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Some thoughts ahead of Interop in 9 days. 
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Having purchased a pair of SFP+ SR optical modules last night on ebay (and picked them up today), I finally unboxed and powered up the SG500XG-8F8T 10Gigabit switch from Cisco Small Business.

The non-Cisco SFP+ modules from Avago seem to work with my LC loopback cable; I'm still waiting for the second (hopefully functional) set of 10G cards to come in later this week. The switch is fairly easy to manage, supports DHCP or a default 192.168.1/24 management address, has ssh and telnet management, and is no louder than either of the Dells you'll see it sitting on below. It does generate more heat though. 

I will be setting it up with some Brocade 10GBase-X cards in the VMware lab this weekend. More news and an actual blog post in the next week or two. 

#CiscoChampion   #CiscoSmallBusiness   #homelab   #rsts11  
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Well, that's a bummer. Had my three NC550SFP cards come in while I was in Los Angeles. Got home Tuesday night, looked at them a few times since then, and finally got them plugged in to a system. 

One was flashable but kept timing out on POST; after flashing to current firmware, it purple-screened vSphere 5.5. The other two were unrecognized to lspci or the HP/Emulex flash util. On closer inspection, there are broken components on two of them that probably caused them to be retired in the first place. 

Entered an eBay case for refund. Cards delivered 8 days ago, so I'm within the 14 days. Would've been a great deal at $50/card if they'd worked, but now I have to keep searching. 
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Yeah, it's an Eizo Nanao L365. +Chris Sessions I think I had it in SV2 for a while. Bought it off eval in 2001 or 2002 at 3PAR, it was the best LCD on the market at the time, and other than needing a reset now and then (auto-source gets stuck every year or two) it's doing very well for being older than our low-altitude earthling. :) 

I troubleshot the card very basically... load it into my SH67H3, boot the HP/Emulex firmware tool, if it works, try it in VMware. Then I looked at the cards physically and found the damage, and filed a return request with the seller. 
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I'll be emceeing this meeting at Cisco's Webex building on Freedom Circle this coming Thursday. Come join us if you'd like to hear about UCS 2.2 from the source!
 
7 Days from Cisco Meetup: Latest Release of Cisco Unified Computing System Manager 2.2 -- Thursday, Feb 27, 3:30PM PT, Santa Clara, CA

Sign Up at http://cs.co/ucsmlig. Join Cisco UCSM and other Data Center experts. We will raffle out one Beats by Dr. Dre Earphones. You will have a chance to win Cisco Polo T-shirts.
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If you don't find it worthwhile to support hardware projects, that's fine, but it's not innately bad. It's a calculated risk like anything on Kickstarter. I've backed 11 physical deliverable projects (going back to the LunaTik, which set an early record  for Kickstarter funding) and, while one of them ran over by a year or so, they all came through and were pretty good. I'm still waiting on two more, both bitten by Lunar New Year a little bit. 

Could I have waited for the Powerqube or the Lunatik or the ChargeCard? Yeah. Would I have bought them at retail later? Maybe, maybe not. But I think about what I'm considering investing in, the history and track record of the team behind it, and somehow come out on top by choosing projects responsibly. 
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It won't be that bad. 
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100% New HDR Tutorial now available!  I'll also pick someone during the live event to join me for an all-expenses paid trip to New Zealand. EVERYTHING is included —Roundtrip airfare, Luxury accommodations, Transportation, Food, and you can spend (if you want hehe) a full 5 days shooting with me out in the field.  I can't wait!

See more at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/complete-hdr-tutorial/

FREE HDR Tutorial (40 minutes) - For the special event of Trey's "Complete HDR Tutorial" 
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My question gets answered at about 39:08, woohoo! Thanks all! 
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I train and feed the hamsters that keep the servers running. I also make coffee, and make it shoot out people's noses.
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Timelord, writer, photographer, system administrator, caffeinator/caffeinatee, tapwater conch. I collect old and useless/useful technology, do networking and storage when I have to, and wear a fez. Fezzes are cool.
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Born in Tennessee somewhere near a burial ground, where I used to give tours. Grew up within 3 hours of Lake Michigan. Took a degree in broadcasting and turned it into a system administration career. Make coffee for friendly coworkers.
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I've done standup comedy at Rooster T Feathers 6 times, placed in the top 14 of my round in the new talent contest twice, and peed next to a future Nobel laureate in the men's room once.
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