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Higgs Boson

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One of my “friends” who reads my ramblings commented on my mention of the Higgs.

Truth be told, just about everything interests me to some degree.  Particle physics fascinates me as with science, there is one truth.  When you deal with people, ideas, philosophies and heaven forbid, politics; the truth seems to belong to whom can talk the longest or loudest or speak the most eloquently!

With Science and especially math, there is one truth.  So it is no small wonder that back in the day when the “god particle” was conceived, that interested me.

Standard-Model

Currently we have the standard model which puts the higgs as the “glue” that holds everything together.  The folks at the LHC spent years proving that it existed only to find that its “weight” was neither light, nor heavy but right in the middle.

Why do I suddenly feel like Goldilocks?

If it had been 115 GeV that would point towards symmetry where as a heavy Higgs would suggest Multiverse.  Multiverse really points towards chaos where symmetry would mean that physics here is the same everywhere.  Because the Higgs is 126GeV that leads some to believe that it is not very stable.  It neither proves symmetry or the multiverse theory so now those that do this for a living, get to create new models.

Multiverse

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I lean towards the Multiverse theory personally, because we do have the second law of thermodynamics.  Entropy is what it is, and I see no reason that it would not apply to particle physics as well.

Than again, all of this is above my pay grade..  🙂

On a personal note we here in Texas spent a lot of money to start this project before “politicians” got involved.  We spend our resources foolishly and we hold back humanity by giving them fish(instead of teaching them to fish).  I realize that there is a large percentage of people who are far from caring about such things and only worry about things like making the rent, to getting their next fix.  On top of wasting our resources on making an industry out of incarcerating people; we try to be the world’s police.  We send resources all over the world and for what?  Are we buying friendship or loyalty?  These same people that we are sending our resources to cuss us, and yet we continue.  I would make a lousy politician as my actions would be far more pragmatic, than political.

Truth be told, if those that cuss all Americans could know us, without looking through the lens of propaganda, they would find that we have more in common than not.

I mention this because the folks that make CERN what it is, are people from all over the world.  There are folks that come from countries that are at war with each other; they see the bigger picture.  CERN should be a model for the rest of the world.  That model and project could have, and should have been here in Texas.  A project like that in Americas back yard might have inspired many to do something with their education in the engineering field.  One would think with NASA in our backyard would inspire American’s but this administration has cut funding.  We are getting rockets from the Russians “which don’t seem to work too well.”  We are hitching a ride to the space station via the Russians!  The ESA put a Lander on a comet, not the USA or NASA!

We just celebrated the anniversary of Sputnik. October 4th 57 years ago the Russians successfully put a low earth orbit satellite in orbit.  While this was a huge technological breakthrough for the time, this was a political move to try and find where the US would draw the line.  Truth be told we too were trying to find out where the line would be drawn so brinkmanship once again was the play.

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When adults get back into the White House, it is my sincere prayer that they prioritize things and put education high on the list. I would like to see our foreign policy restored with our friends and allies but, that is another blog for another day.

I am sure this is more than my friend hoped for regarding my thoughts on the Higgs Boson.

-Best

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Single Point of Failure

One of my recent clients was desiging their data center and during the process of doing so, the CEO had read one of my blogs and called me in to look things over.

It is sometimes awkward for me to go into someone else’s shop and poke around as the relationship between their staff and I, sometimes is seems tenuous, if not adversarial.  Not on my part mind you; I am there to help.  “I fix things,” that is what I do.  I do ask a lot of “why questions.” which I think starts the ball rolling.

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The resident staff however is the expert that their boss trusts, so they “the CEO” go along blissfully ignorant of their exposures because he or she “the CEO” is not an IT person.  The resident IT people usually don’t encourage an outside person to come in “such as myself,” because of two reasons.  I think first and foremost, it is an ego thing.  They are the best at what they do and if you don’t believe them, just ask them.  Secondly, they don’t want their boss to find out just how bad things are. Or possibly their staff has no clue just how tenuous the situation really is.

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If you see any of this this in your data center or wiring closets , you need some help.

When I was working as a Manager, or Director of same, I always welcomed this kind of assistance and frequently brought it in as often times we get mired in the woods; and cannot see the forest for the trees.  I know that this is oversimplified but as a manager, I always tried to hire people as smart, if not smarter than myself.  As a manager, one gets tied up in the day to day business of the company, as well as the technology; and often times do not see what is in front of them, or, can even loos their objectivity.

