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01/19/14

  04:22:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 2307 words  
Categories: Networking, FreeBSD, Printers

HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One Printer - N911g

So, near the end of July, I started investigating (once again) on replacing my HP Photosmart 8450xi (which was now over 8 years old....bought it on June 30th, 2005 - Back from Vacation Tech Buying Spree?...setup on July 9th, 2005 - link

I had started looking some time before this, but was put off for a bit due to my experiences with the Brother DCP-7065DN -- link, since it seemed most of the choices out there were GDI and I'm moving to more and more heavily FreeBSD as my primary operating system.

Especially since it appears that 'box' finally called it quits on December 2nd, before I had started my journey home from Chicago TARDIS that day....and orac is inching close to its end, as the pair of ST2000DL003's which evidently only had 1 year warranties from June/September 2012 started going shortly into the new year. I was trying to use ddrescue to force sector remapping on the first drive, when the other drive has decided to vanish permanently. I had thought it was was DM's that had 1 year and DL's that had 5 years, perhaps I had it backwards....or its a question of when I purchased them, or how they were packaged.

Checking my order history, I purchased one drive on June as a bare drive and later in September as a retail kit. I haven't yet pulled the drives, so I can't look up the serial number for the vanished one, but Seagate's website says the one that is responding is out of warranty. Even if the other drive is still under warranty, not sure I want to deal with getting it exchanged for a refurb to create a solo 2TB drive. Can't think of not wanting raid given what I'll likely use it for. And, not sure I'd buy a different 2TB drive to be its mate (and it won't work with my other 2TB arrays, since its an advanced format 2TB drive...while the lraidz2 pool on zen used legacy format 2TB drives (which limits options of growing it non-destructively.)

Fortunately, I had copied one of the big volumes from it over to zen (along they way it got corrupted, so had been trying to copy it back from zen when the other drive died). And, files of the other volume (my pyTiVo store) should all be in backup, where I don't have space on zen to restore them yet.... I have pyTiVo on zen, but the content under it is different...and larger, so much that it is currently not being backed up. I haven't gotten made much progress on building the second backup server....guess I'll need to look at this sooner than later.

And, now it seems the other 2TB RAID-1 array on orac is dying. I just went ahead and failed the drive that was giving it issues. Not sure what to do with it...suppose I could try ddrescue on it and see what happens. The big volume on it had also been copied over to zen, so guess I'll update my HSTi's to point to zen instead of orac for their content. Another used to be for Time Machine backups, but I had moved that over to zen when I set up the new work laptop to do Time Machine backups on my home network. I was using that space as overflow from pyTiVo. And, another was for backups of various things, which I had stopped adding to as new backups are going to zen now. Its things like regular backups of my websites at dreamhost and 1and1, my router configs, serial console servers, and some other backups. I was also replicating some directories on zen to orac as backup (left over from when zen was a Windows 7 PC....which saved me from losing everything when it scrambled itself.)

But, back to my printer quest.

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03/19/12

  10:38:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 266 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

My 'new' Dyson DC35 (Digital Slim) Multi Floor vacuum cleaner

Link: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GN8UYA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=la34thdr34chs-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004GN8UYA

So, I got a new Dyson....

I had been eyeballing this model for some time. Wanting the convenience of cordless, but still having a power head and do real vacuuming.

Because, there are times where I just need spot cleaning, like around my chair in front of computer, or the floor runner by the front door. But, its a pain dragging out my DC18 and dealing with its cord....its more the cord that is issue.

Last year I had picked up a Refurbished Dyson DC31 via Woot.com. And, discovered how nice this is...it sucked way better than my Hoover cordless hand vac, and is just perfect for dealing with crumbs near my coffee table....or other small spills. Though found myself wishing for the extras of the DC35 for other small areas/jobs...

Though I didn't figure out the 65AW button until I got the DC35 (which says MAX on it instead...) So, when a Refurbished Dyson DC35 showed up on Woot, I decided I was going to snap it up.

The only problem is trying to figure out where I should hang it....the DC35 is kind of awkward laying on the floor by an outlet (unlike the DC31). Probably should just toss out my other handvac...

Someday there might be a Dyson Canister vac in my future. I had always intended to get a Canister vac in the beginning, but back then Dyson didn't make one. Right now it would be a question between a Dyson Dyson DC35 or a DC39

The only thing missing from Dyson now...is one that can also deal with wet (cordless...) :idea:

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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