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vacation

I'm so lazy. I'm not even updating my journal while on vacation.

Anyway, so far it's been quite nice. I made filet mignon on Saturday which turned out awesome indeed. I've done some cleaning up (though not nearly enough.)

Also, on Saturday ibexris and I bottled up most of our mead in preparation for his impending move. I now have 4 cases of mead stacked up in the kitchen. w00t! I've got strawberry, blueberry, strawberry/blueberry, chocolate and saffron. I used some of the saffron in the veggies that went with the steak on Saturday and it was quite lovely. We also had a bottle of the blueberry with dinner, and I must say that it's some pretty strong stuff. It went right to my head, hence the previous post.

We're seeing a realtor on Wednesday to introduce ourselves and look at some places. We want some place small. Unfortunately that probably means that I won't be able to keep the rack that I worked so hard to keep ahold of. In place of a full rack I'm looking at putting together a small cluster of EPIA systems, reusing the ram and disks in my current systems. These guys draw very little power (they have 55W external power supplies, like a laptop) and use a chipset fan for the CPU. In all, they are quiet and low power. This is important because they'll probably get shoved in a closet. The other upside to this is that I'd save on the electric bill which is always a good thing.

It's looking like I can get the systems for just about $150 each. I want 4 of them. 2 each for the mail/dns and web clusters. Why a cluster you ask? oh, you didn't ask, well I'm telling you anyway. I want to run failover pairs of systems using DRDB and a few Linux HA utils. There is a copy of Linux Magazine on my desk with this article in it. I really want to try this.

So basically I'd end up paying $300 each to replace my two most important servers with failover clusters. Not a bad deal really. I'm not sure what to do with the firewall just yet, but probably the same trick will work. I'd need a reasonably priced fanless switch that supports tagged vlans so that I can handle the multiple nets without needs 4 NICs. hmm, time to visit eBay :)

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eaterofhands
Oct. 11th, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
Mead and Epia
1) Do you make your own mead? If so how complicated is it?

2) Where are you getting the epia systems for $150? I've been wanting to build a new, low power server to handle my light serving needs off my DSL. My fiance and I are moving to a new place on off eastlake, what a better time to build a new system :)
matthew
Oct. 11th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Mead and Epia
1) yes, it's totally easy. You don't even have to invest a lot of money. You really just need a couple of buckets, an airlock, a racking hose, a bit of yeast and hell of a lot of honey and fruit.

2) directron.com. That's not for a complete system though. That's just the mainboard, case and psu. I already have the ram and disk.
eaterofhands
Oct. 11th, 2004 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Mead and Epia
Hrm, slick. I'm interested. If there's any savings in ordering together let me know. This seems like a perfect answer to my low power, quiet server need.
matthew
Oct. 11th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Mead and Epia
it would save a bit on shipping. I'll put an extra one in the order if you like.
eaterofhands
Oct. 12th, 2004 07:26 am (UTC)
Re: Mead and Epia
That'd work for me, are you doing the 1000MHz or 800Mhz (fanless) boards? I can give you cash when ever they come in.
matthew
Oct. 12th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
Re: Mead and Epia
1GHz with a fan. I don't feel like spending twice as much on the board for fanless.
eaterofhands
Oct. 12th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
Re: Mead and Epia
Its $5 cheaper for the fan less one, http://www.directron.com/viaepiav8000a.html .

I'd prefer fan less. I don't mind ordering if you don't want to temporarily absorbing cost. Shippings only $11 or so anyway (for ground).
matthew
Oct. 12th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
Re: Mead and Epia
hmm... I'm not sure that the 8000 is fanless, but it could be. That would be better, yes.

hmm...
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