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   Seems the page about my hair has cough the interest of the Internet community.  We jumped up from our average of 3,800 hits a day to close to 25,000 for the day as of 11:00pm.  Seems I got plugged on a message board of fairly significant traffic.  This happened once before, in October of 2004.  The page about my sleeping box got plugged on a rather popular site and I landed 118,877 hits in one day.
   Webalizer estimates I had 1071 visits so far today.\'s average day is around 300.  The spike began yesterday sometime, closing out yesterday with 6323 hits and 498 visits.  And I\'m loving it... having a lot of traffic is fun.  Gives one a feeling of accomplishment :)  So thankx everyone for having a look.  I hope you enjoyed the site! :-)
   Pictured is Not Vinny and I.  Not Vinny (who is still unnamed) does enjoy a cuddle, but she isn\'t so sure about the camera.
   Visible in this picture are the twin monitors of the Red-Dragon and the shared monitor of the Black-Dragon and White-Dragon.
   I\'ve hit the +30,000 picture mark.  That means I\'ve taken an average of 55 pictures a day over the last year and a half.  Of these, just of 2,700 are proofs.  The unprocessed images span 78 gigs of space, and the proofs and additional 10 gigs.  All the proofs are available on-line and consume an additional 2.4 gigs for the 18,690 files needed for the various sizes.
   Still playing around with my 1000 Mb/s network.  I was able to hold 150 Mbit/sec while copying files from the Red-Dragon to simultaneously the Black, Indigo and White Dragon.  This is still far short of what I would like to see.  I ordered some CAT5e and CAT6 patch cables to see if that will boost performance.
   This is a picture of the new 100 Mb/s switch and cables behind my primary work bench.  So far, 12 of the 16 ports are used.  I have two more computers that don\'t have a network cable yet, but those will get a connection once the new CAT5/6 arrives.  One of the links goes to the route, and the other to the 1000 Mb/s switch.
Sgt. Snow-Jim

Sgt. Snow-Jim

   Today we had a small gathering at Park Place of all the people who were in town for the holidays.  Our friend Jim-Jim is stationed in Iraq right now and couldn\'t be here.  So we decided he\'d attend by proxy.
   The weather has warmed up to the upper 30ies and the snow has begun to melt.  The snow was wet enough for rolling snowballs.  So I got to work around noon, rolling some gigantic snowballs using the remains of the late Hal Winters.  To get large snowballs stacked for my snow people, I typically use a board for a ramp and slide the snowballs up on top the snow person.  This ramp has to be pretty strong, since the snowballs weight quite a bit.  So I normally use the basement door.  It\'s solid wood and over an inch thick.  (See a picture of the door prepared as a ramp.)  But I wanted Snow-Jim to be big-- real big.  And the torso of this creation weight far too much for me to push up the ramp alone.  The project was post-pone until around 4:00pm, when more of the crowd arrived.
   Enter Andy, Adam, Zen and Caleb.  With the 5 of us, the massive snowball started to ascend the ramp.  When it got about 1/3 of the way up, the door cracked and the snowball slide off the side.  Adam constructed a snow ramp to support the door and we tried again.. this time with success.  We decided to stack pieces rather then entire snowballs, since the weight of the wet snow was too high to lift full snowballs into place.  Slowly, the snowman began to grow, until it reached a heights of over 9 feet!  Sgt. Snow-Jim was a monster; a snow person who dwarfed all my previous creations.
   The initial snow stack was just a pile of snow with no shape or smooth surface.  The temperature had drooped low enough to make the snow dry out enough not to back well.  So I knew the standard buildup I do to create a body wouldn\'t be an option with this snow-person.  I concentrated on building a flat front surface in which to paint.  This took quiet awhile.  Since the snow was returning to powder, we had to add water before each shovel load of buildup was added in order to keep it in place.  In time, we had a flat front surface, and Sgt. Snow-Jim was complete.
   Our creation didn\'t last more then a few hours before it succumb to it\'s own weight and poor quality of snow.  None the less, Snow-Jim was a behemoth and served as a reminder of our good friend Jim Shea, who we all miss and hope returns swiftly from abroad.

December 22, 2005

1000 Mbit/sec

Andrew Que, Dec. 2005

Andrew Que, Dec. 2005

   We ordered an 8 port 1000 Mbit/sec switch and a 16 port 100 Mbit/sec switch a few days ago, and they have arrived.  We were quite tired of the shortage of 100 Mbit port with the new hardware we\'re working with.  We had a SmartLink 8 port, LinkSys 4 port and a NetGear 18 port (2x 100 Mbit/sec, 16x 10 Mbit/sec).  Of these, there are a total of 10x 100 Mbit ports, and all of these were assigned.  Now, the 16 port switch takes care of all our 100 Mbit/sec connections, as well as picks up the 10 Mbit/sec connections from the old machines.
   We have 3 1000 Mbit/sec NICs for the Red, Black and Indigo Dragon.  Our initial tests... not to impressive.  Our best speeds are between the Red-Dragon and the Indigo-Dragon, in which we can average 120 Mbits/sec.  Between the Red-Dragon and the Black-Dragon, we can only sustain 80 Mbits/sec.  With just 100 Mbit/sec cards, the we could sustain about 50 Mbits/sec.  But I was hoping for a better then a 2x increase with a 10x card.  I\'ll have to look into cabling and configuration so see if that\'s effecting performance.
   Pictured is me.