As many folks following me on Twitter have noted, I've been building quite a nice vSphere "datacenter" lately. Part of this build was integrating UPS monitoring and automatic shutdown, and I'm pleased with the result. I'm using a Raspberry Pi connected to two UPSes via USB as a NUT server and have installed a native ESX version of upsmon to monitor and react as UPS events … [Read more...] about Automated UPS Monitoring for vSphere with NUT and Raspberry Pi (Cheap!)
I have solved one of life's little mysteries: The explanation and use case for the "Shavers Only" electrical outlets found at many hotels. I've long puzzled over the meaning and origin of the "shavers only" electrical outlets found at many hotels. They're ubiquitous in Europe and Australia, and appear to offer 110 volt AC with an American-style two-prong socket. They're … [Read more...] about What is a “Shavers Only” Electrical Outlet?
Most of my readers know that I love getting my hands on the latest high-tech products. But, last week, I spent a few hours inside one of the latest and greatest products on earth: United's latest Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" composite jet! Here's my "butt-in-seat" review! The Early Days of the Dreamliner United Airlines is the American launch customer for the latest jet out of … [Read more...] about United Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Butt-In-Seat Economy Plus Review!
Yesterday I talked about Light Peak, the new optical interconnect being developed by Apple, Intel, and others. Today I'm continuing that theme, suggesting a possible productization that would really take Light Peak to the next level: Integrating it with USB 3.0. Light Peak Background As discussed yesterday, Light Peak is a cable, not a protocol. It's a mechanism to carry … [Read more...] about Light Peak + USB 3.0 = Awesome!