If you decide to bring in someone like myself, your staff needs a heads up.  They need to be told to make themselves available.  They need to know that this person is there because you requested it, are paying for it, and expect them to work with this person as needed. This understanding up front, saves you money.

When planning a move to a new building; one can go in and design and install everything correctly the first time, much more cost effectively than going back in and re-do things later.

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Notice the nice manner in how the cables are dressed and notice the Velcro cable ties on not “zip ties.”

Why not Zip Ties you asked?

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Poor cable management and “zip ties” lead to this.  This could cost you your entire company.  

This is the charred remains of someone’s data center.

Having said that, during a data center design one of the things that is often overlooked are single points of failures (SPOF).  When designing a data center, one builds redundancy into their infrastructure as to avoid a downtime, or a total shut down.  Few people truly understand soft dollars; and how the loss of productivity effects the bottom line.

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Most everyone knows of raid, redundant switches, vmware, the cloud,  and this is about where it stops.

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What about an alternate path to get data in and out of your building?  What about an alternate path or source for power?

One of my clients, (a law firm) lost power due to construction in the street below.  The UPS only held their servers up for 30 minutes or so and they had no UPS’s on workstations.  Guess what, the courts do not care if you can or can’t get to your files, your problem, not theirs! If you cannot feasibly get power to your data center from an alternate location, you have a generator or a warm site.

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In their case the power took several days to get back online.  The elevators of course were not working so they had to physically remove and re-install their servers in another location trucking them down the emergency stairwell.

Failure to plan is planning to fail!

The same is true of your data lines.  Generally one installs two trunks diametrically opposite of the other on either corners or sides of the building.  If that is not feasible you look at RF links.  Yes they are slower than fiber but slower is better than nothing.

Your individual needs will dictate your level of redundancy needed.

During the design of your data center, each and every risk must be defined and be part of the risk assessment.  During a move, a site selection team must evaluate all sorts of factors regarding your data center before the lease is signed, or the building is purchased or even built, if you are going to go that way.

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Data Centers large or small all should have the basic fundamentals covered.  It is your company after all.

One of my clients had me travel around with their folks to look over prospective sites.  They were a little edgy with their people that they had doing this so hiring me to go do this with them hedged their bet.  When I arrived at the first location they were ready to sign the lease.  They were not happy when I discovered that the ceiling was loaded with asbestos.  The extra cost to get someone that was certified to run cable in such an environment was over the top, not to mention that it was in an earthquake prone part of California.  There is a reason that the lease was “cheap.”  On another site the cable plant had been added to as the previous tenant grew.  They has spliced wires in the ceiling, which you just don’t do.  Some of these had been spliced to cat 3 wires.  I can well imagine what the data throughput looked like and the error rate that those persons suffered.

We start with the basics: power, voice/data, air handling.  We look at the hardware required for all of this. We calculate the power requirements and the amount of air-conditioning needed.  What about a redundant air conditioner?  How about fire suppression?  I like to install dust filtration systems, as this investment will extend the life of your equipment.  How about remote monitoring of your data center. What about security both physical and well as data?

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We look at risk factors, where is it geographically?  What historic data can we find on that area regarding disasters?  I also look at permit cost, union involvement cost etc. I work with the architect and GC to make certain that all of the I’s are dotted and T’s crossed.

In 35 years of doing this I have never had a “good surprise” and my goal is to keep the customer from having a bad one.

One thing that I recommend is a sensor that “sniffs for smoke.”  This sensor triggers an emergency shut down of the UPS if smoke is detected.  Why on earth would I want to do this?

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“Where there is smoke there is fire.”

Maybe, maybe not however; this equipment runs 24X7 and 2/3 of that time is unattended.  Generally, poor cable management which I see in more data centers than not, is the cause for smoke and fire.  This sensor shutting the power off to the data center stops the fire in its tracks as it generally will start smoking before actually catching fire.  This sensor hooks up to the big red button and serves as the emergency shut down if smoke is detected.  It can also be wired to the building security systems and  trigger a call to the fire department as well as sound alarms so people can get out of the building.

