Thanks for the awesome questions emonster. I really appreciate it
I was employed as a software engineer for awhile. Started with Application Development and got laid off when the company I worked for moved to Vegas. After that I ventured into the IoT space for about a year as the lead engineer for a startup which never went to market. Looking for work, I decided to join BitDeals’ sister company and expand on the Direct to Consumer Market and create BitDeals. The other segment of business (B2B) has been going for about 20+ years but in an effort to create a more lasting a solid market segment, this has definitely been an amazing ride.
I wHolEheartedLy am Pleased to MEet and work with all of the people we do.
To an extent, yes. COVID scaled down the operation to pretty much the bare minimum and the only employees that we really had were remote workers who helped with some of the smaller pieces of operations. But a lot of times we struggled finding the proper quality of work from remote workers and had to take on the responsibilities ourselves, even the minor things that get overlooked like Photos and Descriptions. The one thing that has been really successful and a mutual relationship is working with others to manage outreach to different communities, JDM, rfs830, ephies, and some others are some of the people that really come to mind when I think of really nice down to earth people who are a pleasure to work alongside.
I did! However its all burned down now. I built a proxmox cluster for the company that we used to host a database and API for testing data as well as some other internal tools. On top of that I recently started up a 36-Bay Unraid server since about 90% of our customers use them and I wanted to be a bit more knowledgeable on the topic when answering questions or supporting customers and really fell in love with it. I started moving over the personal VMs I had with stuff like Plex, Game servers, and some network shares we used here. On top of that I was starting to build a render machine for Blender but the fire happened before I could finish. (RIP 3080) Theres also some network stuff (Switches, Firewall, Pfsense, etc), and some test benches that we used.
LGA1366 is completely dead now. Had a bunch of servers that haven’t sold a single unit in the past year. Recently we have been seeing a lot of LGA2011 (v1 & v2 CPUs) being phased out in the same way. Sitting on a ton of HP G8’s that I would be ecstatic to sell at $50. With DDR5 about a year or two away from market I expect you to see Dell RX30’s, HP G9’s, and X10 SuperMicros replace the previous generation in price as I expect a lot of Fortune 500 companies to decommission and upgrade their existing data-centers and flood the market with current latest gen hardware en masse. Also you can expect to find a lot of Volta Tesla’s flooding the markets very soon once NVIDIA gets their supply chain in order.
High Capacity stuff is always fun and always welcome, and I’d love to play with one of those higher end CPUs from Intel either Cooper Lake or Cascade Lake. (Not like I really have a place to stand up a server anymore though, but during rebuild we can have a proper server closet now :]) Also for personal use I have been hunting nonstop for a 5900x, but I’m like 99% certain now that they just a myth. Other than that it’d be cool to get a 9500-16e to see if there’s any speed difference between the 9400-16e we bought.
The real bread and butter of BitDeals is all of you who support us. We wouldn’t still be in business if it wasn’t for all the awesome people who choose to shop with us.
In terms of hardware, it would have to be SAS for sure, Specifically 3TB and Higher. The higher capacity the faster it’ll sell out if the price is right. SSD’s have been pretty good for attracting new customers, but are really hard to obtain in the specs people want. (NVMe especially near impossible to get)
Thanks again for the questions! If there’s anything else you want me to dive further into feel free to ask away!