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Data Center Mix http://datacentermix.com A Mix of Data Center news Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:08:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.18 http://datacentermix.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cropped-10569075_1664037343854434_8987800075175775141_n-32x32.jpg Data Center Mix http://datacentermix.com 32 32 An Easy way to find your passenger score on Uber http://datacentermix.com/2016/02/09/an-easy-way-to-find-youre-passenger-score-on-uber/ http://datacentermix.com/2016/02/09/an-easy-way-to-find-youre-passenger-score-on-uber/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:53:36 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1220 I found out recently that Ubers can refuse to pick you up based on your passenger Uber score. So I just had to find out what it was! However Uber doesn’t make it the easiest to find your score. Here is how you do it!

  1. Open your Uber app, tap the three lines in the top left hand corner

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2. Then Go to Help

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3. Then go to Account

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4. Then go to “I’d like to know my rating”

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5. Then hit submit

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You’re done! It should appear immediately!

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9 Interesting Things I learned About Uber… http://datacentermix.com/2016/02/09/9-interesting-things-i-learned-about-uber/ http://datacentermix.com/2016/02/09/9-interesting-things-i-learned-about-uber/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:39:30 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1216 uber

So Uber has been one of my favorite things for the past couple of months and though I think i’m one of the last people to really embrace Uber I have learned some pretty interesting things in conversation with the drivers.

  1. If an Uber driver gets under a 4.5 star rating they get put on probation. I feel this is a little harsh but they want the best from there drivers so I understand the seriousness of it.
  2. When an Uber driver calls you or text’s you to let you know where they are it will always show up as the same number. Uber will route your number so the driver never knows the passengers phone number and vs. versa
  3. Uber drivers have 24 hours to rate the passenger and a passenger has 36 hours to rate the driver. I haven’t really tested out the uber driver time rating but I would be curious to see what happens if you don’t rate your driver at 36 hours. If you want to know you’re passenger score just follow these easy steps! 
  4. Most Uber drivers have other jobs and are using this as side income. In my 15 trips I have taken so far all but one made uber there full time job.
  5. You can take an Uber FROM the airport even if that state doesn’t allow you to. All you have to do is use an “uber XL” or “uber select” or higher. Apparently if an Uber picks you up from the airport they have to have commercial insurance and go through the airport screening.
  6. To be an Uber driver you only have to do 1 drive every 30 days
  7. An Uber car has to be 10 years or newer
  8. Certain cars classify as “select” that I didn’t anticipate like an a Hyundai Genesis
  9. You can get a Uber that is a truck! This one surprised me a little, but in his defense it was a double cab and it was quite comfortable!

Hope you enjoyed my list! Let me know if I should add anything!

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Star Wars in the data center?!?! Caption contest! http://datacentermix.com/2016/01/12/star-wars-in-the-data-center-caption-contest/ http://datacentermix.com/2016/01/12/star-wars-in-the-data-center-caption-contest/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:54:32 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1212 Here is the newest data center caption contest that is hosted on www.datacenterknowledge.com every month! If you want to enter the caption contest simply click on the image and it will direct you to the contest! Then simply enter a caption! If you win then you get a signed print by me!!

light saber

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4 Ways Being An Artist Has Helped Sell Data Center Products…. http://datacentermix.com/2015/12/11/4-ways-being-an-artist-has-helped-me-sell-data-center-products/ http://datacentermix.com/2015/12/11/4-ways-being-an-artist-has-helped-me-sell-data-center-products/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:05:41 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1195  

I’m always asked how an artist ended up in the data center world…and like most of us we just sort of stumbled into this industry. But I’ve been really fortunate enough to be able to use my artistic side to help me sell products and data center services.

1) Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Sometimes explaining distribution is a little hard to someone that just wants to buy direct from the manufacture or buy from several distribution companies…so in order to help understand the value of going to one supply chain I decided to draw it out for them:

global suppy chain distribution before

global supply chain distribution


2) Creativity

When you are an artist it’s very natural to think “outside of the box” and when you are up against some strong competition you need to be able to come up with creativity ways to not only get you’re foot in the door with customers but also help save them money!

