Aw, poow widdle awe-aye-ay-ay! Poow widdle bay-bee!
As I procrastinated by bouncing between projects, I put together a low-budget PC for a friend of a friend. It’s very much a retro PC, but I think it’s useful, especially considering the budget I had to work with.
I’m in the Web design phase of my next project, which I’ve alluded to in the past. I’ve got a fast machine here (I’m still trying to figure out why my site’s slow–CPU usage is low, memory usage is way low, and there’s no disk activity) with tons of capacity. I’ve got a fantastic piece of software. I’ve got the world’s best server operating system. And my guest has compelling and important things to say.
I don’t talk about work very often, and usually in vague terms. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned my current employer by name here, and I very rarely mention a former employer by name, mostly because they sometimes made decisions I disagree with. I figure if I’m going to trash them, it’s better if I do it without mentioning them by name.
I don’t have any strong opinions about monitors. None at all. I don’t have strong opinions about anything, but I especially don’t have strong opinions about monitors.
So what’s so special about this server? It’s running Debian 3.0 on XFS, which is SGI’s industrial-strength journaling file system. It’s faster than ext3, more feature-complete than ReiserFS, and it’s been reliably shuffling bits as part of SGI’s IRIX operating system for the better part of a decade. You know you want it.
You can pick up a 35-meg ISO image that installs Debian and grabs everything else you want off the ‘Net over here.
I can wait a long, long time
Before I hear another love song.
— Sisters of Mercy
Oh wait. No, I’m thinking of Steve. Although he and I did just get identical Dell Optiplex GX1 P2-450 workstations to use as Web servers. We learned a little bit about them too.
First off, the Optiplexes — at least this particular model and vintage, a GX1 450MTbr+ — use NLX motherboards with riser cards. Not that we’ll use the expansion slots for much — ATI Rage Pro video and a 3Com 3C905 NIC are built into the motherboard. There aren’t many options for upgrading it, but that drove the price down. For $194, I got a P2-450, 128 megs of RAM, an Adaptec 2940UW SCSI host adapter, a 9.1 GB Quantum Viking II 7200-rpm SCSI hard drive, decent video (not that I care about video in a server), Toshiba 32X ATAPI CD-ROM, and a first-rate 3Com NIC. I’d have been hard pressed to upgrade my current Web server to those specs for much less than that, and this way I get a spare PC, complete, to mess around with.
There’s no one thing to write about. So I’ll write about a few little things. Deal?
Amusement. My boss sent me this link. Shockwave is required. If you’re like me and don’t keep Shockwave installed, find someone who does and send the link, and watch them watch it. It’s even more amusing than watching it yourself.
Adobe announced Premiere 6.5 yesterday, and it’s got just about everything that should have been in 6.0.