NAS Project

I “recently” ordered (after doing some research) a Raidsonic Icybox NAS (full model: IB-NAS4220-B). I chose it because of:

  • gigabit ethernet port
  • dual disk support with JBOD/Mirror/Stripe
  • runs linux
  • Samba/NFS/FTP/iTunes server
  • community site http://www.nas-4220.org/
  • low power consumtion
  • quiet

The NAS arrived a week ago, and I ordered two Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750gb disks (model: ST3750640AS) to go in it. I prefer seagate for the 5 years of warranty they give on their disks. They arrived two days ago.

Unfortunately, after initial stress tests I got the following SMART errors (using smartctl, part of the wonderful smartmontools) on one of the disks:

SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: FAILED!
Drive failure expected in less than 24 hours. SAVE ALL DATA.
See vendor-specific Attribute list for failed Attributes.

The vendor-specific Attribute is:

ID#ATTRIBUTE_NAMEFLAGVALUEWORSTTHRESHTYPEUPDATEDWHEN_FAILEDRAW_VALUE
10Spin_Retry_Count0x0013069069097Pre-failAlwaysFAILING_NOW0

which isn’t very healthy :(

The disk is packed up and ready to be shipped back to the store…

The Bible…

… in Lolcatian!

Excerpt:

1 Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem.

2 Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz.

3 At start, no has lyte. An Ceiling Cat sayz, i can haz lite? An lite wuz.4 An Ceiling Cat sawed teh lite, to seez stuffs, An splitted teh lite from dark but taht wuz ok cuz kittehs can see in teh dark An not tripz over nethin.5 An Ceiling Cat sayed light Day An dark no Day. It were FURST!!!1

6 An Ceiling Cat sayed, im in ur waterz makin a ceiling. But he no yet make a ur. An he maded a hole in teh Ceiling.7 An Ceiling Cat doed teh skiez with waterz down An waterz up. It happen.8 An Ceiling Cat sayed, i can has teh firmmint wich iz funny bibel naim 4 ceiling, so wuz teh twoth day.

Read more on http://www.lolcatbible.com/!

How to fly

by Ryan Somma

The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss

With these words, Douglas Adams helpfully explained concept of flying in his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But the ground is really big, and, as the Tick so sagely noted, “Gravity is a harsh mistress.” So herein contained is my handy-dandy explanation of how you can impress your friends and family by throwing yourself at the ground and missing.

Read the full article here

It’s oh so quiet…

Yeah, yeah, I know, that title is about the lamest I could come up with. It’s appropriate though – since yesterday evening the main source of background noise when my pc is on is no longer my pc! I finally decided to get that noisebucket tamed, after hearing my brother-in-law’s new computer (or better, the lack of hearing it).

I replaced my old Atrix C9001-C4  (pic) case (which looks cool but is not that cool, you get tired of those fancy leds VERY quickly) with an Antec Sonata III (pic), and replacing my old boxed AMD CPU cooler with a Scythe Katana 2 CPU cooler (pic).

The difference this made to my background noise level is amazing. The noisiest things now are my harddisks… let’s go find some mufflers!

Motorola V3

A few weeks back I finally decided to get me (yet another…) new phone.. and I decided on the Motorola V3. Coming from using a multitude of phones from different vendors, this one took me the longest to get used to. It has a different style phonebook, the menu system is totally different, … Intuitive, yet different. The manual, on the other hand, is totally crap. Half of the things aren’t explained, but being a good geek – who reads manuals anyway? :P

Having had the phone now for a while, I can say I really love it :) It’s got a sleek design, the photographs aren’t the best (but hey, I’ve got a Canon A95 if I want to take photos), the sound quality is great, reception is great, phonebook could be better (only searching on the first letter for instance)

It comes bundled with MobilePhoneTools, which works, tho I kinda miss some of the functions the Nokia mobile phone suite has. Ah well..

On the fun side, I discovered that there’s a complete modding scene out there with respect to Motorola’s phones !

I’ve not taken the step yet to actually flashing my phone, but it all looks very interesting… :P

Farewell, dear mouse!

… and on this fair day, my trusty ‘old’ USB Logitech optical mouse ceased to process electrical inputs.. henceforth it shall go to silicon heaven with all the other mice and electrical appliances.

Let us grieve in peace.

(yesh, my mouse died *snif* replaced with a logitech optical wireless i still had ;p)