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by Dave Krause
on December 21, 2010 at 11:23 AM
But Paul cares for his servers, so won't he be spared?  
If anything, he'll be made into a Borg.
by Bryon J. Noel
on December 21, 2010 at 11:25 AM
So your saying that developing an AI to do everyones jobs for them is a bad thing?
by Brenda Dawson
on December 21, 2010 at 2:46 PM
Sorry to ask, but the servers don't exactly go to the garbage, right? Aren't they recycled... or something?
by Karl Krist
on December 21, 2010 at 2:58 PM
Good question Brenda!  
We take a look at a lot of factors when determining what happens to an old server:  
First, can we re-purpose the server for our own uses? We do that a LOT. We're currently in the process of adding two new servers, and through an intricate series of trickle-down changes, we'll get rid of 4. We move services to the best appropriate server.  
Second, we check to see if any other units on the UCD campus can use the servers. We do this through the TSP (Technology Support Program) email list. Typically a 'decent' server will be snapped up in seconds. AND, the new owner will come and pick it up. Path of least resistance for us!  
Third, assuming that nobody on TSP wants to give a server a new home, we'll attempt to sell it through the Bargain Barn. We don't really make much money doing it that way, but it is a good way to allow someone else to repurpose the equipment. We need to make sure every scrap of data is removed from the server (same with option two) but seeing it go to a good home makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside.  
Lastly, we will send it to the UCD salvage group. They'll dispose of it as e-waste. AND, they'll charge us money to do that. So this is our option of last resort. It's also a sure-fire way to be a target whenever the machines rise up...which is why this is Paul's job.  
So to answer your question...NO, we don't throw these in the garbage!
by Brenda Dawson
on December 21, 2010 at 3:07 PM
Yay, that's what I was hoping! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy too--or at least as much as reusing/recycling electronic components can. Thanks for the info!
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