|Moving Twice, Being Busy, Failing Over A Hard Drive|
|Thursday, 15 July 2010|
It seems that I haven't posted in ... well, way too long. I do have excuses. I've had my share of fun and projects, but my summer started with a 3 week choir tour, before which I was moving the first time from campus back home. I did buy an HP netbook, which I promptply formatted and installed Archlinux alongside an nLited version of XP. I think Windows 7 is going to keep sucking until it's first service pack comes out.
Fast forward past some mostly boring stuff, and we get to where I am now, moving again with my family into a new house. It's a pretty neat old house, and I have plans to setup my network equipment, and headless machines down in the basement - after I run a few hundred feet of cat5 and build a shelf.
Other than that, I recently setup an Untangle gateway between my cable modem and my router - though it can act as a router, I still need to purchase a switch...but this distro is better than manually configuring my favorite distro, or using smoothwall (which is an old piece of crap IMHO). Props to Hak5, where I heard first about Untangle.
Finally, the best part is that I bought a SATA II controller with 4 ports that supports port multipliers and hardware RAID. I have no reason to use RAID yet, but I did need the controller to be able to use the two new 1TB Hitachi Deskstar drives I got for $69 each from Newegg (looks like they've gone up $10 since then). I have to say they are super fast and super cool (versus my failing seagate drive). The seagate drive is the reason for the purchase, as I don't want to lose my ~490gb of precious files that are important to me. Luckily, I'm rsync-ing them all over right now, so far no hiccups (which is weird, as this seagate drive is 3 years old and has seen better days).
If any of my text is misspelled or incoherant, note that I've been up for about 18 hours at this point, as I'm trying to get back on a decent sleeping schedule (read: normal).
Anyway, thanks for reading. I promise I won't take 5-6 months between now and the next post!