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Happy Halloween 2014!

Friday, 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!

Sunday, 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!

Monday, 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!

Thursday, 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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