Finally, it is completed. I won’t use finished because the implies it will never change…and we all know life is all about change. So what’s the final product look like? The rack is full. Sure if I wanted to I could squish everything together and get a couple of more U’s worth of gear..but i… Read more
Well got everything installed and completed the initial data replication. I went upstairs and removed all of the servers from the rack. I then removed all of the rails. I then re-installed the rails and then re-racked the servers. The r210 did not make it back as it was dead anyway. The order is now… Read more
Just like that. Another day arrives and the eBay shop where i bought the hard drives did me a solid. Instead of putting the two pairs of drives into two boxes he jsut shipped all four in the same box. I’ll be giving all the eBay vendors that were involved in my build excellent feedback… Read more
Finally got some parts in for the 520 that allow me to start getting it put together. I have half of the SAS hard drives, the SD card connector(don’t want to say SD card card..<G>), an extra 64 gigs of ram, all of the drive caddies, and of course the SD cards themselves. Read the… Read more
The project continues..:) I was able to take the ram, CPU’s, and HBAH310 (reflashed to base LSI IT mode) out of the 420 and put them into the 520. I now have the rest of the parts inbound: 8 x 6TB SAS HDD’s, SD card adapter, 8 x 3.5″ HDD caddies are all inbound. I… Read more
(This is the first post in a series…i will go into greater detail later) For a while I never though I could homeschool..but covid has shown me something: I think for students and families that can do it distance learning should be an option. If 25% or more opt in the amount of money that… Read more
I got the 520 in and began poking around. First of all I fired up the machine as a test and it booted fine. I then ran the lifecycle controller’s firmware updater. This machine was far far behind so i told it to install all of the updates. I stuck with it for a few… Read more
I had recently purchased a Dell Poweredge R420 to replace my aging R310 server that acts as my central storage node. I began to have need to have the ability to run virtual machines and FreeNAS does support running virtual machines. I found out my R310 CPU is too old to run vm’s under… Read more
Remember that one game that refused to run on Gamecache? I decided to disable the onboard nic(Realtek) and order a PCI-E 1X nic for the girls computer. I ordered 2 on eBay for a total of 12 bucks for two of them and they shipped via the boat so they just arrived a couple of… Read more
So i ordered a couple of pci-e network cards one for my machine and one for the girls tower. Let’s see if that helps the eldest’s one game not crash the entire networking stack…:) Realteks are decent if you aren’t doing heavy networking stuff like I am doing..it will take a couple of weeks for… Read more
So far my eldest has all of her games on the gamecache drive. Unfortunately ElderScrolls Online refused to run on the Gamecache drive. It would hang up the network card causing all network connectivity to go away. Only a restart of the machine would fix it. However the fact that all of the other games… Read more
It is working out better than I anticipated. Right now the eldest has been installing all of her games on the G drive. I found out one of her games is nearly 200 Gigs in size. Holy crap batman. She can easily chew through more than 400 gigs of storage just with the games she… Read more
*Game Cache Update* Is the built in compression. For vm’s you can sometimes get 5-10x compression because vms are mostly empty space. ZFS does compression transparently. Right now as part of the eldest’s game cache her system thinks it has written 75 gigabytes of data. ZFS compression has reduced that down to 52.5G in the… Read more
I made an earlier post about an experiment I am running. So far so good. The eldest is having to put her games onto the new G drive her computer sees. The magic of ISCSI makes it appear as a local hard drive even though it’s on a network server. I am a HUGE fan… Read more
I came across an interesting use case for FreeNAS. My eldest daughter likes games that are huge. Like 100-250 gigabyte huge. I simply cannot afford to keep adding SSD storage to her machine. I will not do hard disks as main storage..under Windows 10 it’s too painfully slow. What Lawerence had done was taken a… Read more
Get ready for a long post folks with embedded links. For previous posts please look in the 737 category. Yesterday’s post gave some details about the 737 MAX issues. Karl’s post yesterday goes into greater detail: Let me note up front — I’m not a pilot. I am, however, a software and hardware guy with a… Read more
Quantas flight 72 nearly crashed after one of it’s sensing computers got inconsistent data from it AOA(angle of attack) sensors. It seems that AOA sensors also cause a freekout of the MCAS software system aboard the 737 MAX series. The reason the MAX has MCAS is the engines. The engines on the MAX 737 are… Read more
the world grounds the 737 max aircraft, the faa doubled down to leave them flying so trump forces groundings.
The 787 was grounded after battery fires and there were no fatalities. While I think the rest of the world grounding or denying airspace to the 737 MAX series is partially anti-Trump, I also think it is partially because for whatever reason two of these brand new jets have crashed within 5 months of each… Read more
Two new 737-8MAX aircraft crashing within 8 months of each other. I have been warning folks closest to me about the horrid quality of software these days. Frankly even if i could fly right now I wouldn’t. Self-driving cars? No way. My favorite operating systems(Linux and BSD) are not immune from poor coding. It’s everywhere. … Read more
Not that much actually. I looked around here and realized i now only have two machines utilizing a 12/core 24 thread monster server. Because my FreeNAS is unix based like my Linux webservers I do not need to run a linux vm at all. I have my firewall setup to only allow SSH connections from… Read more
I have been trying to figure out how I want to change the rack to save power and reduce complexity. Given i am switching away from ETC Maryland i do not need the massive amount of computing power i have sitting upstairs. It just hit me..:) My FreeNAS machine has the capability to hold everything… Read more
The Feds Will Cut Off TV and Radio on November 9th | TheBlaze.com.
Only missed one. They don’t tell you which one but I don’t care I passed.
I’m looking to start with a hand unit. Once I get my Own vehicle then i intend to mount a fully sized mobile unit in it..my wife would skin me alive if i mounted a radio in our only car right now..
I FINALLY was able to rangle some time and get into a Ham Radio Technician Element 2. There’s a tons of studying to do. I’ve already jumped in. I can’t wait to get my license so I can finally help with the New Blue Ridge Baptist Association’s Mobile Communications unit. I’ll keep folks posted. I’m… Read more
Security Now!: MS and other closed source vendors like to say because their source is closed they are more secure. In other words the fact that others do not have access to the code any zero day vulns will be kept under wraps and not pose a danger to the userbase. Listen to this podcast… Read more
BS’ Blog: Bryan J Smith devles into the MS file systems and compares then against Linux/Unix file sytems and digs out why MS needs defragmenting but Linux does not. *UPDATE* Bryan has updaed the post with more XFS and clarifications
*NOTE*” If i forgot to trackback you and i used your post let me know and i will correct it as soon as possible. Everyone i have linked to deserves proper credit..:) Cicso and ISS have created quite a mess for themselves. First, Mike Lynn showed at the BlackHat conference how to get the equivalent… Read more