Behold the power of my new work computer!

So since I’m working off site, I need to take a little piece of the office with me. Rather than load up 4 physical server machines, my boss decided it was best to buy me one big one, which will run 4 virtual servers on it.

So we got me one of these. A PowerEdge 1900.
The picture doesn’t give you a good idea of the size — the depth of the machine is the length of my leg. Its huge, and it sounds like a jet engine taking off when you first start it up. Its got a Quad Core Xeon, with room for another Quad Core if I need one later, a 500GB 10,000 RPM Hard Drive, and a whopping 16GB of RAM.

Six-teen.

It weighs 100 pounds, and can run 8 computers inside it, via Microsoft’s HyperV technology, without breaking a sweat.

Paired with my workstation (which is small by comparison: only a dual core CPU with 4GB of RAM) which will be running 2 virtual workstations inside of it, I’ll have enough horsepower to do… whatever I want. At any given time in my home office, I’ll have the resources of 8 computers at my finger tips.

If only just one of them was a Mac…

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And another thing…

Here’s something else we’re going to miss about the States: Christian radio.
We just don’t have it in Canada. There’s a few stations with like a 10-15 mile broadcast range, but nothing like what we’ve got here. I was listening to Air 1 this morning, singing along on my way to work, and I realised how great it is to have encouraging music on.

But I have to stop ribbing my home land long enough to be proud of this story. Apparently a high school student from Ottawa (that’s in Canada, btw) may have found the cure for the Flu. A high school student.

Yes, we have many backward ways — especially when it comes to technology and commerce. But we have a generally intelligent and industrious population, and a stable economy.

Also our banks are open later.

And we don’t have Hillary Clinton to worry about.

We’ll miss lots of things about the States, but Canada’s a pretty good place to call home these days. 12 more days until I get to live there…