Refactored 012: "Firmware Shall Be Broken"

Wherein Frank drops some server hardware knowledge while Chris mutters and stutters like Elmer Fudd.

published Mar 2, 2021
Show Notes

Refactored #012: “Firmware Shall Be Broken”

On this episode of Refactored…

  • Frank and Chris discuss the ongoing silicon shortage that is bottlenecking multiple industries.
  • Nvidia announces a line of cryptocurrency mining-specific GPUs which Chris thinks is probably fine but which Frank argues is antagonistic to their customer base. Either way, the guys agree the firmware limitations won’t last.
  • Chris doesn’t get the appeal of rack-mount equipment for homelab installations, but quickly sees the light as Frank explains.
  • The guys successfully avoid a longform discussion on the relative pros and cons of home media management systems Plex, Emby, and Jellyfin.
  • Chris botches an overview of what dRAID is and how it works.
  • Frank explains a little about the HR service (“HRaaS”?) company TriNet.
  • The guys go in-depth on SLAs; what they’re good for (and not) as a customer, and how to use them to budget downtime as an engineering/reliability team.
  • … and much more!

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