A lot of data centers use the cheapest fire suppression techniques out there “again designed by a neophyte.”  So, a cable rubs raw, starts smoking, catches on fire and the suppression system is activated. Water… Water and electronics do not mix.  You now have your entire data center ruined because your “people” were lazy and failed to properly dress the cables and you did not have a modern fire suppression system.  The smoke sniffer is the next best thing.  Stops the fire before the water starts.

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The devil is in the details, and brother there are tons of details.  As part of a DR; we cover as many as we can find. Once we think we have it, we hire an outside technical staff to re-create your data center in an offsite location, with your run-book, documentation and backups.  We give them everything that we “think” they should need and then we sit back and take notes.  You’re CIO and I watch, and take notes.  We get them the answers that they need, note them, and then move on until it either works or fails.  If it fails, we do a root cause analysis, take corrective action and try it again.

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Yes, this is a shameless plug for Sungard. 

DR plans generally do not work the first time.  There are way too many details to catch them all but, as they do their thing and they hit a stopping point, we find the answer, make notes and then let them proceed until they get everything working as we expect it to be.  Then we have a Skeleton crew come in and try to work. We make notes of everything that they run into, fix what we can through the rent a geeks, and press on.

Part of the process is to determine what an acceptable down time is and that can even be broken down into individual systems.  “Payroll before sales?”

After that, we go back and alter the run book, provide more software or whatever was needed and then we get another team of rent geeks and do it again.  Same process until we get it to such a point that the rent a geek can draw on their own knowledge to fill in any holes.

An inventory of the skill set necessary for the geeks is yet another bit on information to document.

Having a disaster recovery plan, like a data backup strategy; is only as good as your last successful test.  Once you have a successful test, it is incumbent upon your people to devise a scheme to keep it updated. I do this through a process called change management.

Is this your disaster recovery plan?

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We use rent a geeks as we must assume that your staff has all been part of the disaster.  If we can make it work with technical people that you can hire from your VAR then, if there is a disaster and your staff was not involved in the disaster, your chances of a successful recovery are very high.

If you look at my other blogs regarding information technology, there is plenty of good advice out there.  If you are in need of a DR plan or someone to assist your technical team get through a migration, a move or what have you; I have over 35 years of experience, and a valid passport. I speak English with a smattering of Geek.. 🙂

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Yes, if these were real people and not actors, I could converse with them easily, I actually know what a Higgs-Bosson is

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Artist idea of what it would look like.

If you are moving and need a data center designed in the new location that is probably one of the least expensive things that I do; assuming that your documentation is up to snuff.  The size of your company and time frame will determine the scope of work (SOW,) and if I will need more than myself to accomplish the task. I work with some fine people here in the DFW area, and they too can travel.  If you have a relation with a VAR already, I can work with them.  I must admit that I will evaluate them on your behalf, as I do not believe in wasting your money or my time.

My character closely matches this guy although, I am easier going and my vernacular is well suited for all people, most of the time.

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There is plenty of good advice here on my site, so feel free to peruse and glean what you may.  I do reserve all rights to the information contained herein, so please do not copy or disseminate without permission.  Thanks!

-Best

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They’re on TV, they know the right answer!

Not so fast… Liberal hacks have been spewing out verbiage (verbal garbage) for years, and people suck it up as the Gospel.

Why?  You see them on the “silver screen” and they appear “all knowing!”

They are actors, which is what they do, they act!  Do you think that the “actors in Big Bang really have a clue about particle physics?  I am dubious that they could spell Higgs-Boson much less know one if it bit them in the ass! Please understand I have no ill feelings towards this group of actors.  I have watched them through most of their careers and enjoy their talents. If I met them however; would I like them?  Who knows?

Their entire claim to fame is that they can read a script, remember it long enough to regurgitate their lines and emote.  I am certain that looks and who you know has a lot to do with it.

When liberal elites run things, it is almost never good for the “little people.”  I would expand that to say the “elites” period.

Let’s take the tax code for example.  Each and every election cycle we have people talk about changing it, making it simple.  Makes for great talking points and for a great control of the narrative but in reality, it will never be simplified. It is thousands of pages of text which benefit the people with the gold, written by the people with the gold for the people with the gold! It is a way to legally extract money from you and give it to them or at least distribute it in ways that buys votes from the disenfranchised, aka those who refuse to work no matter what!  There is a part of the population that vote, as their sole job, they vote for a living; and you pay them to do it.

