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Personal: MT Macro’s now working, but /dev/hda isn’t…

January 5th, 2005

Well, that’s good. Thanks to Neil’s suggestion about setting my templates to Static to make MTMacro work, I’ve now got my cute little smilies back 🙂 Yeah! The bad news is, I think I’ve got a hard drive failure on my home server. Last night I heard it making very strange chugging noises, SSH’d in and /var/log/messages was getting a lot of messages about potential failures of /dev/hda (the main HD). I shut it down and asked it to perform a FSCK (file system check) upon reboot, but as yet it hasn’t reappeared on my LAN. Looks like I’ll have to hook a monitor to the box and see what’s going on.

I just hope it hasn’t caused any damage to the software RAID0 system I’ve got configured: If so, I’ve lost nearly 400Gb of data (and if it’s taken the 4th HD with it – that’ll be 630Gb in total!). Next month I’m planning on buying a machine with 2Tb of storage in a RAID5 config so I’ll be really really annoyed if all that data’s gone [to give you an idea of the current storage requirements: That machine had around 600Gb of data on it, my “main” desktop machine has 270Gb of data on it, my laptop another 10Gb and then 150 CDs (practically 95Gb) that all needs transferring to a single server machine…

Yep, I’m a “data collector” 😉

Apart from that, I haven’t done much since yesterday. Went bed early yesterday (8.30pm), woke up by the Work servers at 2am, went back to sleep by around 5am then woke up again at 9.08am (without my alarm clock going off and 8minutes after I was meant to be at work!). I’m actually putting together a little submission to Behind The Front Line which I’m hosting for a mate, and believe me, the sort of strange and annoying queries I’ve dealt with today at work could probably double their current contributions!

Still to do:
* Finish the redesign of this blog: What do you think of it so far? Too bluish?
* Start the design of my own personal site (and upload holiday photos)
* Start the basic design of my father’s site and install a good CMS system for him
* Redesign my “old main money spinner” site
* Redesign/overhaul
* Launch at least 3 more sites
I’m planning on having most of them done by the end of this month. You can start laughing now 😉

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