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It's Not Magic, It's Work!

29 Aug 2016

Home Server upgrade / step 1

Over the past few days I've been migrating my home server from a pair of Samsung 0.5 TB hard disks to a pair of Toshiba 6 TB disks. The first challenge was using the new GPT technology rather than the original IBM PC/DOS format of yesteryear. Easy enough to deal with once you follow the instructions.

Once the new disk mirror was up and running I used rsync to copy most of the data from the old disks to the new ones, then used a chroot to install grub and reboot. Copying the data took rather longer than I expected so the whole process was rather drawn out, but it's done now and the box is now running on the new larger and faster disks.

The original disks are still in the box in case I need them, but I'll do another power cycle and remove them confirming everything works as planned soon enough. I'll then be able to find another use for them somwhere else.

Before I do anything radical I've decided to re-rip all my music collection. The vast majority of it was in Ogg Vorbis format with a few of the more recent albums in Opus or FLAC. Now I've got enough space I'll re-rip everything to FLAC and which has the big advantage of being more widely supported than Ogg or Opus, and being a lossless format suitable for permanent archiving. It's easy to convert a FLAC file into anything else, the same can't be said of a lossy format.


22 Aug 2016

Home Server upgrade / step 0

Today a new modern motherboard for my home server "Lapin Bleu" arrived, and was installed. The new motherboard has a slightly faster Intel CPU which also uses much less electricity and is much cooler than than the older AMD one. It has much faster DDR4 RAM and more of it, and is a lot smaller. I mainly bought it so that I had a newer system board that still had PS/2 sockets on before they are removed in the next generation of motherboards.

The original board is about 8 years old and there was nothing wrong with it, though it used a lot of electricity and had a tendency to run hot. The new board should be more efficient and if it gives another 8 years of life then I'll be happy.

I also got two 6 TB Toshiba hard disks to replace the current 0.5 Tb Samsung hard drives currently installed, but I'll do that upgrade on another day, when I'm feeling up to it - copying the data will take a few minutes at least!


01 Aug 2016

Returning to target

For the past few days I've been strictly sticking to my diet, and my spot weight has returned to target and my 7-day average has now peaked and started to fall as well. That mens two things.

My body still hasn't adapted to my new set-point weight - which is not really surprising as I don't expect that to happen for at least another nine months.

Secondly it means that my natural TDEE must be very close to what I'm currently living on. Eat a few calories more or less and my weight reacts quite quickly - though I put weight on faster than it comes off.

Basically that means I need to stick with the diet and also I've no space for treats or snacks...