Monthly Archives: January 2004

Now the next Disk can fail…

I also got the replacement harddisk for my RAID5 array and installed that before I went on to my laptop. It is currently rebuilding the array (which takes quite a while when Azureus is running ;)).
Maxtor changed (in addition to the model nuber of course) the ID-string from “MAXTOR” to “Maxtor” which now looks a little odd, but I’ll survive…

Laptop Arrival

Got my notebook yesterday (Tuesday), as UPS (on instructions from Dell) refused to hand it over to my neighbours as I had instructed on Monday.
There was a tiny problem with one of the lower metal “claws” of the keyboard which are supposed to go below the covering, but this one ended up above the plastic. Gave Dell support a ring (very clever move to use Meat Loaf’s “I’d do anything for Love” as one of the three songs of queueing music: the song is over 10mins long!), and a very nice support guy told me how to fix it myself (after asking whether I felt capable of doing it), which I did.
Other than that, it is a really nice machine. Quiet, fast, nice display, and reasonably easy to uninstall all the crud that they usually pre-install on laptops.

Thank God for RAID!

While doing all the defragging and partition-resizing, one of the disks in the RAID-array now tells me that a “S.M.A.R.T. failure [is] imminent”. Great. I have now ordered a new hard-disk from Alternate to replace the fudgy one. Of course, the exact model isn’t available anymore, so I chose one which sounded reasonably close. :S

(Pre-)Linux woes

As I’ve now been using GNU/Linux at work, I thought I might as well install it at home. I really liked Knoppix which works well with all my hardware. The problem now is that when you do a hard-disk install, the Knoppix-kernel is replaced with the default Debian-one (I suppose). And that one doesn’t know about my Adaptec 2400A IDE-RAID controller, and thus “panic”s.
Thus, I’m currently downloading Gentoo, which might be a bit above my head (the stage1 install certainly was), but we’ll see. Can’t be any worse than the pains with Partition Magic (7 crashes, 8 works) to actually free up some disk-space… 😉

Taking the plunge

Then ordered myself a really nice laptop (the price-range of which my parents do not entirely agree with…). I just hope that Dell‘s build quality is nice enough, in particular the keyboard – which according to reviews has not always been good…

Gunslinger Girls

I also watched (big surprise there) 8 episodes of “Gunslinger Girls” in two days (which at my current rate is a whole lot). After hearing of it first, I thought it was made for me. Then I had fears, fueled by AnimeSuki-forum posts, that it might be an “assassination of the week”-type show (or as emotionally unengaging as “Noir”). Luckily, it’s neither. It’s sad, so I’m a sucker for it… 😉

A proper Sub!

Kudos to AonE for picking up “Mezzo DSA”. Sometimes I feel that I don’t get the humour (either because it’s a difficult thing to translate or because I suck), but that doesn’t make it any worse; although their decision to concentrate (at least so far) on paranormal things is – to say the least – a bit surprising.

Mezzo DSA

I now have to catch up on nearly 5 days of anime-torrents… :S Having been a big fan of Yasuomi Umetsu’s “(A)Kite” and “Mezzo Forte”, I put the first “Mezzo DSA” episode at the very top of the queue, and certainly wasn’t disappointed. The action hasn’t been toned down and the animation nearly as good as in the OVA. I just hope than someone other than AJ picks it up as well (and that it runs for a long time)… 😉

New Job

My (temporary) office Started my job unexpectedly early (Tuesday) and I only got a web- (and all other sorts of) account(s) today. Seems interesting so far, actually went to Goettingen by train today to hear a talk, so it was quite an adventure.
This is my temporary office; to the left is a Linux-PC (or to make Mr. Stallmann happy, a GNU/Linux PC), and to the right a Unix-terminal. As it’s an office for two people, there’s an equivalent set-up on the other side of the room.

More Snow

More snow [time-travelled post] This is the view from the DLR parking space near the building where I work onto the Braunschweig airport’s runways. The weather on the drive there from Hannover was abysmal (icy rain which froze up my wind-shield while driving), but I got here safely to start my first day of work – doing a PhD.