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Another day at the office

Well it’s November and I’m in Sydney again setting up at the Opera House.

My theory with the weather here is that it’s halfway between the great sunshine in Queensland and the unpredictable Melbourne. It’s staying true to that, with yet another trip of low 20’s and drizzle. (And it’s 30’s in Melbourne??)

Day 1 at the house was limited somewhat by only some of the roadcases being present due to a breakdown of the Melbourne / Sydney freight train.

I filled in my afternoon with a trip down the light rail line to Lilyfield and back to Star City. I hadn’t been into the casino (or any casino) for years so I thought I’d have a look. A sad state really; the people & the casino.
After putting $7 in a slot machine I decided I’d had enough excitement.

Time to eat dinner, then back to the hotel.

Sydney

For the past two days I’ve been working in Sydney.

I shipped the old HP R3000xr UPS from Melbourne and bought 30 new batteries to suit. After reassembling the battery packs and making a quick hack saw assisted modification to some rack rails, it was mounted and running.
(Tip of the day, buy the $30 hack saw, not the $19 hack saw. Grr.)

I now have a fantastic 2 hours of runtime for the lone server, network switch, telephones and alarm system.
A little bit overkill, but good considering there may be bigger plans for Sydney in the future.

Whilst in Sydney I managed to squeeze in two other meetings.
Meeting one was with the Sydney Opera House (SOH).
They have three locations for there IT infrastructure, one of them being the same building we’re in. All linked by fibre and 802.11g (pringles can accross Circular Quay).

We plan to bridge our networks to provide permanent network access for the 7 week periods we call the SOH home twice a year. Benifits will include a faster reliable connection to the office, no ongoing costs and possibly less setup time.

My second meeting was with Chris from Dell.
I’m in the process of deciding on prefered vendor and models of my laptop fleet (about 50 units).
As Dell is based in Sydney, Chris kindly offered to show me around their offices. It was a very worthwhile and interesting tour. They have a staff of about 450 over two floors, all setup in cubicle arrangements (ala Dilbert style). Even the managers I was introduced to were part of the same cubicles.
The most important part of the tour was the ProSupport area. Dell is one of the few global IT companys to have a local support precence in Australia. Their level 1 standard support is still based offshore, but they offer ProSupport which is 2 level direct support which is exactly what I’m after.

Good to see real people in Australia with real experience (min 5 years) all cross trained.

As I said, worthwhile visit.

Now to make a decision of what to buy..