The random rantings of a concerned programmer.


June 29th, 2009 | Category: Random

First — I’m releasing 4scrape source code. It’s a pile of shit, written back when I was complete shit (instead of mostly shit) with Haskell. It’s a giant fucking mess etc. Feel free to run your own 4scrape instance or whatever (if you can figure out how to deploy the thing lmao) I don’t really care. Don’t ask me any questions about how to set it up because I’m not going to spend time supporting it.

Anyway, the parts for my new media machine just came in today!!

I’m not planning on putting HDD/optical drives in the thing (case is too small lmao). Instead I’m going to run 150′ of ethernet cable to the fileserver in the basement on the other side of the house (because the wireless doesn’t make it past the fireplace’s brick walls).

So it’s like 9:30PM and I’m pulling cable out of the boxed spool walking through the kitchen, down the hallway, into a bedroom. As I’m opening up the window to throw the box outside to the basement door, A FUCKTON OF FUCKING WASPS FLY IN OUT OF FUCKING NO WHERE JESUS FUCKING CHRIST THERE’S A FUCKING NEST IN THE GODDAMN WINDOW OH FUCKING SHIT. So I slam the fucking window shut and run out of the room, locking the wasps in with my spool of cat5 cables.


Will deal with it later.



April 18th, 2009 | Category: Random

I just ordered a Asus eeePC 900 off Woot for $150. I feel kind of bad about it — the poor machine only has 512MB of RAM and a 4GB SSD. Probably going to slap FreeBSD on it (who would have guessed?) and honestly — my fileserver is running an i386 kernel, so building packages for the little thing shouldn’t be an issue. And disk space shouldn’t be an issue either — I can just run all the data over NFS. And there are even a couple wallpapers for it’s small resolution.

Mixed it up with the 901 though — the 900 has a Celeron M, not an Atom (FUUUUUUUUUUUU). But it’s really all about the form factor, I think.

I don’t know if my fat fingers are going to fit on that small keyboard though :(



March 25th, 2009 | Category: Random

oh god I have no money and I just ordered 4 1TB WD drives (and put the $400 bill on my credit card). Going to throw them in the case I bought over a year ago with an E7200, then run vinum + geli on them (with UFS, I think — I still don’t trust the ENTERPRISE-QUALITY ZFS). (Noting quietly that an improved version of vinum with RAID5 support is going into CURRENT soon).

According to my pay schedule, I should be back in the black on the 31st.

I was lying shit-faced in bed last night and realized, hey, I don’t ever have much fun with money. I’m a fucking tightwad. And I’m a tech guy — I should have all kinds of crazy tech bullshit lying around (instead of just a beaten-up Dell laptop from 2004). I figure a beefy fileserver is probably a good start.

Now I just need to download 3TB of pornography.


wild asuka has been caught

February 15th, 2009 | Category: Random


Not only did I spend way too much fucking money at Katsucon, but the Korean mafia is after my head. Goddammit.



January 10th, 2008 | Category: Random

I am an idiot.

My 2U chassis arrived yesterday. I actually ended up ordering a different one than I had posted about (found one cheaper, that still had 4x SATA hotswaps but wasn’t blue). So I open up the box take everything out, and it’s nice as fuck. Hell, the guy who shipped it gave me 5 SATA cables and a PATA cable and some other random shit, which was really nice.

The mounting points on it are a little weird, it looks like it was originally designed to fit a SSI EEB board or something, but there’s offsets in there for an ATX board. And it looks like I should be able to mount my mATX DG33TL in there without too much trouble.

Now, this is where the idiot part comes in. If you remember back to the list of parts I ordered you’ll notice the PSU is an ATX PSU, not an ATX2U. Which means it is hopelessly too large to fit in the tiny chassis. It’s a good PSU though, so I think I’ll end up buying a chassis for it (eventually), then putting all this stuff into that new chassis, and outfitting the 2U with some lower-end hardware (I’m actually thinking about keeping the DG33TL and RAM in there, but downgrading the PSU, assuming FreeBSD can handle the rig). It’d make a great fileserver with those 4x SATA hotswaps.

I ended up getting a Zippy P2U-6300P 2U PSU, which looks kind of sketchy, but will probably get the job done. Hopefully it won’t fry my board, but I mean, there isn’t much else I can do about it short of ordering a new case (and I don’t really feel like doing that, though I really should…). And I ordered a bunch of MOLEX to SATA adapters, because I doubt the PSU is gonna come with the SATA option. Ultimately, this again was really stupid: right after buying them I walked over to the chassis and noticed the SATA backplane had a single power connector. A MOLEX connector…


On an unrelated note, I started watching Dennou Coil today, and it’s fucking brilliant. I’ll probably be ranting some more about it in the coming days.

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