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:346 – Budgets!

It was a rough summer, that’s all I’m going to say about that end of budgeting – but here today, looking at the expenses of last month, some fat to trim.

The joys of running a business I suppose, but too you never realize how much a small child can need in a month, apparently she likes to eat 🙂 but honestly just a busy month that required a bit more out and about than planned, so some tweaks here and there and hopefully lead into the last quarter of the year a tad leaner.

I’ve taken some money too over the last few months and invested it into Crypto Currency, a good idea it seems as my buy in price for litecoin alone was good as it’s had a good spike recently, now to see if it holds!

Overall found some I could cut, and one of which I am going to try and work on over the next 3 days and see if I can work it out, as it’d cut a BIG bill each month – so when and where I can save it seems good! For now, it’s nearly 1:30 in the morning, must get some rest sooner or later, as I know my Monday while others are off will be busy since I’m not off, and they’ll have website questions! 😀

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.

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!