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i got a bad feeling about this

i feel like the walking dead right now. i haven't been sleeping well, and my pace has kept me pretty exhausted. i had a funny feeling about my server last week, at about 3am. it was at this point that i realized two things:

1- i hadn't done a backup since my crash, and i have done a lot of work. i managed to get that done monday night. in genning a mirror for backup purposes last night, i had to swap my dns to test everything out. when i swapped it back, my primary server asked for a reboot. it did not reboot, and lies smoking on my floor. i guess that is what i get for constantly cobbling machines together. one of these days i'll commit to making my server a thing of beauty. as it is, my backup box (which will now be the new server) is a good deal faster than what i was using now, but i am loathe to re-invest, again, in scsi when sata is so much cheaper. any geeks with a mind on the matter out there? i'm in the 3/4 terrabyte storage range mind you, so we are talking mondo bucks on storage space, considering i tend to expand at about 15-23% annually.

in the meantime, i am back to no webspace, no internet-accessible resources, no spiders, and no email at my work/personal accounts. i feel like someone lopped off a limb.

2- it is may, which means it is time for my annual reading of stephen king's 'It'. i have been rereading this book every may since 1987. going away to my grandparents over the summer (generally for a week after school got out, before camp started) was the only time i could read as much of what i wanted to. my grandparents didn't seem to care what i read, so long as i read. my grandmother also somehow never figured out that even though waldenbooks gave you 10% back, you still lost money in the end, even with al the 5$ gift certificates. most of the impressionable reading of my youth was done in pennsylvania, without parental censorship. ever since my mom got shouted out for letting me read ivanhoe for a 4th grade book report, she always asked what i was reading, to be sure that she wouldn't have any other headaches.

i still wonder if that 4th grade teacher had ever even read ivanhoe.


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May. 4th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
so are you looking for prefab or parts for the new server?
May. 4th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
i don't know yet
i have all my needs more-or-less taken care of to migrate status quo (with a much better processer/ram situation). my main issue is storage, as i am currently down to about 7% free space of a little over 780gb. I would love to wrap all this into easily mirrorable volumes or raid arrays, rather than the hodgepodge of harddrives i have now, but that is very expensive. less so if i do it sata, more so if i do it raid.
May. 4th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Re: i don't know yet
well, you can always go external - cdw has some pretty good ones, but they're pricey. personally i prefer maxtor, but lacie seems to have the better pricing. best i've found is like $150 per 250g: http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=901716

if you're going sata, seagate has some fantastic prices, actually. again cdw (yeah, i'm a shil, what's your point?) $100 per 250g http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=727488

As far as raiding goes, i really dont see you doing that for under a grand, once you incorporate the kits and the drives. chances are you can find a bit cheaper than cdw, i'm just regurgitating what i turned up when the bgh had a bee in his bonnet about backups recently
May. 4th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: i don't know yet
CDW blows goat nut. They get all their shit from Ingram Micro or Techdata and still manage to ream people, while making it look like they are actually offering a free hander with each purpose. And those commercials make my ass twitch.

Sorry. I have opinions on the other matters, but frankly, I think B can make a choice without my profanity laced opinion about raid options and so on.

though they are fun to read.
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