The File Server

This is the current thinking for my soon-to-be-built storage server. I should consult freebsd-hardware first. Athena Power CA-SWH01BH8 Pedestal case The above case comes with two of these backplanes close up photos of that backplane mother board? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130136 was suggseted. m/b will either need 8 SATA connections or room for several cheap SATA controllers power …

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Big storage

I’m thinking about creating a storage box. One with a lot of disk space. It will be used for backups and stuff. I will continue to backup to tape as well. I’m considering this case, which has 8xSATA hot-swap bays: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811192058 If I was buying a RAID card, I’d buy this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816131002&Tpk=areca%201120 But I …

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Quieter laptop

Yes, my laptop arrived safe and sound. Well, mostly safe. It was actually delivered to another address on campus, but it eventually arrived at Afilias. Tonight, as I wait for the phone to ring, I decide to play with the fan and see if I could shut it off. I can: # sysctl dev.acpi_ibm.0.fan=0 dev.acpi_ibm.0.fan: …

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Building an AMD Phenom box

This post is unfinished. This is the old box: FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation. FreeBSD 7.0-CURRENT #2: Wed Sep 19 11:34:09 EDT 2007 dan@polo.unixathome.org:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/POLO WARNING: WITNESS option enabled, expect reduced performance. Timecounter “i8254” frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0 CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz (2806.38-MHz 686-class CPU) Origin = “GenuineIntel” Id …

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HDD? Which HDD?

I’m trying to figure out what HDD to put in 2U server. The following is just a list of URLs I want to keep around for a while. Raptor versus WD4000YR Storage Review of Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD4000YR Wikipedia RAID Raptor from Newegg Storage Review of Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 WD4000YR Raptor WD Support Customer …

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New box

I got a really sweet deal on a computer: Dell Optiplex GX-260 CPU 2.4 GHz HDD 20 GB RAM 512 MB CD ROM Re-Writable NIC 3COM internal speakers build-in sound card Windows XP MS-Office XP Yes, that INCLUDES the original CDs for that software, still shrink wrapped! That alone is worth the CAD$150 price. I’ve …

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