Archives for: December 2007

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  01:03:58 pm, by The Dreamer   , 251 words  
Categories: General, VoIP

The End of A Phone Number

Today marks the end of a phone number.

When I moved to Manhattan, KS....I couldn't get a local number for my Vonage account (nor my Lingo account). I opted to cancel my Lingo account, I had mainly been using that to make calls to the UK (part of the 500 minutes a month I got) and for faxing. But, I didn't set up my fax machine after I moved and my cousin no longer lives in the UK.

But, I kept the Vonage account because it works pretty good (better than the VoIP account that does have a Manhattan, KS local number) and I still make calls to Canada regularly. The problem is I get many telemarketing calls to the number, even though its on the DNC. And, worse I still get lots of calls from headhunters....even though I had changed the voicemail greeting to even tell them to stop calling me. Of course, they don't care that leaving me a message is also costing me money....since I got the voice-to-text service. And, the job search ended over 18 months ago!

Wonder what my parents will think that my new number is in the Oxnard, CA local calling area? &#59;D

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  08:26:32 am, by The Dreamer   , 198 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer

Google'd: Fixed my Linux Server

I was copying large amounts of data back to my Linux server last night...and it was still going this other things had failed over night, because load was very high. Main thing was mail was deferring connections. But, irssi was a pain to use.

So, I went googling in the hopes that I might find the answer.

Evidently the problem is that between Linux and the new BIOS and whether to use DMA. It had now defaulted to not using DMA, so now I have to explicitly turn it on.

Once I turned DMA back on...performance shot up....instead of bursts of data over the network peaking at is a fairly sustained 55Mbps. And, the CPU load is dropped to normal.

Yet again, this complicates whether I should go with Linux or (Open)Solaris for the new box I'm building.

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  06:56:17 pm, by The Dreamer   , 494 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC

GT5636E: Growing Dilemma and Costs

While, it isn't set in stone....I started leaning towards the idea of going with Linux as the OS to install on this system. Pretty sure it'll work, while Solaris might not. And, it isn't like I'll be playing around with ZFS/raidz in the immediate future.

But, then today I took a peek inside the machine to see what kind of expandability options I might have. I was mainly looking to see how the internal drives were setup and how many additional drives I could mount in it. And, what kind of slots it had.

Well, looks like there two PCI, PCI-e x1, and a PCI-e x16. Not sure what I'll stick into the slots, but have some ideas. The internal harddrive just room for one more, no SATA cable for I'll need to buy one. Though lots of extra power connectors. There's an open 5.25" bay which I could adapt...and there's that portable drive bay which I'll probably never use.

But, what threw me is that there are 6 SATA connectors on the motherboard....that's just screaming for me to eventually try raidz. Plus today at work I tried plugging my flashdrive into my sun workstation, and it maybe Solaris might get along with whatever personal stuff I want to do with it. Used to be BOINC would've been a deciding factor....since there are only two projects (SETI@home and BOINCsimap) that run on Solaris x86, and both require work. I don't remember how I managed to build the BOINC client, but haven't been able to upgrade....because I haven't been able to successfully build anything since. But, with BrandZ zones....I'm running other BOINC projects at work....and could do the same at home (though not sure how many more months before I get the machine up).

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  04:31:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 13 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Serenity

  11:20:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 172 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, Travel, Networking

Linux (Server) Update

Last night I finished the repartition and reformat all the drives in my old Linux server, to see if it thinks there is a better geometry mapping under the new BIOS. It still seems weird, but it is an improvement. I wrote off all the content that I had under DVArchive.... :|

Since I still have the Core 2 Quad system (in a still sealed box)...I may move some of the services off. Though I'm not sure if I'll move it all. Largely depends on whether I go with Linux or Solaris. I'm still leaning towards Solaris, since my Linux box is running. I suppose I might feel differently if ZFS was native to Linux somewhere. Of course, I haven't heard if ZFS root and boot is production quality yet for Solaris.

OTOH, I'm not really sure if Solaris is really the way to go....there's some esoteric things that Linux might just be better at. Especially with the weird network that I run.

Meanwhile, I have made plans to attend Penguicon 6.0 :wave:

  12:10:56 am, by The Dreamer   , 23 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Firefly


Finally got around to watching all the DVDs of the TV Series cut short :`(

I rated this 5 stars.



  11:51:23 am, by The Dreamer   , 242 words  
Categories: Stuff, Computer, Appliances

Woot : Oreck XL Professional Air Purifier


Back on October 25th, there was a woot-off. I was new to Woot. Only finally signed up a few days earlier. But, as I was watching stuff go by this day....I saw this Oreck XL Professional Air Purifier.

Some might argue it wasn't necessarily the best price that could be had at that instant. But, I knew I wanted at least another one...and the price was lower than what I had paid for my previous remanufactured unit. And, they didn't seem to be available anymore directly from the Oreck site. So, I snapped one up.

But, after it arrived I put the box aside and eventually forgot about it. During the icestorm power outage on December 11th, I moved it to another room as I was using the space as compact area away from all outside walls to huddle for warmth.

In the post....I've been inside my Linux server (which is slowing coming back), and it sure was dusty inside. After blowing all that dust back into the occurred to me that I had this air purifier that I should set up in this room. It was one of the places that I had intended to get one for.

So, I cleared a spot on my old printer table (had envisioned getting more furniture into the room, though it might be a while off before I get around to that....) And, it is off and running. :wave:


  05:40:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 122 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, BOINC

Another FAIL: Linux Server Resurrection

I picked up the new motherboard from the UPS store today, and after lots of work...I got it into the old case and all the other parts on to it.

Don't know if the old processor would've worked, opted to go with the new one. Partly because I don't know where fresh heatsink compound is....

It boots....the HD light seems to be stuck on all the time (the panel connector didn't quite match the jack on the new motherboard)...and it seems to get stuck if the keyboard doesn't respond. Upside, it appears that this motherboard has the ability to resume after power loss.

Seems to be running on the most part...that there seems to be some fs weirdness. :??:

  02:54:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 84 words  
Categories: General

FAIL: My Cholesterol is still high


Not sure why it took so long to find out, given that I had my complete physical's blood test on October 23rd. But, the results, in a letter dated, November 21st....sent from a doctor's office that is just a block from where I live....arriving on December 22nd.

Informs me that my total cholesterol is 239 :`(

The good cholesterol is low 39, and the bad cholesterol is high 171.

Guess it is time to take drugs....I think my dad is already on something for his... :**:

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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