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Terabyte drive in, backing up servers!
Windows 7 rockin' and printer drivers a go!
Up until last night, I've never lost any significant data that I was aware of. Sure I had the odd floppy go bad. An old school assignment, CD-Rs that have been laying around forever with a *nix distro I'd never think to install because it's so old. Or maybe files in an old digital backup that I had forgotten about and no longer needed or had any interest in keeping.
Well, I lost the RAID on my Video server. 1 disk out of a 2 drive RAID 0 array. And all the data is gone. I noticed the share wasn't appearing as normal, and today I checked the software configuration and noted neither disk was showing up. A quick check in the BIOS confirmed the array was dead, and only 1 disk is appearing as being recognized.
So I deleted the array, attempted to recreate and it's only showing 1 disk on the second channel, and no disk on the first channel (should be 1). Alas, I fear even if the drive is recoverable, and/or any data remains it will be impossible to rejoin them back into the same RAID and dredge up any lost data.
The kicker is I ordered a terrabyte drive this weekend so that I could backup the videos and audio from my network share servers.
So, as some of you already know I have a stalker. Sometimes they show up around night time. Other times it is during the day. I'm not even sure of all of the times they've been looking in on me. It's really scary to think that someone is watching me without me knowing. Anyway I managed to nab a picture of the stalker the other day, I'll put a link at the bottom. They've got a funky looking nose and they look hairy, which is totally gross. I've only seen my stalker twice but I imagine they've seen me more than I've seen them.
If you have any information on who this is please notify me right away!
Saturday afternoon I finally looked around and stumbled upon this site. So I called up my buddy RecursiveGreen and persuaded him to bring over his PCMCIA linksys wireless network card. Amazingly enough these people from Cambridge have written drivers for many PC-centric cards to enable them to work on Apple hardware. So we walked around, tried multiple spots for the router, and even walked outside with the laptop and found that we had good signal strength even outside the house. With WEP it's not much of a concern, and hey maybe I'll actually go outside a little bit now.
So I ordered a v3 Linksys WPC11 Wireless-B Notebook Adapter from amazon.com and can't wait for it to get here. The drivers will cost $20.00 but I'd rather pay a software developer $20 and someone reselling on amazon $40 than $70 to apple for their proprietary airport card. This way I can hopefully upgrade the card cheaper as they release new versions of the drivers.
This is going to enable me to do alot more. Especially since I have bad hardware, it sometimes freezes up on script heavy webpages, or other processor tasking things like opening large applications etc. With network access I can create a Virtual Network Connection to my linux box, and run virtually any type of program. The only difference is I don't have access to local storage space which isn't even important when I begin to do all my work from within the VNC. Now I don't have to worry about it freezing, or crashing, or freaking out. Basically with my new wireless card I can do anything, before I could do hardly anything.
Although there is an upside. I now have more daily access to the internet than I ever did at work or High School.
Hello Slashdot World.