• Bring on the Lobster

    I’ve now officially started as a Senior Consultant for LobsterPot Solutions.

    David holding a knife and fork

    Let’s start cutting that code!

  • Hyper-V Server

    I’ve come up with the following list of components that should make a decent server using Hyper-V to experiment with various versions of SQL Server, Windows Server and also run Windows Home Server:

    CPUIntel i7-860
    CPU FanNoctua NH-U9B-SE2
    RAM2 x 4G Kit DDR3 2000 Kingston HyperX
    PSUAntec TP 550
    Video512MB 4350 Gigabyte
    Drive (System)A-RAM SSD PRO series 32GB 2.5" MLC SSD
    Drive (Data)2 x WD 1.5TB
    UPSSocomec NeTYS PE 600Va UPS

    Most parts I’m planning to get from MSY with the exception of the SDD and UPS which I’ll get from MATS Systems. I’ve seen comments that while MSY sell a cheaper SSD, the Indilinx-based drives (such the A-RAM) perform much better. The video card is the cheapest I can find, as it will be hardly ever used (there isn’t any on-board video on the motherboard). The i7-860 has 4 cores and 8 threads. It uses the 1156pin packaging and seems to be reasonable value if you don’t want to step up to the 1366pin 950/970 chips (which then require more expensive motherboards and RAM). I’m thinking that a UPS might be a helpful addition to ensure this machine gets treated well as far as the power supply goes. The motherboard has plenty of USB and SATA connections so should offer room for future storage expansion. I may end up throwing in some of my existing older/slower drives into this machine so that the Home Server can make use of them too. I’d appreciate any suggestions/comments too.

    Update: 7-Feb 9pm

  • Another Lobster in the Pot

    David eating Lobster in Prince Edward Island

    The year was 1994, and I was travelling with good friend Sally over to the US to attend the wedding of a mutual friend Cathy.

    It was my first trip overseas, but Sally was an experienced traveller and suggested we do a bit of sightseeing in Canada, including visiting Prince Edward Island. As well as being a beautiful, picturesque island it also happens to be the setting for the Anne of Green Gables books.

    On one of our excursions around the island we happened to stop at Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers. As you can see, they supply a practical (if not very fashionable) bib. To be honest, I probably got more out of the 60 foot salad bar than the lobster, not being a huge seafood fan, but it was an experience nonetheless.

    “That’s nice Dave, but where’s this trip down memory lane leading?”, you say?

    As Dean Hutton would respond, “I’m glad you asked!”

    LobsterPot Solutions LogoWell I’ve been offered the position of “Senior Consultant” with LobsterPot Solutions!

    I’ll be working with Rob Farley and the rest of the LobsterPot team, providing consulting and training services around SQL Server and Business Intelligence. I also hope to bring my .NET application development experience to the mix.

    I’m quite excited about this next step in my career. In some respects it seems like it will combine many of the best parts of some of my previous positions – the training and professional development support that I got working at UniSA, and the intellectual stimulation and enthusiasm of working with some seriously smart guys at Viterra/ABB Grain.

    I start on Monday 15th February, so that gives me two weeks break – to do a few jobs around the house, take the kids to school, go for the odd bike ride, and do some more research on that Hyper-V server I’m planning to build.