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Don’t forget vExpert Application Deadline 12th December 2014!

December 11th, 2014

Merry Chrimbo VMware!

I’m busy st present, migrating virtual machines on VMware vSphere 4.1 from an old Fibre Channel 2GBps SAN, to VMware vSphere 5.5 vSAN.

and I’m wearing…

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it makes the migration faster you know!

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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, No cards this year, Money donated to WaterAid!

December 1st, 2014

I’ve been struggling with a dilemma for many years, on the distribution and needless spend on Christmas Cards at Christmas time each year, this also fueled by the increase costs in posting a Christmas card in the UK,  currently -  (1st Class letter stamp is 62p, and a 2nd Class letter stamp is 53p), I’ll not be adding to Royal Mail’s Profits this year!

After visiting many countries including Africa, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and India, where people in the world don’t have access to safe water. I’ve now made my decision.

This year, I will NOT be sending out Christmas Cards, and the money normally spent on cards and postage is being donated to Water Aid.

Please do not be offended if you do not receive a Christmas Card, but be joyous in the thanks, that the money has gone to provide safe drinking water to those in need, this Christmas!

Here is a virtual one instead….

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and let me takes this opportunity to Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from Andy, Lindsey, Esther, Angus and Tilly!

thanks

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My Birthday Sunday Lunch

November 24th, 2014

A break from Yo Sushi this year….

We returned to Wolds Village, Manor Farm, Bainton, a regular haunt, but we’ve not been there for many years…

I had…

Creamy garlic mushroom pancake for Starters

Vegetable & nut roast with red wine sauce for Main

Toffee Pavlova

and two pints of Wolds Top Ale!

This is the desert I had on my birthday at Wolds Village. Highly Recommended by Andysworld!

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and it was bloody smashing food!

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Google wishes me Happy Birthday!

November 23rd, 2014

googlehappybirthday1Even Google know’s it’s My Birthday today!

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Andy’s Legacy Sun Microsystems Mouse Mat!

November 6th, 2014

I still use a mouse mat, I know it’s a bit old fashioned!

But it seems to have attracted some attention recently as being RARE!?

rare ?

rare ?

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Expert Spotlight: Andy Hancock

November 5th, 2014

Experts Exchange featured an Expert Spotlight on me, you can read it here Expert Spotlight: Andy Hancock

Expert Spotlight - Andy Hancock

Expert Spotlight - Andy Hancock

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Happy Halloween 2014!

October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014! Don’t forget to put those pumpkins out to keep the evil spirits at bay!

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This years pumpkins…

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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

nVidia Tesla K40c

nVidia Tesla K40c

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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