3) Data Center Cartoonist

I decided about 7 years to come up with my data center comic strip called “Kip and Gary” originally the idea was to put out a monthly newsletter to my educate my customers on the latest and greatest product, but that became incredibly time consuming writing it all out. So I created a Blog which now has evolved intowww.datacentermix.com and decided to just start posting comics and data center information as I learn it! I then published a book of all my comics and create a yearly calendar too! It has really helped my reputation in the industry and became a great conversation piece to build relationships. Not to mention it’s pretty entertaining!

4) Youtube

I started a YouTube channel a while back to review gadgets and technology that grew into animating my comics! People are getting to know me a little more by watching my video blogs and its really helped my help gain exposure in the industry.


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A Data Center Book for Children? http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/30/a-data-center-book-for-children/ http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/30/a-data-center-book-for-children/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:52:13 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1183 home server for children

Just when you think you have seen it all, A data center book for children! I always like to see what new data center books are out there to see what my book (What happens in the data center…) is up against. And I just so happened to come across this gem! “Mommy, Why is there a server in the house?” by Tom ‘Connor, isn’t technically about “data centers” but it’s about having your own home server, and that’s kind of like having a mini data center. You can judge for yourself, but it does a good job covering the basics:

What is a server? “…a funny looking box that makes friends with computers”

Cloud? “…files don’t get lost even when bad things happen to your computer…” (an image of a puppy looking like he peed on the computer)

How do you know if a server is working? “….lights on your sever go blinkety blink…”

I don’t want to ruin the whole book for you especially since I literally laughed out loud reading it. But the best part is that it turns out it’s promoting Windows home server, which i’m not sure is even available anymore but the concept is still amazing non the less. And to top it off the author isn’t even real! Good Job Windows for the entertaining marketing!

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8 Questions You Should Ask Before Moving A Data Center… http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/25/8-questions-you-should-ask-before-moving-a-data-center/ http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/25/8-questions-you-should-ask-before-moving-a-data-center/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:19:38 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1176 A colleague of mine, Blaine Berger, just authored an awesome book, “What Everybody Ought To Know Before Moving a Data Center”.  There was a great deal of relevant information that I’d like to share with you. Here are 8 questions that stood out for me. Of course this is a brief summary, so for more details I recommend you consider purchasing the book

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1) Why are you moving your data center?

You may be out of space or out of power, either way you need to put together the reasons you need to move so you have a clear understanding of what you are trying to accomplish by moving.

2) When would you need to move?

Timeline and lead times can play a huge factor in not only your location but in product lead times as well.

3) Do you have a plan AND a rehearsal plan?

Plan Plan Plan! What components are you moving? When they are moving? How are they moving? The more detailed the plan the more successful you will be! Also going over your plan in a “rehearsal” helps answers questions BEFORE the actual move day. For example, who is in charge of unplugging “X”…etc.

4) Have you done a Risk Assessment?

There can be quite a bit of risk when moving your data center and sometimes the gear and servers are so old that moving them could cause a disaster. It’s important to see what risks my lay ahead.

5) Who are the decision makers?

Understanding who needs to be involved and has to be involved at a early stage can help prevent delays in your move.

6) What about  cloud?

Moving to the cloud can be an option as well? Or moving your cloud data center to another cloud provider….Blaine goes into detail about the options on page 125

Blaine Berger

7) Can you afford any downtime?

This can add a lot of additional cost if you need to transfer data BEFORE you move your actual hardware.

8) Have you chosen a location?

Location selection can be a very daunting task. Are you going to build your own? Are you going into to colo? Outside of the actual territory, you need to think about if you can hire qualified people in that area? Going to the Boon-docks is a great solution to get cheaper energy costs, but can you find someone there to manager your data center?



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7 Tips to Avoid Big Data Center Disasters http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/19/7-tips-to-avoid-big-data-center-disasters/ http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/19/7-tips-to-avoid-big-data-center-disasters/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:44:30 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1152 I’ve been in the data center world now for almost 10 years and I’ve collected some great tips from my customers to prevent data center disasters. So here they are!

1. Color coding your data center. Something as simple as using colored power cords can be prevent a big problem. This way it’s a simple way to see what feed you are working on. Green is A feed, Black is B feed. You can even take it one step further and get colored PDUs. This image shown have Chatsworth PDUs installed, you can customize them to any color you want!

