Do You Know What’s in Your Garden?

I decided that I would grow a garden last year, I am home for the summer, and I thought it would be an excellent way for me to keep busy and enjoy the fruits, or vegetables, of my labor. I went to the local garden store and found some plants to get me started, but they died about a week after I put them in the ground. I was told to hire a company to do some soil testing to see if there was something wrong with my soil. I decided that I would take a chance and hire a company due to the fact that I nurtured those plants better than I tended to my animals. I took very good care of them and I was in awe as to why they died so suddenly.

After the company came to my home and took the soil sample, I patiently waited for them to get back to me, and a few days later we had the results. The soil in my yard was very acidic, and the fact that it was so acidic meant that there would be no chance for the plants to thrive so they died as a result. I was glad to know that they died due to the soil quality and nothing that I had done because I spent so much time on them.

I got a treatment for the soil to chance the ph level to something that was more basic, and it saved the next plants that I planted and took care of. I was happy to see how many vegetables I had and knew that it was a smart choice to go and hire a company to help me investigate what was going on in my own yard, I am now getting ready to plant this season’s crop.

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We Need a Reliable Server Solution

We had a meeting today about building and maintaining our own servers. We have been paying someone else to do the job until now, in fact we have been switching from one vendor to the next in search of one who will cover our needs. In fact our needs have been growing quite rapidly and what we need is not really available. So we are thinking about how to create something which is going to meet the need we have for capacity and reliability. Obviously something like a military PDU is going to be needed, we are going to have to have a really rock solid power distribution unit that is not going to be taking a break every time that you turn around. That is simply not something that we are going to be able to tolerate. In fact most of the server providers are going to give you something in the area of 99% Up time. You definitely need to match that, which is going to bring it’s own problems. Continue reading

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Fascinated by the Accomplisments of Engineers

A recent trip to the city has left me with a fascination for steel design. Many of the buildings in the city were build over 40 years ago, and they’re still marvels for me to see in person. They are the pinnacle of what I consider to be modern construction. I wish I was alive to see what kind of planning was going on when the architects and engineers decided to make those buildings. I bet they had a lot of creative differences on some things, but were able to come together to create a product that would be admired for years.

I want to take part in the design of a building someday. Continue reading

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