Hello all.


So Its been a while and my updates seems to come at random and infrequently, but as is life.


You may have seen the site down a while back, I had two brand new Hard drive fail in succession, leaving my raid degraded, from which I will not risk losing my data so until one of the the drives came back I had shut down the server to prevent further data loss.


On a hunch I bought a UPS for the server as I am begging to thing the wiring in my house being as old as it is, is the cause of the failing drives, when any major appliance kicks on the voltage drops, the new UPS will compensate for that, Also got a daemon running on the server to monitor the UPS:

APC : 001,038,1006
DATE : 2014-03-31 09:13:26 -0400
VERSION : 3.14.10 (13 September 2011) debian
UPSNAME : home
UPSMODE : Stand Alone
STARTTIME: 2014-03-28 09:48:06 -0400
MODEL : Back-UPS RS 1300G
LINEV : 119.0 Volts
LOADPCT : 16.0 Percent Load Capacity
BCHARGE : 100.0 Percent
TIMELEFT : 39.5 Minutes
MBATTCHG : 5 Percent
MINTIMEL : 3 Minutes
MAXTIME : 0 Seconds
SENSE : Medium
LOTRANS : 088.0 Volts
HITRANS : 147.0 Volts
ALARMDEL : 30 seconds
BATTV : 27.2 Volts
LASTXFER : Automatic or explicit self test
XONBATT : 2014-03-30 19:27:20 -0400
TONBATT : 0 seconds
CUMONBATT: 8 seconds
XOFFBATT : 2014-03-30 19:27:28 -0400
LASTSTEST: 2014-03-30 19:27:20 -0400
STATFLAG : 0x07000008 Status Flag
SERIALNO : 4B1330P38519
BATTDATE : 2013-07-26
NOMINV : 120 Volts
NOMBATTV : 24.0 Volts
NOMPOWER : 780 Watts
END APC : 2014-03-31 09:13:36 -0400


After an update on my router I setup a new VPN, now I can access anything I need on the server from anywhere.


All for now


Like the Phoenix..

Ello again,

After a semi raid failure, and issues from that lead to the boot drive being wiped The site is alive once again, risen once again from the ashes..

On the 13th of December one of the raid drives, The lot of 1.5 Terabyte drives that even Seagate admitted to me they had issues with, up and died in complicity, no motor, and on boot BIOS stated SMART failure.

This lead to me borrowing/stealing my fathers PC, piecemealing the raid back together, thank goodness for software raids, and buying a new line of 3TB drives for the server.


After getting the Server back online, Dads system running the old raid with a spare which didn’t last long as one of my two drives failed and ran degraded as we pulled the data off, we mined through the night to get the data off, using SSH this was going to take DAYS.. untill i did some reasearch.


The reason it was going to take so long was the overhead from the default encryption SSH2 uses which is pretty secure, something I didn’t need as we were not going over the net but only working on a local LAN, I found online how to turn down the encryption standard, fed that into rsync and it took about 4-8 hours (from what I recall) to transfer around 2TB worth of data which is a lot better than the original estimate of 72-150.


None the less I got it running up until Jan 6th when another of the new 3TB smart failed and downed the server. a quick swap, an overnight rebuild and the server has run since.


The question I have is, Is my computer killing the drives? or have Seagate drives taken a turn for the worse, thus the lower warranties?

Raspberry Pi and a Movie Recomendation

So my Pi came in today and I have been using it since I came home from work, with 2012-10-28-wheezy-raspbian.img on it, 64 GPU ram dedicated. I made Vice C64 emulator Launch, SSH’ed into it with my Laptop and ran all of it updates, including obtaining and running rpi-update.

The movie I was talking about is Pitch Perfect, Its alittle Girly but If your a fan of Vocal Music like I am, and I thank my Choir Teacher for it, Its an awesome Movie.

Free upgrade to Raspberry Pi V2.0

But at what cost?

I ordered this piece of equipment over three. Months ago and still have yet to see it, I’m glad I’ll get the extra 256mb ram if it ever gets here that is.

If I had paid any more for this I would be fuming that it wasn’t here yet but the device with case only cost $50 so I’ll continue to wait.

For my now V 2.0 Raspberry Pi

This is the schedule they sent to my email

Shipping between

Last order number shipped*
5th – 11th November

12th – 18th November

19th – 25th November

26th Nov – 2nd December

3rd – 9th December

10th – 16th December

17th – 23rd December

Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10

Since my Last post with Windows 8 I have since removed it and put back Windows 7, Windows 8 is now in a VM and running happily as I’m not impressed with it in the least I only boot it up to check the latest Vulnerabilities on it and to update it.

Currently as of Friday Oct 26 2012 Microsoft has a Give away under the addons page for Windows 8 where they are giving away the Media Center Addon for free, Me and a few colleagues have signed up for this and none of us have received any keys to do so, the time span has passed hours.

Again not impressed with Windows 8.

On to Ubuntu 12.10,

Ubuntu 12.10 feel and operates alot like 12.04 with some of the errors We were seeing (Dropping to login while operating, random reboots, etc..) fixed. Now what really disapoints us is the fact that Canonical Decided to take the Liberty to push Amazon down every bodies throats without an easy way to turn it off, There’s an apt-get remove command to remove it from the unity search parameter.

Still, Foul move Canonical.. Foul move..

My Favorites Ubuntu 12.04 for Day to Day work, Win 7 for Gaming.

New Measures to my network…

So as for my Security Class My Teacher wants us to “scan one of your systems for vulnerabilities” Being vague I went and tried to go out of my way for excellence, along with two children and a Father who is now showing interest in the subject, I have Implemented..




With these alarms should sound with less false positives, these could be Virtual Machines or Physical boxes on the network.

Long live the Penguin..