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No articles for week of October 01, 2004

Falling back to closest date.

September 18, 2004

Red-Dragon upgrades again

    Having only 750 gigs of drive space just wasn't enough.  Pluvius had 2 more 250 gig drives no one had claimed-- so we took them.  That puts the RAID-5 array at 1.5 terabytes to total drives space.  It configured with 5 drives as the array for a solid terabyte of drive space, and 1 drive as a hot spare.  This way, if we loss a drive, the spare takes over and the system hardly losses a beat.
    All this configuration means drives have moved all over.  The Red-Dragon now has 7 hard drives: the 37 gig 10k RPM boot drive and the 6 drives of the RAID-5 called Tera.  We moved the 2x 100 GB WD RAID-1 array to the Black Dragon, along with the 120 gig WD (Aux. data).  The 60 gig WD ramains orphined.  It might move into a Linux box in the near future, but no plans yet.
So, my drive array looks like this:
Drive Manufactor/Type Usable size Partitions
36.7 GB SATA 10k RPM Western Digital Raptor 33.51 GB Programs, Swap, Temp
6x250 GB SATA 7,200 RPM RAID-5 Western Digital Caviar 931.54 GB Tera
Drive Manufactor/Type Usable size Partitions
80 GB ATA/100 7,200 RPM IBM Deskstar 76.6 GB BlackDragon
120 GB ATA/100 7,200 RPM Western Digital Caviar 111 GB Aux. Data
2x 80 GB ATA/100 7,200 RPM RAID-1 IBM Deskstar 76.6 GB **
100 GB ATA/100 7,200 RPM RAID-1 Western Digital Caviar 93.1 GB DataDump
Drive Manufactor/Type Usable size Partitions
30 GB ATA 5,400 RPM Western Digital Caviar 28 GB WhiteDragon
Drive Manufactor/Type Usable size Partitions
45 GB ATA 5,400 RPM IBM Deskstar 40(?) GB IndigoDragon

September 07, 2004

Red-Dragon receives 1 tearabyte of drive space

    The Red-Dragon gets one large upgrade: 1,000 gigabytes of drive additions.  The 4x 250GB Western Digital SATA drives are configured in a RAID-5 setup that yeilds 698 gigabytes of usable space.
    So why such a lack in news?  Currently, we've been engaged in a lot of projects-- developing a web-based HMI for work, taking pictures as we study photography, writting an improved gallery script, customizing a Linux build and anything else you can think of.  We've lost some hardware-- the Iron-Dragon (laptop) lost a battery (tech suport said "it's dead-- you're lucky if they last more then a year); and a 15" monitor that now just sparks internally making it unusable.

July 15, 2004

Red-Dragon receives 120 gigabyte addition

    Running out of space, we added a Western Digital 100GB drive to the picture to take some stress of the 100 GB RAID array.  Since our digital camera joined the collection, we've eaten more then 13 gigabytes.  This storage is only a temporary solution as a larger RAID configuration system is going to be needed sometime in the future.  This drive should hold us off for a bit.

June 08, 2004

FTP is down

    FTP went down today after a crash on the Red Dragon.  Looks like the config file get corrupt because of the crash.  Darn non-Linux OSes and their crashing!
    I didn't bother keeping a backup for the config, since I wanted to be off the non-Linux FTP server anyway.  Since I don't have anytime, null79 is going to look into setting up a Linux based FTP server.

June 02, 2004

The Garage Crowd site is back

    Zen informed me the Crowd site is back after a replacement DSL modem was installed.

June 01, 2004

The Garage Crowd site is down

    The Garage Crowd site is down due to DSL problems at Zen's shop.  He's contacted the ISP and someone is scheduled to look at it.  Zen tells me if the site looks to be down for more then just the day, he will temporarily move it to Park Place. 

May 11, 2004

E-mail is back

    About a week ago, I noticed e-mail was not being delivered. At first, I thought this was a sendmail config problem, thinking maybe something didn't restart correctly when the White Dragon rebooted. After several very unsucessful atempts to get what seemed something very simple, I decided to abandon sendmail, and try an other e-mail server.
    So, we installed Mercury again-- our trusty e-mail server of old. It didn't work either. At this point, I was confused. Then, a thought dawned on me, I check on our ISP's site, and my suspicions were confirmed. Due to the most recent set of viruses-- SPAM sending viruses, our ISP firewalled outgoing connections to port 25. Unfortunately, I don't think we can remove this block despite the fact we are not your typical brain-dead user that wouldn't notice something like a SPAM virus.
    To get around this, we set up a mail relay on a diffrent port on a remote computer. It's setup to only accept connections from our network and relay anything we send it. Then, our server here was modified to use that relay when sending mail.
    It's kind of a long route for getting e-mail out, but it works. It's too bad most people are too stupid to be trusted with an unfirewalled internet connection-- makes things harder for those of us who can.

April 22, 2004

The White Dragon crashes

    After 190 days of non-stop activity, the White Dragon locked up. was down for about 6 hours before it came to my attention.  The computer rebooted fine and everything came back.  Due to the White Dragon's prior record, it is my guess the heat as of late is taking it's toll.
    The Black Dragon has crashed a couple of times already, mainly when it's much warmer.  This is going to be a problem as the heat increasers for the summer months to come.

April 01, 2004

March a complete record month January daily averages

    Our busiest day last month was the 12th where we received 21,304 hits-- a new record for daily hits.  On the 1th, we sent out 2,073,412

   We set all new records for monthly hits, visitors, files and pages sent, and unique sites to make requests.  In an incredible show of support for our friend Jerry Shea, we jumped from our standard 6,000 hits a day to over 21,000 and maintained around 10,000 hits a day for the next 5 days.  Even google seemed to honor Jerry's memory, as his site showed up the 2nd day.
    In all, the month yielded almost a quarter of a million hits and just under 20 gigs of data transferred.

March 30, 2004

'Nelson' leaves the network

    Zam's computer, 'Nelson', leaves the network.  Zam moved his primary residence to Janesville and Nelson went with him.