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Posted on 2009.01.24 at 15:40
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I remember now why I moved everything off my mac and onto my XP box. Speed. My generations-old G4 PPC is being crushed under the demands I put it through. I get the little spinning pinwheel three-quarters of the time I'm on the box. Even scrolling down a web page, it pauses. As adept as I am at multi-tasking, this really cramps my style. So...I've made a few changes until my iSCSI vault is up and running.

That mystical byte-munching cruncher Ernest loaned me a new gigabit switch for the iSCSI project, which I will detail fully once up and running. I need to figure out HP's Auto Port Aggregation (APA) so that the primary interface is the Gig-E and the failover is the 100base. And though I don't yet know in which capacity I am going to use it, I recently scavenged a Sun D240 media tray. I has a DVD-ROM, a DDS4, and I have a matched pair of 72GB 10k SCA drives for it. I also snatched the Very High Density (VHDCI) SCSI card from which to run it.

Back to the mac, I couldn't seem to find a stable bittorrent client. My favorite client isn't available for OSX, and my favorite OSX client (Bits on Wheels) kept crashing, as did Tomato, X-Torrent, Transmission, et. al. So I went back to Azureus (now called Vuse) which is 100% stable. And uses 100% of my CPU. To help things along, I used a separate physical volume as my swap drive (not an easy thing to do in OSX) and I've stopped browsing completely on my mac, now doing that and Photoshop work solely on my XP box.

And, despite wanting to purchase a computer in the next six months, I bit the bullet and bought an HP external dual-layer lightscribe burner, which, after some cursing and gnashing of teeth, works flawlessly with Toast on the mac, and will ultimately make my life much, much easier.

mr_dowg is coming over tonight to assist me in absinthe-drinking while my wife and daughter are off to a girls party. Hell of a guy, mr_dowg.


thesweetestnote at 2009-01-25 01:00 (UTC) (Link)
uhhhh??? Burrito? - lol. I'm really trying to become more "techie"... today I blindly fixed my companies networking/internet problems. Geez! It coming slowly but surely.
thesweetestnote at 2009-01-25 01:01 (UTC) (Link)
oops I meant company's and it's not mine... i just work there ;)
ehowton at 2009-01-25 01:13 (UTC) (Link)
Well that's certainly something!
joey_glover at 2009-01-25 02:08 (UTC) (Link)
A NEVER CEASING AMOUNT OF FAIRIES!!! And thus monster was forsaken and absinthe launched.
ehowton at 2009-01-25 02:28 (UTC) (Link)
Funny you should mention that - we started with a shot of Monster "Hitman" in our absinthe cocktails.

Yes, it was fantastic.
joey_glover at 2009-01-25 16:23 (UTC) (Link)
sounds superb
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-01-25 04:18 (UTC) (Link)
When things are taken too far.....

ehowton at 2009-01-25 05:40 (UTC) (Link)
Live long and prosper.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-01-25 04:31 (UTC) (Link)
I signed up for this http://community.livejournal.com/startrek/ Star Trek community but I can't interact with any of them because they are all freaky liberals. Check this out, It makes me want to barf!!!


OMG!!! In his first act he declared, "Set my people free from Guantanamo!" like he was Moses.
irulan_amy at 2009-01-25 20:32 (UTC) (Link)
LOL, I so read this:

computer blah blah blah - absinthe! =P

I'm hopelessly dumb with computer stuff.

Hope the absinthe was wonderful!
ehowton at 2009-01-25 21:11 (UTC) (Link)
Coupled with the fine company, the absinthe was delightful. BTW, absolutely adored 'fiery muse.' I'll say no more.
irulan_amy at 2009-01-25 23:08 (UTC) (Link)

That photo is probably from six or seven years ago. Just when I was first getting into modeling actually. :) I singed some hair with those darn candles!
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