For the love of VMware…

I must confess that I love my new computer. Knowing that starting a new company would require some major ‘work-at-home-in-the-beginning’ I granted myself a wish I have had for many years. I bought my first computer.

No, honestly, this is my first computer. I have never owned my own computer. They have always been the property of thecompanies for which I have worked. Granted I did get a home computer once, but that was a lease agreement with my job, and not mine per se.

So I bought one, a real monster. Quadcore (Intel of course), 8 Gb RAM, 6×500 Gb Sata drives, and a nice graphics adapter. It is built solely to be able to power massive amounts of virtual machines.

Now, today I found out how massive that amount can be. On a day-to-day basis I run at least 6 computers on my physical machine. One DC, a file server, a Sharepoint lab server, my own workstation and a workstation for my GF as well as whatever server I am currently setting up or configuring.

The day before the christmas holidays set in I found out that a customer needed to set up a new Sharepoint environment, built to scale and with a simple AD. Getting a decent form of access to those servers proved to take longer than building Rome so we decided t do the whole thing virtual.

By last night I had all the servers set up and with a basic install of patches, roles etc. I am now, currently, running 10 virtual computers on my home computer, with a total memory requirement of about 12 Gb, and my machine is as smooth as a baby’s sitting tool.

Adn I was thinking, ‘well, if it can handle 10 servers, can it handle bioshock on top?’ I should have known better. This is what happened:
– Start bioshock.
– Get annoying message about CD not in drive
– Insert CD
– Scream, realizing that all the new servers were set up to use the physical CD as source for the virtual CD.
– Watch, in horror, as 5 ‘install bioshock now’ dialog boxes grinds my CD to what must be the virtual equivalent of dust.
– Disconnect the physical drive from the virtual ones.
– Start bioshock on physical computer
– Be amazed at a continued great (or at least playable) framerate.

Of course, I am too easily scared to play bioshock on my own.

It did work, though. Gotta love VMware. 10 computers. 12 Gb. I am still in awe…

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On open source and conspiracies…

Now, there is one thing I do not understand. Or perhaps I do.

Why is it that people bash companies like Microsoft claiming that they have some kind of sinister and hidden agenda to rule the world?

I have learned one thing about capitalists, and I believe there are few better capitalists widely known than Microsoft. Capitalists are comfortably easy to predict. Show them the option that gives them the biggest perceived profit and they will go there. They are fueled solely by the greed for profit, for personal gain, and for serving their own needs.

While this may deem them to eternal damnation at the perly gates (no misspelling there, got it?) I do not care, because I may chose differently. In the meantime I know very well how to cope with a capitalist such as Microsoft. I show them where the money is and they follow like sheep to the mass.

On the other hand, non-capitalists, call them whatever you like, seem far more difficult to understand. I never know what they really want. Some state that freedom is the only wortwhile pursuit, which is ironic since most of them havent got the foggiest what freedom is. Some people claim that ‘overthrowing the powers-that-be’ should be the focus of any concerned citizen.

Why? What drives these people? Are the hell-bent on overthworing everything they do not understand? Do they think that everything will be better by exchanging problem one with problem two? Are they just plain stupid?

I think neither of these are the case everytime, which confuses me. I never know what they really want. Half the time they have a clear motive, at least on the surface, and half the time they just nag and stand proud up to anything, good or bad, just to get attention.

I have a theory. Most non-capitalists, and especially those bashing capitalists for having secret agendas, really have secret agendas of their own. Thus, in their minds, everyone else must have the same mentality. This is called projecting. I don’t like it.

I do like capitalists, though. Not because I condone any profit-at-any-cost way of thinking, but because capitalists are simple people. No agendas, no secrets, no ‘I mean this but say that’ politics. They want your money, plain, honest and simple. I am given a choice; I can give them my money or not.

Recently there has been a lot of debate regarding the standardization of document formats. ODF vs. OOXML. While the techincal arguments against OOXML may hold true, I don’t give a rats behind whether it is vendor specific or not. The argument goes that we need a vendor independent format because we do not want to give too much power to a single vendor.

Bollocks! All power to Microsft any day! Or Apple, or IBM, just to make a point. I don’t care if one company dominates because they are still, simple enough, motivated by me giving them my money. As I do have a choice, they have to convince me that I need their products, and the only way they can do that is by giving me better products.

Give me the devil I know. I can handle him :-)

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