1

Super of capped honey 10 frames on castellations per super

honey-super2

2 full supers ready to un-cap and extract

honey-super3

frame of capped honey, ready for de-capping and extraction, the two dark uncapped cells contain pollen!

honey-super4

close-up of super and capped honey frame

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Bees On The Move

August 22nd, 2014

The winter approaches fast, I’m now taking the honey off the hives, uniting the colonies to make them stronger over the winter, treating them for varroa (mite!), and moving them to their new home…

Hive on the move, on my hive barrow (I built!)

Hive on the move, on my hive barrow (I built!), on the far right of the picture you can just make out, a nucleus box (half a hive), left to catch any stragglers left!

This is the first hive on it’s travels, this hive has given me 75kg of honey this year.

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