I recently got a new server, a Dell PowerEdge 2950.  Well actually, it isn’t mine.  It belongs to a client so I didn’t have to pay for it, but I get to play with it!!!
This baby really cranks.  Of course, I don’t often get to play with fast machines like this.  Maybe to you this is no big deal but I am impressed.
Configuration:



  • Processors:  2 @ Xeon 2.0 GHz – Each one is Dual Core

  • Memory: 4 GB Ram

  • Hard Drives: 3 300 GB Drives, SAS.

  • Dual Power Supplies

  • OS: Windows 2003 Server – 64 Bit.

  • A bunch of other stuff!

Gary, our resident network/hardware expert, has got this thing tweaked out too.  It’s all set up with RAID and a slew of partitions for stuff like data, page files, temp files, etc.  This should make it perform great. 


I am not used to the speed of this thing.  When we were formatting partitions you could get a sense of the speed.  A 128 GB partition formatted in about 10 seconds!  Note that this was NOT on the “Quick Format” setting.


 


If you are ever struggling for a great gift idea, here is one: Netflix. My sister and brother-in-law got us a gift subscribtion to Netflix and we love it. They offer several plans. The one we got includes only 2 movies per month (unlike some of their unlimited plans) which is perfect for us. It is really easy to manage our account and pick movies with the Netflix website. We still go to the video store and do “on-demand” as well so we have been watching a lot of movies lately. Here are my thoughts on a few:


Flags of Our Fathers – This is a “must see”. I say this because I think we owe it to the men that fought on Iwo Jima. It has a lot of the same impact of seeing “Saving Private Ryan”. I wouldn’t say it was as good though. But Flags tells an interesting story too, about what the image of those men raising our flag above Iwo Jima meant to this country. Lots of blood and gore so be prepared.


The Departed - This movie has a ton of stars in it including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen. It won the oscar for Best Director. Everyone I heard from loved this movie. I was told to prepare for a lot of violence and a non stop onslaught of bad language. I guess I am desensitized because I didn’t think the language was that over the top. The acting was incredible, as expected. But I thought the plot had some obvious holes in it. Stop here if you haven’t seen it yet as I am about to give away the ending…So no one guessed that the “rat” in the mob was the same guy who attended the police training academy? And no one guessed that the bad cop was the same guy who grew up along side the head mobster? Weak. But again, great acting and still totally a great one to see.

Since today is the last full day of winter, it seems appropriate to blog about the ice storm we suffered through on Friday.  What a mess.  I had no idea how bad the weather was until I left my office.  Luckily, I was warned by my wife to leave early.  As soon as I got outside it was apparent that this was gonna be a bad ride home.  My usual 45-55 minute commute turned into almost 2 hours to get home.  I don’t think I had ever seen so many cars on the side of the road.  Anyway, I made it home without any problems.  The snow/sleet/ice/rain continued to come down for a while.  Unfortunately, the wind was blowing in just the right direction because we had a snow drift in front of the door to the house.  It wasn’t that deep but it was frozen solid!  Same problem with the back door!  Uh oh, we are stuck in the house.  So I had to climb out the front window.


ClimbOutTheWindow


The snow wasn’t that deep but clearing the driveway was a huge pain because it was solid ice!

Welcome to Schwammy Says…


Well, here it is, my Blog!  I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while and I finally got around to getting it up and running.  Mostly, the problem was procrastination on my part.  Setting up the actual blog was pretty easy thanks to dasBlog


If A Tree Falls In The Woods And There Is No One There, Does It Make A Sound?


So what is the purpose of this blog you ask?  Good question.  I guess it is just a place for me to rant about what ever I want to.  I’ll be blogging about whatever seems interesting to me at the time.  Initially, that sounded like fun until I realized the problem…who am I speaking to?  Wait.  I mean “To whom am I speaking?”  If I am gonna do this blog, I should try to be grammatically correct.  Well I don’t know who is listening out there but hopefully in time there will be a crowd.