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New home for server/NAS  
Posted by smurphy on Thursday, 12 April 2012 - 17:36 
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 it took some time to actually get the Furniture for our (my wife and mine) office, and since it came last week, I couldn't push back the fact that I needed to move the server from it's old (non design) Rack, to a new one I am partly responsible for.
For the sake of Administration, I did put in a KVM, and mounted a screen outside on the Rack, and even added a space for the keyboard, making it look pretty cool in the end. I just hope I won't get a temperature problem, as it's all in...  

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Network connection flaky  
Posted by smurphy on Saturday, 28 January 2012 - 18:14 
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 Seems the French Telecom and Free Telecom play the ping pong game. France Telecom says the physical line is Ok, and I tell Free Telecom the line is not OK and they see it too. According to this picture, the quiality is really really bad. If I have 15 minutes of connectivity without disconnects, I am lucky at the moment.
No chance in playing any online based game at all. Especially during this Week-End.

Issues have been fixed end of February - at last. Actually - whe...  

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outages on router ... [updated]  
Posted by smurphy on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 - 08:44 
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Linux Hardware

 I finally figured out why my connection has some outages. There are 2 causes for this - and I'm afraid I can fix only one. The Modem I have sometimes gets a hickup - and stalls. This one needs a hard-reset. I'll probably hook up a timer onto it's power supply to get it fixed. The other issue is a software issue on the firewall/router. The built-in hardware watchdog will go into shutdown mode instead of reboot mode - forcing a normal shutdown. Only a regular power-cycle can fix that one. However ...  

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Routerboard replaced [updated]  
Posted by smurphy on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 - 21:34 
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RB493G

 As usual - I can't stand things/hardware that does not work at 100%. Hence - I ordered a replacement board, and put it in place today. The new router board is the next generation, means that it has Gbit ethernet ports, and provides a USB Port as a Micro SD port that could be used. A test has shown 38MiBytes of FTP transfer speed - which is a good indication for GB Network.

It took me longer to actually get the new setup running - as the ethernet ports have been rotated somehow - making...  

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Nasty router issue  
Posted by smurphy on Friday, 14 January 2011 - 13:51 
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 while being on travel for work, suddenly I was unable to reach my home-site anymore. When I came back, everything was still running, except the internet connectivity would not work, and the reason was unknown.
I first suspected an issue with my ISP, however testing it with them, it was not the ISP's fault, rather on my router. However - identifying the issue avered a pain, as it was not the a fatal problem, rather a non fatal.
For the router, the interface was there, and it tried conn...  

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Harddisk replaced  
Posted by smurphy on Saturday, 24 April 2010 - 18:35 
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 A new hard-disk, 160GB has been put into place. With this - hopefully, all issues should go away. Note - it is possible that some files are missing - as some errors were notified during the copy process. However, taking a copy of the still running system has probably less missing files than a 28 hours old backup.
For those reading their mails on my system, if an old mail is missing - let me know. I can restore it from the old backups (50 Weeks rotation is configured)... 

 
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Harddisk starts to fail ...  
Posted by smurphy on Sunday, 18 April 2010 - 07:49 
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 the harddisk of stargate starts to fail. As I'm locked out on an island, and no ETA for my return is available, I tried to fix all issues, relocate the bad blocks on the harddisk. Hopefully this remote-repair operation will last long enough until my return to swap the hard-drive. 

 
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Servers in place  
Posted by smurphy on Sunday, 7 February 2010 - 14:31 
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 The servers are in place now. Took some time to find a place to put them, but at last, as they are passively cooled, I had to find an open space for them. The UPS and KVM Switch are of course also available, as a screen and keyboard for admin tasks. Check for yourself.


What you see here, are from top left to bottom right: Routerboard RB493AH Firewall Router (ADSL Modem is hanging on the left side of the Rack), Screen/Keyboard, Philips Skype Telephone.

Down one - ...  

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Hardware moved to new location  
Posted by smurphy on Thursday, 4 February 2010 - 13:39 
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 The hardware has been moved to a new location. Up to now - it is in a temporary space which needs to be reworked as soon as a new storage rack has been found. Eventual outages can not be avoided. 

 
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New FAQ Section added: eBook  
Posted by smurphy on Friday, 20 February 2009 - 16:30 
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 A new eBook section has been added to the FAQ. Notably about the PRS-505 eBook Reader from sony. This is a nice little device which can make travel life lighter, especially if you have to travel a lot around, and want to take loads of books with you.
The FAQ will provide some hints on what you can do with that little device, mainly provide links to projects to make life easier if you don't want to be bou...  

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