Hey Hollywood, if your so damned bright how come California is bankrupt?  How come every liberal idea of socialism and communism has never worked in history, ever!  The only people that this ideology benefit is the 1% who look down from their ivory tower and say stupid shit like “let them eat cake” thinking cake is cheaper than bread!

If Guns are so damned evil, how come you guys have them?  You want gun laws for the peasants, but not for you.  The people know, and surely you must know; that laws are for the people who are not criminals!  Passing gun legislation will only hurt law abiding citizens.

If you don’t like guns, don’t buy them!  If I were president; I would push legislation that would have every “able” person in the country that was willing and able to take the proper course and get from the government free guns and ammo.  Once every year or two they come in and re-fresh their proficiency and renew the certification.  Don’t you know that crime would go down to nothing!  We who make an industry out of locking people up would change that quickly.  Would more people die in burglaries and other stupid criminal acts, Yes!  Would the courts be busy at first, probably, why? Because people, (dumb people,) would test the system.  There are stupid people out there that would have to see if grandpa or grandma would really shoot them.  “Tap it three times grandma!”

The truth is that the typical response time for a 911 call is twenty minutes.  Let me say that again, TWENTY MINUTES!  Do you have any idea how fast a criminal can kill you and your entire family and be gone?  Long before the first police car ever arrives on the scene.

By the time you hear the door kicked in, pick up the phone “instead of a gun,” that bad guy is already in your home looking for you, and or a family member.  Now you can grab your shotgun and fire a warning shot like Mr. Biden suggested, or you can call 911 and try to stay alive while the cop finishes eating dinner, or writing up that guy that was going 5 miles over the speed limit, or investigating a domestic disturbance or; you can pick up your gun, that you know how to use and save the taxpayers some money, and your life!.  The simple truth is that the cops will get there in time to write up the incident (most of the time.) What will they be writing up?  If you have a gun that Matthew Mcconaughey and other liberal silver screen people (who have guns and body guards) think that you don’t need, or should not have, they hopefully will be writing up that there is either an injured or dead person that was attempting a break in, which needs to be dealt with.

When the people that you love from the silver screen come out and advocate for this or that or for some candidate remember that you have no idea who that person is, or what they are about.  I loved Ed Asner.  Did I really?  Lou Grant, Mary Tyler Moore and even the bumbling news anchor Ted Baxter.  Those are the people I loved, to watch. 

Ed’s philosophy and activist rolls he has taken are diametrically opposite of mine in every way.  This man believes that we took down the Twin Towers.  When he talks in public do you see him as the lovable, intelligent all knowing news editor, Lou Grant?

Mr. Obama seems like a real nice person.  I am certain that I could be friends with him but, as president I could not agree with his politics.  With him, I learned and embraced the word “Feckless.”  That is a terrible thing to have to admit and relate to a sitting president.  I thought that Jimmy Carter would go down in history as the worst president ever, I think he got spared that title.  I think President Obama’s  ideology is flawed beyond repair.  I do believe that he believes that what he is doing is good.  This is the classic Ivory tower syndrome.  Cake is not bread Mr. President.  People need a hand up, not a hand out, Mr. President.  With your approval rating so low, how about stop governing by the damned polls and just do the right thing.  Stop leading from the rear!  If you are lost; call me.  I don’t have a red phone but I am certain that your guys can find my number.  I am not a yes man and will tell you like it is! I am older than you; and I probably know more history than you do.  I have run a company and I know how balance a budget,  I do like it when you don’t have the teleprompter, when you talk and it is from you, and not half a dozen script writers.

Did I say script?

Yes, Script, only Mr. Obama does not memorize it, he simply reads it.  His wife has aspirations of being on the silver screen too, as she has been in at least one show that I saw; Parks and Recs. She is pretty and has the right connections, so who knows.

I am unsure what drives people to want to be on the silver screen in the first place; I suspect narcissism but, psychology is not my main interest.  This country is!

I dislike the process of politics.  What kind of life is it where one begs for money and votes the entire time that they are in the public eyeNo damned wonder nothing gets done in Washington, they are too busy setting things up for their next election!

Things need to change so these guys can actually get some work done.

I have some ideas that would fix it and guess what, they are from history and some are simply common sense which, we as a nation seem to be short of these days!

 Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It’s a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing!  Scene 5 of Macbeth, if memory serves…

-Best