On Appliances and Toys

I grew up playing with computers. Our first computer was a Packard Bell 286, and I fondly remember getting a book on BASIC and trying to make a game with it. Later, we got a Gateway 2000 486, and on at least two occasions, I broke it by editing autoexec.bat and config.sys. A few years later, we got a Gateway (at this time, they had rebranded) Pentium III 550 MHz, which was an absolutely screamer for its time....

2023-10-07 · 7 min · Stephan Garland

A Modest Proposal for minimizing downtime and adding more blinkenlights to ye olde 25U rack

In case you haven’t been following my work (I absolutely can’t blame you, as this blog is self-congratulatory at best), I have a 25U rack with some stuff in it. In short, it consists of a Supermicro 2U X9, and a ZFS pool, with an almost-identical second Supermicro 2U X9 that exists as a cold spare, and a ZFS backup target. There’s also a Dell R620 1U that I’ve done absolutely nothing with yet beyond installing Proxmox....

2021-08-28 · 3 min · Stephan Garland