PS:351 – Leaving Apple.

I’m honestly considering just slowly phasing out my Apple eco-system at this point. Why? Honestly? I’m just not really impressed with what I’ve seen coming down the pipeline.

For instance the iPhone 8? Seems silly to release it only to release “THE ULTIMATE PHONE OF ALL PHONES! X!!!!” and then to I laughed at the tech YouTubers who all made sure to remind me “It’s not called the “X” it’s the iPhone 10″. As many have said/reported why would you want the 8 when you can wait a few months and get the 10? Apple’s stock even dropped due to insanely low turnout.

But on the desktop, while I love the apps I have, I’ve considered getting a new Mac but the hardware isn’t open enough honestly. Why should I HAVE to buy memory that I can get elsewhere for cheaper that’s the same thing? I mean I’ve heard the argument “Apple knows their stuff”if they do, then how did I build this Hackintosh I’ve got right here doing everything just fine?

I’m just “Bleh” lately with Apple, I even have an old dell tower donated to me which is running Ubuntu 17.04 and I’m going, to be honest, it works. Looking at video editing software to replace iMovie, but even that if I just kept my iPad as my only Mac Device, it’d do the job just fine.

Time will tell, just something on my mind lately!

Moving over the next few weeks, starting the big save for a house, so farewell to the rental! Hoping things work smoothly and we can in a year or so have enough debt cleared and money saved to do something awesome in the house department!

For now, back to work!

PS:350 – The week that didn’t stop!

Oi! This was one of those weeks that while I’m excited about extra hours for consulting, I’d just as soon be done and sleeping!

I have 3 more tasks on the docket this evening, finishing a quote, a server, a piece of software.

Honestly? At the rate I’m going I think I’ll get 2 out of 3 unless I get a large boost in what I’ve got coded already. It’s glitchy, to begin with since I’m working with a really hard to work with the codebase. For instance, I’m having to embed javascript into javascript, to produce something that would have been easier and made the site function better if they simply avoided javascript in the first place.

I’m all for progressive coding ideas to give a real-time experience, no refreshing, however, honestly? for what this site does it should have been flat PHP generating HTML no buzz, no fluff, just HTML.

Now, this week will eventually end, but hopefully, I can get some rest before a busy week ahead.

PS:348 – Tech Burnout?

I’ve done tech forever. No really. Even as a kid it was taking apart this, or that – then it was computers. I like to really just fiddle and work with things, I may not have a degree – but honestly? I could probably get one just for the fact that I’ve used things for so long, I probably know them just about as well as someone who studied, because I have – daily.

So here I sit typing on a computer I built, it’s not supposed to be able to run this OS, but it does. OSX home built machine and it does the job. But lately, tech has started to honestly bore me a bit. I have dived into a world of creation using 3D Printing, looked at laser engraving, screen printing at one point, and photography both land based and aerial based.

Video editing is a newer joy, I can still edit a mean photo – but honestly lately I just feel so adrift in the world as to what I’m going to do, and I know some of it is simply I’m exhausted and burnt out, not a real “break” in ages, doing the family man thing doesn’t always leave room for “me” time to just chill. It’s: change a diaper, clean a potty, give a shower, get meds, take temperatures, go to class, pick up this, go there, etc. so while I do have a job, my other job is Dad/Husband.

Some moves coming up soon which are going to leave me missing my space here. I have a TON of room, but the space I’m moving to will soon be smaller for about a year or so if all goes as planned, but it means even less room for trying to have “my space” and that’s a bit to swallow for now. Sure its a “year-ish” but how I wish it wasn’t.

I need to find a way to recharge on a regular basis. Some more me time, so time that isn’t all family or all work because 90% of the time that’s what it is. I need to draw some more boundaries with customers, get some more clients growing, and really just find a day to really rest. Not just say I’m resting, but actually unwind, unplug, and do my best to be me vs. always on, always connected, always working on no sleep and high stress – Me.

Maybe then, the burnout will slow and I’ll find a passion and a greater desire for tech again, as it is, I’m thinking tonight I’m going to clear off 80-90% of the random apps I don’t need on my iPad, and maybe same on my phone, and maybe breathe life into my Nexus 6 as maybe more of a daily driver vs. the iPhone – then again, I may just go to bed, it’s nearly 2am.

PS:347 – Dying Drive

Ugh. A customer had a broken computer, the drive is failing hard. Currently hooked up with the NAS doing a full RSYNC of everything – it made about a 1/3 of a pass and the drive shut down.

They had Carbonite running so there is a solid backup, but that leads to the bigger issue, their backup server. It’s not running! It cleared 44.4GB before it completely ate it, and as of posting it’s at 53GB of +300GB of data restored. I’m not sure why they don’t make it run off BitTorrent or something, spread out the data as I’m sure its replicated – but it is what it is!

I’ve let the drive chill some today and going to do one more final pass before it’s done, but a great feature for this NAS is having shell + USB access drive access, makes it SUPER easy to backup to! I’m thinking of suggesting an ASUSTOR AS1002T for their office! That way we can disassemble the BIG beast and retire it, save some power, and make it easier to keep running.

