Showing posts from August, 2007

Final Days at Finisar

4 years, 4 months, 20 days = the amount of time I spent working for and with one of the best I.T. departments that I have had the privilege of associating with in my 15 year career history in Information Technology. 
I am sad to have left my group, but in all honesty, my group had really left the team long ago.  My manager and mentor, Christine Rose moved on in March/April to work at TAOS. She was the V.P. of Global IT for Finisar - incredibly smart and compassionate.  Scott Rose, left soon thereafter and his shoes were hard to fill - Scott was the Exchange and Windows Architect for Finisar (all the Active Directory stuff, server deployment, etc.). Then the new V.P. started - He had some good ideas and I liked them at first - it was just bad execution and he stirred the pot a little too much at Finisar.  He lasted 1 1/2 -2 months and then quit.  Coinciding with the loss of another great Sys Engineer, Jaspinder B. at Finisar - Mind you now, none of these positions was backfilled.
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Dell Inspiron 530N Review (part 1)

OK, I did it!  I admit.

I went online to my local Dell website and purchased the Dell Inspiron 530n based system with Ubuntu 7 preloaded on it.  I couldn't resist the cost of the machine with the percieved functionality I would have.  Dell has always supplied very nice systems to me as I currently own several different systems with different configurations:

Latitude D820 (Core 2 Duo 1.86 with 2 GB RAM - XP Professional)
Optiplex 745 (Core 2 Duo 2.1 with 4 GB RAM - Vista Business x64)
Inspiron 530n (Core 2 Duo 1.86 with 4 GB RAM - Ubuntu 7.04 x32)

What did I get:

Dell Inspiron 530n system
Intel Core 2 Duo e4300 (1.8 GHz) with 2 MB L2 Cache
512 MB DDR2 RAM (1 stick)
128 MB nVidia 8300gs video card
13 in 1 Media Card Reader
250 GB SATA 2, 7200 RPM Western Digital Drive
48x CDRW/DVD Combo and 16x DVD+/-RW Drive
1394a Firewire Adapter

The default presentation of the system was so-so.  It is a smaller than normal box - I was expecting a larger case like the Optiplex line or …