Green PDUs

2. Proper labeling and using correct labels. I’m sure a lot of people have used the office brand label maker that is used for labeling folders to label your data center, but to save a couple bucks what are you risking? Not only can temperatures get extremely hot but there are alot of people doing moves adds and changes, so investing in some commercial labels is important. If any of those labels come off or become unrecognizable it could mean a big disaster. Some popular brands I have seen in the data center are Brady or Panduit Labels. If you go through all the time to label why not use ones that you know will last? Labeling your patch cords is also very important, and if you don’t have the time to do that you can usually buy your patchcords with labels on them. Now you aren’t unplugging cords by mistake!

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3. Making sure you EPO switch is properly guarded….I think that’s self explanatory there!

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4.Never Allow liquids in the data center!

Water and electronics have never really gone well together. On this same note, it’s super important to hire the proper cleaners, they use the correct solutions for this environment. There are a lot of companies that clean data centers but one of my favorites is Spec-Clean, they clean a couple of my customer’s data centers and they do a great job!

liquid winner blog

5. Spend the time to design and hire a qualified IT contractor.

I’m sure you have walked in a spaghetti looking like data center or maybe you manage one. Usually that happened because either A) Things were going so fast that no one took to the time to really take measurements or design  or B) You hired your brothers friend off craigslist to cable your data center. Having a data center like this can not only cause cords from coming loose, it’s super hard to troubleshoot, and it can cause airway issues for cooling your devices.


6. Make sure you are using the right size fiber jumpers and patch cords. I once went on a tour at a stadium data center and they were using 12M fiber jumpers when it really should have been 2M and they were draped all over the floor, you couldn’t help but step on them if you had to work on the rack. I can’t imagine how many broken fiber jumpers they had….

7. Senors and more sensors!

Monitoring your data center down to the port can be very beneficial when you are trying to figure out if you are about to over load your your rack power strip, or if you have lost connection somewhere an alarm will sound before it becomes a problem. It can also be very important if you are one of the people that ended up inheriting a data center near a bathroom and your company won’t invest the capital to move it….leak detection sensors could be your life saver!


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9 Things I Learned After Owning The Apple Watch For A Month… http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/18/9-things-i-learned-after-owning-the-apple-watch-for-a-month/ http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/18/9-things-i-learned-after-owning-the-apple-watch-for-a-month/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 23:40:20 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1138 So i’ve owned the Apple Watch for about a month now and I love it! This isn’t a review about what apps to buy or technical details like the battery life. This is an article about, “What is it good for?” “How will it improve your life?” I didn’t really expect much from the device. I was originally looking for a light weight stylish watch that I could tell time. I happened to be at the Apple store fixing my broken iphone screen when I stumbled onto the watches. After talking with one of the workers for a while I determined that this was actually the watch I was looking for! Not only does it tell time but it does so much more, Not to mention I can accessorize it!

1)It was incredibly easy to figure out

It’s very similar to to the iPhone in the sense the round dial on the side acts like the home button. If you double click it you end up at your home screen. The biggest challenge I had was to remember to charge it at first. However…it soon became part of my routine, when I plug in my phone I plug in my watch.

2) You feel liberated!

I was so used to checking my phone ALL the time! I have two young kiddos at home and when I would go out to eat with my husband I would always have my phone on the table worried that I would miss an emergency call. Now I can put my phone away because I know I will see an emergency call on my wrist if one should happen! I stopped worrying about missing calls or text messages because I knew my watch would vibrate when one came in. The desire to sneak a peek at my phone has literally gone away!

3) Never miss an important call

The average range on the phone is about 30ft and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left my phone at my desk and wondered around the office and an important phone call came in and either my phone was on silent or just out of hearing range for the ringer. I was able to answer with my wrist, tell them to hold on for a second while I grabbed my phone. Brilliant! Or…in a very real situation I went to a concert with a bunch of my friends and we got seperated, needless to say I was the only one that could “hear” my watch through my wrist.

4) The talk to text is surprisingly accurate

I was able to respond to full texts just buy speaking them. Just be careful if the radio is on it will pick up lyrics as well.

5) The assisted navigation is really beneficial.