For now, it’s back to evening projects! May have to wrap early as I have a small girl who isn’t tired and keeps trying to snuggle a sleeping mom who has to be awake in a few hours.

PS:343 – The NAS Project – NFS Mounted

For whatever reason, and mind you all I have is previous experience on a Mac is NFS tends to be faster. Not sure why that is, but currently have the NFS services fired up and my first NFS shared I’ve got rolling is Mac Photos, it had lived on the 5TB drives, but this allows it to live on the NAS which honestly has been great.

Data sync did take forever, but these aren’t NAS drives. They are honestly USB drives which were meant for storage, not speed. Long-term maybe I’ll swap them out slowly for something a bit more speedy in the NAS world of drives, but honestly? Not sure I’ll take the investment.

I will say the AS1004T is a great little NAS. Again don’t expect enterprise level speeds, storage, software, etc. but honestly? If you are a home or small office user you will NOT notice. I am running mine directly into a Google OnHub (1 Gigabit port), and over Wifi to the OnHub from my Hackintosh – decent speeds. Initial backups and such if you are doing TimeMachine are going to honestly take days, not hours, days. Be aware of that if you are going after this and have a LOT of data.

In the end, once the final sync of the RAID 1 array is done (I’ve been moving data around not letting it finish) but once it’s done I’ll have 10GB of usable storage, 1 failover option and I’m going to be happy. The move from RAID1 -> RAID5 in the software looks easy enough but might be the end of this week before the 3rd drive even gets a chance to work on the system aside from being plugged in internally.

Going to do a full write-up on TechFriendly.help later this week. Some pics, going to clean up the desk a bit and snap some shots but honestly a great investment – once it’s 100% synced and data is moved around into the folders I want to make it easy to manage long-term, I’m going to be very happy and all my video footage for FlockUpdates and such will no longer have to live in a pile of USB3 storage drives, looking forward to better storage setup.

I’ll post a link when things are online and posted @ TFH.

PS:342 – Thinking…

What a day… well yesterday at least! Oi!

The day was a wash for the most part – first half of the day I wrapped up various projects but sadly the Mrs. car died and well that was our afternoon/evening. In fact, the kid passed out on the way home and the Mrs. followed suit as her car was left at the dealer to see what’s wrong in the AM (fearing its the alternator died)  – but we’ll know more tomorrow.

The thing I’ve been thinking about is some of the current web hosting servers I have in place, I think I might be able to change things up a little bit, improve performance again, and see some network gains in the process.

I feel like anymore I’m constantly changing things up, but in the last 12 months alone I’ve reworked a lot of things, and this one would actually bring about some of the growth I have in mind! There are some pros and cons:

PRO:

  • Bigger Server
  • More RAM
  • More Storage
  • More Control
  • Not much change in price

CONS:

  • Migration
  • IP Changes
  • Time Needed

Some of this honestly was sparked by my interaction with GoDaddy.  I don’t really compare myself to GoDaddy, we are in two different spaces of hosting, but I just feel like as-is, things could use a refresher, and it would really benefit the customers!

I’ve used this new DC for about 2 months now, I’ve read countless reviews on forums with folks who’s input I trust, and even tonight testing out my test server I snagged on a deal it maxed out on data usage getting the whole of my 100Mbit connection. Quite snappy really – and while the hardware I picked up for testing isn’t what I’d get for final, honestly? It is well worth it, and again benefit to customers would be amazing.

Throw in cPanel adding Rsync backups in cPanel 66 – I’m excited about what I could do.

Again just thinking, but have to do a little more research here tonight. I finished some things, others I actually got a few customers who said it could be done anytime over the weekend in a follow-up email, so really I can check on it in the AM and maybe just maybe catch up on some sleep. Night.

PS:340 – The NAS Project – Copying & Building

So far I must say – not a bad NAS.

I’ve had experience with a few before, both custom built FreeNAS setup or two (even a simple build on my own) and commercial NAS products from other companies, but honestly? ASUS has done a great job for this price point. Very nice.

Now I won’t know the overall performance for another day or two, as I’m copying 2.8TB of data to the RAID1 to clear off the 3rd drive, but even that is chugging along while finishing building the array.

Software wise, I have looked around and overall? Not too shabby. Once it’s not copying and rebuilding data I hope to have a better look and install a thing or two for some testing, but as-is, logged in via SSH using rsync to mirror the USB 5TB drive (Formatted HFS+ which it was able to mount without issue!) and it’s not too shabby! It contains a lot of various things including a few old Time Machine backups from Mac’s long gone.

I’d say about a day more of copying, then it’s letting the RAID1 finish building, once that’s done then after I do a few spot checks of data (ensuring the Photos are safe is a big one) then I’ll get the 3rd drive moved into the array and running smoothly as RAID5.

For now, a night of work ahead, picked up a new contract, and some data to get moved around… honestly makes me a little tired just thinking about it lol. So off I go.