June 16th, 2005

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I love spending other peoples money

So, I finally got the stupid SATA card to work in the server last night. It turns out that the power connectors that I was using were not really hooked up to the power supply. So I pulled the power out of the DVD burner, split it, and took one to the new hard drive and the other back to the CD burner.

Today I have been looking one line at what it’s going to take to upgrade the storage on one of our older servers. All I'm going to say is, GOT MONEY? lol.

Here are the specs I looking at upgrading the server to:
* SATA RAID 0+1, using (4) 250 GB SATA Hard Disks.
* SATA Controller Card, connected to (1) 160 GB SATA Hard Disk.

Right now, the computer that I am looking at upgrading is our Dell Poweredge 2300 Server, with SCSI Backplane. My problem is that SCSI drives are massive amounts of money, and trying to save the backplane and use it would just add more money then ripping it out. A 150GB SCSI drive costs around 600 dollars, where I can get a 250GB SATA Drive for around 175 dollars. So my plan is to rip out the backplane, add in a SIIG SATA 4-Channel RAID Controller. I'm going to mirror the server’s config, and have (4) 250 GB Drives in a RAID 0 + 1. So, that will leave about 500 GB of storage space. Then, I'm going add a straight SATA controller with no raid, and attach a 160 GB hard disk to that. The 160 GB drive is used to backup the DB's 6 times a day (every 2 hours from 7am-7pm). Now our dive count is up 5 drives. The way the dell was built, it supports 6 drives, so in my first plan I wanted to have a spare drive. The spare drive would be used to allow the computer to start rebuilding the drive array right away. But when I got to looking at 6 channel RAID cards, the cost was just too high. So that idea is off the table.

Anyway, as to why I say "GOT MONEY?" is that right now, the cheapest this can be done is for 1,032.94. I think I will be able to sell Dennis on it, as it will take our downtime from around 48 hours, to just under or around 2 hours. So, yes, right now it will add a lot of up-front cost, but in the end, it will pay for its self, cus it will mean I will use less overtime, our employees will be able to get more down if there is server issues.

So, I am thinking that Friday or Monday I will float my idea by Dennis, and get all the AUTHS I need to start getting all the parts ordered, so they will be here ready for me when I get back from Mexico.

Until next time,
Kevin
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Ok People, I try to not use my journal as a place to take a stand on an issue one way or another but, there are some things that I will and do make acceptations for, and this is going to be one of them.

Southwest Airlines has started a campaign to get the Wright Amendment, a 26-year-old federal law, overturned.

This is from the Albuquerque Journal, and basically describes what the Wright Amendment is:
At issue is the Wright Amendment, which bars Southwest from offering tickets for sale, or providing transport between, Dallas Love Field and any point beyond Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Mississippi and Alabama.
For example, a Southwest customer wishing to fly from Dallas to Phoenix has to buy one ticket from Dallas to Albuquerque or El Paso and another ticket from either of those cities to Phoenix.
The amendment, passed in 1979, prohibits Southwest from selling or advertising a Dallas-to-Phoenix flight even as a one-stop flight.


Southwest’s campaign is called "Set Love Free" (http://www.setlovefree.com/) .

To me, this is a great idea, as I never truly got the whole Wright Amendment idea, which basically trys to force airlines to fly in and out of the mega-airport DFW. The only reason why American Airlines wants to keep the Wright Amendment is because they feel that allowing Southwest to fly unrestricted from Love Field would pose a major risk to them. Also anyone who has even flown with Southwest knows what a great airline they are. Southwest is what has give me, a semi-poor college student the ability to fly places and see Family and friends that I otherwise would not be able to see.

Take for example, I am thinking about going up to Wichita, KS where I have family. My problem is that Southwest does not fly into Wichita. The Wichita airport has only about 2 airlines (American and Continental). The cheapest flight I have been able to find from Albuquerque to Wichita is an American Airlines flight that connects at DFW and costs around 400 after all taxes and everything are added in.

Ok, for fun, I set up a little experiment to see how much money I would save if I flew Southwest vs. American. All trips are departing Albuquerque July 13, 2005 and returning to Albuquerque on July 19, 2005. All fairs are after taxes and fees & in US dollars.

Albuquerque (ABQ) to Baltimore (BWI)
American Airlines (One Stop): 326.00
Southwest (One Stop): 227.50
Savings: 105.00
Albuquerque (ABQ) to Las Vegas(LAS)
American Airlines (One Stop): 498.30
Southwest (Non-Stop): 209.90
Savings: 288.40
Albuquerque (ABQ) to Los Angeles (LAX)
American Airlines (One Stop): 525.30
Southwest (Non-Stop): 206.90
Savings: 318.40
Albuquerque (ABQ) to New Orleans (MSY)
American Airlines (One Stop): 363.80
Southwest (One Stop): 238.30
Savings: 125.50
Albuquerque (ABQ) to St. Louis (STL)
American Airlines (One Stop): 286.80
Southwest (One Stop): 224.30
Savings: 62.50
Albuquerque (ABQ) to Dallas Fort Worth (DWF) / Love Field (DAL)*
American Airlines (Non Stop): 199.90
Southwest (Non Stop): 186.40
Savings: 13.50
(* Southwest does not fly into DFW, but fly’s to the same city via Love Field.)


So, I guess there is no shock there, but it's really funny to look at some of the numbers that American trys and does get people to pay. So, I say:

SET LOVE FREE





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