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  Monday, April 01, 2002

April Foolishness

Google Technology: "The technology behind Google's great results As a Google user, you're familiar with the speed and accuracy of a Google search. How exactly does Google manage to find the right results for every query as quickly as it does? The heart of Google's search technology is PigeonRank 122, a system for ranking web pages developed by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University."

I built a server today. No Fooling.

I had a challenging afternoon and evening creating a new IBM x220 server with ServeRaid4 card. But after a few hair pulling episodes that included:

  • why doesn't the Tape Drive slot allow you to screw in the far side, only the 2 screws on the outside side?
  • why is the picture of the SCSI drive's jumper bar in the manual different from what's on the drive controller card in front of me?
  • How do you configure the Raid Array? It was supposed to come pre-configured...

I was able to get things going. IBM's tech support line was pleasantly surprising, with a friendly, very patient gentleman who helped me through the jumper and tape drive issues. The server was donated by an IBM person who really cares about the Fund. I don't mean to minimize anything he did in complaining - it's just that hardware configuration is almost always is harder than it has to be.  

I realized part way through that if I'm feeling like an idiot for not being able to follow the directions, the directions are bad. Thanks, Don Norman, for that insight. If you've never read The Design of Everyday Things, you should.

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