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Falling back to closest date.

December 27, 2004

PHP 5.0.3 installed

    We had to build PHP with support for GMP for an encryption project, so decided to update to 5.0.3.

December 18, 2004

IP address change

    It's been a long while (like, since June of 2002) since we've been assigned a new IP address.  But, we now have a new one.  All primary domains *should* be functional, with a few we don't control being switched over as soon as their respective operators get the message.

November 24, 2004

Apache updates

   The Indigo Dragon took the show for awhile while we compiled Apache 1.33, mod_ssl 2.8.22, and OpenSSL 0.9.7e.  It's been quite awhile since we've updated Apache and before we did it I wanted to be sure we had a backup server.

November 06, 2004

Power system revisions

    Updates to the power distribution system for the server array are made, including an additional UPS, wiring updates and cable organization.

November 04, 2004

Indigo-Dragon becomes functional backup system

    The Indigo-Dragon, after a lot of work, now has a fully functional setup capable of backing up  A lot of work went into compiling/installing all the necessary software, but we now have all the steps covered and results are good.
    Having a backup server is nice for a number of reasons.  We can now shutdown the White-Dragon for hardware updates-- something we just don't do these days.

November 01, 2004

Record setting October traffic

    A 23,105 visitors toatling 478,556 hits, making dwarfing our highest previous record of 260,961 hits ( August of 2004) and 8,153 visitors (March of 2004).  Most of the traffic came to the page about my sleeping quarters which was requested by 17,697 visitors-- 79.3% of everyone that showed up.

October 30, 2004

New router takes over

    We've repleaced the DI-704 router with a DI-624.  The new router adds wireless, more port mappings-- badly needed.  Everthing looks to be running as expected.

October 26, 2004

PHP 5 added to White Dragon

    The White Dragon upgrades to PHP 5.  After looking at some of the fetchers of PHP 5, we decided we must have it-- and now we do.  This compile of PHP 5 also has suport for GD library, which is nice.  For anyone that stumbles on this page trying to compile PHP 5 with MySQL, the following must be done: 
    Download MySQL "Libraries and header file" and install them
    Compile PHP 5 with "--with-mysql=/bin"
    Life will be good :)

October 14, 2004

Record breaking hits

    We pulled in record hits yesterday.  Seems my page about my sleeping quarters is providing endless amounts of amusement, having been linked from at a least two different places (here and here).  What kind of traffic are we talking about?
Daily Statistics for October 2004
Day Hits Files Pages Visits Sites KBytes
.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
9 4166 1.94% 3191 1.65% 405 2.07% 139 1.43% 207 2.09% 522208 2.74%
10 4513 2.10% 3695 1.91% 404 2.06% 162 1.67% 228 2.31% 878114 4.61%
11 5298 2.46% 3734 1.93% 591 3.02% 165 1.70% 265 2.68% 826569 4.34%
12 6756 3.14% 4780 2.47% 497 2.54% 155 1.60% 272 2.75% 995332 5.23%
13 118877 55.31% 111642 57.75% 9654 49.30% 6929 71.43% 7045 71.30% 1974018 10.37%
     For a site that normally pulls in about 200,000 hits a month, getting 118,000 in one day is a bit of a jump!  At one point during the after noon, 4:00pm, we averaged almost 2 hits/second.  Watching the log file, we could saw many times that we were sustaining 3-4 hits/second.  I'm pleased, but that's nothing by compassion to sites like slashdot, who I once read averaged about 30 hits/second.

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