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09/09/05

  09:29:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 142 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

YUM upgrade of RedHat 7.2 to 7.3

Because the Fedora Legacy project doesn't support RedHat 7.2....I've been looking at upgrading my RedHat 7.2 boxes to 7.3, which is supported.

At first I was getting ready to locate the ISOs and do a CD upgrade, when I read about using YUM to do the upgrade.

Decided to go for, since I have mondorescue CDs for both NIS servers at work...

Yesterday, I upgraded the NIS slave server to 7.3. Everything seemed fine afterwards, but this morning I didn't get a logwatch email from it. Some investigation, I found the symbolic link for sendmail in /usr/sbin was missing. AFAIK, that's all that was wrong.

Today, I'm upgrading the NIS master server to 7.3. And, if that also goes off without a hitch...this weekends project will be to upgrade my 7.2 server at home, with one nasty difference.

No backups! :lalala:

Wish me luck.... :wave:

09/08/05

  09:37:03 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: HD Movies

HD: The Day After Tomorrow

09/07/05

  04:33:23 pm, by The Dreamer   , 864 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

The Fedora Legacy Project

Link: http://www.fedoralegacy.org/

I mainly run my Linux boxes as "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". And, they've been working fine. But, every now and then I worry about security fixes. Not so much the kind that can be exploited from the outside, since that's what a firewall is for...but the kind that can be exploited by somebody on the inside.

Like I try to keep cvs and its related packages up to date on the CVS server that I maintain at work. Other old RHL boxes are the development NFS server and a pair of boxes that do NIS (master/slave).

Since up2date ceased, it got hard and inconvenient to keep up on relavent security issues and obtaining the SRPM and building the updates for these boxes.

Now the NIS and NFS servers are pretty minimal installations and only what is needed it running on these boxes. Though the CVS server got the whole world installed on it, since at one time there was local development being done on the box. Or people connecting to it using eXceed(sp?).

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09/06/05

  08:03:23 am, by The Dreamer   , 245 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

That 250GB drive I had laying about

The one I got from TigerDirect....that was supposed to replace the C drive in my WiRNS/DVArchive box until I discovered the machine couldn't address past 137GB.

Well, I finally got around to using it.

Originally, I was trying to map a plan to replace 3 drives in my Linux server to be 250GB or bigger...given that there are 4 drives in the box, and the attempt to add another controller wasn't successful. I found myself trying to shuffle files around to make room for some downloads on the WiRNS/DVArchive box, and decided things would be much easier if I put the 250GB drive to use now.

I had been planning to remove the 2x80GB drive unit, because it was giving me trouble and use a single 250GB drive in its place. So, this is what I spent yesterday afternoon, evening and night doing. In fact, it was about 12:30 am when I finally got everything copied and brought DVArchive back on line.

Haven't decided what I'll do with the 2x80GB unit...I'll probably take the drives out and put them back into my collection of former ReplayTV drives that I'm not using, and toss out the enclosure.

Eventually, I plan to replace the 120GB drive with another 250GB+ drive. Though it probably won't be until I liberate one of the 120GB drives my from Linux server, that I'll attempt using EasyMigrate to upgrade the C drive in my WiRNS/DVArchive machine again.

09/05/05

  09:07:01 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Sahara

09/04/05

  01:05:16 am, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

  12:03:38 am, by The Dreamer   , 758 words  
Categories: Computer, BOINC

Upgraded 'box' from SuSE 8.2 to 9.3

For no really good reason, except to try to be in a better position to debug the mono version of the Poopli Updater, I decided to attempt upgrading my SuSE 8.2 'box' to SuSE 9.3.

I chose 9.3, because ISO images for CDs existed online. I had a DVD for 9.1 and I was sure I had seen 9.3, but 'box' doesn't have a DVD-ROM drive. Though I do have an extra DVD-ROM drive or two laying about, but I didn't want to do machine upgrades until I had everything together (and I'm waiting for a new heatsink to arrive).

Before doing the upgrade, I ran mondoarchive in case I needed to revert back. While I was waiting for this to finish, I went looking for some black CD-Rs to burn the ISO images for SUSE 9.3. Hmmm, I seem to be down to only 4 CD-Rs....and I need 5 (plus whatever number the mondoarchive generates....which happened to be another 5).

So, this meant a trip to Best Buy to buy some blanks. I grabbed the cheapest spindle of 50 CD-Rs and was on my way, except I spotted a cheap spindle of 50 DVD-Rs...so I grabbed that as well. I kind of had some thing else in mind for that...except as I was putting them away, I discovered that I already had another cheap spindle of DVD-Rs that I had forgotten about...which I probably would've been sufficient.

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09/01/05

  10:54:15 am, by The Dreamer   , 1303 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Got a 17" LCD Monitor

Link: http://ubersoft.net/d/20050823.html

For some time I've been meaning to replace the 17" CRT that is on my WiRNS/DVArchive server with an LCD Monitor, preferrably one with built-in speakers. Though the BookPC that is the server, has a built in speaker tied to the integrated soundcard. So the speaker part was probably not essential.

My preference would've been a widescreen display, so it could do double duty incase my Samsung DLP ever failed me. It hasn't, and widescreen LCDs are kind of pricey...especially to put on the junk boxes that I use as servers, which don't get that much attention normally.

The main thinking for an LCD, is to cut down the heat from the CRT....probably helps on power usage...though probably not enough to overcome the fact that my year over year baseline consumption was up by a little more than 100kWH. Though if I go with there being 720 hours in a month....that's 138W, so maybe the monitor change will help. Though I think it is more than there's a couple of extra computers running 24/7 (along with a few extra ReplayTVs, etc.)

Of course, if I was worried, I probably wouldn't have set the A/C where it is now. But, after I got back from the cruise, my tolerance of keeping the apartment so warm during the summer wasn't there...so I set it lower. It is still considered warm to other people.

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08/29/05

  05:01:46 pm, by The Dreamer   , 194 words  
Categories: iPod

Judge Orders Apple To Pay Up For Bad iPod Batteries

Link: http://informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=170101338

The settlement, which won tentative approval in June, gives buyers of the first two iPod models either $25 cash or $50 in credit at an Apple store that can be redeemed for any Apple-branded product, including iTunes downloads. Owners of the third-generation iPod are entitled to a free replacement battery if theirs fails.

This is kind of disappointing...

I had a 3rd Gen iPod....from October 2003 to August 2004....and I was hoping to get a $50 credit for it. Considering I (initially) replaced it with a 4th Gen iPod...which is now a year old.

Which kind of implies that it is probably suited for another upgrade, where $50 off of a new iPod would be nice. But, I don't really need a new battery for my old 3rd Gen iPod. Especially, since the would probably only offer an apple branded replacement (or 50% refund of an apple performed battery replacement). Ignoring that the aftermarket iPod battery is of higher capacity, etc. Plus they probably won't like the fact that I opened up my iPod myself (kind of roughly too....and stabbing myself, because I tried to pry it open using my pocket knife, probably complicates things for me....)

08/28/05

  08:48:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: XXX: State of the Union

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