Server Side

October 25, 2007

Today I went with our tech guy to install a few new servers at one of the hosting spaces in East London. It’s not as high tech as our key server locations, so no retina scans or fingerprint pads – but it was still quite cool. It’s the first time I’ve been in a server room, which is pretty much like a warehouse with video cameras everywhere, and lines and lines of racks that carry servers of various companies. A lot were behind lock and key, but I could easily have caused a lot of damage, and been arrested, by pulling out a few wires. I helped install the racks and mount the physical servers – not doing the actual installation stuff. The thing that struck me the most was the heat and noise in the room. Not unbearable, but certainly much louder than you would gather after seeing server rooms on the TV.

On Saturday I have to entertain a kid of 15, so it will be an evening of Wii, and probably also a film. As it’s pretty much the Halloween weekend I thought the film should be horror-ish – but what on earth do you show a 15 year old? I assume he would have seen stuff like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Hellraiser, and have been told he doesn’t like torture porn. Guess I’ll have to dig through the DVDs and come up with something scary but non-gory and with no torture. Hey ho.


4 Responses to “Server Side”

  1. Wavatar Karl on October 25th, 2007 9:30 pm

    American Werewolf In London?

    Old enough that he may not have seen it but still cool, and scary without getting you into trouble for giving nightmares!

    Server room sounds cool. Was it a central server room for lots of companies?

  2. Wavatar murphyz on October 25th, 2007 10:31 pm

    American Werewolf is a fantastic idea…haven’t seen it for ages myself and did buy the 20th (25th?) anniversary edition a few years ago. I’ll certainly take that as one of my options.

    The server room had lots of different servers for different companies, not sure how central it would be though. I guess it would be for some companies who require simple hostage of website/email and stuff, but not so much for companies that require much more integrity and higher security (finance places, and folks like us I guess).


  3. Wavatar Tah on October 26th, 2007 4:57 am

    How about this movie: http://tinyurl.com/2smdrd

    If you can find a copy of it, that is. 😉

  4. Wavatar murphyz on October 28th, 2007 10:55 am

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I ended up sticking with DVDs already in my collection. Out of the ones that I took to choose from, we ended up watching An American Werewolf in London, and The Crow.


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