Thursday, December 31, 2009

Leave your next job interview in a blaze of glory! Become the interviewer!

It's nearly the new year! It's nearly a new decade! Are you going to be looking for a new job? You might need some tips for how to interview the interviewer.

I just read this great article over at concerning how to "Walk Out of Your Job Interview in a Blaze of Glory". In it are some great questions that you could ask the interviewer when you get the nearly inevitable question "Is there anything you'd like to as me?"

Here are some samples from the article that stood out to me:

  • Why is this position vacant?
  • How will I know that I have met your goals?
  • How will my performance be evaluated, and how often?
  • Will I be hearing from you or should I contact you?

And for the really daring among you:

  • Do you see any gaps in my qualifications that I need to fill?
  • Now that you’ve had a chance to meet and interview me, what reservations would you have in putting me in this position? (Ask it! I dare you!!)

Have a look at the article and decide for yourself if you dare be made memorable as the one who made the hiring manager stutter. If nothing else, they'll remember you. But will it be for the right reasons? I personally think it would be. What do you think? What was the craziest thing you've asked an interviewer? Did it work like you wanted it to?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What Exchange 2007 Service Pack am I running?

This blog post has been permanently moved to my new blog at You can find this specific post here: What Exchange 2007 Service Pack am I running?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

List of Portable Cooling Units

While perusing through the IT magazine "Processor", I discovered a listing of portable air conditioning units. I don't seem to find myself working in the midst of the most refined IT infrastructures, so I figured this list would come in handy the next time I find myself tasked with managing a broom closet-turned-server-room. For those situations in which you find your self a little "cold-air-challenged", have a look at the following list (as usual, any suggestions will be appreciated and I will continue to update this list when I find more options):

Exactly what the domain sounds like. They even have a subsection entirely dedicated to "Server Coolers". 

Exactly what the domain does not sound like. Topaz builds portable air conditioners. Period. Air cooled, or water cooled, they've probably got what you need. They are a part of TempAir Inc. which is ironically located in Minnesota, USA. Not exactly a place that you would think needs much cooling.

Yet another domain that doesn't exactly scream "We sell portable cooling units!!" Quite possibly the most thorough product offering of the portable A/C (and heating and dehumidifying!) manufacturers, they have units that are air-cooled, water-cooled, mobile (like, hauled-behind-a-pickup-truck kind of mobile), evaporative coolers, split systems, minis and ceiling mount units.

Make sure to check out the ones that evaporate their condensation so that you 1) don't have to change out the condensation tray as often if ever, and 2) don't dry out your server room too much. 

No discussion of environmental management is complete without mentioning APC. Specifically, APC's NetworkAIR Portable units.

They provide much, much more than simply air conditioning units, however units of note include:

ClimateCab NEMA 12 Standing and Wallmount Cabinets 

  • Small wall mount cabinets with 800 BTU A/C units attached to them up to 42U cabinets with a 6,000 or 8,500 BTU A/C unit attached to the side.

Yet another portable cooling systems manufacturer. You can easily search for products based on criterion like cooling capacity or voltage requirements. They also make ceiling mounted units. The company includes a section on their server room offerings, so you know that they understand that their products might be used to cool down servers (which is reassuring to me, for some reason). Note that the domain is "" without a "g". Someone should tell their marketing department to buy the alternate "MovingCool" domains to prevent mistyped domain confusion.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Geek Desks!

Simplistic design... adjustable height... it has wheels! I want one! Apparently the selling point is that you can stay at your computer but periodically switch form sitting to standing to keep your body limber and prevent the strain associated with sitting in front of your computer for hours on end.

I type this after having been at my computers for hours on end.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

El Grande list of Open Source Help Desk Software

Here I was, mulling over the idea of starting a large list of open source help desk software, when I stumble on this thread at ServerFault that included a link to a site dedicated to listing open source help desk software!

The site is aptly named 

Three cheers for people who make things so I don't have to! =)