RebuildStarted event detected on md device /dev/md0

Logging into one of my systems, I saw the following in /proc/mdstat this morning. Personalities : [raid1] md0 : active raid1 sdc1[0] sdb1[1] 976559104 blocks [2/2] [UU] [=========>………..] resync = 45.7% (446333440/976559104) finish=489.8min speed=18037K/sec Unaware of a power failure or disk failure (these are pretty new disks) I did some digging. Looking through /var/log/daemon.log, I… Continue reading RebuildStarted event detected on md device /dev/md0

Laptop “Do Over”

If I could have a “do over” on my laptop purchase from last November, I would have gotten one of these Asus Eee laptops. Here’s why: I don’t need a totally powerful machine – 98% of my work is done in a command line, firefox or thunderbird. If I’m going to do work in Photoshop,… Continue reading Laptop “Do Over”

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New desktop for $399

I often have people ask me if I know of any good deals on computers and it seems like they change so frequently that I rarely have an answer. Today I have an answer: Save $250! Get the VOSTRO™ 200 MINI TOWER for $399! I recommend bumping up to at least a 160GB hard drive… Continue reading New desktop for $399

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Ubuntu AMI for Amazon EC2 large & xlarge instances

I just released another Ubuntu public AMI for Amazon EC2. This one is nearly identical to the first one I released except it can be used with large and extra large instances. Here are the current tech specs and costs for the different instance sizes: Small Instance (Default) – $0.10/hr 1.7 GB of memory, 1… Continue reading Ubuntu AMI for Amazon EC2 large & xlarge instances

One Laptop per Child

Do you want to buy a cool laptop for less than $400? This thing is durable, easy to use and can be charged with a hand crank or solar panel (it also looks kinda cute.) The One Laptop per Child project is one that has interested me for a while. Not only have they worked… Continue reading One Laptop per Child