Archives for: July 2010

07/18/10

  06:05:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 477 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC, Ubuntu, Other Linux

I tried to upgrade 'lhaven' more...

...was less than successful.

Back following the icepocalypse, I resurrected 'lhaven' by changing its motherboard. The new motherboard was an upgrade to the old one, but I wasn't taking advantage of any of it. But, in my mind I thought that someday I might.

Having finally upgraded the OS from RedHat 7.3 to Ubuntu 10.04....and being able to participate in all BOINC projects again, I decided that I might look at upgrading it finally.

So I went looking for the fastest FSB 333MHz CPU that I could put into it. And, went looking on eBay for one. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I went and bought an Athlon 3000+ (and an Athlon 2400+). And, while I was on there, I got a new CPU Heatsink and Fan and a 1GB stick of DDR333 memory.

I wasn't sure what kind of memory was in the machine, but somehow I thought it to be a 1GB stick of DDR333 (since I for some reason had an extra DDR333 1GB stick that I gave away recently)....but memory told me the machine had two slots, so I'm not sure why I didn't upgrade the memory to more than 1GB...

Well, turns out my memory was faulty (as was lshw)...the machine had two 512MB DDR226 memory sticks. Which I makes sense, since the old CPU was FSB266 (a 2000+)....guess that means I shouldn't have given away that 1GB stick of DDR333.

What I did was upgrade the memory to 1.5GB by putting the new 1GB DDR333 stick in the first memory slot, and a 512MB DDR400 stick in the second slot. I then looked at the CPU.

First I put the Athlon 3000+ in....and the new CPU heatsink/fan. It is a touch bigger, actually its a lot bigger than the old....not quite compatible with my case...though it should be a simple enough mod once I get everything working again. Except I didn't. No POST.

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07/11/10

07/10/10

  09:04:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 5 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: District 9

07/05/10

  08:08:22 pm, by The Dreamer   , 5 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Astro Boy

  12:39:57 pm, by The Dreamer   , 435 words  
Categories: Software

Removing the Bank Logo From the Quicken Splash Screen

Link: http://www.kimplicity.com/fkim/blog/2008/02/05/removing-the-bank-logo-from-the-quicken-splash-screen/

One of the peeves that I've developed for Quicken 2010 Premier is the Chase logo on its splash screen.

As I had previously written, I had a growing dislike of Chase. I never got a credit card from them, but they were the bank that acquired the bank that issued my Mastercard...and later they were the bank that acquired the bank that issued my Visa. I never liked the idea of the same bank being the issuer of more than one card....

Well, during my time with Chase, I had more incidents of fraudulent activity than with any other issuer. And, each time that it did happen, they would immediately cancel my card and issue me a new one....without regard to the inconvenience this would cause me. I kept saying after the 3rd strike that it would be time to end my relationship with Chase.

Visa was the first to go, since it was just a basic Visa...and I had been looking for a reward Visa for some time....I had considered converting to a Reward Visa issued by Chase, but after the 2nd strike...I opted to look elsewhere.

And, when the 3rd strike happened with Mastercard....it was probably time, though I didn't. But, I did stop using the card. Though in having to update the bills that charge Mastercard directly, I had moved most of these to the new Visa...before the 3rd incident. So, it would just be a matter of getting myself to stop using the Mastercard. Which became easier to do once Chase ended my rewards program on the card.

But, it took some time to finally make the move to get a new Mastercard and close the Chase card.

It didn't happen until after I was forced to transition from MS Money Plus to Quicken.

Shortly after I started using Quicken, I noticed that the splash screen acquired the Chase Logo. I had hoped that once I terminate my Chase relationship that it would go away...but that was many months ago, and it wasn't happening.

Now Quicken takes a long time to start, and the splash screen stays on top...so its blocking me from doing other things like reading email while waiting it to fully start. Which just makes the Chase logo all that more annoying. I had hoped to find a way to shorten or remove the splash screen, or prevent it from preventing me from using my computer during the eternity it takes to load.

But, at least I found a way to get rid of the annoying Chase Logo. :cool:

Now I can go back to the other Quicken peeves.... :**:

07/04/10

07/03/10

  04:52:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 840 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC

lhaven upgraded

AKA the end of RedHat 7.3.

For sometime, I have thought that it was time to upgrade 'lhaven' to a more modern release of Linux.

For the longest time, 'lhaven' has been running RedHat 7.3 (it was 7.2, but then I discovered Fedora Legacy...and they were providing patches for RedHat 7.3) And, there are still some production servers running this release, but I no longer have to support them...as I no longer work there.

The problem was that I had compiled a lot of custom apps over the years, that would be difficult to upgrade to newer distro/release of Linux. Since they were done without though to going to a different distro. 'lhaven' did used to run older versions of RedHat, and had been upgraded to where it stopped. But, to go to another distro would require a major effort. And, some of the apps were hard enough to get working to begin with. And, were some what fragile.

'lhaven' has also gone through some hardware iterations. The first major was when the Cyrix 233 that it was one burned up (a transformer had blown a phase, causing really low voltage before it went out....) though more likely it was its return after the outage with none of its fan able to spin. It was working for a while...but then there was smoke, and it all ended.

Got a Duron 800Mhz machine, which grew to an Athlon 2000....and had its motherboard replaced after the icepocalypse. The icepocalpyse was the first time I had to seriously look at upgrading from the old RedHat 7.3....but later I found a compatible motherboard and got the system to boot. The machine I bought at that time became 'orac'.

Later my use of ReplayTVs dropped off, and the one of the main apps that used datadirect for guide data was never successfully updated to support the newer schedules direct service. And, that was one of the things I didn't want to touch. But, now it is gone.

More recently, I started moving some of the other things that ran on 'lhaven' to 'box'. Namely, MRTG and cacti. I also updated all my linux servers to be able to handle mail for my home network, with the local mailboxes on 'box'. Also moved secondary DNS to 'orac' (someday I plan to get fallback DHCP on 'orac', but that'll probably come later.....) During the icepocalypse I had moved DHCP and primary NTP and DNS to 'box'....'lhaven' came back as secondary, because the old 'gumby' was sufficiently broken that I couldn't get it to not require 'lhaven' to function.

So, what I did was install ubuntu-10.04-alternate-i386 to become the new 'lhaven'. Which was the suggested to do RAID at the start, it had been a long time since I had done it, but the last time I had...it was a server install. But ubuntu no longer supports 32-bit hardware as servers, but both 'lhaven' and 'box' are 32-bit machines.

Took some figuring out, but its all done now. Yes, there's a desktop on all my Linux boxes, though 'lhaven' doesn't seem to be really up to the task. The video seems pretty poor and fuzzy compared to the other Linux servers. Perhaps I'll see about replacing its integrated video with an NVidia card of some sort...what that does CUDA, though it'll have to be a PCI card.

Anyways....after the install was done, I installed a few basics...like boinc and called it a night.

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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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