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But sweet ! What light through the filing cabinet over there is shattering? • The register

By on July 16, 2021 0

Episode 12 “Everything is so expensive!” said the boss.

“Yeah, well, that’s how it goes – nothing gets cheaper.”

“But we are always told that computers are getting cheaper and cheaper.”

“Yes, they get relatively cheaper, but if you want to keep up with current technology you need new underlying hardware, not budget hardware that requires 100% CPU for the minesweeper. “

“But last year we spent more money than ever!”

“Yes, because we had people working from home and they needed equipment to work.”

“But we spent a lot of money on SERVERS!”

“Obviously, we needed more equipment to support working from home. “

“But did you always say we use the cloud? “

“For some things yes, but not for others. We still need on-premise IT. We will always need something on-site.”

“But it was so much money – and this year we spent even more !!!”

“Yes, but we had to install offsite access last year, but this year we need to replace all onsite access equipment that we didn’t replace last year as well as onsite equipment. that we had to replace. year.”

“I mean, I don’t even know what a… uh… mining rig is,” the Boss blabbed.

I take a mental note to give our supplier a lesson on the dangers of high voltage not to label this equipment with something more acceptable to management while still fabricating a response to the boss’s request.

“Well, as you know, the MINING industry has always been at the forefront of computing due to the processing requirements required for seismic surveys, positioning of multidimensional networks, and cross-polar Mandelbrot-Fourier interpolation, so it is pretty much a given that we should also be using computing of a similar quality. “

“It says 128 bit. Isn’t Windows 64 bit?” asks the boss.

“Yes, yes, but the mining industry realized early on that they would need more zeros to count the amount of money they were making, so they developed an even bigger bit system – and since OUR company has forecast a post-covid growing season I thought it was prudent to go for hardware that would keep pace with that growth. “

“Oh. Yeah, I see. I guess. But did we need that much?”

“We’re hardly going to replace ONE of our servers, are we?” No, we would replace ALL really important servers with our new technology. “

“And we have 12 major servers ??”

“Actually, we wanted 14, but unfortunately our supplier didn’t have as many on hand.”

“Okay, but what about all those graphics cards you ordered!” he gasps.

“You were the one who wanted color pie charts with more detail,” I say, making yet another mental note to wander through the building’s office display settings.

“It was so much money,” he repeats.

“Sure, but that’s what we have to pay for if we’re going to be up to date.”

“Can I see these servers?” »Asks the boss.

“Uh, sure. We can go into the server room and watch them now if you want. “

In my peripheral vision, I can see the PFY reaching out for the Workplace Injury Report form, but I shake my head slightly and lead the Boss into the server room.

“There,” I said, opening the door and motioning to the room.

“OR?” the boss asks about the whine of process coolers.


I gesture vaguely around the room, pointing to a piece of equipment that the boss is completely unfamiliar with, having no real IT history. As long as I don’t point to anything that could have run Lotus-1-2-3 at some point, I’m pretty sure it will be new to him.

“Oh,” the boss blurted out with disappointment.


“I DON’T KNOW, I JUST THOUGHT THEY LOOKED NEWER,” he said looking through a rack door grille at a ProLiant 6500 that has been out of service for over 10 years and is not in the rack. that because we go through screwed the mounting bolts and can not take it out.

“AND …” he continues, looking around in a slightly confused manner.



“Bigger?” I say as we exit the room. “How could he have been bigger?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” he said, admitting defeat – which is a much better answer than, “So you didn’t build a false wall to hide a few racks of bitcoin mining servers; drill a hole through the ceiling to steal electricity from the Beancounter service so that it does not show up on our meter; then vent the excess heat into the ceiling space of the main office? “

“It could be worse, I guess,” admits the boss. “I was talking to the accounting manager this morning and apparently their power consumption has almost doubled since their return.”

I take a mental note to drill a hole in the ceiling of the Beancounter to distribute the current to another floor.

And they say IT is getting more and more expensive …