21 Apr 2000 jmm   » (Journeyer)

New account... I get to blame Jeremy if I don't like it, so that's a good thing.

Spent most of afternoon testing the IBM ServeRAID adapters (drivers/scsi/ips.[ch]) with h/w RAID-0 with s/w RAID5 on top (my personal favorite). No, they're not as nice as my Mylex eXtremeRAID 1100 cards, but they're connected to the crappy Timpani 1.0 (not 1.5) enclosures, which are SAF-TE compliant but crappy performance. Still deciding whether or not to head over to the DULUG meeting tonight...

Spent a little time unscrambling a network that two coworkers (one of them my manager, Dr. Ken Vu who teaches a networking course @ncsu.edu) had spent 5 hours trying to get working. 6 minutes later, everything was working (woohoo :). Having to explain to a networking prof how a tokenring/ethernet router works was fun (and no, assigning a token ring ip address to your ethernet card doesn't make it connect *sigh*)

I'll probably go since the movie doesn't start until like 9:30. Jeremy is out of town back in Hickory, so I'm probably stuck with Drew and Hunter (if they show up) for geek talk... gotta find out if the wife wants to go...We'll probably end up seeing 28 Days, which is good since one of my mother's college roommates was in it. I haven't seen her since the time I broke her finger blocking her shot playing basketball. My mother will never let me live that down... ugh

I really need to get some more work done on my independent study, which is currently focused on using the network block device and software raid in the kernel for getting a decent-performing 100% non-local filesystem. Main focus is network-based s/w raid0 for doing database benchmarking. ideally these numbers will be extrapolatable (no, it's not in /usr/dict/words) to local-disk performance numbers, but that's later :)

Got to the installfest a little late on Saturday because of a very nice bachelor party Friday night that ran a tad late. Only enough time to show up and confirm that Nitin Dahyabhai (nalin@redhat.com's brother) had indeed renegged on my deal to get his spare voodoo3-3000 (and sell it for less to his brother!). He has a huge conscience, though, so I'm at least getting a lunch out of it.

Birthday party on Saturday for Chris Mojica (Lucent/INS/catt@ncsu) that went well. For the first time in awhile, I kept from getting totally trashed so hopefully a few of the people there think I'm somewhat sane now.

Pam's birthday party was on Sunday. I gave spot a ride, and we ended up being chefs for the first couple of hours. Far too much Outburst played, with the main outcome being that Drew is psycho and needs Ritalin (sp?) badly.

Anyway, first entry (I'm sure it sucks). Enjoy.

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