The Watch will vibrate when you are about 500ft away from your turn. So no more glancing down at your phone in your center counsel to see when to turn next.

6) The design possibilities are amazing

Switching out the bands is a breeze (when you get the hang of it) I posted all my watch configerations i’ve done so far on a previous post What Apple Watch to Get However the current selection of faces isn’t that wonderful, but you can always set an image as the background for a cool look!


7)The “find your phone” feature I’ve used a handful times.

When I’m heading out the door and I can’t remember if I grab my phone, or if I just can’t find the thing because it’s buried under a pile of paper I just swipe to the screen and “ping” it. Even if your phone is on silent it will “ding” your phone.


8) Setting the timer/alarm is super easy

All you have to do is ask Siri, “set alarm for 45 minutes” and she does it for you! Now you don’t have to worry about over cooking the chicken!

9) You realize how much you “don’t move”

Or in my case I get working on my computer and end up in the “the zone” and Apple created this interesting feature when just before your leg goes numb the watch alerts you to “stand”. You can set this feature off, but i’m pretty sure it’s prevented numerous leg cramps!





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Siri, where do you live? http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/17/siri-where-do-you-live/ http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/17/siri-where-do-you-live/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:13:07 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1127 siri

So if you ask Siri, “Where do you live?” she responds with “Right here”…but that’s not where she really lives…When Siri was first announced I was so excited! My own little personal assistant. But then I got to asking her questions I realized she was eating up alot of my data. Don’t get me wrong, I love her and I think she is fantastic. But I wanted to find out why she used so much data.

I’m sure most people know that are reading this blog that Siri actually lives in the data center. But what a lot people don’t know is that even little tasks like “asking to call someone in your contacts” she actually has to go back to the data center to figure it out. Seems like a long way for such a simple task and a great way to eat up your data.

So I decided to conduct my own test! If you go into Settings–>Cellular—>Cellular Data Usage, if you scroll all the way down past the apps you will see “System Services” from there you can see how much Siri is using. You can also “Reset Statistics ” and it will take you back to 0 so you can see how much you used.  Then you ask Siri a question and see how much it goes up!

Some tasks:

“local Apple Store” 102KB

“Call” (someone) 50KB

“How many miles does it take to get from Arizona to California” 80KB

I’m pretty sure Apple is going to have to find a way to make Siri more efficient but in the meantime you may need to up your data plan!


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5 Ways A Wall Calendar Can Make You Happier… http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/13/5-ways-a-wall-calendar-can-make-you-happier/ http://datacentermix.com/2015/11/13/5-ways-a-wall-calendar-can-make-you-happier/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 23:33:35 +0000 http://datacentermix.com/?p=1106 2016calendar

In the age of technology and gadgets it’s hard to think that a good ole’ paper wall calendar and in particular this awesome Kip and Gary Data Center Comic Calendar can make you happier…(and me happier if you buy one!) But it can…and here is how:

1) Smiling….it’s a proven fact that people that smile more are happier and I guarantee you if you are in the data center space these comics are sure to make you smile and not just once, but MONTHLY! Because every month when you flip to a new page will be greeted with a new comic!

2) Better time management! Because this calendar will be in plan sight you are less likely to miss meetings that you write on the calendar, which in turn would make you less stressed which would make you happier.

3) Great conversation starter! Because this is the ONLY data center calendar out there it’s sure to be a great conversation piece…so you can avoid awkward silence by simply saying, “have you seen this this?!? It’s comics about the data center?” Who knows where this amazing conversation to lead too?

4) Great Wall decor! My cubical used to pretty bare…but not anymore. With this colorful calendar it’s like having a new piece of art displayed every month!

5) It’s a great gift! People love gifts especially unique ones and this is sure to stand out from the crowd! And every time they look at it they will think about how you gave them the gift of happiness!

I’m sure after you read this you are thinking that i’m just trying to sell a calendar…and you would be right. BUT….I want to make you happier too! :) So if you’re interested in buying one I have them on my website, you can click HERE! Or if you are a frequent Amazon shopper It’s also on Amazon too (Prime)! Thanks for taking the time to read this small infomercial, hoped you enjoyed my attempt to make it less “salesy”


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