Archive for July, 2008

If You Don’t See All Your Memory In Your Dell…

I have had a Dell PowerEdge 850 running Linux for a year now and have not done much with it.

I always noticed that when I was on it, there seemed to be a load on the CPU, and I always assumed it was because there was very little memory. Adding memory has been on the agenda ever since I bought the machine, but I was waiting to I really started using it.

So, like any good tech, I went out and bought 4 Gigs of memory and installed it. Turns out I already had 1 Gig in the machine, so now I am up to 5 Gigs. BIOS says 5 Gigs, so it must be true. I restart the machine and go to my site, and it seems faster… YAY!!!

Only to find over the next day that it slows to a crawl again. I looked at ‘free -m’ and ‘top’ and see that I only have 256M of memory. WHAT?!?!!? I just installed 4 extra Gigs. I tried everything, doing research on the Internet, upgrading almost everything in Linux. Remote rebooting (which I dread everytime I do it). Nothing worked.

So then I decided to go back to where my server is colocated and try and find out what happened. I changed a couple of things in BIOS, rebooted and what do you know, 5G is reported in Linux.

I wasn’t positive what fixed it, because I changed multiple variables at once… :(

Then talking to a good friend of mine, Daniel DellaPosta, he tells me that there is a setting in Dell’s BIOS “OS Install Mode”. If that is turned on, then you only get 256M of memory to use. The sad part is I tried getting ahold of him first, but he wasn’t available (such a busy busy man). Oh well, patience on my part would have saved me hours.

Terms that I searched for were:
Linux only see 256M
Linux can’t see all of my memory


Why Do Employees Seem So Much More Greedy?

I am not a business owner, but my boss sure treats me like one. I have a vested interest in the success of

That being said, I was raised in such a way that says working is a privilege and not a right. You should value your job and work hard. You are being paid for your time that is spent on the job, so your time and needs are secondary to that of the business.

Why do employees today feel that it is their right to surf the Internet, take personal phone calls, text message, etc… Why do we see more and more news stories telling us that employees are only productive 40-60% of the time they are being paid. Does this mean employers should only pay them 40-60% of their pay?

Employees seem to get outraged when they are told what they can and can not do. “How dare you tell me that I can’t take a phone call”.

Vacation and time off appears to be expected. It used to be that as an employee you asked for permission to take time off. Now it seem that you tell your boss when you will not be there. And they are expected to say ok.

On top of all of this I often see customers complaining about where their bowling balls are made. “You should have stated on your website that those Brunswick Bowling Balls were made in Mexico and not the US”. Did they ever stop to think that employees work cheaper and harder outside the US. I am sure that if the unions allowed their members to work somewhere close to even 90% productive hours, then Brunswick would not have found the need to move their plant to Mexico.

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