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:349 – Enough is Enough.

Tuesday was a bit of a blessing, and a little bit wake up call.

Really blessed to have customers who appreciate what I do. I really am. Doing this over 15 years I must say it can become a grind that is heartless sometimes. No passion. No joy. No love. I’m tired of customers running my business by how they want to run their business.

Today I buckled down into the billing system cleared out garbage and garbage accounts. Folks I’ve reached out to before and gotten nothing and today out of about 15 accounts I sent notice to, 1 reply and this guy was ready to help, apologetic of his overdue status. We have a call in place tomorrow to sort things out (and I have some research to do as to what’s failing so we can fix it!).

Lots of changes, and really working to get a real presence for Thrust Networks, not just a 5 year coming soon page. Really want to kick things up a notch and get it done. Just finished a server deployment for a customer, and now to fine tune two websites for another! On my way!

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:339 – The NAS Project – Prepping!

So here we are the day of delivery, and I’m set. Both active drives are rsync’d over to the 3rd 5TB drive, so that’s done. They are also actually backed up on Backblaze as well which is awesome!

I’ve removed the two drives already from their enclosures – wasn’t too hard, pocket knife worked perfectly, a phillips screwdriver to get the control board off and remove the side screws, 2 drives ready to go.

Now the plan is pretty simple honestly:

  1. Setup the two pulled drives as RAID1.
  2. Connect the 3rd Drive as USB External Storage
  3. Sync the contents of drive 3 to the RAID1 array
  4. Remove the USB Drive when finished.
  5. Remove drive from enclosure
  6. Add 3rd Drive upgrade from RAID1->RAID5.
  7. Take a nap.

Pretty straightforward all things said and done. I plan to video and document things a bit too for a piece on TechFriendly Help which is online and operational, I think I’ve finally settled on a mostly completed look, going to add some minor tweaks here and there – but this is going to be too one of my first video projects that is not a FlockHosting Update.

I want to document this model because the AS1004T hasn’t been reviewed in the US for some reason, the AS1002T has (the 2-bay unit) but the 4-bay unit I got isn’t really covered and honestly? If it lives up to its specs and functionality – it’s an amazing deal.

This NAS project should really make life a bit easier long-term, a lot of things coming up in the next few months, likely one way or another moving, tech is going to be one of those things which may be a bit hard to have access to sadly, so trying to up my game and really streamline the office.

For now, its nearly 4 am – and I’m dead tired, but can’t get to sleep again, so watching my Omega2+ update my cryptocurrency – going to try and sleep again if I can. Morning is going to come insanely early – hopefully my NAS will be delivered before nap time 🙂 and who knows maybe a small pile of checks will be waiting too!

Happy Monday – Enjoy the eclipse!

PS:330 – Birthday Palooza!

So tomorrow I will no longer have a 2-year-old. No, she will be 3. How time flies and so much fun watching a little girl grow up and a personality form! Oh boy, she has quite the personality!

She does though share her day of birth with 2 others in the family, my nephew Ronnie and my cousin Sarah. Sadly we have not ever had a true mega birthday! Oh how much fun with that be!? Okay okay, may not for anyone else but myself as I think it’d be fun to really just have something awesome for the big day!

This year is mellow as the one set of grandparents are galavanting with my sis and her family. We’ve already had a wild party with her other grandparents which included hats & balloons! (she was excited!)

Not sure what the age of 3 will bring, some have warned its scarier than the 2’s but either way – I love my baby girl!

PS:327 – Forward.

I know You got this whole thing under control
My soul is untouchable because
You’ve already won me
My victory is not in this flesh and bone
It’s in the cross and I know
Nobody’s taking it from me

It has been a rough week. Yesterday was one of those days where everything that could of went wrong, did. I lost a couple hours of work I could have picked up. That’s a rough one because it seems like lately, the hours are less I can pick up, nothing is coming in on a regular basis.

It’s summer and I try to remember that some folks are simply just not in the “do business” mood, they are on break, they are on vacation, they are out and about. Still rough.

The above song has been playing on repeat lately, it’s just one of those reminders that this life, this flesh, and bone is indeed temporary.  I keep trying to shed stress when and where I can, even tonight here at 2:39 am – unwinding with some tea, some music, working on finishing a website for another 30 minutes, then 30 minutes on editing a video I had hoped to have edited yesterday, then hopefully bed before too long.

I need to knock down a lot of random projects here this week, and at every turn it’s been time on everything else, but did pick up some coding work re-working an entire import system – but I don’t think that’s going to improve itself overnight, nor in a few hours of coding today, so going to focus on my own business for a bit.

Night (or Good Morning) 😀

PS:326 – Passive Income + Writing

As it was told to me the other day “Adulting Sucks.” It really does sometimes. Working to build passive income, and that’s not always easy but I am wanting to do so via a series of blogs and advertising – but honestly? Who has time to write.

Well that’s the plan to make the time and work toward writing at least once a day but I’m looking for something to work as a posting ground in which I can then distribute the post to other blogs, so say for instance I’m writing a something for a tech piece that would fit on this blog and maybe 2 others, simply tag where it posts and boom, everywhere.

I started a review of Thrust Networks website recently and I forgot how much leg work I did towards building the content layout, just need to write it all up and get it online, but honestly the brand name of Thrust Networks  has come on my radar as something I’m considering changing or loosing. There is another Thrust Networks in Sydney, and one in India (which seem to love my Facebook page) but the thing is honestly its always had a connection to the misconception of being a company that deals in porn.

Since the  early days I remember when talking to Ensim (a control panel I first used) the sales rep was hesitant talking to me and said “I don’t think we do business in your industry” and I asked “Shared Hosting?” Well the name set him to think “Thrust” as in Thrusting – maybe it’s time for a change, or a really clean re-brand.

A lot going on, a lot happening – just finished recording an FH Update for July, need to edit it, write up a newsletter, and maybe even sneak in a nap! Not sure how clear this entire blog was, a lot of rambling in this one 😀