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So I’ve decided to go the virtualization route in order to save energy (i.e. don’t put so much money into the hands of PEPCO who, by the way, is raising rates again by 10% this summer to offset the higher cost of fuel for their power plants — it amazes me that the energy companies don’t get it that they really need to start investing in alternative energy NOW — not later!) and reduce the carbon footprint of my network. I’ve salvaged an Antec Performance Plus 660B case from the Montessori school where I manage their network and it’s already got a lot of parts. Interestingly it already has a 430W power supply in it (as opposed to the original 330W power supply that comes standard with the case). Anyway, I’m going to salvage as much as possible and build the new server with the following components:

Component Number
ASUS L1N64-SLIWS/B Dual 1207(F) NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI SSI CEB Server Motherboard 1
AMD Opteron 2346 HE 1.8GHz Socket F 55W Quad Core Processor 2
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler 2
Seasonic M12II SS-430GM 430W ATX 12V 2.2/EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply 1
Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Server Memory 4

This should make the system an 8 core, low-power, system with 16GB of memory. The goal is to put Ubuntu Server 8.04 (or better) on it and run VMWare Server. Then I’ll convert all of my physical machines into virtual machines and run them on this one system. I figure I’ll save about $30 per month on my electricity bill.

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So it seems that Karl Rove has decided to continue defying a congressional subpoena claiming that he’s offered lawmakers “other ways to question him about allegations of political pressure at the Justice Department” (“Rove Defends Defiance of Congressional Subpoena,” Examiner.com, July 14th 2008, http://www.examiner.com/a-1487448~Rove_defends_defiance_of_congressional_subpoena.html). It seems that Mr. Rove see the issue centering on whether the senior advisors to the president can be at the beck and call of Congress to answer questions on advice they gave to the President. Somehow I don’t buy that. This is an investigation of potential violations of the law (or at the very least the use of political pressure to pursue legal action against individuals based on their political affiliations and removing Federal prosecutors who were considered “disloyal” to the President). It’s an investigation. Mr. Rove lays out some pretty amazing pre-conditions for his “testimony” — No Transcripts and No Oath. Very nice. If anything is discovered then it’s his word against someone elses. On top of that, if he lies, he hasn’t committed perjury since he wouldn’t be sworn in. This guy is amazing. Sounds to me like he’s got something to hide and he knows it.

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