Friday, November 26, 2004

twice now

i've twice formatted and installed w2k on my big machine dualie (so named because it has to processors). as soon as i'd gotten everything happy with the first go-round, the hard drive failed and i had to do it again.

in the meantime, i took the opportunity to install gnu privacy guard, so if you have a pgp or gpg setup and want to send some mail or something, the key is pasted below and i'll link it eventually. this is the key for the blog only; i of course have another key with my real name attached to it, and no, i won't be posting that on my blog for (ah ha!) privacy reasons.

in other news, a friend gave me a dell poweredge 2400 server, and it came with three hard drives. i replaced one and added two others, and now have it running my home directory on a raid5 array (i could do raid10 but didn't want to spend the space); in time i'll move all major mail and web service to that box. it holds the actual data files for both the blog and my family website, and it holds the mail, but it doesn't do the processing. so if you ask for a file from the web server, it has to traverse the network twice: once from monster to allevil (the current web server), and then from allevil through the firewall out to you.

also today, i upgraded monster to have two processors as well. it now has two pentium-3 500 mhz processors in it. it still has i believe 512 meg of ram, which is way way way overkill for what it does. the raid controller has 128 megs of its own.

machine names can sometimes tell you something about people, so here are the machine names in my home:

dualie - the dual processor machine. it's got a gig of ram to boot.
monster - the file server that holds my home directory, all my mail, etc. this has a raid 5 array protecting the most important data in my home.
wndrgrl - the oldest of my machines, wndrgrl (wonder girl) is a pentium-class machine that actually has an amd processor in it. it serves as my firewall; it's too slow for much else. i use smoothwall as my firewall service.
dd - the previous desktop machine, dd (digital disaster) is an athlon 650 (pentium-3 class, thereabouts), and it's got a bunch of ide hard drives on it. it does file service for the non-critical files. stuff i'd hate to lose but wouldn't be the end of the universe if they disappeared, or things that are easier to use if they're on hard drive storage but also are backed up to cd or dvd, like an installable version of ms office, my mp3 and audiobook collections, etc.
allevil - the name of allevil was inspired by a friend who wanted a machine of that name but never set it up; it runs linux, and because the administrator account on linux is called "root," that makes me (ta dah!) the root of allevil.
tiny - tiny is a machine with a via processor as its cpu. it's designed to be a word processing sort of machine; small footprint, no expandability, but useful for light tasks, and cheap. when i actually have a monitor on it, my wife sometimes uses it to let ian play on. usually it sits idle, though. it's actually pretty noisy.
bagman - bagman is a dell laptop, and because it lives in a bag most of the time, it's called ... bagman. i don't actually take it anywhere much anymore because it's so painful to use it at school on the network, as i've described before, and without the network it's almost useless anyway.

so those are my boxen. all of them, when they're up, run d.net's rc5-72 client. i'm not interested in the ogr stuff, so i don't bother. apparently though most people are doing the ogr stuff, because as of yesterday i was ranked 2180 out of all 58775 participants since the project started, of whom only 10551 were active yesterday. if you want to see all the stats, feel free.

so back i go to my little hole, hoping my kids don't wake up screaming.

one final note about the gnupg key: it displays on the web page as all lowercase. this is because of the css formatting i've got installed that displays -everything- as all lowercase. but if you copy the block and paste it into something like notepad, it should come out as mixed case. if you try that with the rest of this entry it'll all come out lower because i typed it all lower. however, the key should be mixed-cased. if it's not both upper and lower case when you paste it into your text editor, it won't work correctly.

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