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31 Mar 2008

Finger...!

Over the weekend we went walking. On the walk in some slippy mud I lot my balance and slipped a little. I didn't fall hard or even get much mud on me, it was a minor thing. A few hours later I realised that my finger hurt, the following day it was purple and rather painful. I don't know if I've actually broken it proper but it's rather inconvenient being a computer programmer and not being able to type because of an injured finger...


Dark Ages...

Over the weekend I used someone else's computer. It's was an unmaintained Windows XP/SP2 box running IE6. Even browsing google resulted in multiple pop-under adverts. Norton "whatever" claimed that the machine was clean and fullly up-to date.

I almost never use IE for anything and though I'm forced to use Windows at work, I mostly use PuTTY to Linux/AIX systems or the SAP R/3 GUI, so I touch almost non of Windows it's self or any of the standard Microsoft applications. At home I've used Debian GNU/Linux and the KDE desktop for several years now and I've used Firefox since the 0.6 betas.

Using a vanilla Windows XP machine and IE6 really is like stepping back into the dark ages. Crashes, adverts, pop-ups, pop-unders and all other flavours of badness are just something I'd forgotten existed...

I feel sorry for some Windows users, they must have such a pitiful computing experience, then I realise that so many refuse to use a superior alternative and defend their choice with such vigour that my pity disappears.


25 Mar 2008

NFS v4

I've set my new server up at home running NFS v4 instead of the older and more traditional NFS v3. It's a slightly different config but in the scheme of things it's not a major change for the basic set-up on a small system.

The next challenge is to get the NFS server running with Kerberos 5 support. This evening I set-up my Kerberos 5 server and have been able to obtain a "ticket" from it on a client system. However I've not been able to get the client system to connect to the server with Kerberised-NFSv4.

So far I've not had much luck either getting it to work or Googling for a solution...


23 Mar 2008

Lapin-Bleu

Today I wiped my new box and started the procedure to install it to replace my old home server. The Debian "Lenny" β DVD I downloaded and burnt to DVD didn't work, it got stuck in the partitioning stage, so I had to give up on that and fall back to an older "Etch" DVD. The "Etch" disk worked okay and once I'd got the basics on, I did a quick aptitude dist-upgrade and Lenny was running okay.

For most of the afternoon I've been copying files from my desktop system onto the new server and files from the old server to the new one. NFS over a 1Gig network just isn't fast enough anymore, how people manage with WiFi I'll never know...

Tomorrow I'll get most of the key services running and by the time the we have to move house I'll have decommissioned and given away my old home server.


21 Mar 2008

New Home Is Here...!

It's a done deal, my production server has been refreshed and my home server is now in the process of shutting down!


New Home Is Here...!

It's a done deal, my production server has been refreshed and my home server is now in the process of shutting down!


18 Mar 2008

Countdown...

Unless something unexpected comes up I plan to shut this site and blog down, moving everything over to my hosted server at the weekend. The new site is now 95% done, with just a few cosmetic tweaks left. This blog will move over at the same time. Shortly after that this server will be replaced with my shiny new one.


Countdown...

Unless something unexpected comes up I plan to shut this site and blog down, moving everything over to my hosted server at the weekend. The new site is now 95% done, with just a few cosmetic tweaks left. This blog will move over at the same time. Shortly after that this server will be replaced with my shiny new one.


10 Mar 2008

Moving Virtual Home

It's been a long time coming, but I'm eventually getting round to my site redesign. This site and my production site will merge into a single entity on the ByteMark server. This blog will transfer from the current server to the new one once most of the site has been done.

At the same time the server this site is on will be decommissioned as my newly purchased DNUK server comes on-line to replace it. To simplify things, I won't be running a publicly accessible web server from the new home server, all my public web hosting will take place on the ByteMark server.


Moving Virtual Home

It's been a long time coming, but I'm eventually getting round to my site redesign. This site and my production site will merge into a single entity on the ByteMark server. This blog will transfer from the current server to the new one once most of the site has been done.

At the same time the server this site is on will be decommissioned as my newly purchased DNUK server comes on-line to replace it. To simplify things, I won't be running a publicly accessible web server from the new home server, all my public web hosting will take place on the ByteMark server.


09 Mar 2008

New Box (2)

At long last my new box has arrived. Following my standard naming convention, it's going to be Lapin-Bleu. Lapin will be replacing Herisson, a three year old box that work were junking. Lapin is in most ways an order of magnitude more powerful than Herisson, except disk space where it's a two orders of magnitude improvement.

There are only three down-sides of the transition, the new box will draw more power, could make more noise and I'll have to arse about to make the transition. I've yet to double check but when I booted the new box for the first time, it was actually quite quiet, so it may be only the increase in power demand that is my long term problem.